Christmas shopping - when where and how?
Posted by: Caféstudy
17th Apr 2014 12:12pm
We wanted to know how, when and where you do your Christmas shopping! Do you plan ahead, or are you rushing around the local shopping centre in a panic on Christmas Eve? And are you buying online or do you like to see what you are buying in the flesh?
From what you told us, Christmas shoppers are split between those who plan and buy carefully throughout the year, and those who save it all up until December. And then there are those of you that try to plan, but invariably end up buying everything at the last minute. Molly says “We try to buy or make gifts throughout the year, but we often still wind up with a mad rush in the week leading up to Christmas!”
Many of you are indeed moving online to get your Christmas shopping done. As well as avoiding the crowds, online shopping, according to kimmaree84, “allows me to get exactly what people want, and it allows me to compare prices easily without having to go to a number of different stores to do so.” And for those of you living in rural areas, online shopping often gives you access to a wider choice than local shopping options too.
Some of you have the opportunity to wait until the Christmas sales to buy gifts; particularly if you are buying for family or friends who you aren’t seeing until after Christmas, it makes sense to take advantage of the sales if you can. Other organised folk are using the post-Christmas sales to buy next year’s gifts.
Whatever your choice, it is clear that cost is top of mind for everybody. Advance planners save by spreading the cost throughout the year, and picking up bargains when they see them. Online shoppers search around for the best deals with the added advantage of avoiding the crowds. However good intentions only go so far, as the temptation gets too much for some. Jess312 says “usually buy Christmas presents a week before Christmas or a few days before because in our family, we always say that we’re not doing presents this year until one person accidentally buys them. And then everyone does last minute shopping!”
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