Holiday ShippingTitle page and color frontispiece of the first edition of Charles Dickens's CHRISTMAS CAROL.

We know at this time of year prompt and smooth shipping is especially important, so we have put this brief guide together to help. The following are GUIDELINES only: we ship dozens of packages every week via a variety of carriers and we continue to see lingering delays due to Covid and related issues. We urge all our customers to order as early as possible to help ensure time-sensitive delivery. 

Orders under $250

All domestic orders under $250 include free media mail shipping. USPS suggests Dec. 17 as the last day to order via media mail for arrival by the 24th. For those west of the Mississippi, we recommend Dec. 16.

If ordering after Dec. 16 and until Dec. 19, we recommend upgrading to Priority for delivery by Dec. 24. If ordering after Dec. 19, please choose "I have a different shipping preference" at checkout and we will be in touch with options and pricing for delivery by Dec. 24. Please note that we cannot provide any reasonable guarantee of Dec. 24 delivery by any means after Dec. 22. However, we will continue to offer overnight and other expedited options until the morning of Dec. 23. We will not be shipping on Dec. 24.

Orders $250 and over

All domestic orders over $250 include free Priority shipping. USPS and UPS suggest ordering by Dec. 19 for delivery by Dec. 24. If ordering after Dec. 19, please choose "I have a different shipping preference" at checkout and we will be in touch with options and pricing for delivery by Dec. 24. Note that we cannot provide any reasonable guarantee of Dec. 24 delivery by any means after Dec. 22. However, we will continue to offer overnight and other expedited options until the morning of Dec. 23. We will not be shipping on Dec. 24.

International Orders

We ship most international orders over $500 gratis via USPS. USPS advises Monday Dec. 6 as the last day for ordering for a Dec. 24 delivery for smaller First Class shipments, and Dec. 13 for Priority International. International orders placed by these times are likely to receive prompt delivery. However, we continue to see unusual delays on many international packages. Given Covid, as well as various complications caused by recent EU and UK new customs/VAT and packaging laws, we cannot guarantee overseas deliveries by any method other than DHL. (We have found DHL to be the only carrier consistently able to provide accurate international shipping times.) We urge our international customers to order ASAP.

After Dec. 13, please contact us for options and prices. Expedited DHL shipping for probable Dec. 24 delivery is available through Dec. 20, with prices usually starting around $175.

PLEASE NOTE: international buyers are responsible for any customs, taxes, and related import fees. Given recent changes to a variety of international laws, we are unable to accommodate requests to misrepresent, misdeclare, or otherwise falsify customs documents when shipping internationally. We appreciate your understanding.