Martin Lewis has revealed how to cut costs sending Christmas presents this year.

With just three weeks until Christmas, the more organised among us are starting to think about when and how we're going to send presets this year, while the rest of us put off starting any shopping!

With coronavirus forcing a very different festive season on the whole country for 2020, many families and groups of friends won't be able to gather together as normal for annual present swapping over a meal or a few drinks.

And that means more Brits than ever will be relying on post to get their gifts to their nearest and dearest, which, can of course be rather expensive, particularly if you've got a lot to send.

The cost of sending presents was one of the topics covered by Martin Lewis on the latest episode of his ITV Money Show on Thursday night when he offered four key tips to consumers.

1. Check if retailers can send directly

Martin said this was generally the cheapest way as you're not having to pay for them to send it to you and then pay again when you send it to the person it's for.

2. Check Royal Mail for parcels under 1kg (UK & abroad)

He explained: "If its smaller than 1kg in weight then Royal Mail is pretty good.

"You may be able to beat it in certain circumstances but generally it's pretty competitive.

3. Check resellers for parcels over 1kg (UK & abroad)

Martin said: "These are companies that buy up the spare capacity that big parcel firms - UPS, Hermes, DHL and they sell it on more cheaply than they do directly.

Examples include MyParcelDelivery, Worldwide Parcel Services and Parcel2Go. And giving an indication of the difference in price, Martin said to send a 3kg parcel to Spain would cost £37 with Royal Mail, £33 with UPS but only £20 with a reseller.

He did however warn that the customer service might not be as good if you encounter any difficulties.

4. Check you're insured for valuable items

You must check BEFORE you send.