Friday, 1st December

Six Last-Minute Christmas Shopping Hacks

The festive season is almost in full swing. You’ve found the perfect outfit for the office party and you can practically taste that Cranberry Ginger Mule cocktail. The trouble is, you haven’t *quite* finished your gift shopping. Okay, you haven’t even started it, have you?

Worry not.

While we can’t take away the stress of spending the big day with your extended family, we can make sure that any last-minute shopping is a ho, ho, whole lot easier.

Here are six genius shopping hacks to put on top of your Christmas wish list.


Skip the trip

Forget the high street. Shop online and have everything delivered. There’s no need to worry about spoiling the surprise if your significant other opens the door to the postman. One-day delivery to the Amazon Locker of your choice is just £1.99 per item. That’s cheaper and easier than finding a parking space in town.

Make it personal

There are plenty of websites that let you design your own...whatever! Turn your dad’s favourite movie poster into a T-shirt. Upload your girlfriend’s best Instagram photo onto an iPhone case. You can even personalise a hot water bottle for your granny.

Or get a personal shopper

High-end department stores often have a personal shopping service. Simply write a list of the gifts you need and relax while a consultant uses their in-depth store knowledge to put together a carefully selected basket of products.

Find a pharmacy

Every local chemist is a treasure trove of stocking fillers and smelly gifts for all ages. From perfumes and aftershaves to hair accessories, nail varnish, grooming kits and jewellery. Put together a collection of small gifts into a fancy bag and hey presto – you’ve got yourself a gift hamper!

Book it

If you’ve really left it too late to shop, reserve a table in their favourite restaurant, book a spa treatment or order tickets to a concert or venue. Then all you have to do is write a Christmas card with details of your experience gift inside.

Give them an overnight recharge

And finally, a great night’s sleep is top of every adult’s wish list, whatever their age. So why not treat your loved ones to a bottle of Benenox? Just 15ml half an hour before bedtime will give them a totally refreshing overnight recharge – and that’s a gift that’s priceless.


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