Last-Minute Online Deals for Outdoor Gifts

It's the final countdown. Here's a quick round-up of week-before-Christmas deals (and shipping speed) from major online outdoor retailers.

Cabela's has their "Christmas Hot Buys: 25 Days of Deals," which features a variety of heavily discounted items at 20 to 50 percent off. To get it there by Christmas, Cabela's is offering a free upgrade to their guaranteed express shipping for orders of $100 or more placed by 12/20 at 10 p.m. Eastern time. It's not free, but may be a cost effective option for the very final minutes option.

Eastern Mountain Sports
EMS offers a daily Deal of the Day, usually around 40 to 50 percent off. Lightweight fleece hoodies were available on December 19 for only $24.50. If you purchase $100 or more online before Christmas, you'll receive a $20 Gearbucks Card, which can be applied to one $75 or more merchandise purchase online or in store from 12/25/11 through 1/10/12.

EMS offers free standard shipping on any purchase and guarantees delivery by Christmas if ordered by noon on December 20. After the 20th, guaranteed (not-free) delivery only by 2nd day and/or next day air.

If you shop from EMS, make sure and start from this referral page on the Mount Washington Observatory web site. When you click through to the EMS site, a portion of the sale goes back to support the Observatory. It's like making a donation without spending an extra dime!

L.L. Bean
L.L. Bean is running a "12 Days of Christmas Savings" daily deal promotion that features one item at a steep discount. On 12/19 it was a Polartec Windpro Fleece Jacket for only $35. L.L. Bean has free shipping with guaranteed delivery by Christmas for orders placed before 12/21 at noon Eastern time. Express shipping (not free) gets it there by Christmas for orders placed by 12/22 at noon.

You can buy one REI brand item for 30 percent off until 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve. They are offering free standard shipping on any purchase up to $50, and free two-day shipping on orders of $50 or more (through 12/21 at noon Eastern time).

Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.