Christmas Deadlines 2021

Final Order Dates For Christmas

With all of our final order dates for Christmas in once place, you can plan ahead for your festive season.

Order Your Products In Time For Christmas

With the festive season quickly approaching we've put together our comprehensive list of final order dates for our prints and products so you can plan ahead. These dates represent our final cut off for processing orders before we close for the festive season. We'll be processing orders up until the dates specified below, and and orders placed after these dates are typically held and processed upon our return in the New Year. Beat the festive rush and share the gift of memories and delight your clients with beautiful personalised presents this Christmas.

Additional Transit Time For Delivery Outside Of Mainland UK

We use next working day couriers for our mainland UK orders which means they can deliver right up until Christmas Eve. For delivery addresses outside of mainland UK, you'll need to order earlier to accomodate for the longer transit times. We've included a handy table below for advised final order dates for prints to be sent outside of the UK. With Southern Ireland & European orders, you'll need to allow extra time for VAT processing at customs.

Last Shipping Dates For Prints

Delivery DestinationAdvised Final Order DateFinal Dispatch Date
Mainland UK22nd December 1pm23rd December
Northern Ireland
UK Isles / Channel Islands
Scottish Islands / Highlands
20th December 1pm21st December
EU Zone 1 / Southern Ireland8th December 1pm10th December
EU Zone 23rd December 1pm7th December
Rest Of The World29th November 1pm1st December
*The above dates should only be used as a guideline. Transit times can change during peak periods, we would advise ordering as early as possible in case of any unexpected delays.

Festive Opening Hours & Closure Dates

SIMLAB is closed between Christmas and New Year, meaning any orders placed during this time are processed upon our return. See our full list of opening hours below.

● 23rd December - 8.30am - 5.30pm
● 24th December - 8.30am - 12.30pm
● 25th December - 3rd January 2022 - CLOSED
● 4 January 2022 - 8.30am - 5.30pm

Combining Products & Adding To Orders

Please pay attention to the individual product cut off dates when placing an order for different products. If you place an order that includes mounted products after the 6th of December, your whole order will be held as all items must be dispatched together when ordered together. Please ensure that all the products you order in a single basket are before their designated cut off date to avoid any unexpected order delays. Also with regards to manually combining orders, we are unable to accomodate any manual combinations during the festive months due to the volumes of orders being processed at any one time. If you do forget any items when placing your order, you'll need to process a new order with its own delivery as orders in production cannot be added to once they are placed.

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Prints, Fine Art Prints & Photo Gifts - 22nd December 1pm

Photo Prints

Order standard & large prints by 1pm on Wednesday 22nd December to be printed before Christmas.

Prints - 22nd December 1pm
Standard Photo Prints

Fine Art Prints

Order your fine art prints by 1pm on Wednesday 22nd December to be printed before Christmas.

Large Format Prints
Fine Art Prints

Christmas Decorations & Photo Gifts

Order your photo gift products by 1pm on 22nd December to be printed before Christmas.

Christmas Decorations & Photo Gifts
Christmas Decorations
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Mounting & Laminating, Canvases and Photo Wraps - 6th December 5pm

Mounting & Laminating

Order your mounted prints before 5pm on Monday 6th December to ensure arrival in time for Christmas.

Mounting & Laminating
Mounted Prints

Canvas Wraps

Order your Canvas Wraps before 5pm on Monday 6th December to ensure arrival before Christmas.

Canvas Wraps
Canvas Wraps

Photo Wraps

Order your Photo Wraps before 5pm on 6th December to ensure arrival for Christmas.

Photo Wraps
Photo Wraps
SIMLAB | GotPhoto Print Partner

School Photography

GotPhoto has its own designated cut off dates to ensure families receive their school photography orders in time for Christmas.

School Orders & Fulfilment Partners - 10th September 5pm

Our final date for orders to be processed via GotPhoto before Christmas is the 10th of December at 5pm. Please remember that our usual turn around of 10 working days STILL applies to orders placed by this date, which would mean orders could be dispatched up until the 23rd of December. Many schools are often closed by this date, so we would advise all orders to be processed as ship direct orders to ensure parents can receive their orders directly regardless of their schools festive closing date. For any batch orders required to the school or to the photographer, we would advise ordering ahead of this date to ensure enough time for production and delivery before school closures. We will be working through all school orders as quickly as possible in chronological order, so the early you release your orders the sooner they can arrive.


Order your school photos before 5pm on Friday 10th December to ensure arrival in time for Christmas.

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Order your TheImageFile orders before 5pm on 10th December to ensure arrival for Christmas.

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