IT IS likely you'll hear a cacophony of clicks while you read this as the deadline for online Christmas shopping looms. Shoppers have to act immediately to have goods from Myer and the website Catch of the Day delivered to regional NSW and Sydney before Christmas.
David Jones and Toys 'R' Us are closing orders on Monday, while Big W has already cut off sales and Target called a halt on Sunday.
David Jones, which launched its online shopping website only six weeks ago, is experiencing ''three to four'' times the amount of sales and traffic this year, a spokeswoman said.
The most popular items being bought online are women's fashion, toys and Christmas hampers.
Myer has similarly been ''very pleased'' with its online Christmas sales, a spokeswoman said. The trending online gifts have come from the toys department. But the barbecue tool gift set, cosmetic gift packs and men's apparel are also popular, the spokeswoman said.
For those who have opted to shop overseas, most ''standard shipping'' deadlines have now closed.
If you don't mind incurring higher prices, Amazon UK's ''Amazon global priority delivery'' closes on Monday and ASOS UK's ''express shipping'' closes on Tuesday.
Australia Post says this is the busiest festive season it has experienced, as they ''work around the clock'' to deliver an extra 3 million parcels, compared with last year. To deal with the explosion of parcels being mailed across the country and overseas, 2350 Australia Post stores out of 4500 have extended their hours, while 24-hour lockers are operating in 49 store locations.
''We've noticed significant increases in our parcel volumes … with 70 per cent of our parcels generated from an online transaction,'' a spokeswoman for Australia Post, Melanie Ward, said.
Julie Forbes, who runs an online stationery shop, Note Couture, from Brighton has been gently reminding her customers via email that her Christmas gift deadline is Tuesday. Ms Forbes, who has been running the personalised stationery business for six years, said by the time she personalises and prints the stationery, wraps it and then sends it, the process will take her a good week to deliver on time.
''I am a one-woman band,'' she said. ''I really don't like to leave it to the last minute.''
Research from Mastercard says that 46 per cent of Australians are expected to shop online for gifts or decorations this Christmas.