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Easy Christmas shopping hacks

Top shopping hacks from finder.com.au

Christmas has arrived and 'tis the season to be completely overwhelmed by the amount of shopping you still have to do. finder.com.au is here to help with our list of shopping hacks to ease the stress.

Christmas shopping has become an increasingly frustrating experience for all Australians. And its only getting worse - according to the RBA, in 2012 Australians spent over $23 billion on their credit cards in the peak December Christmas shopping period. The $713 million increase from the previous year's spend shows the growing number of people we have to deal with when trying to get our own presents. 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?'

The team here at finder.com.au is here to perform a Christmas miracle with our definitive list of Christmas shopping hacks.

Hack #1: Compare and buy online

Shopping online allows you to easily compare prices of the same item at different stores. Once you find something you like, you can simply google the name of the item to see all the store that sell it and which will give you the best price. Online stores often have more competitive discounts than bricks-and-mortar retail stores.

30 percent of Australia's Christmas shopping is expected to be online. There are a lot of benefits to online shopping; stores that never close that ease the purchase of last minute gifts; the convenience of delivery; and the choice of coupon codes, which are plentiful and easy to come by.

Hack #2: Wish upon a wish list

Chances are, your intended gift-recipient will have a wishlist somewhere. Maybe on THE ICONIC or ASOS or Missguided - Content. All you have to do is open their saved items/wishlist and pick what you want to buy.

Hack #3: Click and collect top 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. 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.

Hack #4: Safeguard your size

Don't let being unsure of someone's size stop you from buying their gift online –  retailer like ASOS and THE ICONIC offer free returns. So you can buy both sizes and return the one you don't want for free!

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. Why not follow suit and implement Kris Kringle in your family or group of friends? Setting a price limit for gifts helps benchmark the kind of presents everyone will give and receive— no stress from underspending on your boss's gift.


Top picks for Christmas gift ideas in 2016

Square White Marble Coasters (Set of 4)
Temple & Webster
Game Of Thrones Colouring Book
ASOS
"Kloss" ChattyFeet Novelty Socks
THE ICONIC
Bbq Branding Iron
Cotton On
Grainy Leather Small Men's Wallet
Mon Purse
Two of a Kind Mine/Yours DOF Pair
David Jones
Grainy Leather Pouch
Mon Purse
Gentlemen's Hardware Mega Multi-Tool
Yellow Octopus
Novelty Pillow Cases set of 2
Cotton On

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Matt Corke

Matt is a publisher and editor of personal finance content at finder.com.au. He is committed to genuinely helping consumers find a better deal from their financial institution.

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