A COVID Christmas: Safe holiday shopping tips

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Shopping during the holiday season is the newest challenge for people all around the world.

By Ally Uhlendorf, Lead Features Editor

This year, Christmas shopping is going to be more hectic than ever before. Some people already started shopping early in the fall, others are quickly trying to get a gift before the holiday. Here are some tips and tricks to help you get your holiday shopping done this year.

Stick to online

Try to stay away from in-store shopping. There are so many online stores out there, and mainly every store has a website nowadays. Rather than putting yourself at risk by being in a crowded shop, look online and find your gifts there. If you are nervous about the items not coming in time for Christmas, try to find the products on Amazon and have it shipped to you quickly. If you can name it, you can definitely buy it online somewhere.

Shop locally

Instead of shopping at the big chain stores, try to shop locally in your area and find small businesses to support. Especially in a time like this, everyone needs all of the support they can get. For small businesses, even a few items purchased would mean the world. There are lots of hidden gems in every neighbourhood, drive around and find a local business to purchase your gifts from.  

Go at the perfect time

Stores generally tend to be the least busy early in the morning and later at night. If you can, try to get your shopping done earlier in the day so you don’t get stuck in the shopping traffic. Department stores, such as Target or Walmart, are usually open from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m., and their prime time is normally in the middle of the day. The best times to go are early in the morning, right before lunch, and late in the evening. 

Get creative

If you’re struggling to find presents to buy in stores, try to make it yourself! If you need inspiration, pull up Pinterest and get to searching. Homemade gifts are definitely the best, there’s so much thought and meaning behind them, no matter what the gift may be. Whether it’s something personalized or something useful, everyone loves a homemade present. 

Be safe 

Yes, it is the holiday season, but, there is still a pandemic going on. Wear a mask, social distance, and be cautious. If a store is insanely crowded, it may not be the best idea to go inside. Keep your and your family’s safety in mind, stay healthy yet still stay festive!