A chance to spread the financial cheer

BARGAIN SHOPPING: Keep the festive spirit local this year and support the businesses in your own community. Photo: Shutterstock.
BARGAIN SHOPPING: Keep the festive spirit local this year and support the businesses in your own community. Photo: Shutterstock.

For the festival of glee, as some people call Christmas, it can be a gift giving spree. And even if you’re not religious or  not into Santa or Rudolph that much, you can still take the opportunity to exchange gifts and spread a little kindness across your family and friends.

A time of giving, Christmas can bring out the best that retailers have to offer with suggestions for gifts for everyone, young and old, and often with some bargains and savings to be found.

You can do your research and hunt for that perfect, unique present or simply choose from the many Christmas hampers and chocolate boxes available. Whether it’s tools, sporting goods, clothes or board games, a browse through the stores and online can spark great gift ideas. And if you’re still at a loss- a personalised gift card can never fail.

As much as is possible try to shop local. If you have to spend money at Christmas time you might as well spread the financial cheer and keep your community ticking over. 

Take advantage of your local markets or high street shops where spirits are high and the prices are perfect for your pocket. And, if you are concerned about local shops being price and stock competitive, at least have a look and be prepared to haggle a little. Don’t get stressed, take a stroll through your own town to find just the right gift to put under the tree.