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On The 10th Day Before Christmas, Stikins ® Gave To Me…

Friday, December 15th, 2017

…Names For Father Christmas & The Last Posting Dates Of The Year!

Yes, there are only TEN DAYS left until Christmas Day and hopefully you’re managing to keep on top of the chaos that is Christmas!

NAMES FOR FATHER CHRISTMAS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

While taking a look at Christmas-inspired names, we were struck by how many different names are used to refer to those Christmas (and Winter) visitors who bring gifts to children each year. Here in the UK, we are extremely familiar with the jolly figure of “Father Christmas” but there are many other Christmas and winter gift-bringers who are celebrated around the world – each with their own names, traditions, histories, and helpers…

Christmas Brother

Christmas Elder Man

Christmas Grandpa

Christmas Man

Christmas Old Man

Father Christmas

Father Frost

Good Little Oldie

Grandfather Christmas

Grandfather Frost

Grandfather Santa

Grandpa Christmas

Grandpa Frost

Little
Star

Lord Of The Cold

New Year Boy

Old Man Christmas

Snow Grandfather

Star
Man

The Easter Oldman

While the majority of these figures follow “Old Man” traditions, there are some female gift-givers to be found, including:

  • Saint Lucia/Saint Lucy: most commonly celebrated in Scandinavia and Italy, Saint Lucy is associated with light and “festivals of light” are held in her honour on the 13th December. In Italy, she brings gifts to good children and coal to bad children – children leave out food to entice the donkey and make sure that Saint Lucy visits their house.
  • The Snow Girl/The Snow Maiden: Snegurochka is celebrated in Russia, where she is usually depicted as the granddaughter and helper of Ded Moroz (“Old Man Frost” or “Grandfather Frost”) – who delivers presents to children on New Year’s Eve.
  • Frau Holle/Old Mother Frost: also known as Holda, Huld, or Hulda, she is variously depicted as a Goddess of Winter, of the Sky, and of the Weather. In some traditions, she flies through the skies on 24th December (also known as “Mother’s Night”) to bring gifts to children. The Grimm Brothers used her in one of their fairy tales; snow falls to earth whenever she shakes out the blanket on her bed and she rewards a good child with gold and punishes a bad child with hot pitch.
  • Perchta: also known as Percht, Berchta, and Bertha, Perchta is a variation of the Frau Holle figure (or vice versa) and traditionally roams the countryside between Christmas and Epiphany, rewarding good children and punishing bad children.
  • Befana the Christmas Witch: celebrated throughout Italy, Befana is an old woman who delivers gifts on Epiphany Eve (the night of 5th January); good children wake up to a stocking full of gifts and sweets, while naughty children find a lump of coal – traditionally, children find nice gifts AND a lump of coal (rock sugar darkened with caramel colouring) as a reminder that they haven’t always been on their best behaviour…

Last Posting Dates For Ordering Stikins ® Name Labels Before Christmas…

We’ll be printing our name labels for clothing & personal items all next week (Monday – Friday); any orders we receive before 3pm will be despatched on the same day, while those received after 3pm will be sent next day.

Orders are despatched via Royal Mail’s first class service as standard BUT we highly recommend upgrading to our special delivery service (Royal Mail’s Special Delivery Guaranteed service; shipping cost £5.75) to make absolutely sure that your name labels arrive before Christmas. This is because Royal Mail do NOT guarantee that first class items will arrive next day AND because first class mail does tend to see delays in the run up to Christmas.

How To Upgrade Your Name Label Order To A Special Delivery Service…

Currently, our special delivery service is only available to request by phone; this allows us to make absolutely sure that your stick on name labels will be made and despatched on the SAME DAY so you definitely get them NEXT DAY. Our Customer Service Team is available Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm – simply give us a call on 01270 668076 and we’ll be happy to help.

THINGS TO NOTE:

1. Today is the LAST DAY to order Christmas name labels for delivery to the Republic of Ireland.
2. If you find yourself leaving things to the very last minute, the LAST DAY for any orders of school labels, equipment name tags, and general purpose name stickers will be FRIDAY 22ND DECEMBER (UP TO 3PM).
To receive your order on Saturday, you will need to order by phone and request our Saturday delivery option (shipping cost: £8.75).

Remember, you can order ANYTIME by visiting www.stikins.co.uk OR you can give us call (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm) to order name labels by phone and to upgrade to a guaranteed next day delivery service.

Autumn Starts Here & We’ve Got Name Labels For All Your (Winter) Gear!

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Tonight, (at 21:02 to be precise) the Autumn Equinox will take place, traditionally signalling the transition from summer to autumn.

“Equinox” comes from the Latin word “aequinoctium”, which is made up of “aequus” (meaning equal) and “nox” (from “noctis” meaning night) – there are TWO equinoxes each year, which mark the moments at which the sun is directly above the equator making night and day (roughly) equal in length.

