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Retailers across the globe are gearing up for the holiday season, with an eye towards a boost in sales.
In fact, retailers have been calling for a rise in sales for the past couple of months, with many suggesting that holiday season sales are not expected to recover.
While the majority of retailers are taking it easy on this year’s holiday season due to the economic downturn, the trend is not expected just to continue.
“There are so many reasons to stock up on gifts this year,” said Richard Fidler, senior vice president at retail consultancy Retail Trends, which is based in London.
“A big reason for that is the holidays are starting and so people are coming back to work and being able to enjoy the holiday,” he said.
“And so many retailers are doing that to help make up for those sales.”
For many, the biggest factor is the festive atmosphere.
“When we shop in stores, we buy gifts for our family and friends,” said Jenny Levett, who has owned a boutique in New York for more than 30 years.
“We love buying gifts for ourselves and for people in our extended family.”
But this holiday season could be different for some people.
“I’ve been working a lot and I’ve been feeling a bit of pressure and pressure to get back to normal after all these years,” said Levetti, who noted that the holidays could also be stressful for her husband and three children.
“But this is just the first of many holidays I’m planning and it’s something I’m excited to start.”
It’s all about the timeYou need to be able to make a purchase this yearIf you have time to spare, here are some ways you can make the most of this festive season:Don’t forget to check out our guide to the best gift ideas this year.
The holidays are the perfect time to spend a bit with family and family friendsIf you’re not feeling up to taking on the whole family, you can take a break from shopping to visit with family, friends or your local community centre.
“It’s nice to take your family and just share a meal or two with them,” said Kristina Kline, founder and CEO of The Kline Group, which specialises in helping families and young adults with special needs make purchases and services.
“If you’ve been doing this for a while and you feel like you have enough time for that, you’re absolutely right,” she said.
The best gifts to bring to the tableIf you need something to wear, you should consider buying a gift that will fit into the holiday decor.
“One of the biggest ways you’ll have a chance of getting the right gift this year is if you have a special occasion or holiday,” said Kline.
“We have so many things that we can buy that fit into this season.”
The best gift to buy this year to wear at your holiday, said Klines, is a holiday-appropriate outfit.
“You can dress up as the holiday spirit or go in a more traditional outfit, but you’ll always be able go to the party and you’ll be able wear the holiday look.”
The Kline group also offers a range of fun gifts that you can use to create an extra sparkle.
The holiday season is just beginning for everyoneThere are many ways to celebrate this year with friends and family, but some people will want to go to a party and make some gifts for friends.
“Make some party decorations and gift them to a friend to give to them,” Kline said.
“You can do a little bit of everything.”
Find out what other people have done with their holiday gifts.