How to organise your online Christmas shopping

How to organise your online Christmas shopping

Anita Naik from shares with us how to get Christmas wrapped up online!

1. Make a list

It sounds obvious but a list is the first step in getting organised. Write down everyone you want to buy a gift for, and how much you’d like to spend. This will also help you budget as you can see what your total spend is likely to be. Use our festive planner to set a budget.

2. Use Pinterest

Pinterest is a great way to get ideas for gifts. You can create a private board for each person you want to buy for (so you don’t have to worry about the recipient seeing your planning) and start collecting images for potential gifts. If you’re taking the image direct from the retailer’s website the link to the item will be saved in Pinterest to make it nice and easy to re-visit later on. Yours Pinterest has some fabulous gift ideas including festive crafts, chutney recipes and Christmas bakes.

3. Check delivery dates

This is one of the most important things to remember when shopping online for Christmas. There’s nothing worse than ordering a gift and then realising it will arrive in January, most stores will clearly advertise which date you need to order by to get your items before Christmas - so make sure to check this before you place your order.

4. Opt for free delivery

Most online stores offer free delivery in one form or another, some on multi-buys and others using a minimum spend of a £20 or £50 threshold. Wait until you have a few purchases to make from a particular online store and buy them all in one go - you could save yourself between £5 and £8 per shop.

5. Click and collect

Many retailers also offer a Click and Collect option – so you can pay online and then pick up your purchase from your nearest store. This is usually free and can be quicker for delivery than standard postage - which is a great option if you find you’re tight for time.

6. Take advantage of offers

It’s worth signing up to voucher websites and retailers emails to make sure you don’t miss out on any offers from the stores you’ll be buying from. Many retailers will be running flash sales and deals in the run-up to the big day.

Plus, use our tips to make the most of Black Friday's flash sales and know your shopping rights before you hit the high street!