Last minute Christmas shoppingDigital Editor
With Christmas shops in Selfridges and Harrods opened since July, it’s hard to believe that some of us have not completed our Christmas shopping list by now.
Yet, we have all experienced the dread that pours over us a handful of days before the big event as we realize we’ve forgotten the side dish Granny insists on having, sellotape for wrapping, or as we eagerly await the delivery service’s knock for the gift you ordered just minutes too late on December 19.
I’m confident I’m not the only one who has rushed to the shops for those forgotten last minute essentials because the Saturday before Christmas is now known as ‘Panic Saturday’. This year, UK shoppers are estimated to spend £1.2 billion on this single, frenzied day. On the same day in France, customers spent 2m€ every minute.
Helping to make our lives easier, and hopefully spread some Christmas cheer, retailers have prepared for last minute shopping by pulling out all the stops to make sure customers are getting their perfect gifts delivered on time for December 25th.
Amazon in London is offering same-day delivery on Christmas Eve for orders placed before 10am within the M25. Even better, in New York, Amazon is rolling-out a one-hour delivery service.
Asos isoffering next day delivery on any product ordered before 23:59 on December 23.
The click-and-collect service at Argos ensures that customers can order by 5pm on Christmas Eve and collect the same day in one of 700 Argos stores around the UK.
In Paris, the majority of Parisian department stores are ‘exceptionally’ open every Sunday in December before Christmas to make sure every Christmas need is filled.
Selfridges Oxford Street is providing an exclusive experience for customers that spend over £350 on or before Christmas Eve with a free ride in one-of-five new Selfridges-branded Mini Coopers.
So, latecomers, beware! Retailers have assured there is absolutely no excuse for foregoing that last minute gift or Christmas necessity. However, let’s assume that everyone has finished the Christmas shopping chaos and is simply treating him or herself by now anyway. Don’t forget, with the shopping completed and wrapping done, it’s time to celebrate with loved ones… that is, of course, if the right gift is nicely tucked up under your tree.