The Christmas shopping season is upon us and that means everyone is scrambling to get their gift list completed. The bad news is – you don’t have much time left! The good news is – you have plenty of time to get it done, if you know where to shop!
We’ve comprised a list of the top ten places to shop in the UK – and yes, you can even order online!
If you are looking for a British-based retailer of clothing, jewelry and accessories at a price everyone can afford, ASOS is a sure bet. This company offers more than 60,000 branded products from 850 designers, including their own personal brand. ASOS has fashion and accessories for both men and women and they also offer free delivery on orders over £20 all the time – no voucher needed! If you would rather pick up your purchase, ASOS also offers free Click and Collect for orders over £20 as well – at any of their locations across the UK.
Debenhams has been a household name in the UK for 100 years. Here, you will find clothing and accessories for the entire family, as well as traditional department store items like toys, furniture, electronics and more. Debenhams regularly offers half off deals and lots of great sales as well. Further, Debenhams also provides free delivery on orders over £30 as well as free Click and Collect for next day pick up on orders over £20. While you’re there, be sure to apply for a Debenhams credit card to finance your purchases and earn rewards.
Everyone knows (and loves) Amazon. Seriously. What can’t you find there? Clothing, accessories, electronics, furniture, jewelry, books, movies, music – you name it. It’s there. And it’s often there at a very attractive price. Amazon UK is a global marketplace that allows reselling so you may be able to land some fabulous deals from private sellers, too. Amazon UK regularly has fantastic offers, like their Lightening Deals, where you can save even more. Free shipping is also common at Amazon UK so be sure to look for that when you visit.
Ocado is the UK’s leading online supermarket. They do not have any brick and mortar stores and operate solely from their online catalogue and home deliveries. At Ocado, you will find everything you would expect from the typical grocery, along with many department store items as well – like furniture, small appliances, household products, children’s things and more. Ocado offers free delivery for an entire year, along with £20 off your first purchase of £80 or more.
Marks and Spencer (M&S)
Marks and Spencer (M&S) is a great merchant for ordering high quality gifts for any occasion. You will find wine, chocolate and cheese combos as well as kid gifts, lingerie, household items and more. M&S also has a special section dedicated to Christmas foods and treats where you can find unique gifts for that hard to buy for person on your Christmas list. Be sure to check out their offers and deals when you go to save even more on your purchase.
Tesco is one of the UK’s most favorite merchants and they do offer an online shopping option, via Tesco Direct. You will find everything on Tesco Direct, as you would expect to find in the store – like housewares, games, toys, electronics, books and gifts. The great thing about Tesco Direct is they offer free Click and Collect service with any order – so you can get all your favorite products at a great price, without having to wait in line. Be sure to check their “Clearance” section for deep discounts on select products.
If you are wishing for handmade Christmas, but aren’t especially crafty yourself, you can find thousands of one of a kind, handcrafted products at Etsy UK. It is a marketplace for artists to sell their wares, which include everything from jewelry and clothing to purses, bags and housewares. Etsy UK is a great option for anyone looking for a unique gift for that someone (or someones) special on their list.
Ebay UK is akin to Amazon UK, in that everyone knows what it is – and everyone has shopped there! In case you aren’t among that group of ‘everyone’, Ebay is a global marketplace where everyone from individuals to major brands sell millions of products each day. The unique thing about Ebay is that it is also an auction platform where items can be sold to the highest bidder or bought outright for a flat fee. Anything you can imagine is available from Ebay UK and shipping prices and times will vary, depending on the merchant and delivery area. As always, Ebay is completely free to use and it is a super place to go for hard to find, obscure items for that picky person on your list.
IWOOT (I Want One Of Those) is your one stop shop for cool gadgets and unique gifts for just about anyone on your list – even yourself. IWOOT has electronic gizmos, toys, household items, cheeky clothing items and lots of other guy-friendly stuff, too. Don’t miss their 3 for £20 deals and their free shipping offer for orders over £10.
If it is computers, personal data devices and/or assorted peripherals you are looking for – run, do not walk, over to PC World. They have laptops, desk tops, tablets, printers and every other related PC accessory imaginable. PC World also offers a Best Price Guarantee where they will price match lower prices on identical items being sold by select competitors for less. They also offer free shipping on every order as well as a free Click and Collect service from any of their 800 UK locations. Be sure to take advantage of their current sale offers as well as their low interest rate financing options, too.