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So after all that stress of figuring out how a pandemic Thanksgiving would work, you told yourself you deserved a little break and had plenty of time to get your holiday shopping done. And then before you knew it, it was mid-December, and delivery dates for everything were getting cut off earlier than you expected. That leisurely gift-finding period you had planned turned into a desperate, last-minute scramble to make Christmas wishes come true under circumstances no one could have expected a year ago.

And you want our sympathies?

Well, you have them, because we were just in the same situation. But we figured out how to make any future shopping trips for your household essentials and last-minute goods an anxiety-free success — and we’re going to share our secret with you: Sam’s Club curbside Pickup.

There are always plenty of reasons to take advantage of Sam’s Club’s curbside Pickup, from the stores’ enormous selection to the great member prices. But what makes it extra special this year is that it’s as fast, convenient and safe.

You thought next-day shipping was fast? How about knowing you’ll be able to pick up your goodies in as soon as four hours? That’s right, if the product is available at your local store, Sam’s Club’s same-day Pickup option means that you might as well get your SUV warmed up before you’ve even put in your order. With the addition of more Pickup time slots all day long, including exclusive morning hours for Plus members, the stress of shopping for anything you need will be a thing of the past — plus you won’t have to rely on waiting for a package to be delivered.

Sam's Club curbside Pickup

Since customer safety is a priority at Sam’s Club, curbside Pickup is a contact-free alternative to delivery. Associates are wearing face masks and taking necessary precautions like daily temperature checks and health screenings, and they’re sanitizing carts every time they’re used. Sam’s Club knows that shopping is already stressful enough without you having to add in worries about the virus, so they’re doing everything possible to take that risk out of the equation.

Sam’s Club has also made curbside Pickup free for all members, not just those who have the Plus card, with no minimum balance required. And they’ve expanded their inventory, so whether you’re shopping for yourself or picking up a gift for a loved one, you’re likely to find whatever it is you’re looking for — from the Shaq Smokeless Grill and Press ($89.98; for those who like to sneak in a panini between midday Zoom meetings, the iRobot Roomba robot vacuum ($229.98, originally $299.98; for the person who deserves an afternoon off not cleaning up pet hair or the Bose QC35 Noise Canceling headphones ($239.88, originally $269.88; for anyone who’s looking to tune out distractions.

So let the stress wash over you and dissipate like the sweet steam off a fresh mug of hot chocolate. You don’t need to worry any longer about getting your shopping done quickly and safely, because Sam’s Club curbside Pickup is here to help you out.