With less than a week to go before Christmas, consumers' online shopping options for holiday delivery are dwindling.
But it looks like Santa's helpers still have plenty of work to do. As of Dec. 10, the date of the latest National Retail Federation survey, the average shopper had finished just 52.9 percent of his (or her) holiday shopping. (Even so, that's up from 49.9 percent last year.)
But picking up the remaining items may require forking over more cash for shipping, or braving the mall. (Watch the above video for more tips.) Thursday was Free Shipping Day—marking the last opportunity at many retailers for shoppers to get free standard shipping with delivery on by Christmas. Even then, shoppers had already missed the deadline for stores including Toys R Us and Victoria's Secret. Some retailers had cutoffs as early as Dec. 11, said Kendal Perez, a spokeswoman for deal site CouponSherpa.com.