If we’ve learned anything from 2020 it has been how to pivot (and pivot again, and then again).
This year’s holiday season will be one more thing we’ll all be preparing for a little differently. Who you’ll see and what holiday traditions you’ll be able to do will probably be unlike any other year.
This year also brings a different way of shopping for the holidays.
Anyone remember trying to buy toilet paper back in March? Hopefully the holiday shopping season won’t be that crazy, but it will require a little more planning.
Covid-19 has already put a strain on shipping carriers, but nearly a third of US holiday shopping is projected to happen online this year. That would be triple compared to what we saw last year! This forecasted jump in online orders would exceed the capacity for many traditional carriers. So what does it all mean?
A high potential for lots of delayed orders.
Now, it’s not all gloom and doom. One step you can take to make sure your gifts arrive on time is to order early. Planning ahead this season will save you from the headache of out-of-stock items and missed delivery dates.
Another way to avoid your gifts arriving in January (or later...) is to shop local. With many businesses back open and/or offering curbside pick up, shopping locally is a surefire way to have you sleeping soundly with your gifts in tow.
Shopping locally not only tends to come with friendlier, personalized service and one-of-a-kind products, it also helps stimulate our local economy. When you spend locally, significantly more money stays put right in our own community — $68, in fact, for every $100 spent. That’s because local businesses, like ours, more often purchase from other local businesses. We tend to do business with local banks, farmers, suppliers, etc., and as a whole, we donate more to local nonprofits.
One additional benefit of shopping local, a personal favorite of ours, is that you get to know the people behind the product. We love knowing the artist who created the prints in our kids’ rooms and the person who crafted the mugs we use for our morning coffee. There’s a humanized connection you get from buying local that makes the products you bring into your home that much more special.
So plan ahead this year. Shop early and shop local.
As always, we'll continue to offer shipping for all of our products. We recommend placing your online orders, however, by Dec 1st for International shipping (did you know we ship internationally?!) and December 16th for domestic shipping to guarantee delivery by December 24th. We’re also open for in-store purchases and contactless curbside pick-up.
If you have any questions, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org