By Brad Tuttle
December 16, 2016

Free Shipping Day is here! It’s an annual event that generally takes place on a Friday a week or so before Christmas, and the promotional day is pretty self-explanatory: It’s when participating retailers offer free, no-minimum-purchase-required shipping, with delivery guaranteed by December 24.

This year, FreeShippingDay.com reports more than 1,200 participating merchants. So it’s a cinch to get free shipping, guaranteed for delivery by Christmas, for online orders placed on Friday, December 16.

In all honesty, however, because there are so many different ways to get free shipping throughout the entire holiday season, Free Shipping Day isn’t that big of a deal on its own. Retailers like Target and Best Buy have been waiving normal purchase requirements and offering free delivery for all online orders more than a month ago, and other merchants like L.L. Bean, Nordstrom, and Zappos have free standard shipping year-round. What’s more, virtually every online retailer offers free shipping for customers who meet a certain purchase threshold—of, say, $50 or $75.

Smart shoppers should look at Free Shipping Day strategically, then, with the realization that it’s really only worthwhile when you’re making a small-purchase order—one that wouldn’t meet a retailer’s normal minimum-purchase threshold—and when free shipping is combined with great sale prices. The promotions we’ve rounded up below meet the criteria. Happy shopping!

Abercrombie & Fitch: Get 50% off all merchandise and free shipping on Friday.

American Eagle: Shoppers get 40% off all holiday collection items and free shipping on all orders, with no minimum purchase required.

Cabela’s: Select merchandise is on sale at up to 70% off, and all orders come with free shipping with the code 6FREESHIP.

Dockers: Nearly everything at the site is 50% off, and all orders come with free standard shipping on Friday.

Express: Everything in stores and online is 50% off, and all orders come with free standard shipping on Friday.

Gap: Get 45% off by entering the code ENJOY at checkout, plus free shipping with the code FREESHIP on Friday.

Guess: All merchandise is being discounted by 40% to 60%, and the code FREEHIP99 provides free shipping with no minimum purchase required.

Keurig: Use the code SHOPANDSIP for 20% off sitewide and free shipping now through Sunday, December 18.

Lands’ End: Use the code JOYFUL (pin: 7895)to get free shipping on all orders plus 40% off your total purchase on Friday.

Tommy Hilfiger: Take an extra 40% off all sale items, plus get free shipping on all purchases through Saturday, December 20, by entering the code BEMERRY at checkout.

Toys R Us: The toy store chain has a bunch of sales, including buy one, get one 40% off select Legos and Star Wars toys, and all orders get free shipping on Free Shipping Day.

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