The Speed Couriers Christmas Delivery Countdown

With a ton of presents to wrap and a few of those crucial gifts still to buy, the weeks approaching Christmas are easily one of the more frustrating and often stressful times of year.

To effectively avoid these panics it’s a good idea to get as much of the Christmas shopping done and wrapped before the final weeks of December kick in, but for some, hindsight is worth less than the wrapping on their Christmas presents, and the premise of carrying out a well-organised Christmas shop months in advance is much easier said than done.

But have no fear, here at Speed Couriers we’ve put together this handy Christmas delivery deadline list to help you ensure all your presents reach their respective destination just in time for Christmas!

Online Shopping

Buying online will usually help you to secure the best deal because you can compare prices easily, use discounts and shop via a cashback website. But, to bag a bargain, you will need to order before the standard delivery deadlines to avoid shelling out for expensive fast track services to ensure your gifts arrive in time for Christmas Day.

These can vary dramatically. Check delivery dates for your favourite shops using the ‘This is Money’ roundup below:

Royal Mail

·         2nd Class and Royal Mail Signed For: Wednesday December 18

·         1st Class and Royal Mail Signed For: Friday December 20

·         Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed: Monday December 23

·         Super Saver delivery: December 18 (midnight)

·         First Class delivery: December 20 (midnight)

·         Same Day delivery: December  20 (midnight)

·         One Day delivery: December 23 (11am)


·         Smaller items:  December 22 (1pm)

·         Larger items: December 20

·         In-store collection: December 23 (23:59)

·         Standard delivery: December 18 (23.59)

·         Next Day delivery: December 23 (9pm)

·         Evening Next Day delivery: December 23 (23.59)

·         Collect+ standard delivery to store: December 18 (23.59)

·         Collect+ next day to store: December 23 (6pm)

John Lewis

·         Standard delivery: December 21 (7pm)

·         Click and Collect from Waitrose stores: December 21 (7pm)

·         Click and Collect from John Lewis shops: December 22 (7pm)

Marks and Spencer

·         Clothing, home, beauty, wine, gifts and entertainment

·         Standard delivery & Delivery to store: December 19 (7pm)

·         Nominated Day Delivery: December 21 (3pm)

·         Gift cards and vouchers and hampers

·         Standard delivery: December 19 (5pm)

·         Nominated Day Delivery: December 20 (5pm)

·         Christmas Food to Order (for collection in store): December 15 (5pm)

·         New Year Food to Order (for collection in store): December 20 (5pm)

·         Flowers: December 23 (12pm)


By James Hadley

James Hadley



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