Christmas comes this weekend. Are you prepared? A lot of people have already completed their holiday shopping. Meanwhile, the malls are still packed to the brim with shoppers. What does that mean? Evidently, not everybody has completed their shopping yet. In fact, many of the reps here at Synergy Marketing Consultants haven’t even started yet!
Busy at work, speaking to business owners in order to get their promotional gifts to them before Christmas, some of our staff members have forgotten how quick time can fly. “I can’t believe we’re a week away already!” exclaimed one of our surprised reps, “I better hit the mall pretty quick, I have a lot of people to shop for.”
There are, of course, a number of ways to escape the long line ups in the malls. Shopping online is an increasingly popular way to go through your Christmas list without having to leave the comfort of your own home. However, with Christmas less than a week away, it is doubtful that any thing you order will arrive in time for the big day.
“Get someone to do the shopping for you!” suggested another one of our staff members. “My sister loves shopping,” he continued, “so every year I give her my list of things to buy and the money to do it. Either that or I’ll reimburse her when she’s through. The only person I have to shop for is her. I don’t let her buy her own gifts!”
Not a bad idea if you’re not the shopping mall type. If you’re a last minute shopper, you may want to go the easy route and pick up some gift cards. As good as these simple gifts can be, they may, however, highlight your inability to get to the mall in time to get your loved ones gifts that they would really appreciate.
Sometimes, though, gift certificates that one can use for an experience rather than a product, make the best presents. “I take my parents out every year,” revealed another one of our reps. “They’re getting older and don’t do a whole lot on their own. I also don’t get to see them too much. So when they unwrap a restaurant gift card, they know that it comes with an evening out with their son.”
After all, that’s what the holiday season is really all about, isn’t it? Sharing and spending time with your family and friends are what really make this time of year so special. So if you haven’t done your shopping yet, be sure to consider the ways that you can show your loved ones that they are truly loved this Christmas!