Missed the holiday shipping deadline? Use Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Apple Street Curb Pickup

You can get curbside pickup at Best Buy, Apple, Walmart, and Target.

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Now that the ground shipping times are exceeded To get your Christmas gifts delivered on time for FedEx, UPS, and USPS, you need to start thinking about other ways to make sure your packages aren’t late. You only have a weekend left to do your gift shopping in time for Christmas, which means it will likely be necessary to make your way to the store.

Conveniently, several retailers offer curbside pickup, so you can order online and have your items delivered to your car quickly. This means you won’t have to browse through crowded stores and wait in long lines when you’re in a rush. We’ll walk you through how to schedule curbside pickup for Target, Walmart, Apple, and Best Buy.

Target Drive Up

Target offers free drive-through pickup, but you must order using its mobile app. Here is how it works.

1. Open the Target app on your phone or tablet and select the store where you collect your items.

2. Add items to your cart for pickup.

3. After your payment, Target will send you a notification letting you know your order is ready to be picked up. From there you will need to select Drive up as a pickup method.

4. When you’re ready to pick up your purchase, use the app to notify Target of your arrival and which vehicle you’re in.

5. Once you’ve arrived at the store, park in one of the designated Drive Up locations and let Target know you’re there and how they should charge your car (for example, in your trunk). You will not have direct contact with the employee.

Pick up in Walmart store

Here’s how Walmart’s curbside pickup works.

1. Visit Walmart website and start shopping.

2. Once you’ve added items to your cart and are ready to pay, select To gather and choose a date and time to pick up your order.

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3. After your payment you will receive an email informing you that your order is ready. Use the website (or app) to check in before you go to the store, to give employees time to collect your items.

4. When you arrive at Walmart, park at a reserved pickup point and call the number provided in your confirmation email. An employee will bring your bags outside and load them into your vehicle.

Best Buy Store Pickup

Here’s how to order curbside pickup with Best Buy.

1. Visit the Best Buy Site and add what you want to buy to your shopping cart.

2. At checkout select To gather. It will let you know if your item is eligible for curbside pickup.

3. You will receive a confirmation email when your order is ready. Head to the store and park in one of the reserved pickup areas.

4. Using the Best Buy app, enter your parking spot number and what you’re driving. Then press I am at the store.

5. An employee will come outside and check your order (while respecting social distancing) and load your items into your safe.

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Pick up your Apple order without entering the store.

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Apple picking

Apple stores tend to get crowded, but you can order curbside pickup to avoid the crowds. Here’s how.

1. Visit Apple website and select the product you want to purchase.

2. Before adding it to your cart, select a store to pick up your device. (You can do the same on the Apple Store app, which, if you allow it to use your location, will display the nearest store.) It will show whether curbside pickup is available for that store. Faucet Carry on.

3. Add the item to your cart and verify.

4. Apple will send you an email notification when your order is ready to be picked up. When you arrive at the store, park at a designated pickup location and call the store to let them know you’re there.

5. An employee will check your ID and need to see your order number before handing over your package.

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