These are the six hacks you need to know about to get your Christmas shopping sorted.
Christmas has arrived. It's a time for spending time with your loved ones, eating food until you need to take a nap and having a good holiday break.
And… it's the start of the shopping season. It's time to start stressing about all the gifts you need to purchase for your loved ones, a task that can be daunting at times. Between trying to find a parking spot at the shopping centre, being shoved around in long queues and waiting for presents to be delivered from online orders, Christmas shopping just isn't fun.
Well put your stress to rest as we have performed a Christmas miracle with the hacks to target your Christmas shopping list in no time.
Hack #1: Take advantage of the online sale events
Shopping doesn't always need to be expensive. In November, there are some pretty big shopping events such as Singles Day, Click Frenzy, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. These events always feature huge discounts on a variety of items, so why not be organised and prepare your Christmas shopping before December hits? It may seem too early for some, but trust us, the deals that come around during this time are not a usual occurrence and they could end up saving you money.
Hack #2: Suggest a family and friends Kris Kringle
Many workplaces roll out a Secret Santa/Kris Kringle system so the entire office doesn't have to buy gifts for each person, otherwise it could get very expensive very quickly. Why not follow suit and implement Kris Kringle in your family or group of friends? If you've got a big family or group, it makes sense to use this kind of system so everyone gets something thoughtful and personal. Setting a price limit for gifts helps benchmark the kind of presents everyone will get, no stress with over or under spending on gifts.
Hack #3: Click and collect to avoid waiting for shipping
Online shopping has many perks, but it also has one major downside: shipping times. If you leave it until the last minute, you might find your item won't be delivered in time and nobody wants to sit there at Christmas explaining that their present is 'on its way'. We recommend stores like Target Australia and David Jones. Or, check out our list of stores in Australia that offer a click and collect service.
Hack #4: Safeguard your size
Don't let being unsure of someone's size stop you from buying their gift online – retailers like New Balance and THE ICONIC offer free returns, so you can buy both sizes and return the one you don't want for free! This may sound sneaky but it helps get your Christmas shopping done. Nowadays, most stores offer great size guides so you can take a look at what the person already owns and work it out from there.
Hack #5: Save it for Boxing Day
Christmas is about spending time with your family and friends. Most of us are celebrating the festivities a few days after the December 25, because there is no way you can see everyone in the one day. For those loved ones you are seeing after Christmas Day, play it smart and shop their presents during the Boxing Day sales. Nobody can catch you out being very last minute, so why not take advantage of the discounts on stores like Myer and eBay.
Hack #6: Take advantage of the extended return policy
If you are STILL unsure of how to smash out your Christmas shopping list, bulk buy your presents and then take advantage of the extended return policies that the holiday season blesses us with. That's right, most stores extend their return policy during Christmas until the end of January. This gives you plenty of time to decide what to buy your loved ones, and if they don't like it or if it doesn't fit them, you can return it without a worry. We recommend stores such as Princess Polly, ASOS and THE ICONIC for an extended return policy.
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