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Christmas Cutoffs, Production & Deliveries

United Kingdom:
Monday 5th December 2022

International Deliveries:
Monday 18th November 2022

Office Closure

Please note that the Build Me Mini office will be shut from 17th December 2022 – 4th January 2023. If your order production falls over this time, please add an additional 12 working days to your production time.

We’ll build your figure – but now, you choose which bricks we use! Check out the Pick Your Bricks product, our best-selling product!

Christmas Orders FAQ

I placed a personalised order, when will I get it?

If you ordered a personalised product, please note that our production time is ten working days (not ten calendar days).

On your completion date, we will either dispatch your item or email out a proof photo for your approval*.

*Proof photos available on selected products only, and are only available when purchased at the time of initial ordering.

Do you guarantee Christmas delivery?

Due to various restrictions and increased delivery times – this year we are unable to guarantee Christmas delivery for any orders, although we will do everything in our power to ensure you order will arrive before Christmas.

Royal Mail have published their ‘Last Posting Dates’ before Christmas, here. Providing we have received your order before the cutoffs (18th Nov, International or 5th December UK) and have received confirmation proofs (where needed), we will ensure that your item is dispatched on or before these Royal Mail published dates. Note that premium postage may result in faster delivery times and later ‘Last Posting Dates’.

If I order and select Next Working Day delivery, will I get it the Next Working Day?

Sadly no. Our shipping times do not include the production time. So unless you placed an order for a non-personalised product, then your order will be dispatched on or before the 10th working day using Next Working Day delivery.

Most orders, or finished personalised products packaged up, placed after 1pm will be dispatched the following working day.

I placed my order before the deadline, will I receive my item before Christmas?

Providing you placed your order before the deadlines published above – you should receive your item before Christmas. For all of our personalised items that opted for a proof photo, we email out a photo of your personalised item for your final confirmation before dispatch. We will email out all proof photos before the postal deadline, but if we do not receive confirmation before 5pm on Friday 16th December, we can no longer facilitate Christmas delivery. So if you haven’t heard from us before this date – email us and we will update you. You can read more about our production and delivery times here.

It's been 10 days - why has my order not dispatched?

The crucial thing to note with our production time is that it takes 10 working days. This means that only UK work days are counted (eg Mon – Fri, not including UK Bank Holidays or weekends).

If you ordered a proof photo, you will have received either a proof or notification of delay (on very rare occasions) on or before the 10th working day. If you did not, then it will probably be in your spam or junk filter.

Your office is shut and I didn't get my order!

If you are requesting an update on your order that has been dispatched, you will have been emailed a tracking number upon the dispatch date. This is also available through the account section of our website, if you have created an account with us. The tracking number can be used to track your parcel on Royal Mails’ website here:  or on DPD’s website here:

International orders will have been dispatched as soon as confirmation was received, and can also be tracked on the Royal Mail website using the tracking number emailed out when it was dispatched. Different locations have different delivery times, so please refer to the Royal Mail website for estimated delivery times.

We always work extra hard to ship all confirmed orders out before the Christmas postage deadlines. We’re a family business, and we know how important it is for kids (and big kids) to get their gift on Christmas morning. So, if your parcel does not arrive in time for Christmas – we are very very sorry 🙁 We will respond in turn upon our office opening on the 4th of Jan. Thank-you for you patience with us, we will do what we can to make it right.

I missed the deadline, is there any chance I can still get it in time?

If your deadline had passed (see above) – your order will likely not arrive in time for Christmas Day.

You are welcome to place the order regardless, and we will always attempt to clear as many orders as quickly as possible. Last year we managed to dispatch all orders placed before we closed for Christmas.

Please do not contact us and ask for expedited delivery, all our products are hand-finished so we are unable to work any faster or bump any orders up the list. Orders will be processed in the order that they were received.

If you wish to proceed with your order, and want to speed up the production time, there are a few things that help us process orders quickly:

Don’t ask for a proof photo. This does come with a small print, so be sure to read it when you’re ordering personalised products.

Don’t order a larger display. Frames take the longest to assemble. Followed by custom printed plates. Followed by other displays. Followed by keyrings. Unmounted minifigures without keyrings can sometimes be processed in a few days.

Do select ‘Premium Post’ delivery for UK orders. This does not cancel or speed up the standard production time, but it does mean it will be a faster shipping speed, once it is dispatched.

Do choose bricks that don’t require a custom-print on them, as this is the longest part of the assembly process. Pre-existing torsos without names or custom designs will often dispatch fastest.

Remember, we will aim to process as many orders as possible. In fact, we like to go into Christmas holidays having dispatched all orders. But we cannot control shipping times – so the sooner you place your order, the better the chance of it arriving before Christmas.

UK orders have the best chance of arriving in time. In our experience, International orders are unlikely to arrive before Christmas if they have been placed after the deadline, regardless.

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