Stay Safe and Skip Stores for 2020 Holiday Shopping
One thing is certain this holiday season — this year is going to be different. With the coronavirus pandemic surging around the United States, many are opting for fewer social gatherings and canceling in-person parties. However, just because this virus is present, it doesn’t mean that the holiday season is canceled. You still need to find the perfect gifts for the special people in your life, and you still want to spark the holiday spirit in your home. Now, you’re trying to figure out how to get the gifts you want in the safest way possible.
For many, this means ditching in-person shopping and opting for online shopping. As you navigate these unprecedented times, just like the rest of the world, you’re open to new ideas that will make this transition easier. Here are a few shopping ideas so that you can skip the stores, but still spread the holiday spirit for yourself and to those you love.
Shop for holiday decor online.
Let’s face it, whether you like it or not, you’re going to be home for most of your holiday season this year. On one hand, this is a great low-maintenance version of your favorite holiday. On the other hand, it’s not exactly the joyous and gathering occasion that you’re used to. Make the best of this time at home and spend more time decorating. Now is the perfect time to focus on extravagant Christmas decor, because you have the time to do so! Expert studies even show that decorating early for Christmas makes you feel happier. So, even if it’s your first time decorating a Christmas tree or other part of your house, it’s worth the commitment this year to feel that extra bit of cheer.
When it comes time to decorating, there are many options. For inside the home, you’ll want a Christmas tree, Christmas tree lights, garlands, and ornaments. If you’re wanting to shop strictly online for these items, then check out companies like Christmas Designers for their selection of Christmas tree lights and other holiday decor ideas. This way you can find a wide variety of color options, power choices, and the right type of string lights that work best for your holiday dreams. Remember that the outside of your home needs some Christmas love too. Be sure to purchase outdoor Christmas lights, wreaths, and even net lights that cover more areas for things like the bushes in your front yard.
Send a virtual gift card.
Now that your house is decorated for the holiday, it’s time to buy gifts. One great option that’s available through common merchants is virtual gift cards. These gift cards are sent via email. To send one you simply go on the desired locations website, and you’ll see if there’s an option to send one virtually. Another perk is that you don’t have to pay for any shipping costs as these gift cards are sent via email. Common retailers that offer this virtual option, or e-gift card, include Starbucks, Amazon, Chipotle, and Target. Overall, a virtual gift card is a simple and safe gift choice for someone you love that you won’t be seeing this holiday season.
Opt for a personalized gift.
If you’re the person who loves buying sentimental gifts, consider a personalized gift this year. Personalized gifts are a great option because more thought goes into them than choosing a traditional gift that’s sold at any store. To look for personalized gifts check out online marketplaces like Etsy. On Etsy, you’ll see a wide variety of gifts that are made by artists from around the world. By choosing a personalized and handmade gift like this, you’re also supporting incredible artists. Plus, you don’t have to step foot outside of your home, as these gifts are shipped straight to you or your loved one.
Consider small businesses.
This year has altered a lot of how the holiday season works. For many small business owners, this year has been particularly difficult. So, when you buy your Christmas gifts this year, opt for small businesses over large brands. Just because these are small businesses, that doesn’t mean that you have to go in-store to shop.
Many small businesses still have digital options like gift cards and websites to view and purchase their products. Here is a list of small businesses from the Inc. that carry incredible holiday gifts. By checking out these shops, you’ll be able to find a little something for everyone on your list. Keep in mind that when shopping from small businesses the shipping times might take longer than the large corporations. So go ahead and begin your search for the perfect present so that you get your Christmas gifts on time this year.
Get a better variety of clothes online.
Shopping online definitely has its perks. One of the most notable perks is that you have access to a wide range of inventory. It’s happened to everyone at some point. You find the perfect blouse for your loved one, but as you sift through them all you can’t find the right size. When you shop online, you get to view all of what’s in stock right away. You also get to view the clothing item in all of its available colors too.
If someone on your gift list is asking for new clothes, then consider some ruanas for a cozy winter vibe. A ruana is a unique gift for the woman in your life who loves fashion and comfort. It’s a poncho-style sweater that’s perfect for the holiday season because it’s both stylish and snug. When you place your order to purchase your desired clothing item, you have the option to send it directly to your recipient so you never have to leave the comfort of your home.
When in doubt, mask up.
Obviously, you want to avoid heading to the stores this holiday. However, there are times where you’ll have to go to the store. Many grocery stores currently offer grocery pickup. If this service is offered in your area, you should try it. Generally, if you go on your large chain grocer’s website, you can see if online pickup is available. If so, you can add all of your desired items to your cart and choose a location and pickup time. This is a great alternative for those that are in the high-risk category for coronavirus so that you’ll avoid standing in long-lines and risking exposure.
Even when you go to pick up your groceries, it’s always important to wear a mask in order to stop the spread. The CDC reports that masks and social distancing are the most critical resources in stopping the spread of this virus. So, protect yourself and others by committing to wearing one if you have to go to the store during the holiday season.
As you enter this holiday season, remember to remain safe and follow precautions. The holidays and Christmas isn’t canceled, but you need to assess how you’ll effectively stop the spread of this virus and keep those most vulnerable safe. You’ll still get to enjoy your holiday decor, the company of very close family, as well as gift-giving. But, by choosing to shop for your gifts online, wearing a mask, and abiding by social distancing guidelines, you’re consciously deciding to be a part of the solution.