The best last minute Christmas presents!
With Christmas right around the corner, we take a look at how to avoid picking up a last minute, panic buy present rip-off.
It’s the afternoon of Christmas Eve and you’re out on the icy high street desperately hunting for those last two presents that you’ve meaning to get since November! Long queues, angry shoppers and staff that really want to get home – we’ve all been there and it’s not nice.
But last minute shopping is still no excuse for wasting money. So if you've left it late, and don't fancy traipsing around the high street, what gifts should you go for?
Sites like Groupola, Groupon, Wowcher and Living Social offer cut price flash deals on everything from spa and beauty treatments to off-road driving lessons that take place in your local town or city.
There’s usually between 50-90% off the high street price – and all you do to buy the product is pay over the internet, print off the voucher and give it to your friend or family member for them to redeem.
Subscriptions to magazines, clubs or online services are another great way of picking up a last minute gift without leaving your front room.
Spotify offers giftcards that allow you to give away an unlimited, premium subscription to the music streaming service for one, three, six or 12 months.
LOVEFiLM.com also offers gift subscriptions that can be sent by e-card or printed off – these allow the person to have rental films delivered by post or streamed direct to their computer or PS3.
Make your own gift!
Homemade gifts are a great way of quickly and cheaply knocking up a present! They can also show that you’ve really thought about the present and not just gone down the shops and bought any old tat!
Read How to make successful homemade Christmas presents for some inspiration.
It may sound a bit soppy, but if you’re a bit light on cash you could always give a promise as a present! For example, promise to babysit 10 times in the next year, or do the washing up every week or even look after the dog one weekend! It could end up saving your friend or family member a tidy sum in the New Year.
Make sure you send a signed card to go with your promise so the deal is all in writing though.
Let’s be realistic, charity gifts aren’t suitable for everyone – chances are your eight year old nephew isn’t going to see the value in getting a gift donation, but some people may.
Oxfam offer a range of Christmas charity gifts including donating a goat to a family overseas, teaching a teacher, planting an allotment or feeding a family.
You can find a full list of charitable presents at charity-gifts.org.
Frugal high street gifts
If you really have to head out onto the high street this Christmas Eve then you can still make sure you don’t panic buy an over-priced item. Take a look at our Frugal Friday blog for some bargain Christmas gift ideas for men, women, kids, parents, grandparents and the most difficult people to buy for of them all – the in-laws!
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