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Christmas is a matter of weeks away and many of us will be posting more presents than ever this year.

christmas postingFor many of us the restrictions will mean there will be family members they cannot see this year, who they will have to post presents to instead.

To make sure your Christmas post arrives in plenty of time it's important to note the last posting dates over the festive period.

Here are Royal Mail's final posting dates for Christmas:

Royal Mail’s latest recommended posting dates for delivery in the UK

Friday, December 18 for second class and second class signed for mail

Monday, December 21 for first class, first class signed for and Royal Mail tracked 48 post

Tuesday, December 22 for Royal Mail tracked 24 mail

Wednesday, December 23 for special delivery guaranteed

Royal Mail's International Standard & International tracking and signature services

Friday, December 4 - Australia, New Zealand

Wednesday, December 9 - Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central and South America, Far and Middle East

Thursday, December 10 - Canada, Cyprus, Malta

Friday, December 11 - Greece, Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia) and Turkey

Saturday, December 12 - Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Poland, Sweden, USA

Wednesday, December 16 - Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland

Friday, December 18 - Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg