Confession of a Disorganised Shoppper

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Posted on: 21 November 2014 by Rebecca Miller

My Christmas shopping used involve me running like a lunatic around John Lewis on 22nd December. Sound familiar? Have a look at what I've learned:

If you’re anything like me, come mid-November you’ll find yourself running around your local high street looking for a suitable present for everyone from your grandson to your great-aunt. Socks have been a hot favourite of mine, while perfume – whether it’s the brand the lucky recipient uses or not- comes a close second.

Recently however, I’ve discovered that a little bit of insider knowledge means that I don’t need to get shopping in done in the summer sales (way too early!) to discover the best deals. Here are a few of my secrets. Don’t tell anyone!

Shop in unusual places

Interestingly, come the end of October you may find your local garden or pet centre transforms into a stunning Santa’s grotto. Instead of indulging in the mulled wine that will inevitably become available in the centre café, check out the range of gorgeous wooden toys they will have on offer.

Outdoors, garden or pet specialists can also include their festive offerings on their websites. This way you can pick up a bargain, you wouldn’t find elsewhere and still beat the rush. A cracking example is this wooden balance bike, from Aquatix-2u.

Fabric shops also seem to buy in household knick-knacks, gifts and jewellery at this time of year. While Oxfam’s range of new goods, wrapping paper and cards look much more expensive than they actually are.

Shop in bulk

Don’t underestimate how much you can do in an hour. You can actually get a lot of shopping done with your weekly food run. Supermarkets now have vast toy and home sections where you can fill your trolley with gifts as well as groceries. Also Boots’ three for two offer is great way to shop for friends and relatives with vastly different interests in one fell swoop.

Last year, I picked up toiletries for my mother, a spice set for a friend and a puzzle for her baby daughter without breaking sweat. If you feel guilty about getting presents for free you can always treat yourself or sort out your secret Santa.

Shop online

The weather this year has been far too miserable to hit the high street, so online shopping may be the best option. This is ideal for those with little to no time on their hands, as you can shop out of ours, in your pyjamas, and even select the gift-wrapping option so your presents will arrive as if brought by Father Christmas.

With the interne, the world is your oyster for unusual gifts, check out for something unique and personalised. Just make sure you use sites which guarantee delivery by a certain date, especially if you’ve left it very late.

Getting creative with where to buy your Christmas presents can be surprisingly satisfying. However you get your shopping done the year, make sure you have a happy and stress-free Christmas.

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