Last posting dates for Christmas 2021 – here's where you can still buy presents online

Here are the last posting dates for Christmas 2021

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Left Christmas shopping til the last minute? Don't panic! We've rounded up the last posting dates for Christmas 2021. You still have time to get your gifts and cards signed sealed and delivered.

Remember: certain supermarkets sell toys, Argos is part of Sainsbury's, too, so you can click and collect presents there. If not, Amazon offers same-day delivery, as do Selfridges (if you are in London) and there are always e-gift cards.

Use our Christmas Countdown for more helpful dates, deadlines and must-dos for getting ready for festivities.

Christmas posting last dates: cut-off dates

We've listed retailers in alphabetical order to make life easier. Here you can find Next Day delivery dates as well as Click & Collect when applicable and, of course, Standard Delivery.

Royal Mail Christmas posting dates

  • Royal Mail 2nd Class: Saturday, 18th December
  • Royal Mail 1st Class: Tuesday, December 21st
  • Royal Mail special delivery: Thursday, December 23rd
  • Royal Mail Tracked 24*: 22nd December ?

If you want to send sned post internationally, many of the deadlines have now passed. Thursday, December 16 is the deadline for Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, and Switzerland.

Saturday, December 18 is the cut-off date for Belgium, France, and Luxembourg.

Hermes Christmas posting dates

  • Last day for courier collection: Saturday 19 December
  • Last day for Standard Parcelshop drop-off: 12pm 21st December
  • Last day for Next Day drop-off: 12pm 22nd December

For more information, visit the Hermes website.

Amazon Christmas posting dates

Note: these dates are for Prime members only.

  • One-Day Delivery: 23rd December
  • Same-Day Delivery: 24th December
  • Grocery: 24th December
  • eGift Cards: 25th December

When you're shopping, it should tell you when the item is expected to arrive, so you can make sure it's going to come in time before clicking 'buy'. If you're not a Prime member, you can still nab free shipping on orders over £20. 

Gifts and homeware Christmas posting dates

  • Amara:  Standard Delivery: 6 pm 17th December
  • Anthropologie:UK Standard Delivery: 7pm 19th December, Express Delivery: 6pm 21st December
  • Argos: No date released yet, but Argos offers same-day delivery on some gifts, or in-store collection – perfect for last-minute toy shopping!
  • Cox & Cox: No guarantee for deliveries placed from 1st December to arrive before Chrstimas red from the 1st December onwards will arrive before Christmas. All orders placed before this time will arrive as planned.
  • Cuckooland: No date released yet
  • Dunelm: Standard Delivery: on or before 17th December
  • Furniture Choice: No date released but you can shop the 'in time for Christmas' range
  • Groupon: Varies depending on seller
  • Habitat: No date released yet for standard delivery.
  • House of Fraser: Standard Delivery: 19th Dec, Next Day Delivery: 22nd Dec, Click & Collect: 19th Dec
  • IWOOT: Standard Delivery, Click & Collect, InPost Lockers or Eco Delivery: on or before 15th December.
  • John Lewis: Standard: 7pm 18th December. Named Day: 8pm 22nd December. Click & Collect: 8pm 22nd December
  • La Redoute: Standard: 19th December
  • Made.com:  No date released yet
  • Oliver Bonas: Standard: Order by 3:30pm, Monday 20th December, Next Day delivery not available
  • Selfridges: Standard: 6pm Sunday 19 December, Next Day: 9pm 22 December,
    Same day: 12pm 23 December
  • Swyft: Standard: December 22nd
  • The Range: Regular Express Delivery: 21st December Saver Delivery: 20th December, Order & Collect: 20th December
  • The White Company: Standard and Collect PLus: Midnight 19th December.
  • Wayfair: Varies depending on seller

Electrical and appliance Christmas posting dates

  • Amazon: One-Day Delivery: 23rd December
  • AO.com:  Not date released yet – next day delivery available
  • Appliances Direct: Next Day: 23rd December (small), 22rd December (medium), 22nd December (large items).
  • Argos: Not date released yet – same-day delivery and click and collect available
  • Currys: Standard: 7pm on 20th December, Collect: 5pm on 24th December
  • eBay: Varies depending on seller
  • John Lewis: Standard: 7pm 18th December. Named Day: 8pm 22nd December. Click & Collect: 8pm 22nd December
  • Selfridges:Standard: 6pm Sunday 19 December, Next Day: 9pm 22 December, Same day: 12pm 23 December

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Annie Collyer
Annie Collyer

Annie is our Deputy Ecommerce Editor at Real Homes, with her particular area of expertise being home fragrance (there isn't a candle out there that she hasn't lit in her home). She's our guru when it comes to what to buy, when — and also where. She has years of experience when it comes to finding deals — Amazon Prime Day, Black Friday or not — and she particularly loves finding a bargain. With some of her favorite homeware pieces coming from Amazon, she's always looking for budget-friendly alternatives and dupes, as well as eco-friendly products to help her on her recent journey to being more sustainable at home. There's nothing she loves more than her Pug, Doug, and a bargain thrift shop find (yes, she once thrifted a brand new Le Creuset pan). Next up on her to-do list at home: DIY crittall-style doors...

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