There's no doubt that 2021 was an interesting year. From natural disasters to political turmoil, there was no shortage of newsworthy events. As we move into 2022, it looks like things are only going to get more interesting. So what can we expect in the coming year? Here's a look at some of the biggest trends to watch for in our Christmas World

Supply is probably going to be one of the biggest factors- with China locking down parts of its manufacturing base everything is on the go slow- even processing of goods that are already manufactured is slow on Chinese warves.  What does this mean- well the reality is that we simply are not going to get the volume of product we normally do.  Anyone purchasing a new car is experiencing a wait time of months - and Christmas products is amongst this backlog.

If there was ever a year for getting in early- this is it.  Pre orders will become a way of life on some products- and whether it is Santas place- or any Christmas store- we anticipate lots of empty shelves just prior to Christmas.

None of this is about panic- its simply a case that if you see something you like - and its in store- its best to probably get it when you are able too- rather than wait to the last minute- the last minute will not see much in the way of stock availability .

Freight is another massive factor - the days of $5.00 postage are long gone- even the easiest destinations are in the 10's of dollars.  This just means that you need to look closely at 'Free Freight' deals as in most cases up to $20.00 is loaded into the product price online to cater for freight- in some cases we know we simply won't be able to transport product due to freight cost- on a recent 1.8 meter boxed Santa freight was quoted at 380.00 for a $295.00 product - so refunds from stores like ours with apologetic- sorry its click and collect only- will become more common

 

The great news- The world of glitter lanterns is expanding to some mind blowing new designs- and the GRINCH has become a Christmas favourite and we will see lots of him this year- There will be a great range of new designs and new products- and we hope to tantalise you all with them. - and ill give heads up in future posts

 

so the summary

 

shop for today

freight might be a little more expensive

Its going to be a great year

 

xxx Santas place