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Orders from Nordstrom are usually available for pick up within two hours, though it can take longer during busier times like the holidays.
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  • With the holidays approaching and online retailers’ shipping windows rapidly closing, you might be starting to worry about all those last-minute gifts you still need to buy.
  • Luckily, for those situations where it looks like the standard shipping estimate is cutting it a little too close, there’s the “Buy Online, Pick Up in Store” option.
  • This handy service provided by some of your favorite department stores and retailers lets you browse and purchase your gifts online, then pick them up in the physical store as early as the same day.

Other than decreasing your stress over whether your gifts will ship in time, the “Buy Online, Pick Up in Store” option is also useful for:

  • When you don’t want to deal with other shoppers or long checkout lines
  • When you’d like to keep your gifts discrete
  • When you live close to a local store and it’s more convenient to just pick it up

While the basic premise of “Buy Online, Pick Up in Store” is similar across stores, they do differ in some ways that could affect the way you approach your holiday shopping strategy.

For each store below, we’ve broken down the different pick-up options, what to do after you place your order, what you need at the store, what to do if you’d like someone else to pick up the order, and how long your order will be held at the store.

Looking for more last-minute gift ideas? Check out all of Insider Picks’ holiday gift guides for 2018 here.

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Target

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Pick-up options: Look for “Free order pickup” when adding an item to your cart on Target’s website. You can also shop from a list of Order Pickup eligible items by browsing any category and selecting “Free order pickup” from the availability drop down.

What to do after you place your order: Wait until you receive a pickup notification email before you go to the Guest Services counter at the store to pick up your item.

What you need at the store: A photo ID.

If you’d like someone else to pick up the order: You can add or change an alternate pickup person on the order details page by editing the “Delivery” section. This new person needs to bring their own photo ID.

How long your order will be held at the store: Two days. If your order isn’t picked up after this time period, your order will be canceled and you won’t be charged. You can extend your pickup window by one day by signing into your online account or visiting your order details page.

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Nordstrom

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Pick-up options: When you’re looking at a category or search results, go to “Shop your store” and enter your zip code to filter the results accordingly. Then select the store at checkout.

The order is usually available for pick up within two hours, though it can take longer during busier times like the holidays.

What to do after you place your order: Wait until you receive a pickup notification email (usually within four hours of order) before you go to the store to pick up your item, or, in some locations, have an employee bring your order directly to your car.

What you need at the store: A photo ID and the credit card used at checkout.

If you’d like someone else to pick up the order: Contact the store directly to update the pick up information about the new person.

How long your order will be held at the store: 14 days. If your order isn’t picked up after this time period, your order will be canceled and you’ll be refunded your payment.

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Macy’s

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Pick-up options: Click the “Free pick up” tab in the search results page, then choose the pick up option at checkout. If you order by 12 p.m. local time, the items should be ready for pick up later that day.

What to do after you place your order: Wait until you receive a pickup notification email before you go to the designated location at the store to pick up your item.

What you need at the store: A photo ID and a copy of the notification email.

If you’d like someone else to pick up the order: Forward the notification email to them to take to the store along with their photo ID.

How long your order will be held at the store: Seven days. If your order isn’t picked up after this time period, your order will be canceled and you’ll be refunded your payment.

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Walmart

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Pick-up options: Look for the “Free pickup today” filter as you shop online. Most items are available immediately if they are in stock at a local store.

When you search by “Free pickup + discount,” you can even get a discount on select items if you choose to pick up in store. This discount will be automatically applied when you complete your order.

What to do after you place your order: Wait until you receive a pickup notification email before you go to the Pickup desk at the store to pick up your item.

What you need at the store: A copy of your Ready for Pickup email. Orders over $200 require a photo ID.

If you’d like someone else to pick up the order: You can designate a pickup person during checkout or edit it later in “Order details.” It may take up to four hours for the new pickup person to update. This new person needs to bring a copy of your Ready for Pickup email.

How long your order will be held at the store: Seven days. If your order isn’t picked up after this time period, your order will be canceled and you’ll be refunded your payment.

Shop online and pick up in store at Walmart

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Best Buy

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Pick-up options: During checkout, choose Store Pickup and select your store. Best Buy will show you an estimated pickup date. Depending on the item, it can be ready for pick up as early as an hour.

What to do after you place your order: Wait until you receive a pickup notification email before you go to the Store Pickup counter at the store to pick up your item.

What you need at the store: A photo ID, the credit card used at checkout, and order number.

If you’d like someone else to pick up the order: You can designate an alternate pickup person during checkout. This new person needs to bring their ID and order number.

How long your order will be held at the store: Five days. If your order isn’t picked up after this time period, your order will be canceled and you’ll be refunded your payment. You can extend your pickup window by calling your local store or contacting customer service.

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The Home Depot

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Pick-up options: Choose the “Pick Up In-Store”…