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Don't panic! You can still get gifts delivered by Christmas

The clock's ticking! Christmas is in five days and Hanukkah kicks off tonight. But don't panic if you've been slacking and procrastinating, because there are still retailers who will deliver even the latest of orders in time for Santa's visit, or the tail end of the eight crazy nights.Thanks to the folks at Lifehacker, we've found that there is even a handy dandy list of holiday shipping deadline
FedEx and UPS trucks are parked next to each other, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
FedEx and UPS trucks are parked next to each other, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)Mark Lennihan / Today

The clock's ticking! Christmas is in five days and Hanukkah kicks off tonight. But don't panic if you've been slacking and procrastinating, because there are still retailers who will deliver even the latest of orders in time for Santa's visit, or the tail end of the eight crazy nights.

Thanks to the folks at Lifehacker, we've found that there is even a handy dandy list of holiday shipping deadlines. The list is created by the boys and gals of FreeShipping.org and it breaks down the good news and the bad news.

The good news is obvious: There are still retailers who'll get your gifts shipped and delivered in time for Christmas or Hanukkah. The bad news is that you'll likely be stuck with some express shipping charges or limited selections, depending on what's in stock.

The Go Frugal Blog, part of the FreeShipping.org website, has a list of holiday shipping deadlines which will help you figure out where you can order a last minute gift.FreeShipping.org / Today

Even if you shell out for the very fastest shipping option, your luck will almost run out sometime in the middle of Dec. 22. Now, I say that your luck will almost run out at that time because — cue the choir of angels — there's always hope in the form of good ol' Amazon. The Big A will let you order things as late as Dec. 23 and still get them to the right place on time.

There are several other retailers — such as Bliss, Foot Locker, Jessica London, National Geographic, Pottery Barn, Victoria's Secret, and so on — who will also take care of the worst of procrastinators, but I'd still suggest that you hit up Amazon.

Why? Because it's my personal favorite, of course!

I kid. Amazon's known for being rather reliable about its shipping estimates, it offers a large (and varied) product selection, and you can get a decent deal on super-speedy shipping if you've got an Amazon Prime membership

Now why are you still reading this post? You've got orders to place! Hurry up!

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