POST: Last dates for Christmas

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Our busy postmen and women are already dealing with online shopping parcels and cards. Here are some tips for readers to help them plan for the last minute rush.

Order early, post early and use the postcode. Ordering early means you have time to return Christmas presents if they are not quite right.

Posting early will enable people to enjoy their cards for longer and helps us spread the workload at its busiest time. Our postcode finder can help you locate address details for people. Using the postcode helps Royal Mail sort the cards and letters by machine rather than by hand.

Latest recommended

posting dates

December 18 – Second class

December 20 – First Class

December 23 – Special Delivery Guaranteed

International last posting dates:

December 12 - USA

December 13 – Western 
Europe (excluding Greece,


Tony Fox

Operations Director, East of England, Royal Mail