This page explains how long it will take for your old map to arrive, and the Christmas deadlines for delivery around the world.
The Unique Maps Co. makes maps locally in over 20 countries. About 95% of our orders are made locally. This means your map will arrive just a few days after you order, and the Christmas deadline is usually quite late.
But I always recommend ordering your maps as soon as possible. Postal and courier systems have struggled to keep up with demand since the pandemic, and this year will probably be the same.
Please buy your maps as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
Please see my postage and shipping page for more general information.
Christmas 2023 delivery deadlines
With free delivery, the Christmas deadline is around 13 December for framed maps, and 15 December for unframed maps.
Orders after these dates will probably still arrive in time for Christmas, up until around 18 December, but it will be riskier with every passing day.
The deadlines for specific countries are further down this page.
Express Delivery (available at checkout in most countries) will speed up delivery by 1 or 2 days. As we get closer to Christmas, express couriers will be more reliable than postal services.
Large framed maps (40in/100cm+) can take longer to make, and they are harder to deliver. I recommend buying these as soon as possible. But you should be fine up until 15th December.
If you order a personalised or custom made map, it will usually take 1 or 2 days to make. Please factor this into the delivery time. My custom and personalised maps are very popular, and there will be a backlog of orders as we get closer to Christmas. If you're planning to buy one of these maps, I strongly recommend you buy it sooner rather than later.
Please get in touch if you want to discuss the delivery deadline for a specific order or country.
UK delivery deadline
For orders to the UK, you can order with free delivery up until 18 December and your order should arrive in time for Christmas.
Express delivery should extend this deadline to around 20-21 December.
US delivery deadline
In the US, you can order with free delivery up until 13 December and your order should arrive in time for Christmas. Orders after this date will probably still arrive, but it will get riskier every day.
Express delivery should be extend this deadline to around 19 December.
If you want to order a large framed map in the US, please order ASAP. These orders will be at the mercy of the logistics networks and may not arrive in time for Christmas.
EU delivery deadline
Inside the EU, you can order with free delivery up until 15 December and your order should arrive in time for Christmas. You should be fine up until 18 December, but it will get riskier each day.
Express delivery should extend this deadline by 1-2 days.
Singapore, UAE, Australia, Canada, Brazil...
In Singapore, you can order framed and unframed maps up until 20 December. Orders after this date may still arrive in time, but it is safer to contact me first.
In the United Arab Emirates, you can order framed and unframed maps safely up until 20 December.
In Australia, it depends a bit on where you live, but 14 December is the 'safe' cut off. You should be fine for a few more days after that, though, and express delivery (available at checkout) can add 1-2 days to the deadline.
In Canada, it depends on where you live, but 13 December should be the 'safe' cut off. If you are in a major metro area, you should be fine for a few more days after that, and express delivery (at checkout) will give you another 1-2 days.
Read on for more information.
Last minute Christmas gift delivery
If you really need a map to arrive in time, and you've left it quite late, please get in touch and I'll do my best to help you out.
No matter where you are in the world, I can usually get a map to you in 24-48 hours, but next-day courier services are very expensive around Christmas time.
I may be able to get an unframed map to you that you can then frame locally, or with a frame ordered from Amazon.
See my general postage & shipping page for more info.