If you begin your Christmas shopping on Black Friday, you have about a month to get all the gifts you need. A month may seem like a long time to go shopping, but the holidays are a busy time of year. And it’s easy to run out of time. The good news is that many retail stores offer last-minute deals. You could even end up saving money by doing your shopping at the last minute.
At STORBOX, we know the many worries that come with gift shopping. But we’re here to brighten your day and hopefully make the season merry once again!
You Are Not Alone
There is no reason to feel guilty about having to shop at the last minute. According to The National Retail Federation, only 11.3 percent of shoppers have all of their gifts by Dec.13 each year. Stores will capitalize on this trend. So know that there are deals out there. You may not even have to go to the store.
As we get closer to the holidays, many companies will offer free or low-cost expedited shipping. It is even possible to get your gifts through the mail as late as Dec. 21. It is not recommended, however, to try to purchase gifts online after Dec. 21. Unless the company is based in your city and they guarantee shipment by Christmas Eve, it is too risky to order online that late. Instead, you will have to brave the stores in person.
There are many stores that offer last-minute deals as late as Christmas Eve. A number of major retailers are even open until late into the night the day before Christmas. Make sure you call ahead so that you don’t end up traveling to a store that has closed already.
What to Avoid
Not all gifts are easy to purchase at the last moment. It takes time to ship large items like furniture and appliances. Even if you buy them at the store, you’ll have to find a way to get them home. It is also difficult to get personalized gifts at the last minute. Photos, engraved items, and other customized gifts take time to make. Furthermore, if there is a mistake, you won’t have time to fix it. You may have to save those types of gifts for next year.
All of us at STORBOX would like to wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season. Good luck with your last-minute shopping!