5 Oct 18

A few Christmas tips

Christmas is right around the corner. I’ll be publishing my last posting dates for Christmas and New Year really soon! There are a bunch of other issues around Christmas and these are a few tips on how to make your Christmas smoother.

Christmas star yarn bowl

Order with enough time
This might seem obvious but at this time of year the increased volume of orders can make lead times longer. Particularly for named yarn bowls where the name is carved into the pot. Normally for most of the year lead times are around 2-3 weeks but this can increase during this time. I publish last ordering dates for Christmas so I’d recommend checking those. If you do order too late you can always message me to ask when it’s likely to be ready. I do also try and squeeze in as many firings at this time of year as possible. If your not picky about colour and style I do try to offer yarn bowls for sale as seen a few weeks before the last Christmas postage date. These in stock yarn bowls are your very last chance to purchase.

Ensure your details are up to date
Have you moved house in the last year? Maybe your credit card expired? It’s important to double check the details you have attached to your online payment accounts. It’s easy to overlook changing your address especially if you only order online once a year at Christmas. I post out orders to the address associated with your account. If your order hasn’t yet dispatched you can get in touch with me about this but once it’s gone that’s it!

Dispatching to an alternative address
As we get closer to the last postage date one option is to have your order mailed directly to the recipient. There’s no problem in doing this for you! You can change the address associated to your account on Etsy or you can put it into the note to seller on checkout. I never include invoices with my work so they won’t know the value of the item. Unless of course they google it themselves!

Royal Mail postage
Another common problem at this time of year tends to be dispatching issues with Royal Mail. 1st Class parcel post is guaranteed next day delivery 90% of the time. As mail volumes rise generally this time can increase to a two day delivery window and international mail even more. Occasionally just waiting one extra day will see your parcel arrive. Another common issue is the red delivery cards from Royal Mail, all the items I send won’t fit through your letterbox. Sometimes if there’s an obvious secure place near your home then it may have been left there – under front porch steps for example. These red delivery slips will potentially be mixed in with your normal mail so try to watch out for them.

Christmas delivery dates

I’ll be trying to publish last delivery dates in the next week or two. These dates will be the best suggested dates to ensure your order gets to you in time for the big day. This year Christmas falls on a Tuesday so last UK postage times will be the week before as mail services will be limited on the Monday and over the weekend before Christmas Day. It feels like a long way off but there are only actually 11 weeks to go! Crazy.

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