TIME is running out to send cards and gifts to loved ones this Christmas.

Today is the last recommended posting date for second class mail and Thursday for first class mail.

Customers who miss those dates still have the chance to use special delivery service until Saturday.

Royal Mail is urging people to get their mail i the post as soon as possible to ensure it reaches its destination in time for Christmas.

Customers have been advised to ensure the full address is written clearly and to always use the foll postcode.

They should also ensure that the correct amount of postage has been used to avoid delays or charges for the recipient.