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It’s #GoodFriday Which Means That The Easter Bunny Is On The Way! #HappyEaster From Stikins Name Tags!

Friday, March 30th, 2018

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Stikins Name Tags Presents: Why Do We Celebrate Easter With A Bunny?!

The origins of the Easter Bunny are something of a mystery, although there are a number of theories.

  • A GERMAN JUDGE. In German folklore, the “Osterhase” (Easter Hare) would judge the behaviour of children and reward those who had been good with gifts of Easter eggs.
  • A FERTILITY SYMBOL. Rabbits and hares are traditional symbols of fertility and of spring as a time of new life. They give birth to multiple litters each year, with each litter made up of an average of 4-6 young.
  • THE GODDESS OSTRE. According to some scholars, the Anglo-Saxons worshipped Eostre, a goddess of fertility and spring. The hare was her sacred animal. In some stories, Eostre had a pet bird that she transformed into a hare with the ability to lay coloured eggs.
  • CHRISTIAN ICONOGRAPHY. Some ancient cultures believed that hares were hermaphrodites and could self-fertilise. This created a Christian association with virgin births and the Virgin Mary. In other ancient traditions, rabbits were associated with death and rebirth, creating a connection with the resurrection. Many sacred sites across the world (including Christian churches) feature a symbol known as the “three hares”. In it, three hares (or rabbits) chase each other in a circle. While the original meaning has been lost, the symbol has come to be associated with the Holy Trinity.

Stikins Name Tags Presents: Facts About Easter Alternatives!

While we are familiar with the Easter Bunny as the traditional Easter gift-bringer, there are many alternative traditions including:

THE EASTER BILBY

Also known as rabbit-bandicoots, bilbies are desert-dwelling marsupials native (and unique) to Australia. They have blue-grey and white silky coats, pink pointed snouts, large ears, and black tails with a pure white tip. They are excellent burrowers and are omnivores – eating seeds, spiders, insects, bulbs, fruit, fungi, and other small creatures.

Bilbies were were once found across approximately 70% of Australia. They are now completely extinct in a number of states and have Vulnerable or Endagered status elsewhere. This decline is due to an extensive loss of habitat, predation from species such as foxes and feral cats, and competition for food with non-native species like cattle and sheep – and rabbits.

Rabbits are considered something of a pest in Australia – hence the introduction of the Easter Bilby. Many companies and organisations now use Easter as an opportunity to raise awareness of the bilby’s vulnerable status.

THE EASTER BELLS

In France, Belgium, and the Netherlands, church bells are silenced in the days before Easter as a sign of mourning. This tradition created the story of the Easter Bells, which says they leave their steeples to visit the Vatican. The bells return on Easter morning with coloured eggs and chocolates in the shape of eggs and rabbits.

OTHER EASTER ANIMALS

In other parts of Europe, there are a number of local alternatives for the Easter Bunny including: the Easter Fox, the Easter Cuckoo, the Easter Chick, the Easter Rooster, and the Easter Stork.

Order Extra Stikins Name Tags This Easter And Get Organised For The Summer Term

The Easter break is the perfect time to take stock of your children’s school uniform and equipment before the summer term begins.

Our name tags are the perfect school labels because you can use one pack of sticky name tags to label school uniform AND all of the essential extras that your children absolutely have to have with them at school. You simply peel each name tag off its backing sheet and then apply it onto the wash care label (of clothing and fabric items) or directly onto the item (personal items only; in shoes, you should apply your name tags onto the side wall or beneath the tongue – and not beneath the heel).

We supply our name tags in four pack sizes (of 30, 60, 90, or 120 name tags) and you can order online, by phone, or by post. We make and despatch name tags every day (Monday to Friday, up to 3pm) with orders being sent via Royal Mail’s first class service as standard (although you can upgrade to a guaranteed next day delivery option if you need to make absolutely sure that your name tags arrive as quickly as possible).

Happy Easter From Stikins Name Tags

We will be taking a short break for Easter. We will re-open on Monday 9th April at 9am.

