What are the most common Christmas shopping mistakes?

Overspending? Waiting too late? Getting the same thing as someone else? Which Christmas shopping blunders are the most common?

An exploding Christmas bauble
(Image credit: Getty Images)

We’ve all been there - that sinking feeling when we realise we’ve made a huge blunder in our Christmas shopping. But everyone makes mistakes, and festive fumbles are rarely the end of the world. They’re so common we thought we’d find out which ones Brits make the most during their holiday shopping, along with a few tips on how to avoid making them this year! 

The most common Christmas shopping slip-ups

Swipe to scroll horizontally
Christmas shopping mistakePercentage of shoppers who’ve made it
Waiting until the last minute29%
Overpaying for an item that was cheaper somewhere else26%
Buying something that won’t be delivered on time25%
Forgotten to buy a present for someone15%
Bought someone a present they already have12%
Sarah-Jane Outten

Hi, I’m SJ. I’m an editor and content executive here at MyVoucherCodes. I started my journey here as a deals expert which gave me the skills to become a money-saving expert. You can find my tips and recommendations in various publications including The Sun, The Mirror, and The Telegraph.

I gained a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing in 2018, and I’ve put my writing skills into many projects since then. My portfolio at sarahjaneoutten.com includes my work with Cardiff Times, Buzz Magazine and more. 

I write poetry and short stories for pleasure and enjoy getting creative with watercolours and lino printing. I hope that I can merge my love of writing and art into a children's book in the future - watch this space!