Royal Mail is moving to defend its share of the Christmas parcels business by slashing some charges.
From 20th October to 18th January, small parcels weighting up to 2kg will cost £2.80 to go Second Class, the same as 1kg parcels -- that's a £1 reduction.
And there will be a permanent increase in the permitted dimensions of small parcels, so some currently defined as medium -- costing £8 -- will drop down a category.
People whose gifts qualify as "small" rather than "medium" could save £5.20 from the size-change and the Christmas offer.
The promotion comes as Royal Mail tries to head off challenges from DHL, TNT and Yodel and hang on to the 115 million parcels which it usually handles over December.