Happy Holidays from BottleMark!
Custom bottle caps are in high demand this time of year, for winter brewing and for gifts. So we want you to know exactly what you can expect from BottleMark during the month of December:
As of Dec 18 we expect to have all our production capacity fully booked for shipment by the slowest domestic mailing deadline for delivery by Dec 24, which is Dec 20. For Standard shipping (which goes by USPS Priority) we think orders placed on or before Dec 20 may make it for Christmas. (USPS says packages shipped by that date will make it on time; we hope they're right!)
Please note that this is our best guess for a cutoff. We will try to keep that date, but we may need to move it earlier if order volume is high.
We encourage you to order early; delivery schedules can (and probably will) slow during the holiday rush. And besides, you'll need time to wrap!
Orders placed after this date may make it in time if we can get to them—we'll do our absolute best, but the machines only go so fast! Do note in the Special Instructions that you're ordering a gift, and we'll do what we can.
The faster (and more expensive) Express shipping option is a 1 or 2 day service, plus we need some time to make things, and shipments tend to get delayed this time of year. If you order by Dec 21 and ship Express, you should still get your package for Christmas. We'll keep printing and shipping, and later orders may arrive on time, but it'll be tight. Unfortunately, we can offer no guarantees on shipping times, regardless of what USPS says.
If you're ordering from outside the USA, we can't say exactly when you're too late—international shipping is slow and variable, usually due to customs import processing. And it's probably slower this time of year.
The USPS Holiday shipping guide suggests that mail sent by Dec 1 should make it on time, so given production time we expect orders placed after Nov 27 may not make it.
Express packges may still make it if you order in the first week of December. Unfortunately, we can't guarantee timely delivery of any international shipment.
We publish on our front page an estimate of our backlog—how long until we can create and ship your caps. It can be up to two weeks in calendar time, depending on demand. We try to keep it reasonably accurate, but high demand this time of year makes that difficult, so please treat it as a rough guideline.
If you want to give the gift of custom bottle caps, consider a BottleMark gift card or certificate! A gift code gives the recepient full creative freedom to design the bottle cap of his/her wildest dreams. Choose from a digitally-delivered printable gift certificate or get a real wallet-type gift card mailed to you. Available in our shop section.
Gift cards ship separately from custom caps; order by Dec 19 for probable delivery before Christmas (or Dec 20 with Priority Mail shipping.) Digital gift certificates are delivered during normal business hours, so order before 5pm US-Central Dec 24 for last-minute Christmas gifts.
Rush orders are still available, but to ensure we meet the Christmas deadline for existing orders, we may suspended rush orders at some point. Please contact us to tell us about existing orders, or note you think you may need a rush in the Special Instructions for new orders. Rush orders require an additional fee.
Thanks for thinking of us at this time of year! We wish you the merriest of holidays, and hope we can bring everyone bottle cap cheer.