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Christmas has arrived and 'tis the season to be completely overwhelmed by the amount of shopping you still have to do! Hands up who else hasn't started? Be honest!

Between trying to find a parking spot and being shoved and pushed down aisles in an attempt to find these elusive gifts, we have all been asking ourselves, 'surely, there must be an easier way?' Well, the shopping team at are here to perform a Christmas miracle with our definitive list of Christmas shopping hacks.

Hack #1: Compare and buy online

Shopping online gives you access to countless stores in the space of a minute, allowing you to easily compare prices for the same item and you can even do it in your pyjamas! Once you find the item you want, google the name of the product and see which other stores sell it - you might be able to get a better price somewhere else, especially if they have sales on. Online stores often have more competitive discounts than bricks-and-mortar retail stores. With online shopping you've got; stores that never close that ease the purchase of last minute gifts; the convenience of delivery; and the choice of coupon codes. Who could ask for more?

Hack #2: Wish upon a wish list

Chances are, your intended gift-recipient will have a wish list somewhere. Maybe on THE ICONIC or ASOS or Missguided. Trust us, if they've used one of these sites before they won't have been able to resist adding a few items here and there, and it'll make your job a million times easier! All you have to do is open their saved items/wish list and pick what you want to buy. Not only will you seem like a mind reader, but you're probably getting a great deal by shopping online as well!

Hack #3: Click and collect to avoid shipping times

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'. To avoid this, stores like David Jones offer a click and collect service. Buy online and collect it at the store of your choice during store opening hours, so you know for sure that it's definitely going to get to you in time.

Hack #4: Safeguard your size

Don't let being unsure of someone's size stop you from buying their gift online – retailers like ASOS and THE ICONIC offer free returns, so you can buy both sizes and return the one you don't want for free! Our advice? Try and find out their size from similar items that they already own, so you've got a better chance of picking the right one. Stores like ASOS can help you decide on a size if you know their rough height and weight.

Hack #5: 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 from underspending on your boss's gift.

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