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Christmas Delivery Details

Christmas post details:


The last posting date that Royal Mail recommends for delivery in time for Christmas is Sunday 19th December, but due to expected high levels of shipping during this period we urge you to get your order in before this date.


1st December

Africa, Far East Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, India, Israel, South Africa, New Zealand

8th December

Mexico, the Middle East, Norway, United States, Scandinavia, Turkey, Eastern and Southern Europe

10th December

Canada and Western Europe

Please note: We’re expecting the postal services to be very busy this Christmas season, so the above dates are subject to change. Rest assured that we’ll do everything we can to ensure timely delivery of your order, and if you have any questions please feel free to get in touch –


Christmas FAQs

To learn more about Delayed Gratification and how our subscriptions work, see our FAQs here, or get in touch.

When will my gift subscription start?

If you sign up for a gift subscription now, your recipient will receive their first issue in December 2021. This is because we are a quarterly title that publishes in March, June, September and December. We will be sending that first issue out in December, so some recipients will receive their first copy before Christmas, depending on their location. We’ll also send you a login to give them unlimited access to our digital archive allowing them to enjoy everything we have ever published straight away.

I don’t want my gift recipient to receive the December issue – what can I do?

You can choose to delay the delivery of the December issue by ticking the box in the checkout process. If you tick this box then we will send your recipients their copy of the December issue after Christmas, to avoid spoiling any surprises. Alternatively, you could use your own address as the shipping address, and that December issue will be sent directly to you ready to wrap up. You can then change the address back to that of your gift recipient at any time.

Can I give my recipient something sooner?

You can indeed. Either add a copy of the current issue of the magazine to your order or a copy of our book ‘An Answer For Everything’. You could also print off a gift certificate – we’ll send you a link to one in your confirmation email.

Where will you send the copy of the current issue?

If you choose to add a copy of the current issue to your order, you can choose whether you want it to be delivered to your billing address or to the recipient’s shipping address.

Can I change the shipping address?

If you add a copy of the current issue to your order, that will be sent out straight away to whichever address you specify. But you can change the shipping address for all subsequent deliveries by updating your details in the customer portal or by emailing us with instructions for the change.

How many copies will they get?

With an annual subscription to Delayed Gratification, your gift recipient will receive 4 issues of the magazine (unless you sign up for a two-year subscription, in which case they’ll get 8!)

Can I make changes to their subscription, or cancel it?

You can cancel the subscription at any time – just send an email to, and we’ll take care of that for you right away. You can use our customer portal to update your recipient’s address or your payment details at any time – we’ll send you a link to the customer portal when you sign up – or you can email us and we’ll help you make any changes you need.

Do you sell other Christmas gifts for Delayed Gratification fans?

Yes we do! Head to our shop here to see a range of back issues, books we’ve made, books our friends have made, and our Slow News mugs.

A slower, more reflective type of journalism”
Creative Review

Jam-packed with information... a counterpoint to the speedy news feeds we've grown accustomed to”
Creative Review

A leisurely (and contrary) look backwards over the previous three months”
The Telegraph

Quality, intelligence and inspiration: the trilogy that drives the makers of Delayed Gratification”
El Mundo

Refreshing... parries the rush of 24-hour news with 'slow journalism'”
The Telegraph

A very cool magazine... It's like if Greenland Sharks made a newspaper”
Qi podcast

The UK's second-best magazine” Ian Hislop
Editor, Private Eye
Private Eye Magazine

Perhaps we could all get used to this Delayed idea...”
BBC Radio 4 - Today Programme