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.

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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.

We recommend stores such as Princess Polly, ASOS and THE ICONIC for an extended returns policy.


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