Last minute e-shopping

From Amazon to Victoria's Secret, sites target gift-giving procrastinators.

So, you waited this long to buy your Christmas presents -- and now you're dreading that visit to the mall.

Well, some online merchants might be able to help ... but you'd better be quick.

Hoping to capitalize on those gift-giving procrastinators, several sites have launched "last-minute" gift shops, with selected items that can be shopped out by the holiday. Don't think you're getting all this for free, though -- in all likelihood you'll have to pay to get those goodies under the tree on time.

At, you'll find a listing of all the merchants who offer 24-hour and 48-hour shipping. But you still have to check with the merchant to make sure they have the item in stock. includes a special section of gifts that ship in 24 hours. But be warned -- a few of those items are already gone, including the Camelot 3D puzzle. At Victoria's Secret, the deadline's already gone for the special free delivery offer. But if you hurry, you can get the next-day air upgrade for that teddy. The deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 23.

Looking for a CD or movie to toss under the tree? Music Boulevard and have selections of guaranteed delivery gifts but the deadline for ordering, Monday for and Tuesday for Music Boulevard, is almost here.

And for real procrastinators Amazon will e-mail your giftee a gift certificate, so you can wait until hours before present opening time.


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