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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.
As Christmas Day and Boxing Day will fall on Saturday and Sunday this year, there will be substitute days off for both, this time on Monday 27 December 2021 and Tuesday 28 December 2021. That means most of us will get a nice long four-day weekend to celebrate Christmas and relax.
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.
Advance rail tickets are made available 12 weeks before the travel date - that’ll be Friday 27th September if you’re travelling home on Friday 20th December. The golden rule of travelling by train is to buy train 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 too.
Christmas Day Preparation
Christmas is right around the corner, and we all know the preparation that goes into the most wonderful time of the year can be a lot! So we've gathered up some top tips on how to prepare for Christmas to give you that much needed helping hand. From the best places to buy your Christmas trees to where to find that perfect gift, welcome to Christmas prep 101.
Buying your Christmas tree
Putting up and decorating your Christmas tree is a pivotal part of many families' Christmas traditions. Transforming your home into a winter wonderland full of twinkling lights, colourful baubles and the slowly growing pile of beautifully wrapped gifts. There's plenty of great places to pick up a tree this year no matter what your budget!
Discover a gorgeous range of faux Christmas trees using innovative technology to be as close as the real thing as possible at Balsam Hill. Bring a subtle touch of festive cheer to your living area with the selection of mini Christmas trees from Blossoming Gifts. At just 30cm tall, these little delights will light up any room!
On a tighter budget this Christmas? 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.
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. And finally, use the comprehensive filters on Wayfair 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.
Stocking up on Christmas decorations
Christmas decorations are a great way to not only transform your home inside and out into Santa's grotto, but also put a personal touch onto your decor. Whether you’re looking to deck your halls with tinsel galore, or want to cover your house with the brightest lights on the street - there’s plenty of amazing Christmas stores for you to stock up on your Christmas decorations this year.
Find all your festive home decorations at Argos, from table settings to Christmas tree accessories this is a go-to place for all your Crimbo needs. Find a wide range of fairy lights, tinsel, and festive decorations all in one place for a reasonable price.
The high street brand synonymous with all things festive, John Lewis is a one stop shop for Christmas decorations. Get your hands on everything from real fir trees to festive tableware. On a tighter budget this year? Decorate your house with gorgeously ornate decorations and ornaments from TK Maxx. With everything up to 60% off the RRP you’ll secure a bargain no matter what you’re after.
Cooking up a festive feast
From your breakfast Buck Fizz, to the iconic Christmas dinner with all the trimmings and the demolished tin of chocolates left at the end of the festivities, Christmas food is truly one of a kind.
Get everything from heartwarming biscuits for Santa to that perfect turkey, seasoned and ready to roast from Marks and Spencer. Take the financial stress out of Christmas with Tesco’s great value range of festive food. With advent calendars starting from just £2, to unmissable offers on wine and other festive beverages too.
Not quite up to the culinary task of a traditional Christmas feast? Wowing your guests this Christmas will be easy with Waitrose’s stunning range of ready to order Christmas food. Order by 15th December to have your delicious festive food delivered by 24th December.
Christmas gifts galore
Whether you opt to do all your gift buying online with plenty of time to spare, or you’re a serial Christmas Eve shopper there’s some great places you can go to to finds amazing Christmas gifts that won’t disappoint.
Whether you're on the hunt for a state of the art drone for the big kid in your life, or headphones for a music fan all this season's must-have gadgets can be found at Curry’s PC World. Boots offer an exciting range of beauty gift sets and fragrances - so it’s not going to be hard to find the perfect gift for anyone this year.
For more personalised gift ideas, head over to Merci Maman or Not On The High Street for that special touch this Christmas. Pre-filled stockings are also a fantastic last-minute present if you’re running out of time! Check out Amazon’s selection of pre-filled stockings to see what great value goodies you can get your hands on.