Christmas is now just days away and we’ve all been scrambling around shopping for the perfect gifts and hot new gifts for everyone on our list. Well, maybe not all of us have been doing this. In fact, I personally am one of the many procrastinators that waits until the very last minute to shop for those on my list. That’s why I decided to write a quick Procrastinator’s Gift Guide for Last Minute Christmas Gifts!
First things first. The last time Christmas was on a Tuesday was in 2012. Many things have happened since that time. For example, the iPhone has moved from the iPhone 5 to the iPhone 10 and Nintendo now offers the “Switch”, but in 2012 it was Wii U. These would both be considered good changes by most.
One thing that hasn’t changed (or maybe it’s gotten worse) is our procrastination as consumers. Every year it seems as though our lives get a little busier, and a little more chaotic, which further intensifies our need to procrastinate. In fact, I’d say eCommerce companies have influenced this behavior by making it easier for customers to shop online at the last minute and have those gifts arrive on their doorstep…sometimes in less than 24 hours!
This topic was recently covered by WMUR News 9 in Manchester, NH while on a visit to the GourmetGiftBaskets.com facility. Watch Here
You’ve made it this far and have procrastinated this long, now what? Well that depends on how much longer you plan to procrastinate. Christmas is on Tuesday you know!
- The end of the week: No problem. All of your favorite online retail stores will be taking orders that can arrive on Monday (Christmas Eve), with many of those same retailers offering orders on Saturday for arrival on Monday. This includes all the Christmas Gift Baskets, and other gifts at GourmetGiftBaskets.com
- Saturday afternoon: You will be pushing your luck at most places. Depending on their shipping carriers and inventory availability, most online retailers will stop taking orders sometime between 12pm and 5pm EST on Saturday. If you’re not a gambler, I’d say to order no later than Saturday morning.
- After Saturday afternoon: Ok, now it’s going to get a bit more painful. You’ll have to drive around to all the local retailers to get something for everyone on your list. There will be a large rush of consumers doing this, so be prepared for long lines, no parking and sparse selections.
- Christmas Eve: Seriously, you waited this long? Ok, now it is all about being efficient. Make a list of recipients you need to buy for, check it twice (heard that before), and head to your local Mall. Again, you’re likely to run into traffic, parking and questionable inventory, but you’ve made your list. Don’t deviate and just get the items you need!
Ok now you’re ready to go, right? What are you waiting for? Stop procrastinating, get out there and order the gifts for everyone on your list. Once you’ve completed this task you can start working on that next task that you’ve surely put off as well!