Christmas Shopping Dilemmas Buying for Children - 2008

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Christmas Shopping Dilemmas: Buying for Children - 2008

Lucie Tobin

Lucie Tobin

Health & Beauty Magazine Online Editor

Published 17th November 2008

With so many people to buy for, but little time and a limited budget, Christmas shopping can be a challenge. Our expert tips can help you through…

With so many people to buy for, but little time and a limited budget, Christmas shopping can be a challenge. Our expert tips can help you through…

Here, our experts help Louise Smith, 32, to shop for Christmas presents for her young nieces, Charlotte and Georgia, and her nephew, Cameron.

Our experts:

•    Jay Hunt is a lifestyle expert. She knows all the shopping tactics you need to get the job done.

•    Benjamin Fry is a psychotherapist who can help people get to grips with the emotional side of spending.

•    Janice Robertson is head of exclusive brands at Boots. She can advise on how to choose the right present.

Louise Smith

The dilemma:

Louise Smith, 32, from Nottingham, is buying for her nephew, Cameron, 9, and nieces, Charlotte, 5, and Georgia, 3.

'I want to treat my nieces and nephew to amazing gifts that will get them really excited. I love watching their little faces light up as they rip off the wrapping paper and realise what they've got. I've been quite generous in the past, but this year I need to cap my budget at around £100 for all of their gifts.

'We'll all be at my mum's house for Christmas, and when my brother brings the kids over, they always head straight for the tree to get their presents. If they play with them all day (like they do with their favourite toys), I'll know I've made a good choice.'

Expert tips:

•    Jay: ‘You could find out what presents the parents are getting and buy accessories to go with them. Remember to shop early for toys as popular ones can go out of stock in December. Shopping online will help you to avoid the rush. Try to pace gift-giving throughout the day, starting with any outdoor toys in the morning to get them running around. Save DVDs and computer games for after lunch so you can all relax and chill out together.’

•    Benjamin: ‘Kids like having an adult's attention and interest just as much as gifts. Attention can be given for free, so try not to worry too much about how much you spend.’

•    Janice: ‘Check out the selection of stocking fillers at Searching by price can helpensure that you don't overspend. Plus, you'll earn Advantage Card points as you shop.’


Louise's shopping prescription:

•    In The Night Garden Go Glow Night Light

•    High School Musical Sing Together Doll

•    Transforming Wall-E

•    Hand-controlled Alien

•    Ponyville Stageshow Tour Bus


Writen by Faye Rowe

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