Christmas is a busy time for everyone. There are presents to buy and wrap and food shopping to organise, along with getting a tree, decorating it and all the other things that have to be done to make everything magical.
It’s easy to lose track of time and miss the last post dates for cards and presents that you need to send to loved ones. And this year in particular, when we may not be able to see our extended family in person due to Covid restrictions, the postal system is anticipated to be busier than ever.
If you run a crafting business from home, it’s also really important that you make sure your last order dates for Christmas will give you enough headroom to get things delivered in time for the big day.
So read on to find out all about the last posting dates for Christmas 2020 in the UK.
Last UK Posting Dates for Christmas 2020
Royal Mail Last Posting Dates
These are the last suggested posting dates for Royal Mail services within the UK, for delivery before Christmas.
Friday 18th December
2nd Class and 2nd Class Signed For
Monday 21st December
1st Class and 1st Class Signed For
Royal Mail Tracked 48
Tuesday 22nd December
Royal Mail Tracked 24
Wednesday 23rd December
Special Delivery Guaranteed
International Postage from the UK
For International Standard and International tracking and signature services, the last dates are as follows:
Friday 4th December
Australia, New Zealand
Wednesday 9th December
Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central and South America, Far and Middle East
Thursday 10th December
Canada, Cyprus, Malta
Friday 11th December
Greece, Eastern Europe (except the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia) and Turkey
Saturday 12th December
The Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Poland, Sweden, USA
Wednesday 16th December
Austria, Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Portugal, Norway, Iceland,
Friday 18th December
Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg
You can buy postage online via the Royal Mail website to save queuing time at the post office.
International HM Forces Mail
If you have family members or friends in the armed forces, these are the dates you need to know for postage from the UK
Monday 30th November
Airmail to Operational HM Forces
Monday 7th December
Airmail to Static HM Forces
Other Options for Christmas 2020 parcel delivery
There are a few other options for parcel delivery in the lead up to Christmas.
Parcelforce have a two day and a next day service for UK deliveries and the last dates for these services are Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd December respectively. You can download the Parcelforce Worldwide country-by-country last posting dates for 2020 list here.
There are various couriers available who will offer quick delivery in the lead up to Christmas. Not all of the big players have released their final dispatch dates to guarantee Christmas delivery as yet, but ParcelHero have a useful date calculator and it’s likely that other providers will update their websites soon to provide this information.
How will lockdown affect these dates?
It’s hard to say how the new UK wide lockdown will affect these dates but judging by how the postal and delivery services were affected during the first lockdown we would suggest managing your customers expectations when ordering and advise that there may be up to a two week delay (as thats the sort of delays we were seeing earlier in the year)
Getting Organised For the Christmas Post
Now that you have all the necessary information, you can make your plans accordingly to ensure that all your cards and gifts or any orders from your craft business reach their intended recipients well before the big day.
Make sure you check out the rest of the blog for more great festive crafting ideas!