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Holiday Gifts Buying Guide 2023: Abt toy trucks surrounding a wreath

Holiday Gift Buying Guide: How To Shop and Ship in 2023

The holidays are almost here, and our holiday gift buying guide is ready to help! It's time to start getting presents for everyone on your gift list, and be sure that they're delivered on time. We can help you knock out every item on your holiday to-do list.
Holiday Gift Buying in 2023

That extra-special time of year is approaching once again...

Parents are prepping for Black Friday, children can't wait for winter break, and everyone is writing up lists of people that are going to be expecting presents by year's end. But shopping for gifts isn't exactly the same as it used to be. Online buying has gotten so popular that many forget about an integral part in the holiday shopping process: shipping and delivery. Our holiday gift buying guide is here to shed a little light on how to find the best products and when you'll need to ship them by if you want presents delivered by December 24th. Finding those must-have holiday gifts might be a tough puzzle to navigate with shoppers being encouraged to buy earlier than ever thanks to early sales ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Even after those sales pass, Abt is here to help you beat competitor prices with help from our price match guarantee and free nationwide shipping on nearly all orders. Here, you'll be able to pick out the latest video game consoles, 4K TVs, new headphones and more, and know that you're getting the best deal possible. Learn more about how to avoid holiday delivery hiccups by ordering your gifts on time below.
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What Are Some Strategies to Help Save Money Early?

The best way to shop for the holidays in 2023 is to start early. Major online retailers have started price-slashing events earlier and earlier in the last few years, pushing other retailers to follow along. That means you can find steals on just about anything if you track sales calendars well. Many of these events occur long before Black Friday or Cyber Monday, so it's a good idea to keep an ear to the ground and an eye on the calendar. And when those big-name sales do come around, do your research. Subscribe to email lists ahead of time to get a look at what deals might be coming up, and what you'll want in your cart.
Holiday Gifting Tips from Abt

Holiday Gifting Tips and Shipping Deadlines from Abt

Time for the meat of our holiday gift buying guide! Our team of supply specialists created a list of to-dos to tackle as soon as you build that holiday gift list. Whether you're planning to arrange toys under the tree or hoping to wrap a massive ribbon around a new smart kitchen range, you'll need to make sure you can get it home and get it there on time.

Shop Now & Take Advantage of Our Price Matching

2023 has had a measure of leftover shipping delays left behind from the previous year, as well as savings from different brands at different times. Shop as early as you can this year. If you've got your eye on a product that you know you want and it's in stock, you should buy it.
Deal hunters are tempted to wait for steep discounts on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and it's true that you can save hundreds of dollars on large electronics like TVs. If you've missed the best deals of the season, you can still save. Keep the best of both worlds by taking advantage of Abt's price match guarantee. Buy today with peace of mind that if you see a product for less, we will match or even beat that price. Exclusions apply, and this guarantee doesn't cover doorbusters or limited merchandise. Matched products must be purchased from an authorized dealer. If you're set on a specific make, model, and product, it's better to buy it now while it's in stock. Otherwise, it might not be back in our store (or any store) for a while.

Do Online Research

When it comes to holiday gift finding, it's a good idea to do as much research ahead of time as possible. That means turning to every online resource you need, from finding the product page itself to reading learning articles and blog gift guides and discovering more about which features are must-haves. Items like turntables, for example, are very different than they were decades ago. Whether you're new to vinyls or consider yourself an expert, reading up on new options is a must. Our turntable buying guide will help you narrow the search to find the right model for your special someone.

Know When To Buy & When It Ships

When it comes to finding that perfect gift, it's important to verify when it will ship to your home or across the country. To make sure your products arrive by December 24, see our shipping deadlines below:

Holiday Shipping Deadlines

Chicagoland Customers: Buy Online - Pickup In Store service through 12/24.

We want to help you get the gifts you purchase in time for the holidays. Here are some dates to keep in mind when ordering merchandise so it arrives by December 24th. Shipping deadlines are based on "In-Stock" items and usually ship the same day but may take up to 24 hours to process internally. Please enter your shipping zip code on the product page for a more accurate estimated delivery date. Please note, orders ship normal business days.

Order By Shipping Method
Dec. 15 Standard Delivery & Installation (Abt's Local Delivery)
Dec. 19 Three Day Shipping **Order By 4 p.m. CST**
Dec. 20 Two Day Shipping **Order By 4 p.m. CST**
Dec. 21 Standard Delivery, No Installation (Abt's Local Delivery)
Dec. 22 Next-Day Air **Order By 4 p.m. CST**
Dec. 23 Saturday Same Day Delivery in Chicagoland Only **Order By 1 p.m. CST**(Chicagoland)
Dec. 24 Buy Online - Pickup In Store or Curbside **Order By 4 p.m. CST**(Chicagoland) - See Store Hours

Note that shipments to certain desitinations may require an earlier ship date depending on whether the shipping address is in a metropolitan or remote zip code. To get an exact ship date, enter the zip code at the top of the website to see when you can expect delivery.

*Between November 13-Jan 13, UPS states that its Ground & Standard services may require additional time in transit.


Product Not In Stock? We'll Let You Know When It's Back

Thanks to some online research, you've found the perfect mirrorless camera model—you can even bundle it with an extra memory card or vlogging kit for a discount. The only problem? It's out of stock, and with no apparent arrival date for when it'll be back on the shelves. But you're still set on this holiday gift, and there's a good chance it could be back in time for your present exchange.
The one way to find out? Sign up for our email alerts on the product's web page. Just click "Email me when this product comes in stock". You'll be the first to know when that item arrives. Not sure if you want to wait and see? Play it safe with a comparable item. We're well-stocked with tons of top brands, and showcase similar in-stock items at the top of every absent product's web page. Choose a competitor model instead. You may even find that it performs better than your original choice.

Consider Other Product Options

Signing up for email alerts will keep shoppers as updated as possible regarding when that perfect gift pick will come back in stock. But if that camera is still nowhere to be found, it might be time to start considering other options. If you've ruled out similar models from other brands that are in stock, consider investing in a higher-priced version that can be both a holiday and birthday present. Another option? Presenting your loved one with accessories for the present that's perfect for them, and promising that they'll be the first to have it once it's back on shelves. The newest PlayStation 5 games and an extra-colorful controller are a great way to invest in your loved one's happiness.
Looking for inspiration for everyone on your winter list? Check out our series of November and December blog posts on top presents for all your loved ones, from home chefs to movie lovers. Alternatively, take a look at our seasonal Gift Catalog’s popular picks. Even if your top choice is out of stock elsewhere, you'll find everything you need at Abt.