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Holiday Gifts Buying Guide: How To Shop in 2022

This year's holiday shopping season promises to be just as tumultuous as the last. Learn how to find presents just in time for gifting (wherever your loved ones may be) with tips from our team.
How To Shop in 2021

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 things are a little different this year—again. And not exactly in the same way as 2021. This time around, finding those must-have holiday gifts might be a tougher puzzle to navigate, all thanks to worldwide inflation some attribute to previous chip shortages and pandemic-related economics. There's little that inflation hasn't touched, from gas prices to groceries and beyond. But at Abt, we're here to help you beat 2022's biggest holiday enemy: inflation. With help from our low price guarantee and free nationwide shipping, you'll be able to pick out the latest video game consoles, 4K TVs, toys and more and know 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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The best way to shop for holidays in 2022 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 enough. 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

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.

1. Shop Now & Take Advantage of Our Price Matching

2022 has had a measure of leftover shipping delays left behind from the previous year. 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. Keep the best of both worlds by taking advantage of Abt's holiday 60-day price match guarantee (extended from our normal 30-day guarantee). This year for the holidays we're doing an extended buy and return period that runs from November 15, 2022 through January 15, 2023. That means if you buy today, you are covered for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Buy today with peace of mind that if you see a product for less that weekend (even in our own store) we will match 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.

2. 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 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.

3. 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:

Order By Type Of Shipping
December 1 APO FPO Military Address
December 11 LTL Freight Shipping
December 19 West Coast Standard Shipping (Order by 4 p.m. CST)
December 20 East Coast Standard Shipping (Order by 4 p.m. CST)
December 19 Three-Day Shipping (Order by 4 p.m. CST)
December 21 Two-Day Shipping (Order by 4 p.m. CST)
December 22 Standard Shipping Midwest (Local Delivery) (Order by 4 p.m. CST)
December 22 Next Day Air (Order by 4 p.m. CST)
December 23 Same Day Local Delivery Chicagoland (Order by 1 p.m. CST)
December 24 Buy Online Pick Up In Store (Order by 4 p.m. CST)

4. 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.

5. Consider Other Product Options

Signing up for email alerts will keep users 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 hottest new 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.

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