Delivering and posting for Christmas

We now have copies of the Post Office’s ‘Delivering Christmas’ leaflets, available for customers to pick up from the shop. The leaflets provide information on helping you post correctly in the UK and EU, latest recommended posting dates and parcel collections.

In the meantime we’ve pulled together some of the key bits of information and dates below:

  • Sending goods or gifts to anywhere outside of the UK (including the EU) – you’ll need a customs form which you can pick up at the Post Office or complete online here
  • Ordering online – if you won’t be home to receive a delivery, look for the Local Collect delivery option and you can choose to have them delivered to Galleon Stores instead
  • Online returns – if you need to return some online shopping you can do so through the Post Office, by either attaching a pre-printed returns label or showing us your Royal Mail returns QR code

Christmas stamps

If you’re looking to adorn your season’s greetings with a Christmas stamp this year, Royal Mail’s 2021 festive designs will be available in branches from Tuesday 2nd November.

Latest recommended posting dates for Royal Mail services

International Economy:

  • Fri 15 Oct – Far East, Hong Kong, Middle East, Singapore, South Africa
  • Mon 1 Nov – USA & Canada
  • Fri 26 Nov – Cyprus, Eastern Europe, Greece, Iceland, Malta and Turkey
  • Mon 29 Nov – Western Europe

HM Forces Mail – British Forces Post Office (BFPO):

  • Mon 29 Nov – Operational HM Forces
  • Mon 6 Dec – Static HM Forces

UK Inland Services:

  • Sat 18 Dec – 2nd Class, 2nd Class Signed For
  • Tue 21 Dec – 1st Class, 1st Class Signed For
  • Thu 23 Dec – Special Delivery Guaranteed

International Standards and International Tracking and Signature Services:

  • Australia – Mon 6 Dec
  • Canada – Mon 13 Dec
  • Cyprus – Fri 10 Dec
  • Denmark – Thu 16 Dec
  • France – Sat 18 Dec
  • Germany – Thu 16 Dec
  • Greece – Sat 11 Dec
  • Ireland – Thu 16 Dec
  • Italy – Mon 13 Dec
  • New Zealand – Mon 6 Dec
  • Portugal – Thu 16 Dec
  • Spain – Thu 16 Dec
  • Sweden – Mon 13 Dec
  • USA – Mon 13 Dec

As ever, we are always happy to answer any questions and provide advice. Pop into the shop, give us a call on 01803 842148 or email

Help with posting parcels, international Christmas post and Christmas stamps

If any of our delivery customers need parcels posting, or overseas Christmas post taken care of, we can help. 

Simply pass your parcel or overseas post to our driver on delivery of your goods, we’ll arrange posting and charge you the following week. We can also take orders for Royal Mail Christmas stamps to and charge as part of your regular delivery.

To make sure your post arrives in time for Christmas, we’ve shared some of the some of the latest Royal Mail recommended posting dates here.

Latest recommended posting dates for Christmas 2020

With the run-up to Christmas looking a little different this year, we know that more of you may be sending cards and gifts by post than normal.

To make sure anything arrives in time for Christmas, we have shared some of the key latest recommended posting dates for both the UK and abroad below.

As usual we are here to help answer any posting questions you may have, from packaging to parcel size and postage cost. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch – pop down to the shop, give us a call on 01803 842148 or contact us here.

Royal Mail International Standard and International tracked & signature services

Africa – Wednesday 9th December

Australia – Friday 11th December

Canada – Saturday 12th December

France – Friday 18th December

Germany – Wednesday 16th December

Ireland – Friday 18th December

New Zealand – Friday 11th December

Spain – Wednesday 16th December

USA – Saturday 12th December


United Kingdom

2nd Class and 2nd Class Signed For – Friday 18th December

1st Class and 1st Class Signed For – Monday 21st December

Royal Mail stamp price increase for 2020

You may have heard recently that Royal Mail announced they will be increasing the price of stamps in line with 2020 Royal Mail tariff changes.

From 23rd March, 1st Class stamps will incur an increase of 6p, to 76p and the cost of a 2nd Class stamp will rise to 65p, an increase of 4p. 

