Weekend Projects

It’s October, and It’s Time to Make a Gift-Shipping Game Plan

published Oct 1, 2021
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I remember the good old days when two-day shipping really meant two-day shipping. That is not the case these days, especially since the pandemic supply chain has caused inevitable shipping delays. I can’t count on my items coming as fast as they used to. And this means that I can’t procrastinate on time-sensitive items like birthday presents.

With the holidays coming up, planning ahead is more important than ever. This weekend we’re going to do some of that.

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This Weekend: Make an online shopping plan.

When you’re showing love and care through gift-giving, you want those gifts to come on time. And this year, we’re all going to have to build in extra time for our presents to arrive at our loved ones’ homes (or at our own homes!).

Take a few minutes to make a quick list of who you need to shop for and what ideas you may already have for them. Consider items you will ship directly from online retailers to your friends and family. Don’t forget to also think about homemade gifts you will ship yourself.

For both, decide on a date to either purchase your gifts and have them shipped or a date to take your items to the post office. (Early December for both seems safe if you want your gifts to arrive well in time for Christmas; and remember that Hanukkah starts on the early date of Nov. 28 this year, so you’ll want to plan on early November or even late October for that.) Count backwards to plan how long you need to get your homemade items ready. Write these dates on your calendar and breathe a sigh of relief for not being caught unawares by shipping delays.

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