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Need to send a last-minute gift? Here are the final dates you can post letters and parcels with Royal Mail this year.
Shopping for presents and wrapping them up in red, gold and green paper has got to be one of the best parts of Christmas. It's the season of giving, after all.
But what happens when there's only a week to go until the 25th December and you've left your Santa Claus letters to the last minute?
Or worst yet, you've forgotten to send that special gift to your Granny who lives on the other side of the country?
Thankfully, Royal Mail has released their final delivery dates for 2019 so you can get prepped for the festive season ahead.
If you want to send loved ones (or the North Pole) letters and packages within Britain, here are the final dates to get them there before Christmas.
Wednesday 18th December 2019: 2nd Class and 2nd Class Signed For
Friday 20th December 2019: 1st Class and 1st Class Signed For and Royal Mail Tracked 48®
Saturday 21st December 2019: Royal Mail Tracked 24®
Monday 23rd December 2019: Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®
Family and friends live further afield? Rather than relying on Rudolf to deliver your presents and letters, check out these international dates.
You might be surprised to find out that posting dates for International Economy (Surface Mail) destinations have already been and gone, but you can still send post to these places.
Saturday 2nd November 2019: Cyprus, Eastern Europe, Greece, Iceland, Malta and Turkey
Saturday 16th November 2019: Western Europe
If you want to send gifts and letters to the rest of the world using the International Standard (Airmail) and tracking services, these are your final deadlines.
Monday 9th December 2019: Africa, Middle East, Asia, Caribbean, Central and South America, Far and Middle East
Tuesday 10th December 2019: Cyprus, Malta
Wednesday 11th December 2019: Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia)
Thursday 12th December 2019: Australia, Greece, New Zealand and Turkey
Saturday 14th December 2019: Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Poland, Sweden, USA
Monday 16th December 2019: Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland
Wednesday 18th December 2019: Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg
While it's best to get your lists off to Santa as early as possible, if you want a reply you'll need to send it up the chimney by 6th December 2019.
The address is: Father Christmas, Santa’s Grotto, Reindeerland, XM4 5HQ.
It's free to send but make sure you include your full name and address so Santa can write back.
if you're sending gifts or letters to anyone in the British Forces, the deadline for International Standard HM Forces Mail for British Forces Post Offices (BFPOs) are Monday 25th November 2019 for operational BFPOs, and Friday 13th December 2019 for static BFPOs.
For more information, check out royalmail.com.