For real, you need to shop early this year — and not just for the holidays but for any fall or winter birthdays too! I stopped in at one of my local toy and game stores earlier this week and was chatting with the owner and she said that this year is scarier than last. They had to order sooner to get what they needed/wanted into the store and what they’ve got now might be all they get for the entire holiday season. If you need more evidence, you can read The Toy Book’s article “Ravensburger North America Halts Orders Amid Global Supply Chain Crisis” or check out the tweet from a top notch Learning Express store in the north western Chicago suburbs:
Bold and decisive move by @RavensburgerNA I applaud them for this announcement early so we all can plan. No new orders effective 9/17. Thank you. @ToyBook @therockfather @JackieBreyer @toyinsidermom @toyworldmag @Edplay pic.twitter.com/nr5cnYEk5O
— LearningExpressToys (@LELakeZurich) September 10, 2021
This isn’t limited to the toy and game aisle either, you should be shopping early in ALL categories. If you know what your kids/family/spouse/partner/friends want for the holidays or any upcoming birthdays get it for them NOW. Pat yourself on the back when you find the exact title, color, size they want. Now you just have to figure out how to hide it! HA!