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Xmas Last Posting Dates

The recommended last posting dates for pre-Christmas delivery are given below. We aim to do everything we can to get all orders to our customers on time. Please be aware that due to the Coronavirus pandemic, even though mail services have almost returned to normal, unforseen delays to shipments can still occasionally occur. We would suggest you place your Christmas orders as early as possible this year to ensure safe arrival.

For UK mainland deliveries:
The last recommended posting date for pre-Christmas delivery via Royal Mail are as follows:
Royal Mail Special Delivery - Wednesday December 23rd
Royal Mail 24 - Tuesday December 22nd
Royal Mail 48 - Monday December 21st

Please ensure your order is placed by 2pm for same-day despatch.

For delivery via DPD Local our last posting date is Wednesday December 23rd for delivery on Thursday December 24th.
Orders placed online that miss despatch on Wednesday December 23rd will be sent on Christmas Eve, and not arrive until Tuesday December 29th.
Please ensure your order is placed by 2pm for same-day despatch.

For UK Highlands & Islands deliveries:
Your last ordering date is Monday December 21st by 2pm – deliveries to some postcodes in these areas can take up to 3 working days, so to ensure you receive your items in time, please get your orders to us as soon as you can. This applies to all delivery carriers offered.

For European Union* deliveries:
Standard & Registered Airmail have a last posting date advertised by the post office as Wednesday December 16th, so as long as you order by 2pm on this day, you should still receive your parcel in time, but we cannot guarantee this.
DPD International has a last posting date advertised as Wednesday December 16th for Western Europe, and Monday December 14th for Eastern Europe.
Please ensure your order is placed by 2pm for same-day despatch.
(*) Spring Global Mail parcels should be shipped no later than Thursday November 26th to ensure they have enough time to arrive. Spring Global is used for EU countries that have no DPD option avialable for delivery. Please contact us for more information if unsure.

For Rest of World deliveries:

We have advertised our last online order date as Thursday November 26th, however you can still order from us after November 26th and might still receive your parcel in time for Christmas. With most Rest of World locations, the slowest parcels are the larger ones containing items like houses and other buildings, for example. These must be despatched no later than November 26th to get them to you in time.

Parcels sent via Standard & Registered Airmail can be shipped much later and should still arrive in time. The post office advertise the following dates as last-posting for Christmas for these countries:
Friday December 4th: Australia & New Zealand
December 9th: Africa, Asia, Far East, South America
Thursday December 10th: Canada
Friday December 11th: USA
Therefore you could order up to 2pm on the dates above for your standard & registered airmail items, and still receive your parcel in time for Christmas, but we cannot guarantee this.

If you have any questions about your order, or need help getting it to you quickly, we will try to help in any way we can. Please email us on
sylvania@sylvanianstorekeepers.com or use the CONTACT US tab at the top of this page. Alternatively you can call us on 020 7226 1329 to speak to us in person – our phone lines are open Monday to Saturday. If calling from overseas use +44 207 226 1329.