Gisborne post office is keeping its doors open longer during the Christmas period.

The post office, located at Gisborne Village Market on Hamilton Street, will offer extended retail hours of 9am-6pm

Monday to Friday and 9am-12.30pm on Saturdays, through to December 22.

Australia Post general manager Davis McNamara said the extended trading hours would give customers more choice and convenience to send gifts this festive season.

“We know Christmas is a busy time of the year, so the Gisborne post office will remain open for longer this festive season,” he said.

“Extended opening times provide our customers greater flexibility to send and receive their Christmas gifts and cards and with our exciting new range of products available in store, there is more opportunity to spread the merry this Christmas.”

Mr McNamara said Australians continue to shop up a storm online, with online purchases up 20 per cent from last year.

“The online shopping boom continues,” he said. “Last year, Australians spent $27.5 billion online. Last Christmas we delivered 40 million parcels in December alone and we’re expecting to exceed that number this year.”

Australia Post customers can collect their Christmas gifts at a free 24/7 parcel locker in more than 350 locations across the country and can track their deliveries online.

Details: auspost.com.au/christmas