2017 Holiday Deadlines

It's never too early to revamp and restock your packaging for the holidays. This guide provides all the dates you need to get everything delivered by Black Friday, November 25th.

This calendar covers branded, printed and/or custom-sized items shipping within the USA. Unfortunately we are not able to provide estimated delivery dates for international orders.


Danger zone
May not deliver before Black Friday.
Deadline
Unlikely to deliver before Black Friday after this time.

Reorder deadlines for custom items

These dates apply to items that you have ordered before and already have tooling. Note that if you are making any changes to your item, including shipping destination, it may be considered a first order. See first order lead times in the section below.

Your order should be submitted with production-ready artwork by end of day, on the Friday that corresponds to each product.

Aug
4
Aug
11
Aug
18
Aug
25
Sep
1
Sep
8
Sep
15
Sep
22
Sep
29
Oct
6
Oct
13
Oct
20
Oct
27
Nov
3
Nov
10
Nov
17
Poly Mailers Aug 18 Sep 1
Bubble Mailers Aug 18 Sep 1
Laminated Pouches Aug 25 Sep 8
Butcher, Tissue Paper Sep 22 Oct 6
Kraft Mailers Sep 29 Oct 13
Paper Bags Oct 6 Oct 20
Clear Inner Bags Oct 6 Oct 20
Cotton Bags Oct 13 Oct 27
Boxes Oct 13 Oct 27
Tape Oct 13 Oct 27
Collateral, Notecards Oct 13 Oct 27
Labels Oct 13 Oct 27
Stamps Nov 3 Nov 17
Danger Deadline
Poly Mailers Aug 18 Sep 1
Bubble Mailers Aug 18 Sep 1
Laminated Pouches Aug 25 Sep 8
Butcher, Tissue Paper Sep 22 Oct 6
Kraft Mailers Sep 29 Oct 13
Paper Bags Oct 6 Oct 20
Clear Inner Bags Oct 6 Oct 20
Cotton Bags Oct 13 Oct 27
Boxes Oct 13 Oct 27
Tape Oct 13 Oct 27
Collateral, Notecards Oct 13 Oct 27
Labels Oct 13 Oct 27
Stamps Nov 3 Nov 17

First order deadlines for custom items

Lead times are longer when you order an item for the first time because new tooling typically needs to be made. Your order should be submitted with production-ready artwork by end of day, on the Friday that corresponds to each product.

Aug
4
Aug
11
Aug
18
Aug
25
Sep
1
Sep
8
Sep
15
Sep
22
Sep
29
Oct
6
Oct
13
Oct
20
Oct
27
Nov
3
Nov
10
Nov
17
Poly Mailers Aug 4 Aug 18
Bubble Mailers Aug 4 Aug 18
Laminated Pouches Aug 11 Aug 25
Butcher, Tissue Paper Sep 15 Sep 29
Kraft Mailers Sep 22 Oct 6
Paper Bags Sep 29 Oct 13
Clear Inner Bags Sep 29 Oct 13
Cotton Bags Oct 6 Oct 20
Boxes Oct 6 Oct 20
Tape Oct 6 Oct 20
Collateral, Notecards Oct 13 Oct 27
Labels Oct 13 Oct 27
Stamps Nov 3 Nov 17
Danger Deadline
Poly Mailers Aug 4 Aug 18
Bubble Mailers Aug 4 Aug 18
Laminated Pouches Aug 11 Aug 25
Butcher, Tissue Paper Sep 15 Sep 29
Kraft Mailers Sep 22 Oct 6
Paper Bags Sep 29 Oct 13
Clear Inner Bags Sep 29 Oct 13
Cotton Bags Oct 6 Oct 20
Boxes Oct 6 Oct 20
Tape Oct 6 Oct 20
Collateral, Notecards Oct 13 Oct 27
Labels Oct 13 Oct 27
Stamps Nov 3 Nov 17

Frequently asked questions

Do orders take longer to process during the holidays?

Yes. Factories operate on a first-come first-served basis. In the lead-up to holidays, volume increases significantly which means your order will be placed in a queue that is 1-4 weeks longer than other times throughout the year. The deadlines in our holiday calendar take this difference into account.


Is it possible to expedite an order?

It depends on the details of the order. We recommend that you request a quote or get in touch.


How can I speed up my order?

To ensure that your order progresses rapidly we recommend that you prepare your artwork ahead of time, and make sure it is properly formatted for manufacturing. See our formatting guidelines for instructions on vectorizing your designs and converting fonts to outlines.

The clock starts ticking once you approve the final production-ready artwork. You can save time by having it ready to go. If you have any questions about preparing your artwork, get in touch.


What is the "danger zone"?

Due to the load on our supply chain ahead of the holidays, there is an increased likelihood of delays caused by many different factors. Among others, these factors can include shortages of materials, equipment downtime and reduced availability of freight transport.

During this time it becomes difficult for us to predict the exact delivery date. That means we can't promise that your order will arrive before Black Friday. We do not endorse Kenny Loggins' advice.


Do you have any advice on packaging designs for holidays?

Yes! Keep an eye on the Lumi Blog for roundups of our favorite design ideas for holiday packaging. You can also follow @Lumi on Instagram for inspiration from brands big and small.