These are the final ordering and posting dates for Christmas

Find out when the cut-off point is to receive and post your Christmas presents this year.

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by Jade Moscrop |

Christmas is coming round fast, and before you know it you'll probably be undertaking the finishing touches like wrapping and buying ingredients for your Christmas meal.

If every year you find yourself rushing with last-minute bits to buy, or you've forgotten something important, you can order from some online retailers in time for Christmas with final ordering dates.

We've rounded up the Christmas ordering cut-off dates from the biggest retailers, so you know where to shop.

Retailers may be experiencing delays, and delivery slots are subject to availability and demand, so be sure to check before ordering.


Amazon has finally confirmed its final ordering dates for Christmas.

If you're an Amazon Prime member, you can shop right up until Christmas Eve for same-day delivery in certain areas.

23 December is the last day to order One-Day Delivery items at checkout.

24 December is the final day to order Same-Day Delivery items.

Prime members in certain cities (and subject to availability) will be able to order grocery items on 24 December also, for Same- Day Delivery.

It's definitely worth signing up to Amazon Prime and with a 30-day free trial, you can't go wrong.

Check each individual item before ordering to avoid disappointment.


In order to get your order by Christmas Eve, you'll need to place your orders by Tuesday 22 December.

If you buy online before 5pm, you may be eligible for Fast Track same day delivery for £3.95, subject to availability.

Currys PC World

You only have until 19 December to get free standard delivery in time for Christmas at Currys PC World. Or, you can pay £5 for speedy delivery until 22 December.

John Lewis

December 18 is the cut off for standard delivery orders, which you'll get for free if you spend over £50.

Next-day delivery will cost you £6.95 and you'll need to order by 8pm on 22 December.

Related: Christmas hampers that everyone will love to receive

Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer has split its delivery dates per category, so your cut off point will depend on what you're buying.

Clothing, home (excluding furniture) and beauty - 8pm on 18 December for standard delivery, 6pm on 23 December for nominated/next-day

Flowers - 12pm on 23 December

Wine - 10pm on 18 December for standard delivery, 12pm on 22 December for delivery on 23 December.

Food orders for Christmas and New Year are no longer available, and neither are hampers.

Smyths Toys

You have until 11.59pm on Sunday 20 December to order from Smyths. Standard delivery is £4.99, unless you spend over £19, in which case, it's free.


20 December is also Waterstones' cut off date, with free standard delivery if you spend over £25. There's a speedy delivery that will cost you £3.99, but you'll need to have your order in by 22 December.

Royal Mail

If your chosen retailer uses Royal Mail, the last recommended dates for posting are 18 December for second class, 21 December for first class and 23 December for special delivery.

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