With Christmas only 13 weeks away, it’s time to get ahead and think about posting those gifts and cards to loved ones abroad before time runs out.

The Royal Mail delivers post right up until Monday, December 23, but some of the last posting dates before Christmas come as early as next month, so make sure you know when the latest recommended posting dates are for the mail you need to send.

If you’re sending mail abroad, the Post Office recommend posting your letters or parcels as early as possible to avoid disappointment and make sure that they arrive at their intended destination in time.

The last date to post to all non-European destination, expect South Africa, Canada, Middle and Far East and USA is October 5. For Middle and Far East, Hong Kong, Singapore and South Africa, it is October 12.