Best Buy last-minute holiday shipping dates: Chromebooks, Galaxy and Pixel phones, Android tablets, and more
With only a few days to get your Christmas gifts delivered on time, most retailers can no longer deliver your gifts on time unless they offer in-store pickup. But Best Buy is one of the rare exceptions, offering holiday deals on tech that you may be able to buy and receive that same day.
With limited same-day deliveries, free next-day deliveries on some of its more popular devices, and the option for curbside/in-store pickup if a local store has your device in stock, Best Buy gives you the most versatility for snagging last-minute Christmas gifts.
What is the last day for Best Buy Christmas deliveries?
Best Buy hasn't announced a cut-off date for Christmas deliveries, and the speed of your package will depend on your zip code and whether your item is commonly available near you. Still, we have some solid estimates for Best Buy Christmas order cut-offs.
At the moment, most Best Buy stock has either one- or two-day free delivery. So depending on your order, you could buy something as late as Wednesday, Dec. 22 or Thursday, Dec. 23 and have your package arrive on time.
Of course, delivery delays are extremely common right now; even if Best Buy guarantees an on-time delivery, its partnered carriers — UPS, FedEx and USPS — could easily delay your gift due to an overload of deliveries. So give yourself a buffer of a day or so, just in case.
In some areas, Best Buy offers same-day delivery on items for an extra fee, if you order by 5 p.m. Check your zip code at this link to see if you're eligible. If so, you can order as late as Friday, Dec. 24 at 5 p.m. for your gift.
Lastly, if you live near a Best Buy, you can always pick your package up yourself, avoiding any stresses about delayed packages. Choose in-store or curbside pickup, and your order will usually be available within an hour or so. That means you can order on Dec. 24, so long as you pick up before closing time at your local store.
What are the best Best Buy Christmas deals and gifts available?
If you're looking for a cool gift for a youngster in your life, check with their family to see if they could use a new Chromebook. You'll find several popular models for up to $120 off, including some of the best Chromebooks available this year: the Lenovo Flex 5 and Lenovo Chromebook Duet.
With a compact design, loud front-facing speakers, an excellent backlit keyboard, and support through June 2028, the Flex 5 is an all-around solid option for a low price.
4GB of RAM and a 11.6-inch touchscreen make this Acer model perfectly functional as an affordable gift for younger users needing their first device for homework and YouTube Kids.
If a Chromebook is a bit too serious of a gift, a tablet for streaming will make most people happy, young or old. Some of the best Android tablets are on sale right now, including the Samsung Galaxy S7/S7+/S7 FE and the Amazon Fire HD 10. There are plenty of great deals available for a last-minute gift.
With a vibrant 10.1-inch 1080p screen, decent internal hardware, robust software features, battery that lasts two days, and stereo sound, the Fire HD 10 is the ultimate budget Android tablet. At this price, it is an absolute steal.
For just over $50, you get a solid 1280x800 resolution display, 32GB of storage plus a microSD slot for 512GB extra, a 2.0 GHz quad-core processor, dual stereo speakers, and 12 hours of battery life. That's a steal by any definition.
With an 8.7-inch display, quad Dolby Atmos speakers, 3GB RAM, 1TB of expandable storage, a durable 5,100mAh battery, and relatively lightweight 13oz design, the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is a truly quality device that's especially attractive at this low holiday price.
This tablet skirts the mid-range line between affordable and higher-end tablets. It's more expensive than the Tab A series, but it gives you much more screen space and better performance, making it more likely to give you plenty of longevity. And at $130 off, it's not that much more expensive.
Another great last-minute gift idea is some of the best wireless earbuds or wireless headphones, since almost anyone could use a new pair. Among our favorites earbuds and headphones, nearly all of our top picks from Samsung, Bose, Apple, and Sony have major discounts up to $100 off.
Samsung latest entry-level true wireless earbuds offer a very agreeable combo of performance and comfort. With 7.5-hour battery life, ANC, and excellent sound, the Buds 2 are worth buying at this price.
These buds live up to the Pro name with improved sound quality, ANC, spatial audio, microphone performance, and water resistance over most earbuds.
Apart from its outstanding ANC performance, the XM4 are a total package of excellent sound quality, comfort, and battery.
The QuietComfort Earbuds feature superb ANC performance that underpins the excellent sound quality and good battery life. While bulky in size, these may have the best audio quality of the earbuds on sale.
Lastly, if you want to give an epic gift for someone special in your life, you'll find some of the best Android phones at shockingly low prices. Many of these deals, including $300 off the S21 and $800 off the Z Fold 3 with no trade-in, crush the deals we saw during Black Friday. Now's a genuinely great time to buy one, as a gift for someone else or yourself!
This epic deal on one of the best Android phones of the year actually beats anything we saw during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Now's probably the best deal you'll find anytime soon on this excellent phone.
Samsung's premium foldable is an incredible experience to use, with lightning speeds, a gorgeous fast-refreshing display the size of a small tablet (when unfolded), S Pen support, and great software for multitasking. It's like no phone you've ever used before.
The Pixel 6 Pro gives you Tensor performance, 12GB of RAM, a QHD 120Hz LTPO display, and great cameras. If you have a good phone to trade in, you can save nearly the full cost of the phone.
If none of these deals have grabbed you, check out Best Buy for its full list of holiday deals. Or, if you want to expand your options, check out our last-minute Amazon holiday shopping and last-minute Walmart holiday shopping guides to see when you can order gifts from these other major sites!
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Michael spent years freelancing on every tech topic under the sun before settling down on the real exciting stuff: virtual reality, fitness wearables, gaming, and how tech intersects with our world. He's a semi-reformed Apple-to-Android user who loves running, D&D, and Star Wars. Find him on Twitter at @Michael_L_Hicks.