The countdown has officially started, the madness has begun. Irish households spend more on Christmas shopping than any other country in Europe, and a surprising number of people have crossed everyone off their list by December 1st: 47%, according to a recent survey. The biggest challenge as we get closer to the big day is making sure that your presents will be delivered on time…
great ideas and speedy delivery
If your head is spinning and you don’t know where to start, a few sites have stepped into the breach to offer you ideas. Giftgenies.com is basically a very specialized search engine, letting you search for the perfect present by parameters like cost, relationship, occasion and category, from hundreds of sites all over the Internet. Just make sure to check out the specific delivery details for each site you end up visiting. Gifts.ie is another great site for ideas, and you can purchase from them directly. They even have affordable next-day and same-day courier delivery, which just might save the day.
Hampers are a fantastic last minute gift for just about anyone. IrishHampers.ie does what it says on the tin, specialising in local and artisan products, with a flat delivery fee for anywhere in Ireland. Try a basket full of their craft beers for the hard-to-buy-for-guy in your life. MyHamper.com is a British company which delivers to Ireland and boasts some very special features. You can customise a wooden box with your own image and message, and then virtually “fill” it yourself, choosing from a wide range of treats, gifts, and beverages. A handy bar at the top of the screen lets you know how full your hamper is getting, while a running tally on the side shows you what you’re spending as you go. It’s a brilliant way to craft a very personalised gift.
it’s the morning of Christmas Eve and you’re panicking
If you’ve truly left it to the very last minute, you still have online options. Interflora takes Christmas orders until 11 am on Christmas eve, and you can order floral arrangements, chocolates, and even wine and champagne online to be delivered right to their doorsteps, without having to brave the crazed crowds in the shops. Vouchers are a perennial favourite, and when you go with the virtual version, you can deliver it instantly. Easons is a quick and easy option for your favourite bookworm, while GreatDaysOut.ie offers everything from adventure to spa weekends, with a range of instant e-voucher options.
So take a deep breath, write yourself a list, and get started! Get it done today!