Keeping people safe during the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted so many aspects of routine life, including how we run our fulfillment center and rely on our shipping partners. That’s why it’s so important to shop early this year – to help us protect the well-being of our workers on the front lines, and to help you get your gifts home in time for the holidays.

1. We’re putting people before packages.

Due to extra precautions in our warehouse, limited staffing and disruptions in our supply chain, shipping times may be longer than expected. So, please consider shopping earlier than usual this year – not only will it help you get your order on time, it will help us maintain safe and healthy working conditions for our fulfillment team here in Maine.

2. Some factors are out of our control.

We’re getting your orders out the door as fast as we can, but the shipping carriers we work with are experiencing delays getting packages to their final destinations. Everything about this year has been unpredictable, and shopping early is the only way to avoid that feeling of disappointment knowing your order might not arrive on time.

3. It’s always a good idea.

While shopping early is especially important this year, it’s always a good idea – even when everything is running smoothly. We want your holidays to be as enjoyable as possible, and having to deal with the last-minute gift rush and expedited shipping fees is anything but.

4. Shopping done? Go have some fun.

Once you have your gifts in hand, we hope you’ll use all that extra time to de-stress and rejuvenate in your favorite outdoor places. It’s one of the best gifts you can give yourself. Check out L.L.Bean Outside to get tons of tips, tricks and ideas for making the most of the seasons ahead.

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When you choose to skip the shipping this season, you can do so knowing that we’re taking every precaution in our stores to make your well-being a priority, including providing more shopping options than ever.