New Survey: 75 Percent of Early Holiday Shoppers Still Looking for the Perfect Gift

Procrastinators Can Rejoice with Last-Minute Deals, Free Two-Day Shipping, Store Pickup and Extended Hours at Best Buy

MINNEAPOLIS--()--Seventy-five percent of Americans say that just because they started their holiday shopping early doesn’t mean they’ll finish early, according to a new national study1 commissioned by Best Buy.

These last-minute shoppers pull out all the stops to get gifts in time for the holidays, including shopping online at work (24 percent), staying up all night (17 percent) and shopping on the way to a holiday event (13 percent).

As they consider their final shopping lists, 67 percent of Americans believe tech gadgets are easier to shop for than clothing as a last-minute holiday gift.

The good news is there is still time, and Best Buy is making it easy to focus on your job, catch some Z’s and get your shopping done in time for the holidays.

For those planning ahead:

  • Free expedited shipping to get gifts by Christmas. Starting today, thousands of products on BestBuy.com are now eligible for a free shipping upgrade2. Purchases made by 10:30 a.m. CT Tuesday, Dec. 22 will now automatically receive free expedited two-day shipping so packages arrive by Christmas3. BestBuy.com will also offer overnight shipping options, at a cost, for those shopping on Wednesday, Dec. 23. For more details, visit BestBuy.com/Shipping.

For those with no time to lose:

  • Store pickup options. Shoppers have until 4 p.m. local time on Christmas Eve to order on BestBuy.com and pick up in-store before the doors close at 6 p.m. For the ultimate procrastinators shopping on Christmas Day, BestBuy.com is always open for e-gift cards.
  • Extended store hours:
    • Friday, Dec. 18 – Saturday, Dec. 19: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    • Sunday, Dec. 20: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    • Monday, Dec. 21 – Wednesday, Dec. 23: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    • Thursday, Dec. 24: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For those who have everything but need some help:

  • Gift of Geek Squad. Customers can easily give their loved ones a Geek Squad house call for tech setup and troubleshooting help through the “Gift of Geek Squad.” The limited-edition holiday gift package is good for an hour of in-home tech setup and support from a Geek Squad Agent and is available in stores for $99.99 or $149.99. The Gift of Geek Squad can be redeemed for a range of services supporting computers, tablets and mobile devices, TVs/video, routers/Wi-Fi connections and more.
  • Free Geek Squad setup. Free Geek Squad setup is available on select tech gifts this season including Apple Watch, GoPro HERO4, Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and more. When customers purchase a qualifying gift, they will receive instructions they can pass along to their gift recipient on how to set up a free one-on-one appointment with a Geek Squad Agent. Visit BestBuy.com/FreeSetup to view the gifts that qualify for free setup.

Brands and deals people want

Who needs another sweater? You don’t have to worry about finding the right size and color when shopping for the latest technology. Some of the best last-minute gifts and deals include:

Apple

TVs

Headphones and Bluetooth speakers

Other great deals

BestBuy.com features curated lists of gift ideas including the top tech of the season, great stocking stuffers, gifts under $25, $50 and $100, and gifts for him, her, kids and even the family pet. Visit BestBuy.com/GiftIdeas for a full list of ideas. Gift cards are also popular gift options, and e-gift cards are always available on BestBuy.com – even on Christmas Day.

1 The Best Buy Holiday Shopping Survey was conducted by Wakefield Research (www.wakefieldresearch.com) among a nationally representative sample of 1,030 men and women ages 18+. The survey was fielded between Dec. 4 and Dec. 10, 2015, using an email invitation and an online survey. The margin of error at the overall level is +/- 3.1%. For complete survey results, contact press@bestbuy.com.

2 Free 2-day shipping eligible items have Expedited Shipping automatically selected in your cart. Select Marketplace items, some scheduled delivery items, items displaying “In Store Only” message, movies, music and other select items are not available for free 2-day shipping. 2-day shipping valid through 12/22/15 at 10:30 a.m. CT.

3 Select items, including music and movies, may have a shipping cutoff date prior to 12/22/15. Please check the “Get it by” date in your cart to confirm arrival prior to Christmas.

Contacts

Best Buy Public Relations
Shandra Tollefson, 612-231-5146
Press@BestBuy.com

Contacts

Best Buy Public Relations
Shandra Tollefson, 612-231-5146
Press@BestBuy.com