Gaming consoles have been a struggle to find for the past year and that’s only going to get worse with the holiday season. The latest generation XBOX consoles, the PS5 and even the Nintendo Switch have been in short supply. Once available, these items sell out fast, so you have to act fast if you want one.
The bad news for the kiddos who have one of these consoles at the top of their list is that they might not get it from Santa this year. They might after to settle for something else or at the very least accept an “IOU.” So, for all the gamers in your family, big and small, good luck and godspeed.
For kids, Christmas is all about the toys. So, when there’s a shortage on toys for the holidays, it’s not a good thing. Sometimes it can already be a struggle to find the hottest toys in demand, and this year that problem has increased exponentially. And no, it’s not like if you miss out on buying it early, you can get it last minute.
This year, if you can’t find the toy now, you may not be able to cross it off your shopping list at all. Many stores are struggling to restock items in high demand and it’s only going to get worse thanks to COVID. Toys like Tonka Trucks, the Magic Mixies Magical Misting Cauldron and the Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar are all selling out or available in backorder, but there’s no guarantee you’ll get them before Christmas.
You’d think that wood is something that’s never really in short supply. Sure deforestation is a problem but it’s a problem because we have all the wood we need and more. That is, until now, as many hardware stores and other suppliers are running in short supply of wood for furniture making and home-building.
Earlier this year, lumber prices had skyrocketed. In May, prices hit an all-time high of $1,686 per thousand board feet, according to NC State. They eventually went down to around $400 but the price was still higher prior to the shortage. As wood burning increases during the holidays, we may see a worse shortage again, but as it stands, good luck making any special furniture pieces for the holidays.
Bicycles became one of the most popular activities during the pandemic. It proved to be an excellent activity you could do with friends while still social distancing. It’s also a great form of exercise and while your gym memberships were paused, cycling was a great alternative for people looking to avoid that lockdown weight gain.
Of course, due to more people buying bikes, while fewer bikes were getting made, this inevitably has caused a shortage on bicycles. Whether you are buying for yourself or for someone else as a gift, you may have to do some shopping around to find that perfect bike. And you may not find it if you don’t look now.
It’s always a good idea to have canned goods in your home. When you are looking for some quick sides for holidays, some simple dinners or ingredients for some hot soup or chili, canned goods have their uses. They are also good to have around in case there’s another lockdown.
Last year, people stocked up on canned goods and they are continuing to do it this year as well. Canned fruits, vegetables, beans, tomato paste and all the usual canned goods are sure to be in low supply. We don’t recommend hoarding, but when you do need these items, be sure to snatch them up.
There’s a shortage on Lunchables, currently. With kids back in school and the hectic holiday season around the corner, parents are looking for some fast snacks they can serve up to their kids, and meals they can stuff in their school lunches. Lunchables aren’t the healthiest snack but they are incredibly convenient.
With Lunchables flying off the shelves, you’ll have to think of some alternatives. You could always back your kid a bologna sandwich or meal prep and make your own Lunchables with perhaps some more nutritious meats. It’s not like you have to send your kid to school with a gourmet meal is all we are saying.
Bottled Water is seeing a pretty significant shortage right now. Costco, the wholesale retailer that sells that stuff in bulk, has been reporting shortages of bottled water. Jugs have also been in short supply as well. This is bad news for offices that stock up on water but there are alternatives for people at home.
If you don’t want to spend more money on bottled water, it might be time to start thinking about investing in a water filter. Filters that can be attached to your faucet like Brita or filters integrated into a pitcher are great options for having cool, clean water at home. There’s also another alternative: it’s called drinking tap. It won’t really kill you.
In 2020, buying toilet paper was a disaster. People would be lining up before stores opened to get to the rolls first. Then they would hoard it. They would hoard toilet paper as if they were never going to leave the house again and for the most part that was why the shortage was so bad.
While not quite as bad as the toilet paper shortage of 2020, there’s a shortage here in 2021. Toilet paper has limited availability on the shelves and some businesses have put a limit on how much you can buy. Nevertheless, you should be able to find toilet paper, it just might not be your preferred brand every time.
There’s a shortage on soda too. Sure, it’s not the best thing in the world for you, but nice cold soda every now and then hits the spot. Like, who wants to drink water with pizza? Gross. And for guests, it’s always good to have soda in the house, particularly around holidays.
Soda has been pricier than normal this year and limited in availability at many stores. While sometimes you can catch a decent deal on multiple 12 packs, the regular cost of a single pack is higher than in previous years, but it really depends on where you buy. Nevertheless, you can see plenty of empty shelves in the soda aisle and that’s usually not a problem.
Bad news for parents: there’s a diaper shortage. You may have started to notice this already, but when it comes to shopping for diapers, the shelves aren’t quite full. A decline in diaper production is going on now thanks to companies facing a shortage of labor. This is not good considering how many babies are out there that need diapers.
Of course, there are alternatives. Some parents use reusable diapers that can be thrown in the washer. This is better for the environment and obviously more cost-effective than buying huge packs of diapers every month. It can also be a faster way to potty train young children since they are more aware when they have soiled themselves.