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Want to make sure you get your photo book in time for Christmas? Here's how

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Has the reality started to sink in that Christmas is fast approaching and you don't have your gifts sorted? Well, what can you get a loved one that's custom-made, fairly inexpensive as well as being one-of-a-kind and significant, too? Why a photo book of course! 

Photo books are an excellent Christmas gift. Customizable and beautiful (especially if it's from our number one provider Mixbook) they can have a very loving narrative.

Now, unfortunately timing is everything and if you want to get your customized photo book in time and not be left scrambling, then the sooner you get started the better. 

And this year you won't have to enlist Santa's help, but TechRadar's instead. We've got all the dates and deadlines from the top five photo book providers (in our opinion) you need to know for ordering your perfect photo book.

So just keep scrolling as we tell you exactly when you need to place your orders in. And don't worry if a photo book is out of your budget range, why not go with one of the best photo cards instead and get that personal touch for less?

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Our number one photo book service is Mixbook
Mixbook is our number one photo book (and photo calendar) provider for plenty of reasons but all very needed when designing a master piece. Mixbook boasts hundreds of ready made themes and templates ready for you (so if the whole custom thing isn't a must we know it's not for everyone). Or if originality is what you're looking for, it also has in-depth customization. Plus, the quality of the finished product is excellent and the software is super easy to use.
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1. Mixbook 

Proving once again why it's our top provider, Mixbook has very neatly organised all the deadline dates on its page. The image below is taken from the provider's website and has outlined and detailed all you need to know before you get your orders in. So for all the references you need just lower your eyes. 

And if this isn't for Christmas, Mixbook also has general shipping guides with a day-by-day estimate of how long it will take for your orders to arrive.

(Image credit: Mixbook)

2. Snapfish

Snapfish has also put together a (less detailed) table of shipping times and cut off points specifically for Christmas, which you can see below.

And we will reiterate that the website quite specifically outlines that "orders must be received by 11.59pm Pacific Standard Time on listed cutoff dates for December 24th arrival". This is something important to bear in mind when making your orders.

(Image credit: snapfish)

3. Shutterfly

Following the example of the previous two providers, Shutterfly has outlined everything you need to know when ordering your gifts to ensure they arrive on time. 

You can find Shutterfly's Shipping Guidelines here . Although we will tell you that their absolute latest order day by is Friday, December 20 - and this is the Super rush option - which is only valid as long as orders are made by 7pm ET/4pm PT.

4. Picaboo

There's nothing worse than curating the perfect photo book just to have it not arrive in time, and to make sure you don't find yourself in that situation this ace photo book provider has an order deadlines for Christmas by type of photo book.

We're loving how beyond organised this is, and if you want to see Picaboo's shipping guidelines just click here.

5. Amazon Prints 

So, although Amazon doesn't have a customised list for Christmas orders, it still has a shipping guidelines page, click here to see it. All we can say for this is that it clearly pays off to be a Prime customer, as non-prime customers could be looking at a wait of 8-12 business days for standard shipping orders. 

So if you want it for Christmas, you might want to consider signing up to Amazon Prime or paying for a faster delivery option such as expedited or overnight.