When is the deadline for posting Christmas cards? 

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20 Dec 2021, 15:27

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Don’t freak out, but Christmas is less than a week away, and after the year we’ve had, you can be forgiven for being less organised when it comes to posting your cards or presents. 

Luckily for you, there is still time, but you need to be speedy 

If you were thinking of being thrifty and getting your gifts out on second class, you may have missed the boat as the deadline to guarantee Christmas cards reaching your loved ones before the big day was Sunday 19th December 2021. 

However, if you don’t mind splashing the cash, you can always go for first-class postage. 

Royal Mail has advised that cards and presents that need to be signed for or posted first class should be sent no later than Tuesday 21 December. 

After that date, the only other option you have for guaranteed delivery before the 25th is using Royal Mail Tracked 24- the cutoff point for this being 22 December. 

If that is no good either, you can use Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed until 23 December. 

Anything sent after those dates you may as well keep and for the new year! 

For those delivery options, you will have to visit the Royal Mail website, as they are not available to buy at the Post Office. 

How much are stamps? 

For a special Christmas stamp book, it will cost you £10.20. 

This year the Royal Mail have decorated their Christmas stamps with scenes from the Nativity designed by Jorge Cocco, a painter from Argentina. 

For a single first-class stamp, it will cost you 76p but get in quick because prices are set to rise in the new year, with first-class stamps costing 85p from 1 January. 

If you are sending a large letter, A4 size or bigger, to loved ones for Christmas it will cost you £1.15 for a first-class stamp. 

Don’t all run to the Post Office at once!