What is a gift article?
All Washington Post subscribers can now gift up to 10 free articles a month to anyone who does not have a Washington Post subscription. This new benefit is intended to help subscribers easily and securely share articles with friends, family, and colleagues that are not subscribers.
The recipient of a gift article can read it for free for up to 14 days, without having to subscribe to or sign into The Post. In addition, gifted articles will not count towards the limited number of articles available to non-subscribers.
How can I gift an article?
When viewing an article on the Washington Post website, select the gift icon, which is displayed above the article’s first paragraph.
Once you select the gift icon, there are several options for gifting the article, including copying a link, sending an email, or sharing on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
The gift icon appears a second time at the end of each article and can be used in the same way.
You can gift an article through the Washington Post website on any device. This feature is not currently available in our mobile apps or on Apple News.
How many articles can I gift?
You can gift up to 10 articles each calendar month. Each gifted article can be shared with multiple recipients for up to 14 days.
Your gift article count will not decrease when you first select the gift icon. When you select a share option (such as copying a link or sending an email), a special link is generated that counts as one of your 10 gift articles for the month.
How do I know if I’ve reached my gifted article limit?
When you have used all 10 of your gift articles for the month, you will see a message asking you to check back next month for 10 more. You can still share articles as you normally would, but non-subscribers may not be able to access them freely.
I’m a subscriber, so why don’t I see the gift icon on articles?
Please make sure that you are signed in on the Washington Post site and that you are not viewing the article in the Washington Post app.
Can I gift an article by simply sharing it on social media or copying the link from my browser’s address bar?
No. The only way to gift an article and provide free access for non-subscribers is through the gift icon. Other methods of sharing will not generate the same kind of special link that provides free access for non-subscribers.
For Gift Article Recipients
I’ve received a link to a gift article. What does this mean?
Washington Post subscribers can gift up to 10 articles a month to anyone who does not have a subscription. As the recipient of a gift article, you can read it for free for up to 14 days, without having to subscribe to or sign into The Post.
Do I need to register or sign-in to read the free article?
No, you are not required to provide an email address or sign in to access the article. Sharing your email address with The Post is optional.
How long do I have free access to this article?
A recipient of a gift article can access the story for 14 days. In addition, gifted articles will not count towards the limited number of articles available to non-subscribers.
I received a link to an article, but it doesn’t mention that it’s a gift.
Articles that are gifted by current subscribers, through the gift article icon on the Washington Post website, are freely available to non-subscribers. Articles that are shared through other methods, such as forwarding an email, count towards the limited number of articles available to non-subscribers and may therefore be restricted.