NEW YORK (CBSNew York) – Holiday shopping has an added sense of urgency this year with ongoing container ship backups impacting the supply chain, but there are a few gift ideas that are guaranteed to arrive under your tree before it’s too late.
Ron Menin is getting ready for the holiday season. As he fills his shelves and packs his bottles, the New York native who owns Hell’s Kitchen Hot Sauce knows business could be different this year.
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âThere have been issues with, like, the supply chain,â he said.
But that problem gives Menen and some of the 170 other small store owners at Bank of America Winter Village in Bryant Park an edge, as many of them don’t have to depend on goods from overseas.
This is one of the reasons why experts say shoppers should look local.
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âI make everything myself, 60 to 80 micro-batches of crates in an FDA-approved commercial kitchen in Queens,â Menin told Cory James of CBS2.
Carolyn Butler, located a few stores away, has a similar situation.
âNo supply chain issues here,â she said.
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She owns Borobabi, a children’s and women’s clothing store that makes local organic products.
âWe make our own sweaters here in New York. The fiber therefore comes from alpaca wool from the state of New York. We spin it in Pennsylvania, then we knit it here in Brooklyn, âshe said.
While most mom-and-pop stores are in a more favorable sourcing position than big box retailers, small business expert Jennifer Ortakales Dawkins says shoppers can capitalize on alternative gifts sold at pretty much anywhere.
âTry some food items, you know, little items like jellies and honeys,â she said. “Candles, things like that that are made locally.”
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Some of these articles can be found online. For example, Etsy has over 4.7 million listings available in its marketplace that can be shipped from the tri-state area, and that’s just one site.
âA lot of merchants are also on Instagram and you can send them DMs. A lot of vintage sellers, for example, are also on Instagram, so yes, there are a lot of other options, âsaid Maxine Builder, editor of The Strategist. “And it’s also a great way for the consumer to ensure that the gift they buy will be in their hands in time for Christmas.”
Experts say if you haven’t started shopping yet, you should do so now. This year, many big box retailers are starting Black Friday deals early.
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Remember to check price comparison apps and stay away from third party sites where the costs are usually higher.