Online shopping this Christmas

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Published: Tuesday 22nd November 2016 by Rich Sutherland

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Many of us can’t stand the hustle and bustle of the high street in December. The long queues, the frantic scramble for last-minute presents, and don’t even mention the cheesy pop songs blaring from speakers.

So why not try shopping from the comfort of your own home this Christmas?

There are plenty of supermarkets that will deliver the turkey straight to your door, and lots of independent retailers stock unique gifts and decorations. You can have it all at just a click of a button when you shop online.

Food

Whichever your favourite may be, Christmas adverts have been popping up all over the place during the last few weeks. Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencer, Asda and many more supermarkets provide an online delivery service, so have a browse on your computer or mobile to see what they have on offer.

Shopping online for food means that you’ll not only avoid the long queues and the fight for the best bird, but all your treats will be delivered fresh to your doorstep.

If you’re not entirely convinced, plenty of stores also offer a click and collect option: simply select what you need to fill your family’s tummies, and the staff will pick it and pack it, ready for you to collect at the storefront.

Gifts

Trying to find the perfect gift for that special someone can prove tricky, especially if they are the kind of person who already has everything.

This is where smaller retailers come in. There are so many handmade and unique items to be found on the internet, many of which you never even knew existed.

Check out I Want One Of Those or Not On The High Street, plus the vast array of artisans on Etsy.

Meanwhile, larger outlets like Amazon have amazing deals on all sorts of presents in the run-up to the big day.

Decorations

Again, the more boutique online stores sell some excellent festive decorations. Shop on sites like Etsy and eBay to add a vintage or handmade vibe to the tree. Meanwhile, plenty of well-known retailers such as Argos, Tesco Direct and Clas Ohlsen deliver decorations for an affordable price.

Alternatively, head to Pines and Needles or Christmas Tree Land to select a real fir tree, and have it brought to your door just in time for Santa.

Christmas cards

Wishing someone good tidings is even better when done via a personalised card. Online card shops such as Moonpig and Funky Pigeon allow you to create your own designs, with photos, captions and names of your choice. The best part is that these sites send them straight out to the recipient, saving you a stamp and a trip to the postbox.

Why not save the paper altogether and send an eCard? You won’t have to sit for hours writing out messages, you can just send a fun electronic message to all your friends, family and coworkers.

Facebook Marketplace

A new feature has just been added to the popular social networking site. Facebook Marketplace allows users to buy, sell and trade items in their local area.

Some of the things people list are brand new, perfect for saving a few quid on a really nice present for someone special.

Plus, you can use the site to sell on unwanted gifts after the big day – just make sure your auntie doesn’t see that you’re exchanging the lovely jumper she knitted you.

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Published: Tuesday 22nd November 2016 by Rich Sutherland

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