Ignore the numerous companies advertising letters from Santa for a fee. There's a simple way to get one for nothing, and a special Braille letter for blind children too.
Plus, in a matter of minutes, you can send fun online personalised video messages from Santa - whatever the recipients' age - for nowt.
Many companies charge around a tenner a time to reply to children's letters to Father Christmas. Yet if you apply to Royal Mail, you can get a response for free.
Ask your child - or you can do it if they're too young - to write a letter to Father Christmas and send it to Royal Mail's address by Friday 6 December 2013.
Your little 'un should receive a personally-addressed reply before Christmas Eve.
In addition to anything your kiddie wants to tell Santa, ensure they include their name, gender (for example, "I've been a good boy/girl this year") and a reply address.
A list of what they'd like for Christmas would be good too, but remember this doesn't have to include material objects!
Important. We received lots of emails from disgruntled MoneySavers last year after Royal Mail failed to reply to many of the letters.
When we asked it whether the same would happen this year, it said it had taken on extra staff and changed the postcode of the address to make the process more efficient. However, it still can't guarantee your child will receive a reply, so while this is a nice freebie, it's not a definite.
Just pop it in the post (either a 1st or 2nd class stamp is fine), addressed to:
They'll be sent a pretty little card and a Santa's workshop scene to colour in.
Blind or partially-sighted children can write to Santa and get a free reply in Braille, audio or large print.
Father Christmas's chums at the Royal National Institute for the Blind help him translate letters, so kids can read his replies themselves and not rely on sighted people to read them out.
Include your child's name, address, contact number, preferred language (English and/or Welsh) and preferred reply format (either uncontracted Braille, contracted Braille, large print (please specify font size) or audio CD.
Just write to Santa Claus, RNIB, PO Box 173, Peterborough, PE2 6WS by Monday 2 December 2013.
Alternatively you or your child can email firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 20 December 2013 and you'll get an email reply from him.
The NSPCC offers a personalised letter from Santa for a suggested donation of £5. Create your letter (including name, age, gender, language - English or Welsh - best friend's name and address) online at NSPCC before Monday 16 December 2013.
The suggested donation is £5 and although you can donate less, please remember this is a charity and it has to cover the cost of each letter.
Every £5 raised will go to ChildLine, while every £50 will go towards a trained practitioner giving two hours of support on the NSPCC’s helpline for anyone who has concerns about a child.
There's a website that'll send your friends and family free personalised online video messages from Santa (lasting around four minutes) - incredibly cute for kids and hilarious for adult recipients!
Just follow this simple step-by-step process. To make it even more fun, upload a photo of the person you're sending it to. You'll need the digital photo handy when you do it.
STEP 1: Tell the Santa about the recipient.
Go to the Portable North Pole website and answer the questions, including the recipient's age, whether they've been good or bad (the latter option's only available to adults and teens), their name, gender, where they live and more.
There's quite a few questions, but it should take less than a minute to complete. The more detail you add, the more fun it is as they'll be mentioned at various points in the video.
STEP 2: Add a photo.
You don't have to do this, but again, it makes it more personal. It can be a JPEG, GIF or PNG file with a maximum size of 3MB. All photos uploaded will be deleted from the site's database before the launch of the following year.
STEP 3: Send to your recipient.
If you want to be able to go back and edit it, save the username and enter a password. Hey presto, that's it. You must be over 13 years old to use the site.
"In addition to the information you enter in the PNP registration sheet, we may collect information about your browser type, location, and IP address, as well as the pages you visit.
"We may use "cookies" (small pieces of data we store for an extended period of time on your computer, mobile phone, or other device) to make PNP easier to use, to make our advertising better.
"We may institute programmes with advertising partners and other websites in which they share information with us."
So make sure you clear your cache afterwards, if you're not happy with this. Here's a screengrab from one we did:
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