Wintry snowy weather has arrived early in our part of the north, but a it’s a pretty reminder that the holiday season is upon us.

In the interests of keeping you at the top of your gift-buying game here are the recommended order/shipping deadlines for 2019 as issued by Canada Post, which is the shipping service Flock of Tea Cosy uses.

#1.  =  The flock’s FREE shipping service.
#2.  =  Requires additional charges which I’ll work out if you request them in the “Note to Seller” box at check-out.
#3. =   A Canada Post service called Priority Post which guarantees next day delivery — very pricey, but sometimes it’s worth it (right?).  More info below.

In general, if you live in a large urban centre it takes less time to receive a mailed parcel.  The smaller centres have been the ones which require the outside limits of estimated delivery times.  This means that Canada Post’s recommended dates below may have some wiggle room if you live in a large urban centre.

Shipping to Canada
#1-Canada Post Parcel Post/Expedited
– to major city – by Thursday, December 19
– to rural address – by Monday, December 16
– to remote areas – by Tuesday, December 10
#2-Canada Post XpresspostTM by Friday, December 20
→ For specific deadlines by postal code check this link, and use Toronto M5G 2L2 as the origin.
(XPresspost service incurs additional charges ranging from $10 to $25)

Shipping to the USA
#1-Canada Post USA Small Packet-Airmail – by Tuesday, December 10
#2-Canada Post XpresspostTM – by Friday, December 13
(XPress service incurs additional charges ranging from $20 to $27)

Shipping to Europe & Australia/New Zealand
#1-Canada Post Inntl Small Packet-Airmail – by Tuesday, December 3
#2-Canada Post XpresspostTM by Friday, December 6
(XPresspost service incurs additional charges ranging from $60 to $65) (Ouch).