Don’t forget though, buy your stamps before this date and you’ll pay the current price, but be able to use them at the new one.  A great tip for saving a little on stamps for Christmas too!

For more information on Royal Mail’s tariff changes for 2020 and how it might affect you, pop in or give us a call on 01803 842148. You can also visit Royal Mail’s website for a full list of changes. 

Recommended Christmas Posting Dates reminder

Are you looking to post to Australia/New Zealand or via International Economy within Europe in time for Christmas? See below for Royal Mail’s latest recommended posting dates.

For a full rundown of recommended posting dates, visit our post here or pop in and pick up a leaflet from the Post Office.

International Economy

Saturday 2nd November – Eastern Europe, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Malta, Iceland

Saturday 16th November – Western Europe

International Standard & Royal Mail International Tracked & Signature Services

Thursday 12th December – Australia and New Zealand

Safe, Secure and Convenient delivery for your parcels

For those of you who order from Amazon and other large online retailers, did you know you can opt to Click & Collect your parcel from Galmpton Post Office?

Just select the Click & Collect option at the checkout and scroll down to choose Galmpton Post Office from the list. Royal Mail will deliver the parcel to us, triggering a text or email to confirm its arrival, then you’re free to collect it at your convenience! Easy? We think so too; plus you’ll be supporting your local Postman and local Post Office, all while having your parcels delivered safely and securely at no extra cost!

Any questions? Pop in store and speak to Gary, give us a call on 842148 or contact us here.

Christmas Amazon deliveries – take note!

Christmas can be a particularly stressful time if you’re awaiting the delivery of parcels, but keep your Amazon postage worries away by using the Click and Collect service. By selecting this option when you order any items from Amazon, you can select Galmpton Post Office from the list and your parcel(s) will be delivered directly – safe, sound and secure – to Galmpton Post Office. Once it arrives, you’ll receive a text message or email confirming it’s here, and then you’re free to collect at your leisure.

The service is also available when purchasing from other online retailers, just check to see if we are an option in the list!

Any questions? Pop in store and speak to Gary, give us call on 01803 842148 or email us here.

Christmas posting guide

Take note, posters, there’s some things we wanted to let you know about with regards to Christmas postage and beyond.

Sending a gift to a family member or friend? You can post your parcel for just £2.85 so long as it fits within a Small Parcel (maximum dimensions: 35cm x 16cm x 45cm), weighs no more than 2kg and is sent using Royal Mail 2nd Class post!

Don’t get caught out by what you’re posting! In compliance with national and international regulations there are of course restrictions on what sort of items can be posted. However, you might not be aware that certain everyday items might be classed as ‘dangerous goods’ and therefore cannot be posted, or are subject to certain rules such as restrictions on quantity or volume. These include aerosols, electronic items, nail varnish, perfumes and aftershaves and Christmas gift sets including these such items.

For more information, pop in store and speak to Gary or give us a call on 01803 842148.

Christmas stamps soon available

Royal Mail Christmas stamps will be available to purchase at Galmpton Post Office from Tuesday 8th November 2016…so while it might still be a little early to get excited about Christmas, you can be ready and raring to send your Christmas post! For more information about the stamps please pop in store and speak to Gary, give us a call or contact us here.

More recommended Christmas posting dates

It’s not so long since our last post on Christmas posting dates, but recommended posting dates for UK, International Standard (airmail) and International tracking and signature services are fast approaching. We’ve highlighted some we think might be of interest below.


Tues 20th Dec – 2nd Class and 2nd Class Signed For

Wed 21 Dec – 1st Class and 1st Class Signed For

Thurs 22nd Dec – Special Delivery Guaranteed


Sat 3 Dec – Africa, Middle East

Wed 7 Dec – Cyrpus, Asia, Far East (including Japan), Eastern Europe

Sat 10 Dec – Greece, Australia, New Zealand

Wed 14 Dec – Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland

Thurs 15 Dec – Canada, Finland, Sweden, USA

Fri 16 Dec – Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland

Sat 17 Dec – Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg


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