Effects of the pandemic on Christmas shopping

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ENCINITAS, Calif. (KGTV) – The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way society operates, and in 2020 many people turned to online shopping for Christmas gifts.

For some, this trend has come to stay.

“Most of it was online because in my experience there aren’t a lot of goods in stores,” said Jennifer Jones.

Still, people haven’t completely given up on in-store shopping. Lyn Zanders says she also likes to do small and local shopping.

“That’s why I’m here in downtown Encinitas … little shops that go in and out. No crowds, ”said Zanders.

As shoppers search the shelves for the perfect gift, retailers hope they have enough in stock. Dana Gagnon is the owner of Hart and Honey, a home interior store that opened last week.

Gagbib says she is still waiting for half of her inventory due to shipping issues.

“It was just a whirlwind. Lots of pedestrian traffic,” said Gagnon.

“I just hope that everything comes on time and as I need it.”

Gagnon also says she heard other companies were stocking up in preparation for the disruption.

Despite the delay and the new omicron variant, Gagnon is confident that this holiday season will be good for business.

“Everyone’s out, you know, and shopping and just exploring and I’m very optimistic.”


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