Last UK Christmas 2012 post dates for cards and presents

Kim Hookem-Smith
Yahoo Lifestyle
3 December 2012

To make sure your loved ones don't miss out on cards and presents this year, we've collected the official posting guidelines from the Royal Mail and online retailers.

UK post days remaining:
1st class – Thursday 20th December
Special Delivery Saturday Guarantee – Friday 21st December
Special Delivery – Saturday 22nd December

[Related: 20 fab last minute Christmas gifts for all the family]

Amazon: The last day for free postage and for large items has passed, but evening deliveries on Christmas Eve are still available to certain larger cities - if you order before 9.30am on the 24th (check the websites for post codes). If you aren’t eligible, One Day Delivery will ensure your gifts arrive on the 23rd. For more details, check the website.

Online retailers:

Most of the websites listed below offer more expensive, guaranteed Christmas Eve delivery for later orders but if you want to get the free or standard cost postage options, here are the dates to watch out for:

December 19th for M&S, Bay, Early Learning Centre, Mothercare, HMV and Firebox.
December 20th for, Boots, Dixons, Dorothy Perkins, Not on the High Street, Oxfam Shop, Tesco, Topman, Ticketmaster, Miss Selfridge,, Virgin Experience Days and Waterstones
December 21st for BHS, Goldsmiths, John Lewis, New Look, Prezzybox and Figleaves.
December 22nd for Thorntons, Hamleys, Toys ‘R’ Us, La Senza and Debenhams

But if you’ve forgotten a present, don’t panic – many of the stores allow you to order just a few hours or days before Christmas Eve and still receive your post (for a price).

What to read next

She's With Us, That's Why #ImWithHer.

Hillary is fighting for all Ameircans. Join her campaign today if you have her back.

20 Early Warning Signs Of Cancer

What you don't know, can kill you. Know the signs of cancer. You probably never even knew #5.

Safe ride. Sound savings.

Get to Nissan’s Safety Today Event for great offers on a new Nissan. Shop Now.

VA Mortgage Rates In 2016

VA Rates as Low as 2.75% (3.028% APR) 15 Year Fixed. Exclusive For Veteran & Military Takes 1 Min!

Banks "Outraged" by Brilliant Home Payoff Method

Before you pay your next mortgage you should see this. Millions of homeowners are already amazed. If your bank knew you did this, they'd freak!