Any orders placed between now and then will be printed and posted when we return on Monday. If you have any questions or queries in the meantime, you can leave us a message by emailing info@labelplanet.co.uk. We’ll do our best to reply as quickly as we can when we return in April.

Get Ready For Halloween With Stikins ® Name Labels

Friday, October 27th, 2017

Halloween Stikins Name Labels

Celebrate Halloween with Stikins ® Name Labels

With Halloween almost upon us, the team at Stikins ® Name Labels have decided to look at a few suitably scary names from television shows with a decidedly frightening feel! From the Addams Family to the Munsters, along with The Walking Dead and Stranger Things, by way of a few more light-hearted examples (here’s looking at you, Scooby-Doo!), these names are the perfect way to pay a subtle tribute to the joys of celebrating Halloween!

ABBIE ABRAHAM ADALIND ADAM AIFE
ALEXANDER AMARA ANDREW ANGEL ANGELIQUE
ANNIE ANYA ARTIE ASH BARNABAS
BARTHOLOMEW BENNET BENNY BETSY BILLIE
BO BOBBY BUFFY CAITLIN CALIBAN
CASSANDRA CASSIE CASTIEL CATRIONA CHARLES
CHARLIE CHUCK CLAIRE CLAUDIA CLIO
CONNOR CORDELIA CROWLEY DANA DAPHNE
DARLA DARYL DAWN DEAN DEANNA
DELPHINE DEXTER DIANA DONNA DORIAN
DOYLE DUSTIN DYSON EDDIE EDMUND
ELEVEN ETHAN EVE EVONY FAITH
FAYE FENTON FIONA FOX FRANK
FRED FREDDIE GARTH GEORGE GLENN
GRIFFIN HAL HECATE HELENA HERMAN
HILDA HOMER ICHABOD JACKSON JAKE
JINKS JODY JOHN KALI KATRINA
KENZIE KIT LACHLAN LAFAYETTE LANA
LAVINIA LEENA LILY LORNE LUCAS
LUCY MAGGIE MARIE MARILYN MARY
MATTHEW MAYER MEG MELISSA MICHONNE
MINA MISTY MONROE MORGAN MYKA
NAN NEGAN NICK NINA OZ
PANDORA PETE QUEENIE RICK ROSALEE
ROSITA ROWENA RUBY RUPERT SABRINA
SALEM SAM SASHA SEMBENE SHELLEY
SOOKIE SPIKE TARA TATE THELMA
VANESSA VELMA VEX VICTOR VICTORIA
VINCENT VIOLET VIVIEN WEDNESDAY WESLEY
WILLOW WINIFRED XANDER ZELDA ZOE

We hope you have a wonderfully weird time celebrating Halloween, whether you’re out and about trick or treating, zombie-shuffling on the dance floor in a creepy costume, or hiding behind a cushion with a well-stocked pile of terrifyingly tasty snacks for a Halloween-themed marathon!

And remember – to keep your hard-earned sweets safe from wandering hands, why not use your Stikins ® Name Labels to label up your stash – and make sure everyone knows to keep off, or else!

Here’s a treat for all our fundraising partners!

We’ll have a “treat” heading your way soon as we are busy preparing commission cheques to send out to all of our school and PTA partners! Your commission earnings will be based on the orders we received where your unique fundraising was quoted between 1st October 2016 – 30th September 2017 AND your rate of commission.

Schools on our basic rate will receive a fundraising total calculated at a 15% commission rate, while those who have applied for our higher rate (by adding a link to their website) will receive a total based on a 30% commission rate.

Cheques will be going out in the post via Royal Mail’s first class service; if you don’t receive anything in the next two weeks please get in touch with us (we allow Royal Mail five working days to deliver items sent on this service).

Remember, you can keep an eye on your commission earnings throughout the year by visiting the Fundraising Account page on our website.

Pinch Punch, It’s The First Of The Month!

Friday, September 1st, 2017

Back to School Stikins Name Labels

It’s back-to-school time – Have you ordered your name labels?

