A festive season like no other

Although here in Jersey lockdown restrictions have yet to be imposed, there’s no doubt that many of us will be experiencing Christmas differently than we ever have before. From not being able to visit family in other regions to the added complexities around Christmas shopping, there are likely to be quite a few changes.

Here are a couple of tips to help you get the most out of your festive season this year:

Start early

Social distancing measures are still in place around Jersey and retail establishments have made changes to how they are set up and staffed. Though these measures have been in place for some time, they will impact the festive season. During this time many businesses are used to increasing the number of staff on hand to manage increased demand. This may not be possible for all stores due to safety procedures. To avoid the effects of this on purchasing presents and decorations for this holiday season, it might be worth starting early. The less you leave to the last minute, the less you will find yourself impacted by these changes.

Buy local or independent

Businesses across the country have been heavily impacted by the pandemic this year. Even here, where we have been better able to manage post-lockdown life, some companies are still struggling. For those that are able, this year marks an opportunity to really make a difference with your spending. By supporting local or independent businesses with your Christmas shopping this year, you could not only be helping business owners stay afloat, but also helping to ensure that businesses you love and care about are still able to have a presence on our high streets. Digital Jersey has compiled a great listing page of different Jersey-based businesses that you can support from the comfort and safety of your own home.

Virtual experiences

Buying the right present for friends and family is often a complicated prospect. Adding in the additional pressure of unknown upcoming restrictions, purchasing can feel overwhelming. One easy way to avoid the stress of not knowing how suitable your present will be in the future is to consider virtual experiences. Increasingly, people are excited about experiences as gifts rather than material goods. Of course, these days it can be hard to know what will be an option going forward. That’s where virtual experiences come in. They’re a great way to treat your loved ones to something like a wine tasting or cooking class without risking them being unable to use it.

Tips for gatherings

At the time of writing, groups are still allowed to gather, though that may change if infection rates rise. Our biggest advice for celebratory gatherings is to follow government advice. Beyond that, we recognise that many of you will be looking for ways to celebrate with your family. For this, video calling software like Zoom or Facetime will be helpful. There are also a wide variety of virtual party apps that can add an element of fun and togetherness, even if you have to stay socially distant. Read more about those here: Virtual Parties.

Although Christmas may be a different celebration than we are used to, we are sure that acting consciously and compassionately will ensure that we still have a festive season filled with good tidings. During this time, we at Advisa want to remind you that we are here for you and are available should you have any questions or concerns about your financial future.