When Early Holiday Shopping Makes Sense.
Friday Oct 15th, 2021
We're still in November, it feels like it's a little early to do our holiday shopping. After all, many of us are just taking a breather after our Halloween Decorations. But if there was ever a time to think ahead, this is it. Because if you wait too long to buy that hot gift everyone's been talking about, you could be out of luck. Below, we're breaking down everything you need to know about the predicted issues this holiday season.
Supply Chain Issues-Experts are saying that a range of supply chain issues could likely affect the price and availability of popular products, making it harder to get presents on time. The events of the last two years have taken a major toll on the retail industry. And a number of the resulting issues, like worker shortages and transportation delays, could affect how quickly you'll be able to get a range of products.
Online Shoppers- Covid pandameic pushed more shoppers online. Take advantage of buying a product online and then picking it up at the store. Online prices are usually better, and you’ll save on shipping fees. Also keep an eye on deal-posting websites and when sales will happen.
Start sooner- Your biggest advantage to saving [money] this holiday season will be time. The more time you have to shop, this will allow you to save money, gain the assurance in getting the gifts you want, and avoid the hassle and stress of scrambling to buy gifts at the last minute.
Make A plan- Mix rising costs, low supply and shoppers anxiety about finding the right gifts, and the holiday season could quickly become a budgeting nightmare. Creating a budget can be as simple as mapping out your holiday expenses, either using a pen and paper creating an Excel spreadsheet or downloading a budgeting app. Whichever method works for you, it’s important to not start the new year in a deeper hole than you anticipated
That's why, the sooner you can start shopping, the better. But if you don't want to deal with all the potential issues and delays, we get it. Instead of buying them a physical gift that might not make it in time, consider getting them an e-giftcard that they can use once the items on their wish list come back in stock or a fun experience that they'll remember for years to come.