Yes, September is here and the summer is fast falling away into autumn but we’re still busy printing and packing name labels for those emergency back-to-school orders. Don’t worry if you’ve run out of labels or you’ve forgotten to buy new name labels in the rush of getting ready for the new school term – all orders we receive by 3pm will be despatched same day, while orders received after 3pm or over the weekend will be despatched on the next working day. If you need your order urgently, simply give us a call and you can upgrade your order to a guaranteed next day delivery option (this service costs £5.75 and our Customer Service Team is available 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday).

Names inspired by the months of the year…

Seeing as it’s the first day of a brand new month, we thought we’d take a look at a few names that are associated with the months of the year, some of which have actually been requested for name labels in recent years…

  • While “January” itself is a great name, you could also opt for Janus (the Roman God of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, duality, doorways, passages, and endings) or Juno (the Roman Goddess of marriage, women, and Rome, as well as queen of the gods).
  • Like January, “April” is a lovely “monthly” name and is, in fact, the most popular month-inspired name amongst Stikins ® customers.
  • “May” is another popular name, as is Maia – the Greek Goddess for whom the month of May was named.
  • “June” takes second place amongst our customers, while Juno (the Roman Goddess from January) also has strong associations with the month of June.
  • While we didn’t have any name labels for Augustus (the Roman emperor for whom the month is named), we did print labels with the name “August” itself.

Sadly, so far, we haven’t printed any name labels for a February, March, July, September, October, November, OR December – but there’s plenty of time yet!

If you are in need of name labels to prepare your children’s belongings for the back-to-school period, please do not hesitate to contact the Stikins ® team today! You can order a pack via phone, email or post OR you can fill in our handy online enquiry form here.

Name Labels Vs Sun Creams – How To Make Your Labels Last All Summer Long

Friday, July 7th, 2017

You may have noticed that we describe our Stikins ® name labels and Trons ® name transfers as being “resistant to children’s alcohol-free sun creams and lotions” and perhaps wondered why we mention sun creams as being a particular problem for name label products.

Name labels are often applied into clothing where they come into contact with skin OR onto personal items (especially lunch boxes and water bottles) that are handled a lot, which may result in sun cream being transferred from the skin onto a name label. Modern sun creams are made with increasingly advanced ingredients designed to boost the protection offered by these products (for example by increasing the level of protection, improving water resistance or durability, or simply making a product easier to apply) and, while these ingredients do make sun creams and lotions extremely effective, they can also be quite damaging to the surfaces that they come into contact with over time – including name labels.

While name labels themselves are unlikely to be damaged (they are, after all, designed to withstand repeat cycles through washing machines and/or dishwashers), the printing inks used to personalise these labels may not be resistant to some of the ingredients used in sun creams and lotions – which can result in the print disintegrating or smearing away completely.

Name Labels for Summer

Beating The “Blockers”

Sun creams and lotions often contain “blockers”, which are ingredients that protect us from sunlight by preventing (or blocking) ultraviolet light from reaching our skin (by reflecting, scattering, or absorbing UV rays). A common example is titanium dioxide, which is a particularly popular ingredient because it is believed to be less irritating than other chemicals – making it ideal for use in products that are intended to be used by children or individuals with sensitive skin.

While titanium dioxide is brilliant at providing protection against harmful UV light, it is also extremely damaging to some printing inks – which is why we have sourced an advanced ink for our name label products that is fully resistant to titanium dioxide (as well as other similar ingredients used to produce sun creams and lotions).

The Problem With “Alcohol”

Unfortunately, there is one ingredient used in SOME sun creams and lotions that our ink is NOT currently resistant to – and that is alcohol. Alcohols are used in sun creams and lotions for a variety of reasons; some make sun creams more opaque (less transparent) or thicker or less greasy, some act as emollients (moisturisers), some help to preserve sun creams (so they last longer “on the shelf”), and some are used as carriers – particularly in sun sprays, where the alcohol helps to propel the spray more efficiently.

The problem is that alcohols are solvents; solvents are capable of dissolving other substances and this includes some printing inks used to personalise name labels. While our printing ink is not fully resistant to alcohol (or other solvents), this doesn’t mean that your name labels won’t survive the summer.

