OK, folks, I know it’s only the end of August, but, in my plan-ahead world, it is already time for my clients who give business gifts to start planning for the 2013 holiday season.
Why so early? Well…
- I recommend Thanksgiving as the time to give holiday gifts for a number of reasons, including quite probably being the first one so you’ll be remembered.
- Selection is best now. Since the economy went south, vendors are carrying less inventory in their US warehouses. That means that, when stock runs out, there may not be time for the backorder to arrive before the year ends.
- As the actual holidays get closer and the vendors production lines get filled up, production time will go up. This may necessitate rush fees to get your gifts to your recipients on time. Why pay extra for rush production or expedited shipping. (Did you know that a UPS package that goes cross-country for about $20.00 ground shipping can cost about $300.00 for overnight service? And it goes up exponentially based on the weight of the package.)
So, if you haven’t already started thinking about your business holiday gifts, what are you waiting for?!