The two equinoxes occur each year in March and September and they are known by a variety of names including: the vernal equinox and autumnal equinox (the Latin words for spring and autumn), the March equinox and September equinox (indicating the months during which the equinoxes take place), the northward equinox and southward equinox (indicating the direction of the sun’s movement across the equatorial line – in March this is south to north and in September it is north to south), and the First Point Of Aries and the First Point Of Libra (derived from the constellations that the sun appears to be in front of at the moment of the equinox – confusingly, due to the very gradual change in the orientation of Earth’s axis of rotation (the line from the north pole to the south pole) these constellations are actually currently Pisces and Virgo).

The autumn equinox has traditionally been used as a symbol of the change from summer to autumn (in the northern hemisphere; in the southern hemisphere it marks the passage from winter to spring) and is often used as a traditional time for harvest festivals around the world.

Given that today marks a change in season, we thought we’d take a look at how the four seasons fair amongst our customers as names with a seasonal flavour. AUTUMN is actually the second most popular season amongst Stikins ® customers with SUMMER being the most popular and WINTER taking third place – sadly, none of our customers (so far) have requested name labels printed with SPRING.


With the shift into autumn, children across the country will be settling into the first term of the school year and gathering an ever impressive array of paraphernalia to carry around with them – including winter warmers, once the weather takes a(nother) cooler turn. Our Stikins ® name labels can be used to label all kinds of clothing and personal items, including hats and gloves, coats and scarves, and suitable shoes for the autumn and winter months.

While the back to school rush might well be firmly over, we’ll be continuing our daily production runs so you can rest assured that your order will be made and despatched same day (up to 3pm) or next day. You can also request a special next day delivery service by phone (shipping cost: £5.75) if you need to receive your name labels before an upcoming event, such as a residential trip or holiday.

You can order name labels from Label Planet online (at www.stikins.co.uk) or by phone (visit our Contact Page for more information).

Pinch Punch, It’s The First Of The Month (So Here’s Some “Monthly” Names)!

Friday, September 1st, 2017

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. So don’t worry if you’ve run out of labels or you’ve forgotten to buy any name labels at all 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).

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…

  • 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.
  • JUNEtakes 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!

Visit our website at www.stikins.co.uk to place a last minute back to school order of Stikins ® name labels today!

A Quick Post Easter Update From Label Planet & Stikins ®

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

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!

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 Happy New Year From Label Planet (& Yes, We’re Already Printing Brand New Orders Of Name Labels)!

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

A Happy New Year From Label Planet!

Yes, 2016 has departed and, even though we’re only three days in, we’re already back at work and printing the first batch of name label orders for 2017.

If you placed an order for name labels over the winter break, your name labels will be printed and despatched this afternoon via Royal Mail’s first class service. We’ll continue to run production every day at 3pm (Monday to Friday) so if you find that you’re in need of a quick top up order, you’ve completely forgotten to order name labels for the new year, or you’ve got an emergency name label situation, don’t worry – your name labels will be on their way to you in no time at all!

You can order from our website at any time, pop an order in the post, or give us a call to order by phone (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm). All orders are despatched via Royal Mail’s first class service as standard, although you can call us to upgrade to a guaranteed next (working) day delivery option (UK delivery only, £5.75 shipping) if you need to make sure that your labels arrive before an upcoming deadline.

We also ship to a limited number of non-UK countries; these orders are despatched via Royal Mail’s International Standard service (shipping cost: £1.50 per pack) and should be delivered in 3-5 working days (Western Europe) or 5-7 working days (Rest of the World).

If you have any questions or queries about ordering name labels from Label Planet – whether you’ve ordered over the winter break or you’d like to place an order now – please get in touch with our Customer Service Team for assistance. To place an order online, get started by visiting our Stikins ® name labels product page or our Trons ® name transfers product page.

Last Orders (Of Name Labels) Please!

Monday, December 19th, 2016

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

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!

FAQ Special – All The Answers You Could Need For Questions & Queries About Despatch & Delivery!

Monday, November 21st, 2016

If you’ve got any questions about our despatch and delivery service then this is the blog post for you!

DESPATCH:
When will my labels be despatched?
We print name labels every day so ALL orders we receive by 3pm, Monday-Friday, will be made and despatched the same day. If you order after 3pm or over the weekend, your order will be despatched on the next working day.

How will my labels be despatched?
Each pack of name labels is individually packed and then put into a C5 (A5) envelope along with a re-order form and a receipt; all of our orders are sent out via Royal Mail’s first class service as standard.

DELIVERY:
How long will it take for my labels to be delivered?
Royal Mail state that they AIM to deliver first class post on the next (working) day but they DO NOT GUARANTEE this and it can take a few extra days for orders to be delivered – particularly if you are in London or an outlying area of the UK.

Do I have to be at home to accept delivery?
Our envelopes will easily fit through a standard letter box so you don’t necessarily need to be at home to accept delivery; HOWEVER, we do put larger orders with a value of over £35 onto the Royal Mail’s signed for service, which will mean that these orders require a signature upon delivery – and will be taken to your local post office if you are out. If you choose an upgraded delivery option, your order will also require a signature upon delivery.

You can always nominate a different delivery address (such as your work address) to ensure that someone will be available to accept delivery of your order if you wish. Simply fill in your billing address and then check the option to enter a different address as your shipping address.

