Information & Advice
Health & Beauty Magazine Online Editor
Published 17th November 2008
Make a list of exactly who you need to buy for. Look in shops and online for inspiration and then be strict about how much you buy, otherwise you’ll end up with more presents than you need and a deep hole in your pocket. Check out Boots’ online gift guide for ideas.
Work out exactly how much you have to spend and then divide that among all the people you need to buy for, allocating an amount to each person. It’ll stop you going over budget. Remember every time you spend on your Adcard you get points you can save up to spend on your Christmas shopping.
Many websites such as Boots.com offer a wishlist option, which allows users to add whatever they fancy to a personal list. Get your friends and family list building, then all you have to do is log on to see what they really want.
If you want to avoid bumping shoulders with every other shopper (and losing your temper in the process), then go shopping on a weekday – preferably in the morning when it’s less crowded. And when you shop online, there’s no travel or parking fees.
Have one credit card specifically for internet shopping and always check your monthly statement against your cards. Choose a site like Boots.com which lets you use PayPal which is a secure form of payment and allows you to pay in through your credit card, bank account or Paypal account.
Shopping online is real time saver, but it’s often too easy to buy – just three clicks and you’ve spent £30 without even thinking. Look out for online promotions, such as ‘3 for 2’ mix-and-match offers at Boots.com.
Be inventive and you’ll be surprised how much fun gift shopping can be. Make your kids feel as important as the Queen by putting their picture on stamps at www.royalmail.com/smilers. Alternatively, make your own personalised A3 Poster Calendar at www.bootsphoto.com.
If your friends and family like to shop in store, then why not give them a Giftcard or if Boots.com is their thing then an eGift voucher is perfect for them. Giftcards can be topped up and spent on again and again and make a great Christmas present. eGift vouchers are available to buy and spend online. Makes finding the perfect so much easier!
Credit cards offer security for more expensive purchases, but taking out a certain amount of cash and not allowing yourself to spend any more than that will ensure you don’t bust your budget while out shopping.
Always keep receipts just in case there is a problem with the goods and they need to be returned, or your Grandma doesn’t like her new smellies…
Written by Wendy Golledge
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