As we reach the peak of summer, holiday shopping for your hardworking staff or loyal clients might be the last thing on your mind. However, with shipping delays looming and costs rising, last minute shopping may turn your holiday season into a budget nightmare. Holiday shoppers are buying gifts earlier and earlier- and the advantages are clear. Ordering your holiday gifts earlier means easier shopping and less stress (for you and your budget!)
Here are a few things to keep in mind this 2023 holiday season, and why starting your holiday gifting sooner might be favorable.
1. Order Early for Greater Inventory Options
Many in-demand products sell out quickly amidst the holiday order rush. Nobody likes facing an out-of-stock message, especially when you’ve finally found the perfect gift after hours of searching. Placing an order for your company’s personalized holiday gifts early will allow you the greatest selection of stock, so you can be more intentional with the products you select. Not only will early shopping save you time and energy, but you’ll also have a better chance of selecting gifts that your company’s team or clients will love.
2. Avoid Shipping Delays
If you’re a frequent last minute holiday shopper, you know the frustration of ordering a gift, only for the shipping to be delayed past the date you need it. Although the post pandemic supply chain is on the recovery, ports around the world are still experiencing heavy shipping delays, especially when there are spikes in consumer orders around the holidays. Some beat these delays by paying costly rush-shipping fees to secure their gifts before the holidays, which only adds to the daunting costs of holiday shopping. This year, avoid the late gift stress and ensure your gifts will arrive before you need them by placing your holiday orders well in advance.
3. Shopping Early = More Time for Custom, Personalized Gifting
Nothing shows appreciation like a personalized gift, but last-minute shopping can make it difficult to find custom products that will be delivered in time for the holidays. Plus, creating the perfect design for your customized gifts can take time. When you order in advance, you’ll have more time to collaborate with designers and ensure that your branded gifts are exactly what you need to impress your clients or employees.
The Bottom Line
Although we’re still quite a way away from December, it isn’t too early to get a jump start on your holiday gift search. Aside from the clear monetary benefits of early shopping, ordering your company’s gifts early can help take the stress off of the holiday season and leave you with more time for festivities.