We've shopped small, we've supported independent businesses and we've lovingly wrapped up our well-thought out gifts to give to friends and family for Christmas. But exchanging them this year is going to be a little different. Since we may not get to see all of our loved ones in the way we'd love to normally, we're probably going to be relying on our good friends at Royal Mail to become Santa's Helpers and deliver our Christmas cards and presents for us.
Since I use Royal Mail every day for your lovely orders (thank you!) I thought I'd put together a handy guide featuring some top tips that will save you some time queueing at the post office and some money too.
Tip 1 - Post early
My first and most important tip is to post early. Royal Mail have predicted huge volumes of post this season. I've listed the last recommended posting dates below, but to ensure everything gets to where you want it to be on time, post early.
Tip 2 - Use Click and Drop
Buying your postage online and printing a label is actually a lot easier than you would expect and saves you time. Weigh your item, fill in the details online, pop the label on and send through the postbox in the normal way.
If it's a parcel or a valuable item, take it to the post office and simply ask for proof of postage, or use Royal Mail's new parcel collection service where you pay 72p extra for your local postie to pick it up for you. Hold onto that proof of postage receipt too - if anything happens to your parcel, you'll need that if you want to claim compensation.
Save money by doing it online too! Using Click and Drop is often cheaper than using the counter services at the post office, especially for parcels, so it's always worth doing.
Tip 2 - Check the last posting dates
The last posting dates recommended by Royal Mail are earlier than you may think, especially for international items. See the UK dates below:
|Friday 18th December||
2nd Class and 2nd Class Signed For
|Monday 21st December||
1st Class and 1st Class Signed For
Tuesday 22 December
Royal Mail Tracked 24
|Wednesday 23 December||
Special Delivery Guaranteed
Check all the international dates here too.
Tip 3 - Add stamps to your Ricicle Cards order
I sell 1st class stamps in my online shop, at the same price you pay at the post office, so if you need a few, add them to your order at the checkout.
Tip 4 - Write to Santa!
This is great for kids (big and small!). You can write a letter to Santa! Royal Mail do this every year and it's just lovely. Simply write your letter to:
Don't forget to add a stamp and send it by Friday 11th December. He'll send a reply about 10 days later! Hope you've made the good list this year!
I hope those tips were useful. Do you have any top tips you'd like to add? Leave a comment below. Merry Christmas!
With love, David x