As brands begin rolling out their gift guides (us included – peep ABLE Gift Guides here) and start peppering red and green dashes of cheer into their content, we wanted to check in and see how you’re doing. Are you ready for the holiday season? Have you thought about it yet? Don’t worry, we’ve got you.
As much as we agree that Thanksgiving deserves its rightful place on the calendar, and we will absolutely pause for pie and gratitude, the reality of 2021 is that we have to plan ahead – and we’re here to help. If you’re wanting to give thoughtful gifts this year, here are our best pro-tips for holiday shopping.
Plan ahead, and be flexible.
Our best tip this season is to plan ahead. Don’t wait until after Thanksgiving or, heaven forbid, Christmas Eve to think about what you’ll gift. Make a plan and leave room for flexibility, for shipping delays, and for grace (for yourself and the people you come into contact with). Last-minute decision making and shopping will only lead to frustration, stress, and panic. At this point, you still have time – use it!
At ABLE, we’re planning ahead by putting intentional systems in place to ensure that you know exactly what to expect when you shop ABLE this holiday season. If you have any questions about products or gift suggestions, you can schedule a FREE virtual styling session with our stylist, Tinsley. As always, our customer service team is ready to help.
Supply chain woes don’t just mean your order might take longer than usual to arrive on your doorstep. It also means that what’s in stock might not be restocked. If you’re one of those people who likes to give a tangible gift, don’t hesitate to buy what’s available. No one loves an impulse buy, which is why we suggest planning ahead. Know what you’re looking for and be ready to pull the trigger on that checkout page ASAP.
Stop by your local specialty shops and pick up what you need while also supporting your own community. Shopping online was once the easiest, quickest, and most seamless way to shop. But if we’ve learned anything in the past couple years, it’s that slowing down and supporting each other creates a more meaningful impact. You’ll feel good, the person receiving the gift will feel good, and that local business will get to continue on to the next calendar year. Plus, you never know, you might just make a new friend.
If you’re in Nashville, whether you’re local or just visiting, we would love to see you stop in to our Flagship location.
In the past couple years, we’ve seen a global shift in what it looks like to make sacrifices in an effort to better love and protect our neighbors. This holiday season, let’s keep it going and purchase gifts that aren’t just thoughtful toward the recipient but are also considerate of the makers. Where you spend your money isn’t just about what you receive, it’s about what you give when you hand over your credit card. This year, as you plan ahead, do some research and plan to shop ethically.
A shameless plug, but it would be a miss to not tell you about our gift guides, about the women and communities your purchase impacts, about how you have the opportunity to Gift It Forward when you shop ABLE.
Our gift guides are thoughtfully curated by our stylist, Tinsley. Whether you’re shopping for a friend, teacher, dog-walker, parent, significant other, or even yourself – we have just the thing. Shop ABLE Gift Guides.
Every ABLE purchase contributes to the economic empowerment of women. Through our own in-house jewelry studio and our partnerships with vendors across the globe who share the same mission, we are Moving Fashion Forward through the products we create, empowering the women who make them, and partnering with people who want to make a meaningful impact.
"When I came to ABLE, I literally had never made jewelry before. Now I can make almost every piece. I learn something new every day and have the opportunity to grow!"– Jessica, ABLE Jeweler
“Your purchase does make a difference. For real. We hear a lot of slogans that many businesses use. I’m not sure all of them are true, but with you, I am a witness. [At Fayda,] women get training, a job that pays well, and she’ll be able to support herself. I’ve seen a shy woman, a woman who’s not that confident, change into a woman who is proud and confident.” – Furtuna, Owner of Fayda in Fashion, a leather vendor partner in Ethiopia
No matter where you find yourself this holiday season, we hope it is the most simple, joyful, and meaningful celebration!