With it barely being the back-to-school season, the last thing you want to think about is Christmas, but the holidays will be here before you know it. Don’t get caught unprepared when they do! You’ll have enough on your mind preparing for the season without having to add last-minute shopping, so do yourself a favor and start now.
If you’re still not convinced, here are three reasons why it’s never too early to start your Christmas shopping.
1. It’s less stressful
When you leave Christmas to the last minute, at that moment it’s not shopping anymore; it’s warfare. Your enemy?Your fellow last-minute shoppers. Last year, December 22 was the busiest shopping day of the year with shoppers flooding malls, shopping plazas, and stores all over the world. When you join them, expect to dodge elbows and deke textbook-perfect hip checks for the last Switch on the shelf. Parents are ruthless during the holidays, and they’ll stop at nothing—not even blood—to get their must-have present for their kids.
If you advance your shopping schedule by a few weeks, you’ll take some of the pressure off of getting the perfect present. Extend it by a few months, and you’ll breeze through your shopping list early, freeing up your time to deck the halls and make merry at any holiday get-togethers nearer to the big day.
2. You have the time to find unique gifts
Without the countdown of the clock, you have breathing room to shop for that perfect present. If the game store sold their last Nintendo Switch, you don’t need to panic—there’s more than enough time for them to order more before the holidays.More importantly, when you can tick off the big items from your list, you have time to search out unique, smaller presents for their stockings.
With weeks or even months to spare, you can search out gifts they aren’t expecting, like the new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and a personalized Nintendo Switch skin to go with their console. Both are surprising in their own right. December 2018 is the set release for the Super Smash Bros. first ever release for the Switch. As for the Switch skin, they’ll be pleasantly surprised because this time last year, every personalized decal damaged the sensitive material of the Joy-Con. Now that the engineers at dbrand have had more than a year developing a 100% Switch safe skin. Their new Nintendo Switch skins won’t damage any part of the system, and its supplementary screen protector will keep this vulnerable glass safe, too.
When you shop early enough, you have more than enough time to pre-order games, create a unique Switch decal for your kids, and have them shipped without worrying about whether they’ll arrive before the big day.
3. It’s actually a lot cheaper
You’ll save nothing by waiting until the last minute. By then, you’ll have missed all the best sales, including Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and you’ll face increased prices as retailers prep for the holidays. When you start shopping early, you can cash in on end-of-season deals. You also have time to sign-up with your favorite retailer’s newsletter, and they’ll alert you of any upcoming sales. And on top of it all, you can opt for the most basic shipping method for your online purchases and save a considerable amount in avoiding expedited charges during peak holiday periods.
There’s no harm in starting early. In fact, you’ll only stand to gain as you reduce your holiday stress and your bill, so take a tip from this list and start shopping for Christmas now. It’s never too early!