Firstly, alcohol is only used in SOME sun cream products and many manufacturers offer alcohol-free alternatives. Sun creams and lotions designed for children and individuals with sensitive skin are – as a general rule – among these alcohol-free product ranges.

Secondly, the risk of damage tends to exist immediately after a product has been applied (i.e. while the sun cream is drying or being absorbed into the skin); as long as you allow plenty of time for your sun cream product to dry or absorb in place, there won’t be any danger of the alcohol coming into contact with, and therefore damaging, the print on your name labels.

Contact Stikins for Name Labels this Summer

You can find out much more about our name labels by visiting our Stikins ® Information Page or our Trons ® Information Page – alternatively, you can visit our Stikins ® and Trons ® product pages to place an order for your very own name labels that will remain firmly in place all summer – and all year – long. Speak to one of our team today.

A Quick Post Easter Update From Label Planet & Stikins ®

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Name Labels Back Open

We’re open again after taking an extended Easter break last week. We hope you enjoyed your Easter holiday and are now coping well with the post-chocolate haze that is getting everyone back to school and work.

We’ve been working through all of the orders that we received over the break and we’re delighted (and relieved) to announce that we’re all caught up.

Orders placed over the Easter Break (14th-23rd April) have now been printed, packed, and put in the post – so if your Easter order of name labels hasn’t arrived yet, it’s on the way!

We’re also working our way through emails and school fundraising requests so don’t panic if you haven’t heard back from us – we’re getting there!

If you do have any questions or queries about our name labels or our school fundraising scheme, please do get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.

Wishing You All A Hoppy-Happy Easter Weekend From Label Planet!

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Yes, this weekend is the Easter Weekend and, whatever your plans, we hope you have a wonderful time!

Name labels easter bunny

Whether you’re taking the family on a hunt for chocolate eggs and Easter bunnies or you’re simply looking forward to a long weekend away from work, we hope you enjoy the break.

Here at Label Planet, we will be closing for a short Easter holiday; our office will close at 5pm today and we will re-open on Monday 24th April at 9am.

We’ll be making name labels up to 3pm but if you don’t get the time today you can still order online over the break; all orders we receive during this time will be made and posted out when we return. If you have any questions or queries during this time, please send us an email and we’ll respond as soon as we can once we’re back.

A Very Merry Christmas from Label Planet!

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

name labels marry christmas

Happy Christmas from all of us at Label Planet!

On this Eve of Christmas Eve, we would like to take a moment to say a big thank you to all of our wonderful customers who have ordered name labels from us in 2016. We’ve had an absolutely spectacular year and we’d like to thank each and every one of you for your support – whether you’ve simply decided to buy your name labels from us or you’ve gone the extra mile and written us a review, mentioned us on social media, or introduced us to friends and family.

Whatever plans you’ve got for the rest of the year, we wish you and your family all the very best for this Christmastime and we hope you have a fabulously festive time celebrating in style – and that you get everything you’ve wished for in this year and the next!

See you in 2017!

Last Orders (Of Name Labels) Please!

Monday, December 19th, 2016

name labels last chance

While it’s unlikely that you’ll be unaware that Christmas is, essentially, here – in the rush to get everything ready, you might have THOUGHT about making an “end-of-the-year” name label order without actually getting around to making said order, which means that you might be wondering if there’s still time to do so.

And, of course, there is! (Just about!)

We will be processing and despatching orders of name labels up to 3pm on Thursday (22nd December).

Our last orders will be despatched on Thursday evening, via Royal Mail’s first class service, although you will need to bear in mind that the last recommended posting day for first class mail is actually Wednesday 21st December – and items sent after this date are unlikely to arrive before Christmas (although, if we’re honest, items sent before this date might not arrive either – given the extremely high level of post being despatched at this time of year).

If you do absolutely have to have your name labels BEFORE Christmas, we advise that you give us a call and request our upgraded delivery option. This service costs £5.75 and guarantees delivery by 1pm on the next working day – which really means you should order by Thursday 22nd December. And, again, given the time of year we would advise customers that it is possible that even “guaranteed” delivery services may be delayed.

