Royal Mail’s Christmas delivery deadlines

Royal Mail postboxOrdering your shopping online is by far the easiest way to get your Christmas presents. Our Christmas gift guides – top Christmas gifts for dad, Christmas gifts for mum, even Christmas gifts for pets – have a wide selection of the kind of gifts you might want to buy for a loved one this year. But please ensure you leave enough time for the presents to be delivered – whether to you, or directly to the recipient, if the store offers a gift-wrapping service.

If you take a look at Royal Mail’s website you can see its table of Christmas posting deadlines. Please remember to order items well in advance, and check items will be in stock.

And remember that whenever you shop online through Give as you Live, the charity you love gets an extra little present – at no extra cost or effort to you.

Table of Christmas postage delivery deadlines

Deadline Service
Thursday 13 December Standard and Mail Order Return Parcels
Tuesday 18 December Second Class and Recorded Signed For™
Thursday 20 December First Class and Recorded Signed For™
Friday 21 December Special Delivery™ with Saturday Guaranteed
Saturday 22 December Special Delivery™
Friday 28 September Africa, Asia, Australia, Caribbean, Central America, New Zealand and South America
Tuesday 2 October Far East (except Hong Kong and Singapore), Middle East
Tuesday 16 October Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa and USA
Tuesday 6 November Cyprus, Eastern Europe, Greece, Iceland, Malta and Turkey
Tuesday 20 November Western Europe
Wednesday 5 December Asia, Australia, Far East (including Japan), New Zealand
Friday 7 December Africa, Caribbean, Central America, Middle East and South America
Monday 10 December Canada, Eastern Europe and USA
Wednesday 12 December Western Europe
Friday 30 November Airmail to Operational BFPOs
Friday 14 December Airmail to Static BFPOs