Easy Christmas shopping hacks 2021
Do you want to stay organised this holiday season and save money? These are the Christmas shopping hacks you need to know.
Updated . What changed?
We’re reader-supported and may be paid when you visit links to partner sites. We don’t compare all products in the market, but we’re working on it!
The holiday season is upon us, so it's time to catch up with loved ones, eat delicious food and enjoy the Christmas break.
It's also the start of the shopping season. There's nothing worse than having to stress about all the Christmas 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 isn't always smooth sailing.
Here at Finder, we've rounded up a number of shopping hacks that will help get you through the holiday season.
Hack #1: Take advantage of the online sale events
November brings with it some pretty epic sale events that you need to take advantage of. The list includes Singles' Day, Click Frenzy, and of course, the iconic Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Don't forget to bookmark these pages so you can see all the deals in one place.
These shopping 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 will end up saving you money!
Hack #2: Suggest a family and friends Kris Kringle
A Secret Santa/Kris Kringle system is common practice in workplaces as it means you don't have to buy gifts for each and every person. So 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.
We recommend setting a price limit for gifts as it provides a good benchmark and ensures people aren't over spending.
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. There's nothing worse than having to explain to someone that their Christmas present is on the way.
An easy way to combat this is by shopping at stores that offer click and collect. You can 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 25 December 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. Bookmark our Boxing Day deals hub to see all the amazing offers in one place!
Hack #6: Take advantage of the extended returns 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 returns policies that the holiday season blesses us with. That's right, most stores extend their returns 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.
Deals and discounts you need to see
Popular AU Top Merchant Shopping Deals coupon codes
|Last checked||Code description||Code|
|25 Jan 2021||$10 off when you spend $50||SPE****|
|25 Jan 2021||Free Hydra-plumping lip balm, on spending min. $90 on makeup||SIL****|
|25 Jan 2021||Up to $20 off your orders||SPE****|
|25 Jan 2021||Extra 20% off sale items||SAV****|
|25 Jan 2021||20% off Dell tech products||PDL****|
More guides on Finder
Finder Daily Deals: The 5 best online deals in Australia today
Today's best Finder Daily deals include: 50% off car essentials at Catch, half-price meat thermometers, eBay Plus tech sale.
Christmas comedown: 1 in 4 Aussies worried about housing costs
One in four (25%) Australians are worried about how they will pay the rent or mortgage after Christmas, according to new research by Finder, Australia’s most visited comparison site. Find out how the Finder App can help save you money in 2021.
Things to do on Boxing Day in Melbourne 2021
Go out for brunch, hit the beach, cruise the waterways and more. Here's what to get up to on Boxing Day in Melbourne.
Shopping around the Christmas tree: 14 million Aussies to splurge this Boxing Day
Millions of Australians will be looking to nab themselves a bargain during the post-Christmas sales, according to new research by Finder, Australia’s most visited comparison site.
Deck the aisles: Australians set to spend $5.8 billion on food this Christmas
The traditional Christmas dinner could make a much bigger dent in your wallet this year depending on which supermarket you shop at, according to Finder
Killer Christmas deal: Up to 39% off Nintendo Switch games
Grab a bargain this holiday season with reduced prices on Animal Crossing, The Legend of Zelda and more.
Till bells ringing: Australians set to spend $17 billion this Christmas
The pandemic may have changed the way we celebrate this year, but it hasn’t put a dampener on Christmas spending according to new research by Finder, Australia’s most visited comparison site
Australia’s Christmas spending statistics 2020
Despite the impact of the pandemic, Finder research shows that Australians are planning to spend $17.3 billion this Christmas. Find out what we'll be buying, and how much we're expected to spend per person.
Christmas countdown: 14 million Australians already preparing for silly season
With the pandemic leaving many watching their money, Finder reveals the top 10 ways consumers are saving money this Christmas.
The most popular toys for Christmas 2020 have just been revealed
According to eBay, your kids are going to want these toys under their Christmas tree.
Ask an Expert