With long days and beautiful sunsets a distant memory, our thoughts turn to Christmas.
This year, along with many other events, Christmas celebrations are still unknown. Will we be able to visit family, will we be able to visit friends?
We really do not know what the situation will be in the next 8 weeks, but one thing is certain, Christmas is coming, and we need to start planning. You may need to send gifts by post this year and with December being the busiest time for the postal service, why not start planning that little bit earlier?
Having your Christmas shopping done earlier also means you have more time to hand deliver gifts to those you may not see on the day, if visiting restrictions are in place.
Apparently 40% of British shoppers do start their Christmas shopping in November, with just one fifth leaving it until December, while others have been secretly buying throughout the year. But whenever we do our buying, this year we are anxious about it all, to say the least. This year, we are being reminded that spending our money locally will be the key to effectively supporting our communities and helping our local businesses survive.
You may be thinking that shopping online for your Christmas presents will be a better idea than going out to the high street this year, but our local shops have gone that extra mile and many are offering safe flexible shopping appointments and extra opening hours in November. This means participating shops will give you an appointment where you will have the shop to yourself and be able to browse in a safe, relaxed environment.
Our local shops also stock a wide range of exclusive gifts and personal service vouchers that you can’t buy elsewhere. Show your loved ones you have thought about them by hand picking gifts from local craftspeople or shops and wrapping yourself, rather than a hurried pre-wrapped selection from online retail giants.
With many shops opening late through November and December on Thursday’s you can be sure that your shopping experience will be safe and enjoyable. If venturing out is just not an option for you this year, then many local shops can offer an online or telephone service, often with free local delivery.
So, let the Christmas 2020 planning begin.
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