Royal Mail reveals 2018 Christmas Special Stamps

Now we’re not boring stamp collectors but we can’t help but get all excited at the annual release of Royal Mail’s festive collection. And they go on sale TODAY!

This year, you can buy six different designs. They are all quite traditional and heart-warming, with the ‘humble’ red post box on each of the designs. Presumably to remind us that there is no beating a normal card – no Facebook message or e-Card can compare.

They are the work of Andrew Davidson, a Gloucestershire-based artist who has worked on a dozen stamp collections for the Royal Mail to date. The tradition of sending Christmas cards may be lost on the new generation but it was actually established in 1843 by Sir Henry Cole. Back then, only 1,000 cards were produced, so to receive one must have been quite a privilege.

One of the original 1,000 cards sent is also the most valuable in the world, according to Guinness World Records. The card was originally sent by Sir Henry Cole to his grandmother.

Each postbox on the stamps features a cypher from the six Monarchs of the last 100 years.

Help Royal Mail’s postmen and women deliver this year’s festive mail by posting early this Christmas and using the postcode.

  • UK latest recommended posting dates for Christmas 2018 are:
    • Tuesday 18 December for Second Class Mail
    • Thursday 20 December for First Class Mail
    • Saturday 22 December for Special Delivery

Fact file

The stamps are on sale from November 1 2018. They will be available at, by phone on 03457 641 641 and in 7,000 Post Offices across the UK.



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