Christmas 2023

For shipping within the UK, the last day to place online orders for the best chance of it arriving before Christmas is Monday 18th of December.

For International shipping, the last day to place orders before Christmas is Wednesday 6th December.

Orders placed after 19th December will ship when our store re-opens on Tuesday 3rd January.

Please be aware that due to Royal Mail strikes throughout December we are seeing some delays with the post.

Rare Birds Book Shop is open Monday - Saturday, 10am to 5:30pm, and Sunday 10am to 5pm

Christmas Eve: 10am to 3pm

Christmas Day: CLOSED


December 27TH: CLOSED

December 28th: CLOSED

December 29th: CLOSED

December 30th: CLOSED

December 31st: CLOSED

January 1st: CLOSED

January 2nd: CLOSED

January 3rd: Back to business as usual

You can use your code to redeem your advent calendar anytime from the 24th December.

You can redeem this any time you would like! There is no expiry date on the gift vouchers.

Our January book choices will be live after the 27th of December so we would suggest redeeming then!

Book Club

Every month, we create two story summaries for you to choose from in our members’ area. The title of your book will remain a surprise until you receive it in the post.

New book choices go live on the 27th of each month. We’ll update you in our monthly newsletter so keep an eye on your inbox.

New subscribers: you will choose your first book straight away upon redeeming your gift voucher.

We don’t!

Rare Birds Book Club is here to help you break out of your comfort zone and discover books you’d never otherwise have picked up for yourself. That’s the magic of being in a book club!

If the worst should happen, contact us and we’ll sort it out. But first – please check the date. If it’s before the 10th of the month it’s more than likely still on its way (and usually magically appears as soon as you click send on your email).

Our subscription books are recently published to avoid you receiving a book that’s already on your bookshelf. If you do own the book this month, please email us at and we’ll arrange a swap. Please note that the purchaser will be responsible for the return cost of the book.

Yes, we are able to offer international shipping again! Extra shipping charges will apply and these will be calculated at checkout.

Yes! Your book subscription will fit through the letterbox.

For our UK subscribers delivery is free. For international subscribers and bookstore purchases, postage will be added at checkout.

Our books are sent via the wonderful Royal Mail; truly the most reliable shipping source in the UK.

Yes. You’ll have the option to choose your delivery address at checkout. If you need to update your address after your subscription begins, you can do so in the members’ area from your account details page.

If you subscribe mid-month, we’ll send out your first book within a few days of ordering.

Definitely not! Rare Birds is here to champion great fiction written by women. But as much as all our books happen to be penned by kick-ass female authors, we choose books that can (and should) be enjoyed by everyone.

online shop

On its way! We are currently dispatching all orders within 3 days by first class post. The Royal Mail is under extreme pressure at the moment and once its in their hands we have no control over any delays to postal deliveries.

If 10 working days have passed and there is no sign of your parcel, please get in touch so we can find a solution! We want your gifts to arrive just as much as you want to receive them.

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Yes, we are able to provide international shipping. Shipping charges will be calculated at checkout.

Yes! We offer 2 types of Gift Cards.

1. Gift Subscription Card

These come in either digital or physical form and you can purchase them for 3, 6 or 12 months of our book subscription.

2. Monetary Value Gift Card

These are digital e vouchers where you can load any amount that you would like and can be used online or in-store at our shop in Edinburgh.