Today is the last day to get your Christmas cards posted if you want to send them second-class and have them arrive before Christmas Day on Sunday.
The last day Royal Mail recommends for posting first class is tomorrow, Wednesday 21 December.
Deliveries and collections will be made right up to and including 24 December, but there will be no Royal Mail postal services on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or the 27 December. Services will return to normal on 28 December, the first working day after Christmas.
Royal Mail says that these dates will not have been impacted by Monday’s Post Office strike.
Online delivery order dates
If you haven’t completed your Christmas shopping and don’t have time to hit the shops it’s still not too late to get sorted at many retailers – although you need to get your skates on.
John Lewis, for example, will take online orders with standard delivery (free on orders over £50 and £3.50 on orders under £50) up until 7pm today (Tuesday 20 December). Meanwhile next day delivery can be booked up until 8pm on Thursday 22 December at a cost of £6.95.
With M&S clothing, beauty or homeware, it’s no longer possible to get standard delivery (free on orders over £50 and 3.50 on orders under £50) in time for Christmas.
However you can still book ‘nominated day delivery’ on M&S orders until 10pm on 22 December, which enables you to choose a delivery date for your order to be delivered to a UK address for £3.99 – and can often includes next day delivery. The cut off for free store delivery is 8pm on 22 December.