Has Christmas crept up on you yet again? With only weeks left until the big day and no time to stand in that queue snaking around the Post Office; the time has arrived to organise a courier for those presents needing to travel without you this Christmas.
1. DON’T LEAVE IT TOO LATE: This tip is the most obvious, but if you have left it a bit late – how late is too late for deliveries this year?
Every courier firm will be different, so it is important to check with them directly, but we would of course recommend our festive courier service to make sure your parcel arrives on time. But you can use the following dates - recommended by the Post Office - as a guideline for the last guaranteed delivery dates to avoid the disappointment of late parcels.
Last dates for the UK:
Friday 22nd December: Special Delivery Guaranteed Saturday
Thursday 21st December: Special Delivery Guaranteed, 1st Class (including Signed For 1st Class)
Wednesday 20th December: 2nd Class (including Signed For 2nd Class)
Last dates for International (airmail):
Saturday 16th December: Belgium, France, Ireland and Luxembourg.
Friday 15th December: Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland.
Thursday 14th December: Canada, USA, Finland and Sweden.
Wednesday 13th December: Czech Republic, Germany, Italy and Poland.
Saturday 9th December: Greece, Turkey, Australia and New Zealand.
Thursday 7th December: Caribbean, Central and South America.
Wednesday 6th December: Cyprus, Malta, Asia, Far East, Eastern Europe (excluding Poland, Slovakia and Czech Republic.
2. USING A COURIER FIRM CAN SAVE YOU TIME AND MONEY: A courier will pick up directly from you, to save you taking time out of your day to stand in a queue – especially when there is so much to do! It is worth looking at price comparison website My Parcel Delivery to see how much you can save by choosing a courier rather than Royal Mail. https://www.myparceldelivery.com/hub/useful-stuff/features/royal-mail-comparison/
3. THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE SENDING: If you are a fan of purchasing the more adventurous or unusual gifts, you may need to check that your items don’t fall into the category of restricted or prohibited to be delivered by courier. Double check your gifts here: https://www.myparceldelivery.com/hub/prohibited-restricted/
4. CONSIDER THE PACKAGING: While it is tempting to take time to decorate your parcel with bows and ribbons, this is only advisable if you put your festive creation inside another strong cardboard box – preferably with a protective layer of padding – to ensure that it arrives unruffled.
5. CONSIDER COMPENSATION COVER FOR EXPENSIVE GIFTS: Most courier firms have a standard level of free-compensation cover (around £20-£30), this will protect you against loss or damage. If the gift is worth a bit more than this, it might be worth considering additional cover.
Christmas is the ultimate multi-tasking challenge and using a courier can take away the stress of delivery – now to persuade someone to wrap them all…
Good luck with all your festive preparations!
JDVL - Collecting and delivering
"The staff on the Links Courier Ltd phone were very helpful in arranging to collect a parcel from an airport and delivering it to my house and the cost was a lot less than it would have cost me to drive to collect it. Very good service. Thank you."