So, if you really need to have your name labels before Christmas, you need to place an order before 3pm on Thursday (22nd ) and request our upgraded delivery option. If you don’t mind when your labels arrive, you can order at any time before 3pm on Thursday (22nd) OR you can even place an order over the Christmas break – when things are a little bit “quieter”. Any orders we receive after 3pm on Thursday will be made and despatched when we return from our Christmas break on January 3rd 2017.

If you have any questions or queries about ordering name labels BEFORE Christmas, please contact our Customer Service Team as soon as possible; alternatively, you can simply send us an email over the Christmas break and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can once we return in the new year.

Visit our website to find out all of the ways you can get in touch or visit our product pages to place an order for Stikins ® name labels or Trons ® name transfers.

December Is Here! Which Means ‘Tis The Season To Be Jolly (& Make A Note Of This Year’s Last Posting Dates)!

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

name labels jolly

Yes, December has officially begun, which means that even the most “bah humbug” of Scrooges has to admit that Christmas is certainly and most definitely on the way – and that means it’s time for our annual blog about this year’s LAST POSTING DATES!

If you are planning on ordering name labels this month (but haven’t quite got around to it yet), these are the dates that you’ll need to bear in mind if you absolutely positively have to have your labels BEFORE Christmas.

We do print name labels EVERY DAY (Mon-Fri) so every order we receive in December will be despatched on the same or next working day BUT while we can promise a speedy despatch, we cannot guarantee a swift delivery (unless you upgrade to a guaranteed next day delivery option). As always, the post does get less and less reliable as we edge closer to Christmas, so it’s best to get your order placed as soon as you can. If you are especially concerned about receiving your labels in plenty of time, please call our Customer Service Team to request an upgrade to a guaranteed next (working) day delivery service (this shipping option is only available by phone and costs £5.75).

If you do find that you’ve forgotten to order name labels OR that you unexpectedly need a few extras (perhaps you’ve discovered a pile of un-labelled things, have been presented with a list of “required” uniform and equipment for the next semester, or have a friend or relative who needs to move into a nursing or residential care home suddenly), don’t panic: the last and final posting dates for ordering name labels from Label Planet are as follows:

NON-UK ORDERS (Royal Mail’s International Standard Service)
Friday 2nd December: Africa, Middle East
Wednesday 7th December: Asia, Cyprus, Far East, Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia)
Thursday 8th December: Caribbean, Central, and South America
Friday 9th December: Australia, Greece, New Zealand
Wednesday 14th December: Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland
Thursday 15th December: Canada, Finland, Sweden, USA
Friday 16th December: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland

BRITISH FORCES POST OFFICE (BFPO) (Royal Mail’s International Standard HM Forces Mail)
Friday 12th December: Static BFPOs

UK ORDERS
Wednesday 21st December: Royal Mail’s First Class & Signed For First Class
Thursday 22nd December: Royal Mail’s Special Delivery Guaranteed
Friday 23rd December: Royal Mail’s Special Delivery Saturday Guaranteed

PLEASE NOTE: we must receive your order by 3pm on the dates listed above to allow us time to make, pack, and despatch your order.
We would NOT recommend relying on the Saturday Guaranteed Delivery option if at all possible as, in our experience, this service is never as reliable as their Guaranteed Next Working Day Delivery option.

If you have ANY concerns about making a last minute order, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us; visit our website to view all of our contact information or to simply go ahead and make your winter order of name labels today!

We Wish You All A Wonderfully Weird Halloween…

Monday, October 31st, 2016

name labels halloween

Yes, tonight is the night that ghouls and ghosts are free to roam the Earth and we hope you have a spooktacular time tonight!

Whether you’re donning your most delightfully devilish costume to scare your neighbours (go trick or treating) or raise some hell (have a party with friends), spending the night on (or behind) the sofa with a line-up of scary films, or simply stuffing your face with sugary goodness because, well, it’s Halloween – we hope you have a wickedly good time!

And, remember, if you want to make sure that your Halloween haul doesn’t get pilfered by a stray imp, why not add a Stikins ® name labels to your bag, basket, bucket, or box to make sure everyone knows to keep their hands (or claws or paws) off your stash!