Online Christmas shoppers are warned to get their orders in early

SHOPPERS have been warned to get their Christmas present orders in early when buying online as concerns about supply chain pressures build.

Brits have been facing gaps on supermarket shelves and shortages on big brand toys and festive food this year as the HGV crisis continues to cause havoc for retailers.

Last-minute Christmas shoppers might want to reconsider and buy presents early[/caption]

Shoppers have been warned that toys including Christmas elves toys, Paw Patrol and Barbie figures are among those likely to be in short supply.

While a worldwide paper shortage meant customers were told to buy books early or risk not being able to give them as Christmas presents.

Shortages have been fuelled by a crippling shortage of HGV drivers.

Experts estimate that the nation faces a huge shortfall of 100,000 drivers – meaning not enough deliveries of food, presents and more are being made to meet demand.

Now online shoppers have been warned not to leave buying their presents at the last minute – otherwise they might not arrive in time for the big day.

ParcelHero head of research David Jinks told the Daily Mail that more customers will be ordering online and sending gifts, but added that a “further surge in orders may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back”.

He joins the list of other retailers who have warned Brits to shop for presents now.

Robert Gliddon, owner of Gliddons Toy Shop in ­Sidmouth, Devon, previously urged shoppers to “buy now”.

But others warned the risk of fuelling the crisis further could happen if families race to stock up on presents.

Tory chairman Oliver Dowden said that there’s no need to rush out to the shops as ministers pleaded with Brits to shop normally and to avoid panic-buying Christmas goodies.

The PM has warned that food shortages could last until Christmas as the crisis continues.

While supermarkets are prioritising Christmas goods over other basic supplies as Brits rush to buy festive staples.

Tesco has warned Christmas panic buying could be worse than the first lockdown due to shortages.

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