Christmas warning: Send your gifts now, or they might not be received

Christmas is exactly one month away and if you haven't started shopping, it might be a good time to start.

New Zealand Post has warned Kiwis to send now, or your gifts might not be received.

The cut-off for sending presents overseas is coming close - it's earlier this year due to COVID-19.

If you're sending to the South Pacific, Asia, North America, and Europe, you have until Friday.

For Australia, you've got until next Monday.

The cut off for the rest of the world was this Thursday.

"We've brought those dates forward by a week this year due to the unprecedented nature of what's going on around the world," NZ Post chief operating officer David Walsh said.

"We just want to make sure everything gets where it needs to go for New Zealanders."

Right now, postal volumes are up 15 percent because of COVID-19 and there are major problems with freight coming into New Zealand.

Ports of Auckland officials have told Newshub that on average, ships are waiting eight days to dock.

It says there's still no accurate forecast as to when this situation might improve.

Some ships are choosing to bypass Auckland, because of the delay.

For consumers waiting for products - that's bad news.

"There'll be less products available and perhaps less stock to sell in some cases," Retail New Zealand CEO Greg Harford said.

"Businesses are concerned they won't have all the product they need on the shelves around Christmas."

So the message is, if you're sending overseas do it now.

And if you're waiting for your own gifts to arrive, please be patient.