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Shipping Information and Frequently Asked Questions

Shipping and Delivery

U.S. Postal Service First-Class and Priority Mail are our standard methods of shipping. 

Orders are typically processed and shipped within 1-2 business days after purchase. Please allow an additional 3-4 business days* for delivery.

*Delays may occur occasionally due to high mail volume and weather impacts. However, each order comes with a digital "Gift IOU" that you can email to your loved ones while they wait. We appreciate your support and patience!


U.S. Shipping Rates*

Purchase AmountU.S. Shipping Rate
$0-$2.99 $1.95
$3.00-$4.99 $3.95
$5.00-$9.99 $5.95
$10.00-$19.99 $7.95
$20.00 and up $9.95

*Items that ship separately or come with free shipping are excluded from shipping rate calculations.


Earth-Friendly Packaging Materials

  • Secondhand shipping boxes* and envelopes, collected and donated by staff and volunteers.
  • Secondhand packaging paper and bubble wrap, collected and donated by staff and volunteers.
  • Recyclable, paper-based packaging tape made in the USA from renewable materials.
  • Recyclable shipping labels made in the USA from post-consumer recycled paper. Even the release liners that these labels come on are recycled and recyclable! We reuse them as packaging paper.

*When secondhand shipping boxes are unavailable, we purchase boxes from a local company.


Shipping Directly to Gift Recipients

If your order is a gift and you would like it shipped directly to the recipient, simply follow these three steps at checkout:

  1. Enter the recipient's name and address in the shipping section.
  2. Before proceeding to the next section, uncheck the checkbox near the bottom of the page that says "This is also my billing address."
  3. Proceed to the billing section, where you will enter your own name and billing address.

When we see an order on which the recipient name differs from the purchaser name, we will remove all price stickers and include a notecard that indicates whom the gift is from.


Express Shipping Options

At this time, we are not offering express shipping options. 


International Shipping

Yes, we mail Adopt-a-Seal certificates ($30 Adopt-a-Seals) internationally! International shipping of other items is on a case-by-case basis and generally has a higher cost as well as longer shipping times. Please email for assistance. 


Looking for a shipment tracking code?

On orders eligible for USPS tracking, a separate email containing tracking information will be sent to the email address provided at checkout. This email will come through the U.S. Postal Service website—check your spam folder if it does not appear within 1-2 days of your purchase. Adopt-a-Seal certificates and certain other items are packaged as First-Class letters and are not eligible for tracking.


Returns & Exchanges

In general, items may be returned or exchanged as long as:

  1. The return/exchange takes place within 30 days of receiving your order.
  2. Items have not been washed, worn, or otherwise used.

For the health and safety of our customers and our team, certain items such as face masks cannot be returned or exchanged.

NOTE: Unless we made a mistake on your order, you are responsible for the cost of mailing items back to us. We will gladly cover the cost of mailing the new items to you, but if you would like to cover that cost as well, we would certainly appreciate it.

To make a return or exchange, reach out to our team at for further instructions. At this time, all items being returned must be mailed, as the Center is currently closed to the public until further notice and our staff are working variable schedules.


Missing Packages

Please reach out to our team at for support with missing orders. As a nonprofit organization, we are generally unable to replace stolen or misplaced packages; however, we will do our best to assist.


Contact Us

Phone: (415) 289-7355

Our team is generally available Monday through Friday, 10am-4pm PST, except on national holidays. Please note that we are a very small team and may not be able to respond immediately, but we will get back to you as soon as we are able! You can help by leaving a detailed message by phone or email. If leaving a voicemail message, it is especially helpful if you let us know what time of day you are generally available to answer the phone.