Well it’s that time of the year again when the stores become a buzzing hive of activity. Frantic shoppers fill the corridors and stores, in a frenzied rush to get the perfect christmas gift for every member of their family. If your smart, you’ll have gotten in early before the madness began and your now sitting back with your feet up, presents all wrapped neatly under the tree, laughing at the hoards of last-minute shoppers, navigating the raging rapids that is the christmas shopping crowd.
If your anything like me though, you still have a few gifts that you haven’t found your way to the store to purchase and now you’re biting your nails, wondering if those people really need a gift this year. Chances are the answer is ‘yes’ and it definitely wouldn’t go unnoticed that you didn’t get them anything. The thought of braving the shopping centre’s however is enough to give a drunk koala an anxiety attack. Those of you who live in Australia will know that Koala’s are in a constant state of drunkenness due to their steady diet of eucalyptus leaves, so it would take a lot to make a koala anxious.
Country-defined analogies aside, visiting the shops in the last-minute christmas rush is basically a suicide mission or at least an exercise in futility. Thank God for online shopping. I know, I know there is only 2 weeks till christmas, but with express shipping and the convenience of having gifts sent directly to your recipient’s door, why not risk the off-chance of a belated christmas gift, if it means you can avoid being crushed by thousands of people who seem to have forgotten about the convenience of ordering online?
I’ve put together a quick guide to 5 of the best stores (in my opinion) for online shopping. All of which have products that can be delivered before Christmas day!
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Etsy is the home of high quality, hand-crafted items. So many beautiful creations for every individual. I love Etsy, everything is so unique and many things can be personalised, although you may want to overlook the personalised items for now if you want the gift to arrive on time as personalised items tend to take longer for dispatch. Find an item you want with their handy search tool and then check the panel on the right hand side (beneath the item description) for shipping information. This will tell you how many days it will be until the item will be dispatched and what date you can expect your item to arrive by.
Pretty much anything on anyone’s wish list, can be found on Amazon. With millions of products and priority shipping (order within the next 7 days), you’ll have no problem finding what you’re looking for and on the off-chance you don’t, there are always amazon gift cards which can be emailed or even texted to your recipient.
This link will take you to the Australian store but you can change your delivery address in the location section, on the far left of the upper menu bar and it will take you to your countries relevant site.
AliExpress is a wholesale website. They stock millions of products and are a trusted supplier of many dropshipping business’, sales with huge savings are common place. If your on a tight budget and want a quality item at a discounted price, then Aliexpress is the way to go. Remember though when buying from this site, to always check the product reviews on the selected supplier and product. I’d suggest only buying items that customers have reported to be ‘as described’ and ‘good quality’.
Most items will have an express shipping option for delivery within a few days.
For all the book lovers out there, Foyles for books is a wonderland of literary goodies. With best-selling titles like ‘The Starless Sea’ by Erin Morgenstern, ‘The Testaments’ by Margaret Atwood & ‘The Guardians’ by John Grisham, there is a treasure trove of gifts just waiting to be purchased, and at up to 20% off, now is the perfect time to buy.
They also have a whole range of ‘signed copies’ at amazing prices and items are usually dispatched within 2 days. Delivery is FREE within the UK and there is also a click & collect option.
Everyone loves photo gifts and Optimalprint has them all. From Canvas prints to photo books, calendars & mugs, Optimalprint has many options for turning your favourite snaps into memorable gifts for your loved ones. For the next 2 days they have up to 60% off so don’t delay. You can also get Free delivery by ordering through the app, however they currently only deliver within Australia at the moment, but fast delivery is guaranteed.
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