8 Last Minute Resources For Xmas Gifts

23 December 2008

With less than 48 hours before the big day left, most stores no longer accept online orders. So unless you want to pay for your own personal delivery boy to cycle across the country, here's a list of  8 last minute resources and alternative options to make it in time for Santa coming to town:

1. The High Street: If you're planning to do your shopping tomorrow (Christmas Eve), watch out for stores shutting at lunch time, especially smaller retailers.  Larger stores tend to close between 3-6 pm.  M&S will be closing most of its stores at 5pm.  John Lewis will shut at 4:30pm.  Once you hit 6pm, you can pretty much forget it, unless you're in London, where some Tesco stores will open until 9pm.   But good news is that some stores are bringing their Boxing Day sales forwards, so some bargains are to be had.

2. Online: ebuyer and Amazon are both doing same day deliveries, but the insane delivery charge may make it easier to just take the hit on the high streets. But Amazon is actually ridiculously organised when it comes to last minute deliveries. It's probably too late to apply for 'Prime Membership', but if you live in London or Birmingham, you got up to 8:30am tomorrow.  You may also want to check out asos.com and fragrancesdirect.co.uk, both accepting online orders until the end of today.  Make sure you pop over to HUKD for a quick peek at vouchers and codes, for a jedi never rushes.

3. Reservations: We've passed the deadline for Argos home deliveries, but remember you can still reserve items in stock at your local branch up to Christmas Eve tomorrow.  Just check your local store times.

4. Free Stuff: Who doesn't love free stuff? Amazon is offering a free album on Christmas and Boxing Day using code "FREEMP3S", plus you get a bonus £3 for downloads.

5. E-Gift Vouchers: With online gift vouchers ranging from £5 to £500 and with almost instant delivery via email, you have a wide selection of options.  For example, Other gift cert. options include Asos, Play, CD Wow, Sendit, iTunes, and Lastminute.  Stick to vouchers with big companies you trust... just in case they go bust.

6. Day Experiences: A few sites that may just get you the day experience voucher in time include: Theatremonkey (for reduced price theatre tickets such as Joseph and his Technicolor Dreamcoat £22 and BOGOF seats to see The Sound of Music), Lastminute.com (Chocolate Making Workshop, Bungee Jumping and Quad Biking from £47), RedLetterDays (Aston Martin Driving £97, Dumper Truck Racing £47 and Spy Academy £48), Buyagift and Intotheblue are also worth a look.

7. Music & Magazines: Most subscriptions can be purchased online. A few sites include: Great Magazines, Magazine GroupSubscription.co.uk, and iSubscribe. Those of you with Tesco vouchers can also get them for alot less using Tesco Deals Brochures.   You can also pay for someone's subscription to an online mp3 download site like eMusic & Napster for a monthly fee.

8. Last-minute getaways: Disappearing from all this chaos may not be a bad idea.  You can grab a last minute holiday from lastminute.  As of earlier today, a 10 night break to Tunisia leaving later this evening was still available for £319 per person which includes B&B at the 5 star El-Mouradi Mahdia Hotel.  Thomas Cook also has some last minute options.  Just be careful with your money, seeing that the British Pound isn't buying much anymore these days.

If you have other ideas/suggestions, we'd love to hear them!

TOPICS:   Christmas

4 comments

  • Mike
    Or if youre lazy get up early on thursday and visit your local 24hour Spar. My local one on Oxford Road Manchester is open 24H every day of the festive season (And every other day). Get something special, and visit your local Spar.
  • Paul S.
    That Spar on Oxford Road used to be my local shop, too. Is the takeaway still next door to the right, serving naan wraps full of chicken tikka and garlic sauce? Perfect after far too much happy hour wine in Space bar round the corner.
  • Mike
    Well I say my local Spar but im only there during term time and live in fallowfeild! My lectures are in the old UMIST/North campus site so its my bus stop. Alcohol served 'til 3AM daily! But yeh I think its still there - Ive been to a few takeaways round there thanks to Space & SubSpace!
  • Karen W.
    Or tap in 'Homemade Party Games' and get them emailed to you to print out yourself. If you are having a group of at least eight people round then this will be the best laugh all over Christmas believe me!

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