With supply-chain worries hanging over holiday shopping in 2021, Amazon’s free one-day(ish) shipping is potential gold for procrastinating gift-givers. There’s no retailer more efficient at delivering goods fast and free than the world’s biggest online retailer, Amazon. Free shipping is the most popular and valuable perk of Amazon Prime membership ($119/year). But it’s not the only Prime benefit you should be taking advantage of. Consider these 16 ways to get the most out of your Prime Membership this holiday season.
Free Amazon Prime Same-Day Delivery
Santa’s had the whole “same-day shipping” thing locked down since days of Christmas yore. Everyone else is catching up, and Amazon.com and Prime perks hold the lead.
Free same-day delivery doesn’t apply everywhere, mind you — I’m no longer eligible since I moved to a more rural community last year — but more than 10,000 eligible cities and towns and counting is a fairly wide swath. If your zip code (which you can check out right here) offers same-day service, when you order before noon and choose the same-day shipping option at checkout, Amazon says the package will be delivered by 9 p.m. that night (Sundays included).
Two caveats: The same-day order must total $35 or more, and not every product Amazon stocks is eligible. If your same-day-delivery swag is under $35, Amazon will dock you a surcharge of three bucks, so you might want to slow your roll or bundle your buys. Oh, and if you don’t have a Prime membership and want that certain something-something delivered the same day, you can do so, but you’ll be clipped $12.99 per item.
Also this: You can have gifts you buy on Amazon shipped directly to your giftee. Simply change the shipping address at checkout to their address (and remember to change it back to your address the next time you’re shopping for yourself).
Free Amazon Prime One-Day Delivery
If you’re practicing patience this holiday season, you could shrug off that same-day delivery antsy-pants bother and wait a day to get your package. And why not? As we mentioned, it’s quickly becoming the Amazon shipping standard (though Amazon’s signature two-day delivery is still around). Free one-day is available coast-to-coast and the best part? There’s no minimum purchase.
Still, some restrictions apply (as they say). To see if what you’re shopping for is one of the more than 10 million eligible items, filter your search by the term “get it tomorrow.” The promise is you’ll get …….