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Last posting dates for Christmas 2021

You've done all the hard work of writing all your favourite people. Wrapped up loads of fantastic prezzies. So, let's make sure you get them sent out in time and avoid any disappointment.

The Post Office and Royal Mail have done a fantastic job this year, despite the difficulties posed by Corona, but if last Christmas mail volumes are anything to go by then we certainly recommend sending Christmas Cards and Gifts nice and early to make sure they arrive in plenty of time of the big day.

See our comprehensive list of last Royal Mail posting dates for sending Christmas Cards and Gifts below, for both within the UK and abroad. If you are looking for Penny Black Christmas cut off times for orders please see our regularly updated Delivery Policy.

You can find your local Post Office branch with this helpful finder here.

Royal Mail's last posting dates for Christmas 2021 in the UK

Saturday 18 December 2nd Class
Tuesday 21 December 1st Class
Thursday 23 December Special Delivery Guaranteed


Last Christmas 2021 dates posting abroad by International Standard

Wednesday 1 December Caribbean
Monday 6 December Australia, Greece, Italy, New Zealand and Portugal
Wednesday 8 December Africa, Central and South America, Asia, Far and Middle East
Friday 10 December Cyprus, Malta and Sweden
Saturday 11 December Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia), Turkey
Monday 13 December Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Poland and USA
Thursday 16 December Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland

 Royal Mail recently updated their international last recommended posting dates and it is possible there could be further changes, so posting your Christmas Gifts and Christmas Cards early is the best plan.