If you still don’t have all the gifts with just days to go, here’s how you can avoid splashing out in a panic and spending more than you can afford.
Keep your cool
While friends may be sitting smug at home with their stockings filled and gifts under the tree, your purchasing power can double when the sale signs go up on Christmas Eve. Make the most of discounts and prices being slashed as stores cash in early. Keep an eye out for staple wardrobe pieces, toys, cut-price electronics and home accessories that won’t lose their shine after the tinsel’s come down.
Let someone else do it for you
Experience days are hugely popular and perfect for people with specific interests. Whether it’s a pampering day at the spa, a driving experience or a gourmet meal for two, there’s an experience to fit most budgets. And if you’ve left it really late, you can even print off a temporary gift certificate before the voucher arrives.
The festive season is the busiest time of year for the beauty industry – which is great news if you’re in need of some last-minute bargains. Special offers from all our favourite brands offer tremendous value. Just make a beeline for the beauty products that suit your purse.
Who doesn’t love to pop the cork on a bottle of bubbly, sip their favourite tipple, or add a bottle to the wine rack? Drinks to toast the festive season will always impress, and there are some real corkers on offer in the wine and spirits department in supermarkets. They’ll never know how much you spent.
Best bar none
White, milk or dark – beautifully packaged chocolates come at reasonable prices. Whether it’s a tin of Quality Street, an advent calendar, stocking filler or a luxurious box of truffles, there’s a little bit of chocolate heaven for everyone. And remember, lots of online chocolate shops offer express delivery.
It may seem like a thoughtless gift, but in these cash-strapped times popping a couple of notes in a Christmas card can be a life-saver, especially with January’s Blue Monday around the corner. Budget what you can afford, pen a kind greeting, and remember… it’s the thought that counts.
Instead of trawling the high street and tearing your hair out for that special gift, why not spoil your loved ones with a post-Christmas bonanza once the sales have started. You’ll get more bang for your buck, and they’ll go home with something they really love. Any spare change can be put towards a celebratory drink.