5 Reasons to Start Your Holiday Shopping Early
I know, I know it's not even Thanksgiving yet and all the holiday ads & sales are already runnings. There are some wonderful advantages to starting your holiday shopping before Thanksgiving. One of those being less stressed as the holidays approach. Check out these reasons why you should start your holiday shopping ASAP. And don't forget to shop small businesses this holiday season!
Shop small, local & socially responsibly
By starting your shopping in November, this gives you more time to research the ethics of brands before you buy & shop your values. This gives you plenty of time to enjoy local craft fairs and order from small businesses that will be grateful for your support this holiday season. Shopping early prevents those quick last minute online orders from name brand stores and gives you time to enjoy shopping.
More time & less stress
Let's be real. The holidays get stressful with family coming in, cooking, traveling, & gifts. By starting your shopping early you'll be less stressed and have more time to sit back and relax.
First dibs on the good gifts!
The unique & funny gifts go fast. I speak from experience as a small business owner...our Shit Show Tee sells out quickly around the holidays because it's unique, sustainable, and funny. Start your shopping early to get dibs on the truly unique gifts that will be meaningful to your loved ones. Plus with all the insane black Friday & Cyber Monday madness businesses are sure to sell out of things quickly. Beat the rush by shopping before the sale days...sure you might not get the deal, but you'll have your sanity.
Receive your packages on time.
I also speak out of experience as a small business owner. I can get your package in the mail on time....but you know how crazy the post office & mail services get during the holidays. Ensure your packages make it to your on time by ordering early.
Give more thoughtful gifts.
Having more time to shop typically results in more thoughtful gifts. As I stated above...it prevents last minute online orders from name brand stores. This gives your more of a chance to shop local craft fairs & boutiques to keep your eye out for gifts that make you think of a certain person. And put meaningful thought into the gift you're giving.
This holiday season please remember to support small businesses. For ideas & resources on ethical & sustainable gifts consider checking out the 2019 Damn Good Holiday Gift Guide or the 2019 Ethical Holiday Gift Guide by The Honest Consumer. Purchase wisely as you hold a lot of power as to where you spend your money.