With Christmas right around the corner, we take a look at how to avoid picking up a last minute, panic buy present rip-off.
If you've left it late, and don't fancy traipsing around the high street, what gifts should you go for?
There’s usually money off the high street price – and all you have to do is buy online, print off the voucher and give it to your friend or family member for them to redeem.
However, do a little research to ensure that the deal on offer is actually as good as it seems. As Neil Faulkner has pointed out, group-buying websites don't always save you money.
Subscriptions to magazines, newspapers, clubs or online services are another great way of picking up a last minute gift without leaving your front room.
Most major magazine and newspaper titles offer subscriptions online which offer the choice of getting physical copies or digital editions or both for sixth months to a year. You can find deals on sites like isubscribe.co.uk or greatmagazines.co.uk.
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 it 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 offers a range of Christmas charity gifts including donating a goat to a family overseas, helping with a child's education or feeding a family.
You can also give your loved one a voucher for a site like lendwithcare.org, which allows you to lend ethically to entrepreneurs in developing countries.
You can find a full list of charitable presents at charity-gifts.org.
This is a loveMONEY classic article which has been updated
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