There's truly nothing worse than impatiently waiting by the door for your parcel to arrive. Except maybe, waiting for your parcel to arrive when you desperately need it by a very important date, eg. Christmas.
Let's face it, gift shopping is stressful enough without the existential dread we give ourselves every year by doing said shopping at the last minute.
If you've done a little (or like us, A LOT) of online shopping this year you'll likely be painstakingly aware that thanks to COVID the postman is moving a little slower than usual.We didn't think it possible, but this essentially means our last minute Christmas hauls have become even more stressful in 2020.
So, to help us all get our gifts on time, we've rounded up all the essential postal cutoff dates you really do need to know, PLUS all the best online outlets with the fastest shipping times for those who like to live on the edge and risk it anyway.
It goes without saying, but we (read: Australia Post) are saying it anyway: "When it comes to sending, it's best to send out your customer orders as early as possible."
So if you've got it, send it.
As for the online shoppers AusPost lists its final (they mean it, FINAL) cut-off date for Express Post as Saturday December 19. BUT, that comes with some fine print.
"For Christmas delivery via Express Post to addresses within the Express Post Network is Saturday 19th December if you lodge the item in Post Offices or yellow Express Street Posting Boxes."
For those who are slightly more organised, the parcel post cut-off date is Saturday 12 December.
If you're in doubt, they've answered all your burning questions, here.
The Iconic has notoriously speedy shipping times which make them a godsend at Christmas; however, their cut-off times are different for every state and should be noted.
Great news for Sydney-siders, you can order up until 2pm on Christmas Eve if you choose same-day delivery, which is incredible.
Canberra: Order before 3:00pm Monday 21 December
Melbourne: Order before 3:00pm Monday 21 December
Brisbane: Order before 3:00pm Friday 18 December
Adelaide: Order before 2:30pm (SA time) Monday 21 December
Perth: Order before 12:00pm (WA time) Friday 18 December
Darwin: Order before 1:30pm (NT time) Thursday 17 December
Tasmania: Order before 3:00pm Monday 21 December
For all remote and regional areas you peep their more detailed dates here.
With the motto "Delivering happiness" you know you've come to the right place for last minute shopping. The dedicated gift site has something for every friend and family member from toddlers to your grandparents.
Their express delivery dates for Christmas are as follows:
Sydney: Wednesday 23rd December 10am
ACT: Monday 21st December 1pm
All other areas Australia-wide: Saturday 19th December 1pm
Visit them here.
The prefect option for your fashion-loving friends and family, Showpo offers same-day delivery for those in Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne.
But, be warned, even the promise of same-day delivery can be subject to delays.
Shop them here.
Another stylish staple store specialising in streetwear offering same day delivery (Brisbane only) is Culture Kings.
They also offer express delivery which takes between 1 and 3 days for other areas. You can peep all the fine print here.
More than just beautiful flowers, LVLY are delivery gorgeous gift boxes right up until 6pm on Christmas EVE for all those in their same-day delivery locations.
Perfect for those who really, truly did leave it to the last minute.
For national zones LVLY are taking orders until 18th December.
If you're willing to brave the physical stores and the last-minute chaos that comes with them, but want to skip the browsing both David Jones and Myer, home to every type of gift you could hope to find, offer click and collect options.
Simply purchase online, choose the store you want to pick up from and pop in to find your package waiting.