Christmas delivery and shipping date deadlines

Don’t miss the Christmas post

Beat the Christmas rush and the elbow digs in the post office and make sure you get your Xmas parcels signed, sealed and delivered in time for Christmas day. This means:

• Getting your standard parcels posted by Wednesday 14th December
• Your second class and recorded signed items in by Saturday 17th December
• Your first class recorded signed for items in by Tuesday 20th December

Avoid having a nightmare before Christmas by being organised and using the special delivery service, which offers delivery before Christmas if you post your items by:

Thursday 22nd December, or Friday 23rd December with a Saturday guarantee.

Christmas overseas

For those of you with family or friends on further shores then keep in mind that international delivery in time for Christmas has a tighter schedule! (The reindeer have to travel further, you see):

• Airmail services to South & Central America, Caribbean, Africa, Middle East, Asia, Far East (including Japan), Australia and New Zealand: you're too late! These should have been by Monday 5th December
• Likewise, your parcels should have been in by Friday 9th December  for Eastern Europe, USA and Canada
• Get your parcels in by Monday 12th December for Western Europe

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Don’t miss the sleigh

Online shopping is great for Christmas; you can slot it into the spare minutes between nativities and card writing, especially if you have a smart phone (ideal for mums on the go). But don’t think you can get away with adding to your basket at the last minute like you do the rest of the year – online shopping has its deadlines too! 40 million of you do your shopping online for gifts, which is no surprise considering the choices available and the ease of shopping from your own home. But don’t hang about and end up missing out on receiving your items in time to wrap and send them.

Here are some of the last order dates for major online retailers in the UK:

Amazon UK

Order by 11.59pm on Sunday 18th December for free super saver delivery.

• By 11.59pm on Wednesday 21st December for first class delivery.

• By 6.00pm on Friday 23rd December for express delivery.

• By 3.30pm on Friday 23rd December for Amazon Prime customers.

• Customers in some postcodes can order by 8.30am on Saturday 24th December and get an evening delivery.


Order by Wednesday 21st December for smaller items (for delivery by Friday 23rd December).

• By end of Sunday 18th December for larger items, such as furniture.

• Close of business on Christmas Eve for in-store pick up through its check and reserve service.

Order by Thursday 22nd December for next day delivery.

• By Monday 19th Decmeber for standard delivery.


• Order by 11.59pm on Thursday 22nd December.


• Order by 3.30pm on Friday 23rd December.


• Order by 11.59 on Thursday 22nd December for collection in-store as well as home delivery.


• Order by Monday 12th December for free delivery.

• By Monday 19th for standard delivery.

• By 5pm Thursday 22nd for express delivery.

• Order by Monday 19th December for free delivery.

John Lewis

• Order by 3pm on 21 December for gifts delivered within the UK.

• By 7pm on 12 December for overseas delivery.


• Home, clothing, beauty, gifts and entertainment order by 12pm 21st December for standard delivery.

• Order by 12pm 22nd for nominated day.


•  UK (excluding Northern Ireland) courier order by 9pm Thursday 22nd December.

• UK (excluding Northern Ireland) other carriers 9pm Friday 16th December.

Tesco Direct

• Order by Tuesday 20th December for large items.

• By 3pm on Thursday 22nd December for small items and clothing.

• By 12pm on Thursday 22nd December for wine by the case.

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