With Christmas approaching quicker than you can say tinsel you probably need to buy presents online for a number of people. Just because you order online doesn’t mean you can leave your shopping to Christmas Eve. Next Day Delivery isn’t an option in the last few days before Christmas; some retailers won’t even take orders a full 10 days before Christmas. In 2015, the most frequent last order/delivery days were December 22nd and 23rd. If you have ordered before the deadline for a certain retailer and your gifts are late, don’t worry you have the right to complain and secure a full refund
To really be sure of getting your shopping completed on time you need to start in early December. It’s important to check the last order date for each of your favourite retailers. A way round the last order dates is to click and collect. Order your gifts ahead of time and collect them yourself when you have a free minute, that way you avoid the busy shops. After all Christmas is a frantic time, with decorating and food shopping to do too.
If you are sending a gift that you have bought for someone you can use Royal Mail, their deadline varies each year, in 2015 it was December 19. However, if you are sending something more substantial than a greetings card, you can find cheaper courier services. For parcels over 1kg you can save a great deal by using cut price couriers like Worldwide Parcel Services and MyParcelDelivery.
What do you when disaster strikes and your loved ones favourite retailer are no longer taking orders? Although not as personal as a present a gift card can be the perfect solution. Almost every store imaginable offers a variation of gift cards ranging from £10 to as much as you’re willing to spend. Even better is an e-gift card, which can be sent and received by email. E-Gift-Cards are especially handy if the recipient is accident prone or misplaces things easily. Although convenient they are not quite the traditional image of opening presents around the Christmas tree on Christmas morning. Be careful, when retailers go into administration they won’t accept a gift card, stores like Blockbusters, BHS and Woolworths have all gone bust in recent years. So make sure the recipient spends their gift card speedily.