There's nothing as exciting as receiving a Christmas gift in the post from overseas and getting a Christmas card sent from a loved one is just as special.
So this year, instead of resorting to a group text to those you know, put pen to paper and send a card or gift to let people know you really care.
Last posting dates for Christmas
An Post staff will be very busy this year so in order to ensure that all your cards and presents make it to their final destinations before Christmas Day, they have produced a series of final date postings for different parts of the world.
Festive post to America will have to be sent by December 12 for standard letters. Parcels sent via standard post and registered post will have to be in the mail by December 9 if you want them to make America in time for December 25.
Those sending cards and parcels to mainland Europe must do so by December 19 for ordinary cards and registered post.
A word of warning though, all parcels sent via standard post must be sent by December 13 at the very latest. Anyone hoping to send Christmas greetings to any other part of the world must have their cards and parcels ready this week.
Final dates for postage to places like Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Africa etc, is Wednesday, December 7 for all items.
Great Britain/ Northern Ireland
Of course lots of us will have family in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Final posting dates for Ireland for standard letters, post parcels and registered post is December 21 with December 22 the final date for express post.
Those sending Christmas greetings to Northern Ireland will have to do so by December 20, with the final express post date of December 21.
Ensure that your presents are properly sealed and wrapped, especially if the items you are posting could break in-transit.
Correctly declare the contents to avoid your parcel being held up by customs when it reaches its destination.
If your item is quite valuable then speak to An Post staff about sending the item via registered post and consider insuring it.
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