Shop Early For Christmas
You can’t have missed the warnings about Christmas toy shortages this year. An article in The Mirror last month advised parents ‘to buy Christmas gifts early due to supply problems’. There are more stories around on the internet this month.
If you celebrate Christmas, chances are you’ve already started to think about your shopping anyway. Online business site Netimperative (10 August) quotes a study suggesting 25% of Brits who do observe Christmas ‘say they have started thinking about their shopping before the end of August’. But if you haven’t, the supply chain issues might make you focus a bit earlier than usual.
Christmas Toy Shortages – what can you do now to get ahead?
If you see something in stock now, you might be advised to snap it up rather than wait for Black Friday or other discount events. You know what they say, a bird in the hand… and all that. If you’re buying online, check the delivery dates, shipping costs and returns policy carefully.
Start gathering Christmas present ideas
Kids change their minds about things very quickly so you probably don’t want to start thinking about gifts too early. Start dropping hints and gather information about what toys and games your receivers may like. Or check their YouTube history because this is where lots of kids get their present ideas.
It’s always nice to have an element of surprise so record and edit your ideas on your phone where no-one will see them. Plan whether you’ll do one big present or more smaller ones. Sometimes a big present just jumps out at you but if it doesn’t, don’t panic and buy something that isn’t quite right. Instead, get a few smaller things. Surprises are always work really well at Christmas. Remember to compare notes with grandparents and other gift givers so there aren’t duplicates, especially important if there are Christmas toy shortages as predicted.
Get the bestsellers before they sell out
If your kids want something particularly badly this year, you might consider buying it early. This month, The Daily Mail says ‘demand for best-selling items like Playstation 5 and Barbies is threatening to outstrip supply’. The most ‘must-have’ toys are likely to sell out fast. During the course of the year, we put together a well-curated list of the latest must have toys which are also likely to be big sellers at Christmas. From September onwards, we look in detail at the top toy lists of the big retailers, industry experts, popular media and parenting blogs, to find the most in-demand Christmas toys and add them to our Christmas Gift Guides.
Think outside the (toy) box
If there are Christmas toy shortages, it might be an idea to consider a mix of experiences as well as physical gifts. These could includes tickets for a show, concert or sporting event, or a special outing. Buying second-hand toys from a UK seller on any of the online auction sites is a good idea. You know the toy is available and it’s good to recyle. Or investigate handcrafted gifts from sites such as Etsy or connect with Amazon Handmade below. Please note, as an Amazon Associate we may earn from qualifying purchases made through this link.
Christmas Toy Shortages – use a mix of internet and high street shops
Don’t use rely on one type of supplier but instead, spread your purchases across internet and high street shops. You can reserve toys at independent sellers via Toymaster shops. If you’re visiting a place of interest this summer, consider buying toys and gifts from their gift shop but make sure you do it secretly if your receivers are with you. Always buy from a trusted online seller and check the delivery times carefully.
Good luck with your Christmas shopping. We hope the fpredicted Christmas Toy Shortages don’t stop you having a very Happy Christmas!
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