Mark Twain is often quoted as having said, "Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow."  Though procrastination isn’t usually a positive thing, Mark Twain may have been on to something—at least in regards to holiday shopping! No matter how I try to get all my shopping done early, I always seem to remember someone I forgot to buy a gift for right before the big day. But thankfully, by waiting to do my shopping at the last minute, I can take advantage of Free Shipping Day, which falls on December 18th!

What is Free Shipping Day?

Free Shipping Day helps shopping procrastinators (you know who you are) get the final gifts on their list just in time for Christmas—without having to pay shipping! Hundreds of retailers from categories such as clothing and accessories, health and beauty and sporting goods participate in Free Shipping Day. The best part about Free Shipping Day is that merchants are required to offer free shipping on all orders, so there is no minimum purchase required—and delivery is guaranteed by Christmas Eve!

Which retailers are participating in Free Shipping Day?

Retailers for this year include Bass Pro Shops, Levi’s, Lands’ End, Neiman Marcus, Express, Eddie Bauer, Mrs. Fields, Sperry Top-Sider, Dick’s Sporting Goods and numerous others listed at FreeShippingDay.com. Don’t see your favorite store on the list? Don’t worry! Many retailers don’t reveal that they are participating in Free Shipping Day until the day of the event. Last year over 1,600 merchants ended up participating, so be sure to check your favorite sites on December 18th to see if they’ve joined in!

Do retailers offer additional deals besides free shipping?

Yes! Many retailers who participate in Free Shipping Day offer additional deals and perks for the event. Offers are not revealed until 12:01 a.m. on Free Shipping Day, but deals last year included 30% off all orders at Levis.com, 40% off all orders at Coldwater Creek, and 30% off all orders at J.Crew—in addition to the free shipping! Select retailers such as Fossil even offered free overnight shipping on all orders to ensure shoppers would have plenty of time to get those last-minute gifts wrapped and under the tree. If you’re starting to stress out about not having your holiday shopping done, relax! Give in to your tendencies to procrastinate and put that shopping off a little longer. After all, good things may just come to those who wait!