Avoid Holiday Stress By Shopping Early: 4 Ways to Benefit

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For many people, instead of joy and good cheer, the idea of holiday shopping is associated with stress, rushing around and spending way too much money. However, according to Imoni Washington, owner of Baskets of Maryland, a full service gift basket company, it is possible to relieve some of the insanity by shopping early. Whether your list is full of family or corporate clients, she points out there are at least four ways to benefit from getting a head start.

For many people, instead of joy and good cheer, the idea of holiday shopping is associated with stress, rushing around, and spending way too much money. However, according to Imoni Washington, owner of Baskets of Maryland, a full service gift basket company, it is possible to relieve some of the insanity by shopping early. Whether your list is full of family or corporate clients, she points out there are at least four ways to benefit from getting a head start.

Early bird discounts and incentives: The common phrase "the early bird catches the worm" certainly applies here. Many companies routinely offer a discount, bonus buys or other incentives specifically for shoppers who shop at the beginning of the season. Always ask if you don't see anything mentioned, particularly for large orders.

Save on rush order charges: Whether working with a tight budget or not, most people would rather spend money on gifts, not premium shipping charges. To get the most for your dollar, check for the earliest possible order/delivery schedule and stick to it, saving expedited shipping for emergencies only.

Better selection, no worries about items being out of stock: If you have your eye on a particular item, style or color, ordering early will help ensure you get your first choice. Not sure what you're after? The broadest selections are also available the sooner you start shopping. Lastly, if an item does run out, putting in an early order may allow for
re-stocking in time for your desired delivery date after all.

Customization and personalization is easier: If you'd like custom designs or personalization along with a greater selection, you'll certainly benefit from ordering in advance. While some simple things can be done on short notice, most need extra time. Early season orders will naturally receive more time and attention than those arriving last minute, so plan ahead to make the most of all your options.

For more tips and ideas, contact Imoni Washington by phone 888.563.6264 or orders@basketsofmaryland.com

About Baskets of Maryland:
Baskets of Maryland was launched in 2003 at Lee's Seafood & Carry Out, a thriving seafood restaurant, in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. The gift baskets were created to fill a void for restaurant customers who were looking for novelties depicting Maryland seafood. In 2005, Baskets of Maryland expanded beyond Maryland themed gift baskets to include customized corporate gifts and online sales at http://www.basketsofmaryland.com for individuals and businesses in Maryland and throughout the United States.

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