Ways to Prepare For the Holiday Shopping Season Amid COVID-19

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The holiday season may still feel like a ways away — Christmas music hasn’t even started playing, for crying out loud — but it’ll be here before we know it.

In fact, countless retail businesses are deciding to move up their Black Friday dates as companies are trying to figure out how to make money amid a global pandemic.

Though COVID-19 has forced businesses – and consumers, for that matter — to find new and innovative ways to create sales, this holiday season will be unprecedented, to say the least.

While we know there’s still plenty of time to get your holiday shopping list in order, it’s never too early to figure out how you’re going to check off all your items this year.

Read on for easy ways to prepare for the holiday shopping season in order to keep you and your family safe.

Take Advantage of Early Sales

This may seem obvious, but grab as many gifts as you can during great sales. 

Amazon Prime has their Prime Day on October 13 and 14 and thousands of items will be super discounted during these two days.

Not to mention, Target is having their own version of Prime Day during those same days, as are other retail businesses, so take advantage of those sales and check some people off of your list.

Get People’s Lists Early

While it’s easy to wait until the days leading up to Christmas to ask your family for their holiday wishlist, do it ahead of time this year! 

The sooner you get their lists, the sooner you can get the shopping done and avoid the crowds.

In fact, ask the people in your life for their lists the second you finish reading this article! 

Not to mention, make your own list early this year. Right down all the people who you are getting gifts for and get started ASAP! Don’t wait until the last minute.

Avoid Crowds

If you’re looking to have a stress-free holiday shopping experience, do yourself a favor and don’t go shopping on weekends.

Weekends are stressful for shopping in regular times, but they’re even more stressful when you add a global pandemic into the mix.

Try your best to shop during the week, if possible.

Online vs. In-Person

There will probably be a few items that you’ll need to purchase in person, but do your best to get as much online as possible.

If you do have to go into a store, know what you’re going in to buy and get in and out as quickly as possible.

Also, don’t forget to take advantage of curbside pickup, which so many stores are offering these days!