The holidays are one of the most stressful times of the year, and the pandemic has not made them any easier. Shopping was hard before, but shopping safely is even more difficult. Social distancing while trying to get your gifts feels impossible. And with shipping delays, you can’t know if gifts you’ve ordered online will get to you in time before Christmas. Holiday shopping may be trickier now than previous years, but that does not mean it can’t be done. Here are a few ways to make gifting easier this year.
One way to make holiday shopping easier this year is to do contactless shopping. Many stores now have curbside pickup available. You can order your gifts online and have them brought out to your car when you are ready to pick them up. This means you don’t have to risk getting sick shopping in a crowded mall. I know it’s appealing to go in and shop, but being safe is the most important thing. Remember to shop online and have your gifts brought out curbside.
Another way to make gifting easier this year is to send your gifts out with your holiday cards. Since we all need to be social distancing, it may not be the best idea to hand your gifts out in person. Sending your family members their gifts with your holiday card is a much safer way to go. If you’re not sure where to get your xmas cards or holiday cards, try Basic Invite. They have a great selection of stationery and you are sure to find just what you are looking for.
A final tip is to let your loved ones know that their gifts may be late. We’ve all done our best this holiday season, but normal holiday stress plus the pandemic has taken it’s toll on everyone. With Christmas almost upon us, you may not be able to hit everyone one your shopping list. Let your friends know ahead of time that you haven’t been able to do as much holiday shopping as you hoped this year, and that you can get them their gifts later. You could also talk with your friends about holiday stress, and agree to not get each other gifts this year. That may be the best gift you and your friends could exchange.
Holiday shopping can be tricky, but if you let your friends know their gifts might be late, send gifts and holiday cards out at the same time, and have your shopping brought out curbside, you’ll be that much safer shopping this year. I hope you have a happy, safe holiday season.