Remember when you actually had to get in your car and drive to a mall or shopping center to buy things? You probably don’t miss it. Today, more than 96 percent of Americans shop online. All it takes is a few clicks online and nearly any product can be shipped to our doorsteps within days. Even with this expeditious delivery, it’s never a bad idea to plan ahead and be ready for the holidays. Right now is the perfect time to go ahead and check some of these holiday purchases off of your list.
Of course, you could wait until Black Friday to get all of your gift shopping done at 2:00 a.m. along with thousands of like-minded shoppers. Or you could spend a few minutes buying everything you need online. Cyber Monday (a day when online sales topped $6.59 billion in 2017) is usually a great day to find online bargains on popular gifts, but some smart shoppers don’t want to wait until the last days of November to get started. Using “virtual” coupons and discounts from online sites or enrolling in rebate or cash-back programs could help you snag bargains equivalent to those found on Cyber Monday.
Before the calendar begins to fill with holiday party invitations from friends, family, charitable organizations, and of course the inevitable after-hours office events, be sure you’ve added appropriate outfits for every occasion to your closet. Your online shopping options for holiday clothing (including the must-have ugly holiday sweater) are nearly endless. Check out online boutiques for one-of-a-kind items or visit the websites of brick and mortar stores for your favorite brands. When shopping online for clothing, you’ll definitely want to start early and allow time for returns or exchanges, if necessary. However, you can lessen your chances of this by thoroughly reviewing the website’s sizing charts.
Wine and specialty foods
If you’re hosting any parties of get-togethers, or if you’re looking for unique hostess gifts, check out some online vendors of specialty foods like custom cakes and cookies, artisan cheeses, gourmet sauces and oils, premade hors d’oeuvres, smoked meats, and scrumptious snacks. Even if you schedule them for delivery at a later date, placing the orders to be ready for the holidays, offers peace of mind. After all of this shopping, planning and early checklist-completing, you might want to place an order for a bottle or two of wine for yourself.
Soon it will be time to trade all things pumpkin spice for new scents and flavors that make you want to constantly hum holiday songs and cozy up to wait for snowfall. Seasonal scents like orange, pine, cloves, cinnamon, peppermint, balsam fir, mulled cider, and fresh-from-the-oven spice cakes are already offered from online purveyors of candles, air fresheners, cleaning products, wax melts, essential oils, and more.
Every year it’s the same routine. Drag the old artificial tree and boxes of decorations up from the basement or down from the attic, plug in string after string of indoor and outdoor lights to see which ones still work, and blow up your inflatable snowman to make sure he didn’t suffer a mortal puncture wound while in storage. To avoid a Clark Griswold Christmas Vacation experience, why not go ahead and refresh your indoor and outdoor decor with new LED Christmas lights, inflatables, wreaths, and maybe even a live tree. Believe it or not, you can order live Christmas trees to be delivered to your home within just a few days.