With Christmas approaching, many of us have family and friends overseas that would love to receive a festive card or gift.
Yet how many times have you ended up racing to the Post Office on the last available day as you completely forgot to check the International post deadlines? In fact, we would wager that a number of you have ended up with a pile of Christmas cards hanging around the house long after the turkey has relegated to the bin because you never got around to posting them.
That's where thebestof Cambridge comes in – think of us as your helpful little elves, ready and waiting to provide you with the information you need to successfully navigate your way through the Christmas period.
And here they are – the Royal Mail post deadlines for Christmas 2013:
International Airmail, including Airsure® and International Signed For™
Wednesday 4th December: New Zealand, Asia, Far East and Japan
Thursday 5th December: Australia
Friday 6th December: Africa, Middle East, Caribbean, Central and South America
Monday 9th December: Turkey, Cyprus and Eastern Europe
Tuesday 10th December: France, Poland, Greece and Canada
Friday 13th December: USA
Saturday 14th December: Western Europe (excluding France, Poland and Greece)
HM Forces Mail – British Forces Post Office (BFPO)
Monday 2nd December: Airmail to Operational BFPOs
Friday 13th December: Airmail to Static BFPOs
UK mainland Post Office services
Wednesday 18th December: UK 2nd Class and Royal Mail Signed For™
Friday 20th December: UK 1st Class and Royal Mail Signed For™
Monday 23rd December: Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed™
So if you've bought those Christmas cards and think you have plenty of time to get them written, be mindful of the fact that you may have to send that thoughtful festive greeting to relatives in New Zealand or the Far East no later than December 4th – that's less than three weeks away!