There are just 10 1/2 weeks until Christmas is here. Have you started your shopping yet ? Do you have any presents set aside in your present cupboard ?
I live in Melbourne and retail will not be opening up until early November ( at this point ). If that's the case, we will be left with just over 6 weeks to get all our shopping done. That's us and every other Melbournian crowded into shopping centres desperately trying to buy much needed clothes, household items and presents. That's not an ideal situation and certainly something I will be avoiding as much as possible.
When you do get to the shops, you might not be able to buy exactly what you want. In other states shelves are being stripped bare and variety is not what it once was.
Many supply chains have been broken for various reasons. Transport strikes, workplace restrictions and world issues ( you know what they are ) have taken a real toll on imports. Also delivery times and costs have blown out with so much online shopping.
So what is the solution ? How will you be able to buy Christmas presents this year ?
Here are a few ways you can get started now -
* Buy local, buy from small businesses or friends and family. This helps to support people in your own state or country.
* Check your local Buy, Swap and Sell Facebook pages, Marketplace, Ebay or Etsy. People are always selling something and you might just find what you are looking for.
* Can you make some presents with supplies you have on hand ?
* Can you grow plant cuttings to give as presents ?
* With so little advertising for toys ( certainly in our state due to shops being closed ), are your children asking for general toys like a doll, Lego, sport equipment ? If they are not asking for a particular brand, model or color you will find it easier to get what they'd like. Darren and I rarely bought the latest and greatest for our girls when they were little but they never missed out on great toys.
* Can you upcycle items you already have. Make something over or give it a coat of paint ?
* Are there hard rubbish ( curbside ) collections in your area ? I've seen photos of unwanted dolls houses and play furniture on curbsides waiting for the council to collect and crush in their rubbish trucks. This could be a great opportunity to upcycle items with a fresh coat of paint or a good clean.
* Can you trade items with your friends and family ?
* Try shopping at op shops for giftware and kitchenware. It's amazing what people will donate in new or near new condition.