Since the pandemic started we've been seeing shortages of seemingly random items in the stores due to supply chain issues. Supply chain and staffing shortages will make holiday shopping a little tricky again this year. Here's what what you need to know.
Start buying now. If you find an item you love buy it because once it sells out there is a chance it won't be restocked in time for Christmas. If it's a big ticket item, delivery times might be backed up. To read more about supply chain issues and how it will affect Holiday shopping this year check out these articles from The Today Show and Money.
Order online early. More people are shopping online therefore delivery services like USPS, FedEx and UPS are overloaded and most likely (like every other business) understaffed.
Expect to pay more for shipping. USPS has announced that it will temporality hike rates starting October 3rd. It's rumored that FedEx and UPS will follow their lead.
Now get out there and get started on your shopping!
We love to give unique handmade gifts. Looking for inspiration? Check out some handmade gift ideas in our November 2020 blog. We've already been having fun creating this years handmade gifts which we will feature next month.
This is the perfect time of year to be visiting fall festivals, art markets and craft shows. We also like to spend time on Instagram seeing what our favorite makers are adding to their shops. We'd love to hear about your favorite shops and add them to our future gift guide. Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to find us on Instagram click here.
We hope that you are all having a cozy fall full of pumpkin spice and everything nice.
Kristi and Carolyn
PS. Go Chiefs!