Have you started your holiday shopping? Finding the perfect Christmas gift isn’t always easy, and these times are not helping. Online shopping has exploded and has resulted in significant delays in parcel delivery.
As a healthcare professional, you have been at the heart of the action for several months now. We can never thank you enough for your remarkable dedication. With everything that’s going on, you may not have time to think about the gifts you’ll be giving to your loved ones this year.
If it were possible, in years past, to shop at the last minute, Christmas 2020 will be special. That’s why we’ve given you some tips to help you find original gifts and make sure everything is packaged under the tree on Christmas Eve.
If you want to make sure you get your gifts on time this year, you should start earlier than usual. Many people will prefer to buy online, which will have an impact on the availability of goods. For example, the PS4, PS5 and Xbox are already out of stock on some sites. So, make sure your gift list is ready and start shopping now.
Take delivery times into account
In anticipation of very high traffic, Canada Post recently asked Canadians to do their holiday shopping early. This situation affects all parcel delivery companies. They are facing very high demand.
So, to avoid unpleasant surprises, plan for delivery times when shopping. It would be a shame if your loved ones didn’t receive their Christmas presents until 2021…
Encourage local shopping
According to a September 30, 2020 survey by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), 27% of Quebec businesses would survive less than a year with their current revenues. Why not encourage them by shopping locally online for your Christmas gifts? Not only will this help the Quebec economy, but it will also send a big dose of love to all those people who are also fighting to save their businesses.
Local purchasing is also an opportunity to discover the treasures offered by the small merchants who give personality to your community, which means you don’t have to go far to find the perfect Christmas gift. And if you don’t know what to give, you can always buy gift certificates.
By promoting local purchasing, you’re helping Quebec businesses get through the pandemic and find unique gifts.
Tips for finding the perfect Christmas gift
Finding the perfect Christmas gift can seem complicated. But the reality is that you just have to pay attention to each person. That’s the secret to finding the gift that will genuinely be appreciated, not the one that you pretend to like just out of politeness.
Here are a few tips to help you think about it:
- Don’t give too much importance to the price of the gift, but its value to the person;
- Make a list of everyone’s interests;
- Draw inspiration from events in the past;
- Ask yourself what the person needs;
- Find out what the person’s favourite hobbies are;
- Think of something the person had planned to buy for themselves but was unable to do so;
- Find out how the person’s new lifestyle has changed since the pandemic.
Now that you know what to get everyone, all you have to do is start your Christmas shopping.
Where can you find the original Christmas gift to spoil your loved ones?
In 2020, many businesses that only had a physical shop have gone digital. Numerous platforms featuring local businesses have also emerged in Quebec. Some are transactional (you can buy directly on the platform), while others are just directories of merchants with their contact information and sometimes a link to their website.
Here are some sites where you can shop for Christmas gifts from the comfort of your home.
This platform offers a wide range of products and services from Quebec companies. You can shop by region or by category. It is also possible to see the best sellers, featured merchants and sales. If you’re out of inspiration, the site also offers gift cards starting at $25.
Food – Beauty and health – Women – Men – Children – Leisure – Home.
Variable and specific costs for each merchant.
You can shop by category or by region.
Food – Beauty and health – Men – Women – Children – Household – Animals.
Free anywhere in Canada for all purchases of $100 and more.
Ideal if you’re looking for clothing made in Quebec from organic and recycled fabrics or accessories made by local artisans. Possibility to shop by category or manufacturer. The site is currently offering a 20% discount with the code MERCI, it’s an opportunity to save money.
Clothing – Lifestyle – Jewellery – Care
Free with a purchase of $80 or more.
Online delicatessen since 2005. The site offers diversified products from all regions of Quebec. Shopping by category or producer.
Grocery – Meat – Sea – Sweet.
Free in Quebec and Canada for all purchases over $99 before taxes.
The site offers various products for home and body care. You can shop by category.
Decoration – Bathroom – Fashion accessories – Kitchen and bar – health and beauty – Gift ideas.
Free in Quebec for orders of $40 and over – Free pick up in the shop.
You’ll find a wide range of Quebec articles. You can shop by region, by category or by best sellers. Gift cards available starting at $5.
Food – Home and kitchen – Beauty and health – Women – Children – Baby – Handmade. There is even a special COVID-19 section.
According to each merchant.
Launched by the Government of Quebec, this site lists Quebec businesses with their contact information as well as many products. To buy, click on a link that takes you to the merchant’s website.
Categories: Art and culture – Beverages – Fashions and clothing – General food – Natural foods – Specialized food.
Directory of local businesses by region, with their contact information and delivery zone.
Categories: no classification by categories.
List of local businesses with a link to the merchant’s website to be able to buy.
Categories: Food – Home – Fashion – Health – Art and culture – Sports – Technology and Innovation – Education.
Business directory by region.
Categories: Food – Beauty – Electronics – Fashion – Health – Services – Business Resources.
Of course, there are also the leading stores that you already know and that have their feet planted in Quebec: SAQ, Best Buy, etc.
In short, to find the perfect Christmas gift and have it packaged under the tree for Christmas Eve, you need to start shopping now. Given the popularity of online shopping, unfortunately, delivery delays are to be expected. Furthermore, the current context has made us realize the importance of buying locally. As Placement Premier Soin will be doing this year, you too can help Quebec businesses get through this by favouring local businesses for your holiday shopping.