The Booko Guide to buying for family and friends overseas

2020 has been a year of ups and downs and with COVID restrictions changing all over the world, postage and deliveries have taken a little longer than usual. It’s with this in mind that we have had a little dig around the internet and have rustled up this little delivery date table to help you with your festive shopping. 

If you want to purchase a book or DVD as a gift, Booko has some clever functionality where you can purchase in the local currency and the gift gets shipped directly to the recipient.

Here’s what you do:

Jump online to Booko.

In the top right hand corner, there will be a flag (it’s usually your local country flag).  Click on this and all the countries that Booko works with will appear.  Select the country that you want to send a book to.  When you choose a different country, both the shipping charges and times are specific to that country (so it’s easy to make sure your gift will make it in time).

Screenshot of Booko with the country menu open
Screenshot of Booko with the country menu open
Screenshot of Booko US
Screenshot of Booko US

In this example, we have selected the USA.  From here, you will have a range of online booksellers that you can purchase from. All prices and delivery charges have now been converted to USD. You can also see the shipping times involved.

Screenshot of Amazon UK

We decided to purchase this book from Amazon UK, which is based in the UK but ships globally.  If you are getting close to Christmas, you may choose a book retailer that has speedy shipping times.  It makes sense to get the book delivered directly to your family and friends, it saves on postage costs, postage times and gives you greater security that it will arrive before the big fellow in the red suit!

Happy Shopping and have a great Christmas!

Last Order Dates for Christmas 2020 using standard delivery

Some stores have express delivery or even same-day delivery options; these details and further country information can be found by clicking on the store name.

(Booko takes no responsibility for deliveries which do not arrive by Christmas. Please check delivery estimates when ordering.)

Amazon AUTBC TBC 12 Dec 6 Dec
Amazon US  2 Dec 2 Dec
Amazon UK   2 Dec2 Dec
Angus & Robertson9 Dec
for in-stock items
Book Depository
(dispatched from AU)
10 Dec (Metro)4 Dec4 Dec4 Dec
Book Depository
(dispatched from UK)
7 Dec26 Nov9 Dec16 Dec
Booktopia9 Dec
for in-stock items
9 Dec
for in-stock items
Mighty Ape10 Dec (NT, TAS, VIC)
11 Dec (WA, SA)
14 Dec (QLD)
15 Dec (ACT)
23/24 Dec
for in stock items
24 Nov24 Nov
Wordery10 DecTBC11 Dec17 Dec