Holiday Shopping During a Pandemic

November 16, 2020

The holidays will look different this year. Social distancing, occupancy limits in stores, and other cautionary steps will require us to rethink our usual shopping strategies.

So, what do you do? Here’s what experts are saying:

Place your orders early in the season. Remember the shipping delays when the stay-home orders started? That sort of delay could happen again, with more people than ever before shopping online.

Stay safe from scams. With all this online activity, be wary of potential scams, watch out for fraudulent activity on your debit and credit cards and be sure to safeguard your personal information.

Visit stores early in the season. Keep in mind that stores can allow only a limited number of people inside at once. There could be a line to get in if you wait to go shopping when the majority of people do.

Shop local. It’s more important than ever this year, as many small businesses are struggling to survive during the economic crisis created by the pandemic.

Bring a mask, hand sanitizer and wipes. You’re probably already in the habit of bringing a face covering everywhere, but it’s also good to apply hand sanitizer before you enter and after you leave a store. You can use the wipes on your purchases.

Use curbside pickup. Fewer interactions with other people means fewer germs getting passed around.

Give practical gifts. Friends and family facing tough financial times will appreciate Visa® gift cards, which can be used almost anywhere, and gift cards to grocery stores and gas stations.

If you can, take a day off work to shop. Browsing the aisles with fewer people around is safer and more enjoyable.

Don’t let the topsy-turvy world we live in get you down. Despite the differences this year’s holiday season may bring, it can still be full of good cheer, great memories and thoughtful gifts. Remember the importance of treasuring time with the people you care about, whether that’s online or in person, and consider how your family can create new and wonderful ways to celebrate the season!

This content is for informational purposes only. Readers should under no circumstances rely upon this information as a substitute for their own research or for obtaining specific advice from their own counsel.