Considering Christmas is a time for joy, you won’t find many people who feel that way about Christmas shopping.
One of the most stressful ordeals in the annual calendar, the internet has made buying Christmas presents easier than ever. But would you believe that 45% of people still plan on braving the highstreet for this year’s Christmas shop?
If you’ve not made the switch to online shopping and need a little convincing, we have teamed up with Vintage Jewellery specialist William May, who let us in on five of the biggest reasons why you should give it a go this festive season.
1. Goodbye queues and crowds
Which would you prefer: Dealing with a shambling horde of stressed out shoppers, or sitting on your sofa, a cup of hot chocolate in hand, scrolling through your favourite websites on your laptop? We thought so.
Shopping online skips the queues and quashes the crowds, giving you access to a whole world of potential Christmas gifts without even having to leave the house.
2. It’s quick and convenient
We’ve all been there. You’ve looked all over the shop you’re in and can’t find what you want. You search for a staff member to ask for directions, but they’re all busy with other customers. With the internet, none of this has to happen.
Type in the item you’re looking for and it’s in front of you in an instant. With just a few clicks it can be on its way to your door. Most online shops also offer next day delivery, so there’s barely any waiting time between buying an item and having it in your hands.
3. It’s easier to keep presents a secret
Thanks to anonymous web viewing functions like Google’s ‘Incognito’, you can look at any surprises you’re planning without having to worry about them popping up in your browsing history. Much easier than sneaking off during the Christmas shopping trip!
When it comes to delivery, most companies send items in unmarked brown boxes, so even if another family member takes it in from the postman, they’ll have no idea what’s inside.
4. Returning items is super simple
It’s not unusual to get Christmas gifts wrong. Whether it’s the size, colour or something else entirely, Christmas returns policies are common and give you plenty of opportunity to return or exchange any incorrect purchases.
If you bought in store, you’ll unfortunately have to battle back through the crowds to get things fixed. If you bought online however, just fill out the returns form and pop it back in the post.
5. You’ll always find a better deal online
Did you know it’s often cheaper to shop online? Many retailers have offers and items you’ll only find on the internet.
It’s also easier to compare prices online. Rather than traipsing up and down the high street checking the cost in every individual shop, it’s as simple as flicking between a few different browser tabs.
Make this year’s Christmas shop a little less stressful
When you weigh out the pros and cons, online festive shopping beats leaving the house by a merry country mile. If you’ve never shopped online before it can be a daunting experience, but we’re sure once you’ve given it a try you’ll never join the Christmas crowds again.