My usual method of Christmas shopping was to have a blind panic on Christmas Eve and race from shop to shop doing a yuletide trolley dash. Since moving to Spain I’ve had to think a little more in advance and either travel to the UK each Autumn, or shop online.
Online shopping is probably the cheapest and easiest option with many advantages. Security has improved greatly over the past few years, and most shops gift wrap for a small extra fee, and then deliver direct to whoever you’re buying for.
The most well-known shopping site is Amazon (www.amazon.co.uk) which includes a wish list function so you can send a Christmas List to your family and friends. A site aimed at Ex-pats called “Send Present To UK” (www.sendpresenttouk.com) has collected together many high street shops that offer online services split into categories, and also includes some of the more unusual present ideas, such as days out, indoor skydiving, hotel mini-breaks and more.
One word of warning when online shopping – Allow Plenty Of Time.