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Holiday shipping deadlines quickly approaching

Monday - 12/5/2011, 3:54am  ET

WASHINGTON - The deadlines for placing orders online and having them arrive on time with standard shipping costs are fast approaching.

Shoppers have exactly one week to place an order from Overstock.com, REI, Brooks Brothers, and others, and still have their gifts arrive in time for Christmas -- using standard shipping.

For those who like to wait to the last minute, Amazon, Best Buy, and Apple are your best bets, according to FreeShipping.org.

Shoppers have until Dec. 19 to get their orders into Amazon, while Apple and Best Buy have their deadlines a day later.

Those who find themselves in a major bind can still order from most retailers by Dec. 21 or Dec. 22 and have their packages arrive by Christmas -- as long as they're willing to pay what could be a hefty shipping premium.

FreeShipping.org has a full list of retailers and their deadlines.

WTOP's John Aaron contributed to this report. Follow WTOP on Twitter.

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