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Last Posting Dates for Christmas 2023: Your Guide to Timely Deliveries

As the festive season approaches, it's crucial to plan ahead for sending your cards, gifts, and greetings. To ensure timely delivery for Christmas 2023, it's important to be aware of the last posting dates for both UK and international services. Notably, some international deadlines are earlier compared to last year, so it's advisable to act promptly.

Last Posting Dates for the UK Christmas 2023

Royal Mail 2nd Class & 2nd Class Signed For

For those opting for the economical Royal Mail 2nd Class or 2nd Class Signed For services, the last recommended posting date is Monday, 18 December 2023. This service is ideal for non-urgent, cost-effective deliveries.

Royal Mail 1st Class & 1st Class Signed For

For slightly faster delivery, the Royal Mail 1st Class and 1st Class Signed For services have their last recommended posting date on Wednesday, 20 December 2023. This option is suitable for those who might have missed the 2nd Class deadline.

Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed

For the most urgent and important deliveries, the Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed service is the best choice. This premium service ensures on-time delivery to UK addresses or offers a money-back guarantee. Additionally, for an extra fee, a Saturday guaranteed delivery option is available, ensuring on-time delivery on Saturday to most UK addresses. The last recommended posting date for this service is Thursday, 21 December 2023.

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International Services

For international deliveries, the deadlines vary depending on the destination. It's important to check the specific dates for the country you are sending to, as they can be significantly earlier than the UK services. The general advice for international postage is to post as early as possible.

Tips for timely posting at Christmas

Tips for Timely Posting

  • Plan Ahead: Check the specific deadlines for the country you are sending to.

  • Pack Wisely: Ensure your items are securely packaged and correctly addressed.

  • Post Early: Avoid the rush and the possibility of delays by posting well before the deadline.

  • Keep Receipts: For peace of mind, keep a record of your postage, especially for valuable items.

The festive season is a busy time for postal services worldwide. By being aware of the last posting dates and planning accordingly, you can ensure that your festive greetings and gifts arrive in time to spread joy and cheer.

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