This year the big day falls on a Tuesday.
Tuesday 25th December (Christmas Day) and Wednesday 26th December (Boxing Day) are the only bank holidays during the festive season. Unless you’ve got annual leave to use up, you’ll have to work as usual on Monday 24th, Thursday 27th, Friday 28th and Monday 31st.
Find everything from home accessories to fragrances at this high street superstore. A go-to for all your Crimbo needs, Argos is the home of great value gifts for the entire family. As well as a top place to buy presents, find a wide range of fairy lights, tinsel, and festive decorations. Don’t forget about the super convenient fast track collection service for any last minute bits too.
The high street brand synonymous with all things festive, John Lewis is the answer for all your Christmas needs. Get your hands on everything from real fir trees to festive tableware. Not forgetting the range of electricals and gadgets from top brands like Apple, Sony and Dyson. Plus, with the Never Knowingly Undersold price match guarantee running throughout the year, you’ll always be getting the best price whatever you buy.
Deck your halls and fill your stockings at Debenhams. Shop all your Christmas essentials in one place, including beauty advent calendars, secret santa gifts, stocking fillers, Christmas jumpers and beautiful decorations. Look out for special offers throughout the winter season, not just during Black Friday. With fabulous deals like 3 for 2 on all gifts, it’s a pocket-friendly way to treat your friends and family.
The know-it-alls of health and beauty’s Christmas slogan for 2018 is ‘show them you know them’. And with such an exciting range of gift sets and fragrances it’s not going to be hard to find the perfect gift for everyone this year. Look out for various promotions throughout December offering free gifts and up to 50% off select gift sets. Explore thousands of great gifts for less and put a smile on everyone’s face this Christmas.
Find unique gifts from hundreds brands - big and small - at TK Maxx. Known for their eclectic range of clothing and homeware brands, this high street favourite is the perfect place to shop for quirky, one off gifts. Get party ready with hundreds of glamorous party dresses or decorate your house with gorgeously ornate decorations and ornaments. With everything up to 60% off the RRP you’ll secure a bargain no matter what you’re after.
Make Christmas extra special this year thanks to the luxurious festive food range at Marks and Spencer. With an exquisite selection of starters, mains and desserts available for pre-order it’s never been easier to host the festive feast of your dreams. Simply browse online, place your order and choose a pick up date to have Christmas sorted in no time. Don’t forget to browse the gorgeous gift range to find everything from cosy pyjamas to dog bingo.
The Christmas countdown is well and truly on at online department store Very. Shop thousands of gifts including beauty electricals, must-have toys and big brand fashion. There’s no excuse not to pull all the stops out this year - at Very you can find everything you need in just a couple of clicks.
Discover a gorgeous range of faux Christmas trees using innovative technology to be as close as the real thing as possible. These stunning creations are crafted with stunning realism to bring a truly magical feel for years to come.
Bring a subtle touch of festive cheer to your living area with the selection of mini Christmas trees. At just 30cm tall, these little delights will light up any room.
Create a truly magical Christmas with the huge range of artificial trees at Wilkos. From 3 foot mini trees at just £10 to gorgeous 7 foot centrepieces, there certainly is the perfect tree for every budget.
Shop the festive forest collection to make this year extra special. Featuring a stunning range of high quality, realistic looking Christmas trees, there’s something to suit every home. Why not up the ante and throw in some artificial snow and Santa sacks?
Explore the range of modern and traditional Christmas trees at B&Q. Shop pre-lit trees, coloured trees, real trees and pre-decorated trees to find a magical style perfect for your home.
Use the comprehensive filters to narrow down this huge collection to find your favourite. Choose tree height, needle colour, shape, bulb type and additional features to build a Christmas tree that’ll light up your home.
The best time to start Christmas shopping depends on what you’re buying. Black Friday and Cyber Monday (Friday 23rd and Monday 26th November) offer some fantastic discounts on laptops, smartphones, televisions and home devices. But you might be more likely to nab an awesome deal on white goods on a different date, for example.
The best way to truly figure out the best time to buy is to know what you’re buying and track the price over time. Use websites like PriceSpy and CamelCamelCamel to monitor the price of your items and pounce when they’re at the lowest. Remember to check here for any voucher codes or offers to cut the costs of your festive shopping even further.
Christmas returns vary from retailer to retailer, but many of the big stores allow extended returns until 31st January. You’ll need proof of purchase in the form of a receipt or gift receipt to get a full refund.
Pre-filled stockings are a fantastic value for money last-minute present if you’re running out of time. At Hawkins Bazaar, discover a range of pre-filled stockings for family members of all ages. For just £25, the stocking is packed with fun goodies worth more than £50. Not only are you making a 50% saving but it’s also a super convenient and stress-free present. Plus, use a Hawkins Bazaar voucher code from Savoo to maximise on savings even further! Check out Amazon’s selection of pre-filled stockings to see what great value goodies you can get your hands on.
According to Royal Mail, the last Christmas postage dates are:
Visit the Royal Mail website for a full breakdown including international service.
Advance rail tickets are made available 12 weeks before the travel date - that’ll be Friday 28th September if you’re travelling home on Friday 21st December. The golden rule of travelling by train is to buy trains tickets as far in advance as possible - especially around Christmas time. With so many people scrambling to get back to their families for the festive season, ticket prices increase the longer you leave it. While it may require some forward planning, it’s certainly worth it to save money on train fares. Remember you can get 33% off rail fares with a Railcard [link] too.
The annual Savoo Christmas competition starts on Monday 12th November. It runs for six weeks until Sunday 23rd December. Each week one lucky winner will be chosen to win a £250 prize as well as a £250 donation to charity. To enter, simply share your favourite Savoo deals on Facebook or Twitter using the #SAVOOXMAS hashtag. So get sharing, get your family and friends involved and let’s make this year the best yet.