Personalised Christmas messages from Santa - tried and tested

Letters, online videos, phone calls and even text messages - find out how to get Santa to send your child a message, how much it will cost and when you need to do it

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  • Portable North Pole Personalised Christmas Video

    What is it? 
    An online website called Portable North Pole that creates free personalised messages from Santa Claus.

    How it works
    It can be done in less than 10 minutes. You add personal information, including your child’s name, age, what they do in the day, a Christmas gift list and a picture. There's an emphasis on good behaviour in Santa's message, so you're also asked to choose one thing you'd like your child to do, such as eat their greens or go to bed when asked. You also click on a naughty, nice or almost nice button to highlight your child’s behaviour throughout the year. 

    What you get
    The website then creates a 3-minute video of a jolly Santa talking to your child, which you download onto your computer. You can also share it on social media. 

    Santa also reveals which list they are on – a green light flashes for the nice list and red light for the naughty one. We can only imagine the tears if your child gets a red light, although Santa does explain that there's still time for them to behave better to get on the nice list.

    One thing worth noting is that if your child’s name is unusual or difficult to get the pronunciation right, it may not be on the list of available names. Instead you'll need to choose a generic name, such as Princess, Kiddo or simply My friend.

    Last order date
    Personal video messages from Santa should be available to order up until Christmas Eve.

    Price
    This personal message from Santa is free of charge. For an extra £2.99 you can get a tailored 5-minute video with a choice of three different storylines and add up to 5 different photos. For £7.49 your child can get unlimited videos and telephone calls from Saint Nick right up until Xmas eve.

  • Personalised letter from Christmas-Letters.net

    What is it?
    Christmas-letters.net is a quick online service allowing you to choose from four differently-worded personalised letter from Santa.

    How it works
    It takes less than 5 minutes to do.

    On the website you first enter lots of small details, such as the colour of your child's front door, what gift they might be getting from Santa, whether they say Father Christmas, Santa Claus or just Santa, as well as name, age, etc. You can then choose from 3 differently worded letters from Santa - useful if you have more than one child. 

    Plus there's also a letter for your baby’s first Christmas.

    Last order date

    If you've left it late, this is a great opportunity - final order date is 22nd December.

    Price
    A single letter costs £7.50 and you get 15% discount if you order 3 or more. 

  • Santa.co.uk Tailored Xmas Messages

    What is it?
    Santa.co.uk is a website that provides an array of communications from Santa including letters, DVD messages, phone calls and text messages.

    How it works
    You add some personal details about your child on to the website, and you're then able to order a personalised DVD video of Santa wishing your child a merry Christmas. 

    What you get
    You receive a DVD in the post from Father Christmas, in which he talks to your child by name, mentions what they like doing and may even talk about specific relatives or pets.

    Once again, if your child does not have an available name, you cannot have a fully bespoke experience. Instead you’ll have to get the partially personalised DVD at a 30% discount that will use a generic term, such as ‘my friend. It will ’“still convey the magic of Santa,” says Santa.co.uk.

    Last order date
    The personalised DVD messages are guaranteed to be delivered by Christmas Eve if ordered by December 22.

    Price 
    Personalised DVD messages from Santa.co.uk cost £12.99. A letter from Santa costs £4.99, but you can save £2 if you order both the DVD and letter together for £14.99.

    The website also offers two different varieties of Xmas phone calls from Kris Kringle; a pre-recorded message, which costs £4.99 and a live 2-minute conversation with Santa for £7.99.

    Santa.co.uk is partnering with the RSPCA and the animal charity receives a donation from every sale on the site. Santa.co.uk doesn't specify how much will be donated but states it has "guaranteed to raise £1000s to help the charity care for sick and injured animals".

  • NSPCC DIY Letter From Santa

    What is it?
    Children’s charity NSPCC has created a website service that allows you to create their own letter from Santa.

    How it works
    It takes less than 5 minutes to do.

    On the website you choose from 8 differently illustrated letters from Santa. There are a variety of themes that tell festive stories such as How Reindeers Fly, Decorating The Grotto and What Santa Does.

    It also has a letter for baby’s first Christmas, two designs for under-3s and one specially designed for adults.

    For families, you can create a letter addressed to more than one child, or alternatively, you can create individual letters with different designs. 

    You can add a number of personalised details to the letter, including the name of their best friend or a family member, plus you can choose whether the letter should come from Santa or Father Christmas. 

    Last order date
    You'll need to complete your order by 20th December.

    Price
    There is a suggested donation price of £5 per letter, but you can donate as much as you like and 90 percent of the money goes directly to the charity. 

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  • Royal Mail letter from Father Christmas

    What is it?
    Working tirelessly from its seasonal post office in Reindeerland, the Royal Mail is once again providing a free letter from Santa.

    How it works
    Anyone can get a special Christmas message from Saint Nick by writing him a letter and sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Santa/Father Christmas, 
Santa’s Grotto,
 Reindeerland,
 XM4 5HQ .

    In the letter make sure you (or your child if they are writing it), include their name, gender, what they’d like for Christmas and whether they have been good this year.

    What you get
    A personal reply in the post to your letter from Father Christmas.

    Last order date
    Letters need to be received by 6th December to be in time for this service. However, the Royal Mail explains it is a free perk from a very busy postal service, and it can't guarantee a reply to all letters, despite taking on extra staff this year to help with the demand.

    Price 
    It will cost you the price of a first-class stamp, which you put on the self-addressed envelope you send to Santa.

  • RNIB email from Santa

    What is it?
    The Royal National Institute of Blind People has been providing letters from Santa to blind and partially sighted children for the past 18 years. 

    How it works
    You can get a letter from Santa Claus, all you have to do is write to RNIB at PO Box 173, Peterborough, PE2 6WS and send your child's name and address, and the preferred format of choice - braille, large print or audio CD - to request a personalised message.

    Or you can also send an email to the RNIB at santa@rnib.org.uk, to get a personalised email from Father Christmas. 

    Last order date

    Letters have to be sent by 1st December, but you can send emails up to 19th December.

    Price 
    It’s a free service. But if you want to support the work that the RNIB does, there's a link to its donation page.

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