Christmas Last Posting Dates

Royal Mail have confirmed strike action throughout December. We apologise for the disruption this is likely to cause as we expect some delay to our quoted delivery times.

Below are our last posting dates for ordering on and Waterstones App for the festive season, but don't forget you can always Click & Collect or simply walk into a Waterstones bookshop right up until Christmas Eve. Please check your local shops opening hours here.


Please note:

*Orders should be placed on the day and before the time stated below.

*Applies to items showing as 'in stock' at the time of the order.

*Our free, two-hour Click & Collect service will be available right up to Christmas Eve.

*We now offer an extended returns period giving you up to 60 days to return unwanted items.

UK Delivery

Friday 16 December by 3pm

Second Class/Free delivery when spending over £25

Monday 19 December by 3pm

First Class

International Delivery

Monday 28 November

Australia and New Zealand, China

Thursday 1 December

Africa, Asia (except China) Central and South America,Far and Middle East

Friday 2 December

Cyprus and Malta

Saturday 3 December

Greece, Eastern Europe (except Czechia, Poland and Slovakia), Turkey

Monday 5 December

Canada, Czechia, Finland, Italy, Poland, Sweden and USA

Wednesday 7 December

Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland

Friday 9 December

Belgium, France and Luxembourg