Christmas 2018 Last Posting Dates

  • November 1, 2018
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Yes, it’s that time of year again, where we publish our Christmas 2018 last posting dates !


Christmas 2018 Last Posting Dates – UK

Service Last Posting Date
Economy Delivery Monday 17th December
Royal Mail 48 / Tracked 48 Wednesday 19th December
Royal Mail 24 / Tracked 24 Thursday 20th December
Royal Mail Special Delivery Thursday 20th December
Local Delivery (where applicable) Sunday 23rd December

For all the dates above, you should probably aim to submit your order by noon. We will keep packing and shipping right up until the point where we have to seal the post bags as the postman comes through the door to collect, but at busy times of the year like this, order synchronisation from our site to our shipping software can sometimes be a little slow.

Don’t forget also that around this time of year, Royal Mail can get very busy and their service times will slip. For most of December, it’s fair to expect the “48” services to take 4-5 days minimum.  We’ve tried to allow for the realities of Royal Mail delivery in our dates above; I think their published dates may be a little optimistic !  Neither Royal Mail 24 or Royal Mail 48 are services which guarantee a delivery date; only Special Delivery does that. I definitely advise you not to leave things until the last minute !


Christmas 2018 Last Posting Dates – International

Service Last Posting Date
Africa, Middle East Monday 3rd December
Cyprus, Malta, Asia, Far East, Eastern Europe (except Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia) Thursday 6th December
Caribbean, Central and South America Friday 7th December
Australia, Greece, New Zealand, Turkey Friday 7th December
Canada, Czech Republic, Italy, Poland and USA Thursday 13th December
Finland, Sweden Friday 14th December
Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland Friday 14th December
Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg Monday 17th December

We definitely advise you to put international orders in as early as possible. Royal Mail are already feeling the strain for deliveries to Western Europe, although it may ease as their Christmas temps get trained up !


You can find the “official” Royal Mail last posting dates at but you’ll see we’ve amended the dates slightly based on past experience.