Christmas Items Are Appearing On The Shelves. Is It Too Early?
Christmas items have already appeared on the shelves – but would you say it is too early? It seems that year on year: they appear on the shelves earlier than they did the previous year. It’s understandable to find them on the shelves in November, but to have them on the shelves from September onwards seems obscene.
Yes, some people get excited for Christmas long before the jingles grace the radio — which also seems to get earlier year on year — but the majority of people want to get the other holidays that come before that out the way first.
For those who love Christmas, there’s clearly no time like the present to get in the Christmas spirit. Below, we will discuss why the shelves fill with items so early, how to grab yourself a bargain, and how to make the most of Christmas this year.
Why Are The Shops Already In Full Christmas Mode?
You could argue that the shops are going full into Christmas mode because there was such a lack of it last year. Depending on where you live in the world, you may have been in a lockdown, shopping may have been restricted, or you may not have felt comfortable going to the shops.
Currently, the global online sales forecast predicts sales will equate to $4.891 trillion by the end of 2021. However, now that most restrictions have been lifted worldwide, more shoppers are expected to pile onto the shop floors to secure their Christmas goods.
If you look online, there are multiple articles about A) – the fury of shoppers that Christmas decorations are already on the shelves and B) – that there’s a supply chain shortage set to wreak havoc over the Christmas period. Supply chain shortages are occurring globally thanks to the impact of the pandemic. There are lorry driver shortages, warehouse staffing shortages, and a general lack of supplies that could soon rock the Christmas period.
Since the Christmas gifts are already on the shelves, we might as well talk about how you can make the most of them. As the saying goes, there’s no time like the present – especially when it comes to Christmas shopping. And, there are typically two types of shoppers. There are the shoppers who have been buying Christmas gifts since the January New Year sales, and there are those that will literally leave it until the last minute to buy gifts.
Which one do you think is less stressed? The latter, of course.
If you want to make the most of Christmas shopping, the best time is to start now. Granted, not everyone has the money spare to buy everything, but starting to purchase little bits a couple of months before will make the experience much smoother. There’s no last-minute rushing around scouring empty shelves or shopping online and finding the items you want are out of stock.
Plus, it gives you plenty of time to decide what you want to buy. Last-minute shoppers rarely have a plan – they rush into the shops, buy what they can find, and wrap it up all on the days leading up to Christmas day. For those of you who plan on leaving it until the last minute, at least consider what you’re going to buy, so you have a well-thought-out plan. There’s no problem leaving it until the last minute if you have to for financial reasons, as long as you have a plan.
If you’re struggling for ideas, think of the people it’s easiest to buy for first. For example, if you have children you’re shopping for, these cowboy toys for kids would make a great gift. If you’re shopping for a partner, why not consider booking a night away. There’s no rushing around the shops to find something they might like – and you can typically find great staycation ideas and prices online. The last thing you can do is ask people what they want; it’s that simple!
Christmas is a time of year that most people get excited about. It’s a chance to catch up with family and friends. It’s a chance to relax and hopefully have a few days of work. And for most people, it’s a chance to forget about all worries in the world, stick a Christmas film on, and get cozy surrounded by Christmas decorations. Yes, you can feel prepared by getting your shopping done early, but the true enjoyment of Christmas comes from everything leading up to it.
Christmas is about the decoration, the jingles, the films, and the general sense of comfort and nostalgia that Christmas brings. Considering most people struggle with their emotions during the winter thanks to the dark nights and changes in the weather, Christmas is the pick-me-up that we all need. If you’re looking for something different to do this Christmas, why not go to a pantomime, or take a trip to a German Market. The list of things to do that bring festive fun is endless, and they’ve clearly all started now.
Christmas will be here before we know it. Even though some people might rage at the thought of Christmas decorations being out so early, it signals the start of a whirlwind holiday season – and the best one of the year by far. The question is, when will you start your Christmas shopping?