Does Ulta Do Free Overnight Shipping At Christmas?

by Sebastian Zulch

If you have yet to do any holiday shopping for the beauty lovers in your life, I suggest you get on it immediately. Unfortunately, Ulta does not offer free overnight shipping for Christmas, according to a customer service representative I spoke to on the phone. Don't get too disappointed yet, though. All is not lost.

Ulta may not offer free overnight shipping, but it does have 2nd Day Air shipping for $9.95, and Next Day Air shipping for $16.95. A little extra cash could be worth it to get all those beauty essentials and stocking stuffers to you by the holidays.

However, since Next Day Air shipping isn't actually "overnight," I would suggest not waiting until the 23rd or 24th to place your order. According to the Ulta customer service representative, and as stated on the website, it takes about two to three business days total for this kind of delivery due to processing time and other hassles. So if you need some beauty-related gifts from this retailer, order with Next Day Air by the evening of Dec. 20 to ensure that your package gets to you by Christmas Eve.

And if this feels like too much of a gamble, or you just can't justify spending the money on shipping, take a chance at your local Ulta store (be warned that it's probably packed this time of year). While you decide on the lesser of the two evils, check out Ulta's gift guide for some inspiration. Here are some ideas to get you started.

1. For The Glam Girl

Urban Decay Naked3 Palette, $54,

Surprise your trendy loved one with the latest Naked Palette, filled with rose-hued neutral powders for the perfect glam look.

2. For The Young & Fab

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick, $6.99,

Help your friend achieve a fun and bold red lip for NYE with NYX's latest lippie.

3. For The Beauty Superfan

Ulta Contour Kit, $18,

Give the beauty-obsessed ones in your life the tool they need to help them perfect that Kim K look with this awesome contour kit.

4. For Ageless Beauties

Leaders' 7 Wonders Mediterranean Olive Brightening Mask, $6,

Gift the mature or skincare-obsessed human in your life this sheet mask, perfect for revitalizing dull and tired skin. Besides, who couldn't use a little spa day?

5. For The Beauty Techie

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler, $49.99,

Give the gift of flawless and frizz-free drying and styling in one simple tool. This multi-tasker is great for beauty tech lovers as well as those always looking for a quicker way to get ready in the morning.

6. For The Well Groomed Guy

The Art of Shaving 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave, $30,

There's nothing like the gift of a fancy shave for your more masculine friends, complete with pre-shave oil, cream, after shave balm, and an applicator brush.

Sighs. The gift of beauty never gets old.

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Images: ultabeauty/Instagram; Courtesy Ulta