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    Order Immediately For Pre-Christmas Delivery

    November 28, 2023 2 min read

    Black Friday and Cyber Monday have passed and within 4 weeks it will be Christmas Day - where does the year go?!

    But if you haven't begun your Christmas shopping, you'll need to do your online research this week at the latest or risk disappointment.

    Ever since Covid-19 forced us to stay home (we came up with our wine region map tea towel range from being locked down in Victoria), Australia Post has been struggling with the growth in online orders and educating retailers to set earlier cut-off ordering dates for pre-Christmas deliveries.

    With not enough drivers and staff to run the distribution centres, the olden days of ordering anything that was in stock, by mid-December for pre-Christmas delivery, has long gone out the window.

    Courier companies have begun charging for missed deliveries, as well as for residential deliveries of bulky items too large and/or heavy for Australia Post to accept.

    Christmas Day 2023 falls on a Monday, so the very last business day for deliveries is Friday 22 December, and with many smaller online retailers closing Thursday 21 December, this cuts your delivery window even more finely.

    If you want items delivered before Christmas and your online retailer is located in another state (ALWAYS check where they're located), order this week and if you're in WA, NT or far northern QLD, you really need to order today.

    Another tip: check the delivery date deadlines. Some retailers, such as Brighton House Decor give you an approximate delivery date, others give you a range of days ie 3-10 days. Remember to count business weekdays, not calendar days - will it make it in time?

    Your other two options are to Google retailers (like Brighton House Decor) in your area who offer free pickup. That way you can arrange a suitable time with the retailer and ensure you have the item you've paid for. In many cases, you might also save yourself shipping fees.