It appears that the coronavirus will be staying for the holidays. So, don’t make plans to wander through the store aisles while sipping on a gingerbread latte. Holiday shopping will look vastly different this year.
No need to wait for discounts
A growing number of retailers have said that due to the coronavirus pandemic, they will shift the timing of their holiday promotions to avoid the usual rush. You can expect to see deals earlier than ever this year.
Holiday discounts will be available before Halloween.
More pie, less shopping
After years of opening their doors before dessert hit the table, major retailers like Target and Walmart are planning to stay closed on Thanksgiving Day. The good news is, you don’t have to worry about missing out on doorbuster deals.
Stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
Clear out your kitchen cabinets
Gifting experiences like travel and entertainment to loved ones will be difficult this year. Instead, shoppers will likely return to more traditional items such as toys, electronics, and kitchen gadgets.
Retailers may sell out of the most sought-after goods.
Drive-up and same-day delivery services have provided shoppers with more options. But most will continue to order online, which will slow down shipping. Plus, UPS, FedEx, and the US Postal Service have all announced surcharges on holiday shipping that will go into effect later this year.
Order now to avoid delayed and overpriced shipping.
Finding the perfect gift for someone special won’t be the only challenge this holiday season. We recommend getting a head start on shopping now.