ARGH! Still Haven’t Bought All Your Christmas Gifts? Here’s Exactly What You Need To Do

You've left all your Christmas shopping to the very last minute again. Don't panic! Professional shopper Laura Mullett shares her tips for gift-shopping success.

Christmas Shopping

It’s two days before Christmas and there’s a considerable amount of gifts on your Christmas list that still need to be purchased. Argh! All you can do now is panic, right? Nope, professional shopper Laura Mullett says there is still time.

In fact, Laura ‘fesses that she always leaves her xmas shopping to the very last minute. “Since I was little I’ve always done my Christmas shopping on Christmas eve and I’ve always got everything done just on time,” she tells us.

So how’s it done?

“What you need to do is prioritise before you flash the cash,” says Laura. “If it’s some stocking fillers you’re seeking think of the likes of Boots Pharmacies where there are great deals like three for one on products and offers for both ladies and gents.”

Next, “finalise and cross check your list,” suggests Laura, “but don’t leave yourself under pressure in terms of spending ahead of the festivities.” If budget is your main worry, “go thoughtful with fun gag gifts from Euro Stores and Penneys to pad out your presents,” suggest Laura. “Things like comfy festive onesies and fluffy socks are much appreciated for those coveted couch days too.”

If you’re still stuck, Laura says a gift card is a really savvy purchase because it gives wiggle room for the recipient to use it exactly as they please. “It can be used as a debit card for food, attire and miscellaneous bits and bobs so it ticks a lot of boxes and is literally a crowd pleaser,” she explains.

“One thing I will say though, is that presentation is key, so put the gift card with a bottle of wine wrapped in a bow, in a festive tea mug with crepe paper or in a card with a nice box of chocolates as a classy touch.”

A little bit of regifting never hurt nobody!

If you really can’t deal with the crowds “reputable online shops can deliver right up to Christmas and you can directly post the gift in question to the giftee.” says Laura. “There is great value to be had and with parcel tracking you have peace of mind that it all arrives in the nick of time.”

The main thing to remember? “A little bit of regifting never hurt nobody! There I said it,” says Laura. “Obviously, buy something special for your nearest and dearest, but those prettily presented Butlers chocolates or costume jewelry that may not be your style are great gifts for everyone else. We attach sentiment to things gifted to us by special people but for presents we receive in passing it’s smart to recycle if you don’t want it.”