The rising COVID-19 cases across the country will change how we act during the holidays. Shopping for gifts will certainly be affected. Without a doubt, online shopping is safer. But small businesses have been hammered during this pandemic. You can support them and still stay as safe as possible. Try shopping on days and times when the stores might not be crowded, like weekday mornings or afternoons. Browse for gifts online and only go to the stores when you know exactly what you need. Get in and get out as quickly as you can. And as always, wear a mask in the stores and around groups of people.