Christmas Deadlines You Should Take Note Of

Yes, the Christmas countdown is well and truly underway. No matter how well intentioned we may be, late December invariably sees us in an increasingly frantic scrabble for those last posting and online ordering dates. This year, see off seasonal stress by bookmarking these key dates now. And if it is late December by the time you read this? Don’t panic. Whether you’re a last minute card writer or still searching for a gift for that tricky-to-buy-for someone-or-other, we’ve got you covered. Keep this page to hand and you won’t get caught out…

Christmas Post

Royal Mail 

Post Office workers may be planning to stage 5 days of strike action between 19th and 24th December, but Royal Mail have assured us that, “If any industrial action takes place in
Post Office Ltd, Royal Mail will be operating as normal. We expect
there to be no or little effect on the services we provide to our
customers.”

97% of Post Office branches should operate as usual.

UK Inland Services

2nd Class and 2nd Class Signed For – Tuesday 20th December

1st Class and 1st Class Signed For – Wednesday 21st December

Special Delivery Guaranteed – Thursday 22nd December 

Special Delivery Saturday Guaranteed – Friday 23rd December

International Standard and Signature Services

Africa, Middle East – Saturday 3rd December

Cyprus, Asia, Far East, Eastern Europe (except Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia) – Wednesday 7th December

Caribbean, Central & South America – Thursday 8th December

Greece, Australia, New Zealand – Saturday 10th December

Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland – Wednesday 14th December

Canada, Finland, Sweden, USA – Thursday 15th December

Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland – Friday 16th December

Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg – Saturday 17th December

Christmas Food

Sainsbury’s

Order by 15th December for collection on 22nd, 23rd or 24th December

Marks & Spencer

Order by 15th December for collection on 22nd, 23rd or 24th December

Waitrose

Order instore, online or by calling 0800 022 4051 by 15th December for collection or delivery on 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd or 24th December

Morrisons

Order by 14th December for instore collection

Tesco

Order online by 14th December or instore by 15th December for delivery on 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd or 24th December (selected locations only)

Asda

Order by 15th December for collection or delivery on 20th, 21st, 22nd or 23rd December

Christmas Shopping

Amazon

Free/No rush delivery – 20th December

Standard delivery – 21st December

One Day/Express delivery – 23rd December

Same Day/Prime Now delivery – 24th December (available in London and selected cities only)

Email or print a gift card – any time up to and including 25th December

John Lewis

Click & Collect, John Lewis shops – 8pm on 22nd December

Click & Collect, Waitrose and Collect+ shops – 8pm on 21st December

UK home delivery, standard – 7pm on 20th December

UK home delivery, next day – 8pm on 22nd December

Last order dates for larger items such as furniture and appliances vary, and can be as early as October – check individual product pages.

Selfridges

Standard delivery – 6pm on 19th December

Nominated/Next Day delivery – 6pm on 21st December

Click & Collect – 2pm on 23rd December

Marks & Spencer (clothing, beauty and home)

Standard delivery – 10pm on 18th December

Store collection – 8pm on 22nd December

Nominated Day delivery – 10pm on 22nd December

Debenhams

Standard delivery – 7pm on 20th December

Next Evening delivery – 10pm on 22nd December

Next Day delivery – 7pm on 23rd December

Next

Most items – 22nd December

Photo gifts – 13th December

Gift cards – midday on 23rd December

buyagift.com

Standard delivery – 2pm on 21st December

Next Day delivery – 2pm on 23rd December

eVoucher – any time up to and including 25th December (vouchers will be delivered by email within 2 hours)

Hotel Chocolat

Standard delivery – 6pm on 19th December

Nominated/Next Day delivery – 6pm on 22nd December

Saturday delivery – 6pm on 23rd December

Click & Collect (in stock items only) – 6pm on 24th December

Same Day delivery – 3pm on 24th December (dependent on stock levels in local stores)

Photobox

Standard delivery – 13th-18th December, depending on product

Special delivery – 19th December for selected products

Interflora

11am on 24th December

H Samuel

Standard delivery – 2pm on 22nd December

Click & Collect – 9pm on 22nd December

Express delivery – 3pm on 23rd December

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