Christmas Deadlines You Should Take Note Of

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  • 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