Doing some last-minute Christmas shopping? Don’t panic just yet – there’s still time for shipping.
It can be nerve-racking to look for gifts at the best of times, whether they’re for your nearest and dearest, those you barely know, or – perhaps the most terrifying of all – someone you’re newly dating.
You still just about have time, but it’s a good idea to take a note of all your favourite brand’s last shipping dates for Christmas.
Here are some of the key shipping dates you need to take note of so you’re sure that your presents will reach their recipients on time.
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UK shipping dates
If you’re sending something through the post, make sure you do so on or before the following dates depending on the service you’re using.
18 December: 2nd Class, 2nd Class Signed For and Royal Mail 48
21 December: 1st Class, 1st Class Signed, Royal Mail 24, Royal Mail Tracked 48
22 December: Royal Mail Tracked 24
23 December: Special Delivery Guaranteed
Brands’ shipping dates
It’d be great to take note of your favourite brands’ last day of shipping if you plan on buying your gifts from them. Many of these brands will cease offering close-to-deadline deliveries.
There was a rise in this type of service in previous years, where you can order until 10p.m. on Christmas eve for next-day delivery, but things are changing this year.
You can always sign up to each one’s newsletter for updates, but I’ve compiled a list of some of the brands we usually shop for below. Here are the key dates you need to know to get your order before Christmas.
20 December: Standard Delivery
22 December: Next Day Delivery
23 December: Next Day Delivery NI and Next Day Delivery OA
19 December: Click & Collect Standard
22 December: Click & Collect Next Day Delivery
23 December: Click & Collect DPD Next Day Delivery AM
24 December: Next day delivery for London only
15 December: Standard & Express Delivery
16 December: Standard Delivery
23 December: Express Delivery
19 December: Standard Delivery
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18 December: Free shipping with £70 purchase