The countdown is on! Christmas present ideas for the grandkids

Oct 26, 2020
Don't wait to get Christmas present shopping! Source: Getty

Christmas is slowly creeping up on us, with less than two months left until the big day. But you know what that means, time is running out to send the pressies to the grandkids.

Australia Post sent out a reminder earlier this month, urging people to get present shopping soon before it’s too late, with cut-off dates for delivery quickly approaching.

“As we approach our busy peak season, we encourage you to send your Christmas cards and presents earlier than ever this year,” the company said in a statement released recently.

But, don’t fret, if you haven’t started shopping or are stuck for ideas, as there’s a huge range of toys available for purchase on the Starts at 60 Marketplace. From children’s arts and crafts, to beautiful tea sets, trucks, trains and musical instruments, you’ll be spoilt for choice for the little ones who are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.

You’ll find miniature cooking sets that they can pretend to cook you a feast with, puzzles for both a fun and educational activity, sewing kits for the creative types to make their own handbag, little doctor kits and much, much more. Prices start from under $20 all the way up to over $100 for those who have a little more cash to spend.

But, don’t wait to make your purchase. Australia Post has informed the public that December 12 is the cut-off date for normal post within the country, while Express Post delivery cut-off is December 19. Meanwhile, if you’re planning to send gifts to our neighbouring country New Zealand, the deadline is November 23 for economy, November 27 for standard and December 2 for Express.

However if you’re running late, you have until December 9 to post via courier in order for your items to arrive in time for Christmas.

“Circumstances can change rapidly in this highly volatile environment, so these dates may be subject to change,” Australia post said. “Note also that time in customs is not included in our delivery time estimate and is outside of Australia Post control.”

Further afield, the deadlines for sending to the rest of the world differ slightly depending what zone the country falls into. If you’re posting to Asia including Japan, Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia, the cut-off date is November 23 for standard and December 2 for Express.

However, if you have loved ones in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Europe or United States, you don’t have quite as long. Make sure you have posted your items by November 16 for standard and November 23 for express.

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