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This Christmas – What Will You Be Buying?

November 8, 2008

I heard on our local radio station yesterday, Hereward FM someone wondering when Christmas songs would start being played, it’s still the beginning of November!!! I think the phrase “Christmas has come early” really is true this year, but not in the usual sense of the phrase. The Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/3333572/Christmas-shopping-starts-early-as-cost-conscious-consumers-plan-festive-spending.html) suggests that christmas consumers are beginning their Christmas shopping two weeks earlier than normal this year, due to the credit crunch and recessionary pressures.

For example, Christmas shopping sprees have already started, so far this morning I’ve seen a blog about two friends who have been to Birmingham this week for christmas gift buying and it’s only November. I’ve spoken to a couple of friends on the phone who have decided they’re going into town today to see what’s around so they can start budgeting and sales for Christmas gifts on our website have already started coming in… (the first one this year was recorded on 7th September!) It seems like although people are cutting down on buying extravagant things like cars and houses this year during the current economic climate, will they be also cutting down on expensive christmas gifts too?

This years predicted biggest selling christmas toys include; ‘The Baby Born with Magic Potty’ (£25 – £39), ‘Elmo Live’ (£52-59), ‘Star Wars Clone Trooper Voice Changer Helmet’ (£22-£35) and ‘Biscuit My Lovin Pup’ (£129-£159). The prices range from £22-£159, which in terms of budgets can work out as quite expensive. Obviously, advertising and other children will have a huge impact on the toys your children will “expect” this Christmas. Perhaps you can invest in other, thoughtful and lasting gifts for other members of your family and friendship groups in order to save costs on your christmas shopping this year?

I put in christmas gifts into Google and was confronted with 9,090,000 websites related to christmas gifts… that’s a lot. I’m sure many of them are offering the same gifts at different prices and others are offering fabulous, affordable gifts but won’t ever be found by consumers. I have made a list of good places to get wine and chocolates before, but the following links make really interesting thoughtful gifts that you may never have even though of…!

This website offers recycled gifts that you can give as christmas gifts : http://www.bynature.co.uk/erol.html#50517×0&&http%3A%252F%252Fwww.journalism.co.uk%252F66%252Farticles%252F532721.php

How about getting a concert or gig ticket? http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/ you’re sure to make memories and collect some great photos, you could make a day of it… take a picnic, go window shopping and then go to your concert, show or football match. It makes great gift ideas for him and for her.

http://www.winegifts4u.co.uk offers a selection of gifts for children and adults alike including engraved gifts which can be kept forever; money boxes, photo frames, ales and beer can all be engraved at affordable prices. We also offer a selection of fun drinking games to keep you busy over the festive christmas period with friends and family. As well as a range of experience gifts, wine and champagne christmas gift sets.

I think children will always want the “hot” toys of the times, which often tend to be expensive, this is mainly due to advertising and peers. However, I think people could perhaps begin purchasing more thoughtful, lasting gifts for their friends and other relatives, it’s just a case of thinking about what these gifts could be…, some of the links offered give the christmas shopper another perspective, so they have the option.

According to The Telegraph, ‘Experts, believe a sharp downturn in Christmas spending is unlikely as Britons seek festive cheer and family comfort after months of depressing economic news.’ I agree. What do you think?