How much does delivery cost?
Our standard UK delivery is included in the prices you see on our website (which also include VAT!); you won’t have to pay extra for shipping unless you choose to upgrade to a special delivery option or want your labels to be delivered to a non-UK address (see below).

Do you offer upgraded delivery?
Yes! You can opt to upgrade to a guaranteed next (working) day delivery option if you absolutely positively need to receive your name labels in plenty of time for an upcoming deadline (such as the start of new school term or a big residential trip).

This service costs £5.75 and can be requested by contacting our Customer Service Team on 01270 668076.

Can I request delivery outside of the UK?
We do accept orders for a limited number of non-UK countries; shipping costs £1.50 per pack and will be automatically added to your order total as you checkout. To enter a non-UK address, you can either select the NON-UK Address option as you checkout (if your billing and shipping addresses are both non-UK addresses) or you can select the UK Address option if your billing address is in the UK and then use the checkbox to add a non-UK delivery address.

Currently, you can request delivery to the following countries via our website:
Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Channel Islands, Corsica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey

If your country isn’t listed here, you may wish to try our sister company, Madebuy, who sell genuine Label Planet products via Amazon and eBay and offer shipping to a larger number of destinations worldwide.

What should I do if my order doesn’t arrive?
GET IN TOUCH WITH US!

We despatch all of our name label orders on the same or next working day, which means they should arrive with you within a few days. As their first class service is NOT a guaranteed service, we allow the Royal Mail FIVE working days to deliver items, so if your labels have not arrived after a week, please get in touch with us as soon as you can.

If you are ordering items to a non-UK address, please note that delivery will take a little longer; we use Royal Mail’s International Standard service, which they aim to deliver to “Western European” countries in 3-5 working days and to “Rest of the World” countries in 5-7 working days.

To avoid delivery delays, we highly recommend taking a moment when you order to double check ALL of the details that you have entered – including your delivery address – to make sure that your name labels arrive safely (and are printed correctly).

Hopefully, this FAQ special has answered all of your questions and queries about our despatch and delivery service BUT if we haven’t answered your issue, please get in touch with our Customer Service Team. You can find a full list of contact information on our “Contact Us” page and we’ll be happy to help with any questions or queries about despatch and delivery or to get your order upgraded to our special delivery service.

Remember, Remember The 5th November…Is An Excellent Time To Buy Name Labels For Winter!

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

If you’ve made big plans this Bonfire Night we hope you have a marvellous time; whether you’re planning to build a splendid bonfire, watch a spectacular fireworks display, or simply have some fairground fun and food, we hope that you have a brilliant evening (and we’ve got everything crossed for good weather!).

Of course, we’d also like to point out that this is an excellent time of year to make an order of name labels for all those winter-related jobs that need doing. For example, if you’ve already dragged your winter wardrobe out from the back of your cupboard/wardrobe/attic/alternative storage space, you may well have a whole heap of winter warmers to get safely and securely labelled so they don’t go missing when you and your family need them most. From woolly hats and snuggly scarves to big, BIG coats and colourful mittens – winter means keeping track of a lot of accessories, which need to be put on, taken off, put on, taken off and it’s all too easy for something to get put down and left behind (for adults as well as children!).

You may also be planning to chase after some winter sun or have plans to spend your Christmas in a winter wonderland, on a warm sandy beach, or at home with friends and family, which means you might want to order some extra name labels to get all your holiday stuff safely labelled before you go (so you don’t end the year with someone losing their favourite jumper, cuddly toy, or other holiday essentials).

Name labels are also an ideal tool for dealing with (some of) the chaos that goes hand in hand with Christmas. Perhaps you’re looking at a crazy couple of weeks filled with event after event after event (after event), with school trips, residential trips, Christmas concerts, and Nativity performances – each of which will come with its own list of required “essentials” that need to be carted to and from (and around) different venues (usually in amongst a whole heap of identical or very, very similar belongings). Adding a name label is a quick and easy way to help make sure that your children can keep track of their stuff throughout the holiday season.

Our Stikins ® name labels are an easy to use multipurpose name label solution that can be used to quickly and securely label all kinds of items, including clothing and personal items. Each name label measures 30mm wide by 15mm high and is a plain white label printed with a bold black font to make sure that the information on the label is extremely easy to find and read when needed. They have been successfully tested by an independent laboratory using the BS EN ISO6330 wash test procedure for 30 washes at 40 degrees, and can be used to label any items that will be put through a washing machine, tumble drier, dishwasher, or microwave. With clothing and fabric items they must be applied onto the wash-care label to ensure that they stick properly, while they can be applied directly onto other personal items (if you use them to label shoes, you should apply them under the tongue or onto the side wall and NOT directly under the heel).

We make and despatch name labels EVERY DAY (Monday to Friday), with all orders we receive by 3pm being posted out same day by Royal Mail’s first class service – so you can make your order, receive your name labels, and get your stuff labelled quickly and easily, and then get on with the more fun things in life!

To get organised this winter, simply head on over to our Stikins ® product page to start placing an online order today!