It’s November and we all know what that means… we will soon be hitting our Christmas shopping panic mode and fighting with an old lady over the last tree-shaped tin of hard candies, ironically for our Gran (who is also an old lady). This year will be somewhat different, social distancing will change most of what we know about Christmas shopping – or, at least, it should. The fact is, we need to adhere to the rules and regulations set out to prevent an influx of infections – no one wants to see their loved ones in hospital at any point in time, especially during the holiday season. Here are 5 ways to shop safely this year.
- Shop Online
Where you can, do most of your shopping online. I know, I know – it’s not the same, but it will save you a lot of time and hassle this year. You can get everything you need delivered straight to your door, from groceries and decorations, right the way through to all your xmas gift ideas. If you shop wisely, you can have your gifts delivered already wrapped too! This is great news for people like me, my gift-wrapping skills are probably the same as those of a piece of cheese.
- Shop Early
The early bird catches the worm, but not the virus. If you do go into the shops to do your shopping this year, go early. I don’t mean early in the morning – although that is a great idea too, I am talking about going this weekend. To avoid the crowds, start your shopping earlier in the year than you normally would. With most places needing to implement social distancing rules, those queues could take hours and hours to get through anyway!
- Make Your List (…And Check It Twice)
Plan for all your shopping needs. Have a great gift buying strategy, and then actually implement it. If you know what you want or need to get ahead of time, you’ll save yourself a lot of time and effort when you’re out shopping. Do research online for which stores have stock of the items you are looking for, and then go to those first.
- Prepare for Delays
With online retailers expecting multi-million-dollar e-commerce sales orders this year, and most of us wanting to order our Christmas goodies online, try and get your orders in early to avoid shipping delays as well as pandemic related delays. The major retailers are planning for the influx this year but we do need to be reasonable, these are unprecedented times for all of us.
- Take Advantage of Sales
Although most retailers have had to rethink their strategies this year, there will be loads of Black Friday sales to take advantage of. Many retailers will be trying to push their customers to their website to buy online and stay safe and plenty of them have some awesome specials lined up. Rest assured, they will have plenty of stock for these sales.
Remember to wear a mask and sanitise if you do go out, you may not become severely ill but you could infect someone else who will. No one wants to be responsible for that, so stay safe.