Twas the night before Christmas and all through a house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse… Except for a very frantic person who realized they’d forgotten a present for a loved one.
If your style of shopping involves more procrastinating than actual shopping, this guide will help you get brilliant last-minute gifts without too much stress.
1. Sweep up the last of the deals
Black Friday and Cyber Monday have passed, but that doesn’t mean that good deals can’t still be found. The month of December tends to be quite kind to shoppers, so pop in and out of any online stores you like and subscribe to their newsletters for updates on flash sales or events.
For always-on deals, check over to our virtual sales aisle right now.
2. Take advantage of the 12 Days of Christmas
We’re all very familiar with the iconic song, the “Twelve Days of Christmas”, and its cumulative verses that promise more and more extravagant gifts to an anonymous true love. While pears and partridges were popular in 1909, your partner probably wouldn’t be too impressed to unwrap one on Christmas day.
In the centuries since the 1900s, the song has given its name to a Christmas-based deal where shops and vendors will give brilliant offers on their products for the 12 days of Christmas.
3. Get online
If you’ve left it too late or you’re afraid to face the Christmas mobs, online shopping is a solid option, especially for Irish gifts, as online vendors will often be cheaper than physical shops who are targeting tourists.
Many online shops will also offer rush processing and overnight shipping if you’ve left your gift shopping until the very last minute. If buying online, check shopping deadlines and processing times before you make your order.
You don’t want your brilliant Christmas gift arriving in January!
4. Include postage and packaging in your budget
Is a steal still a steal when you realize the postage and packaging will cost almost as much as the item itself? Not so, unfortunately!
Regardless of the type of Irish gift you’re buying or where you’re based in the world, we offer worldwide shipping of only $8.95 so you needn’t worry about hidden fees or huge postage bills.
5. Don’t be afraid to embrace gift cards
Gift cards! You got dozens of them as a teenager from aunts you hadn’t seen from one end of the year to the other.
But gift cards don’t have to seem like a last-minute thought. If you’re buying for someone with a particular hobby or interest, a gift card could be a very thoughtful present.
6. If all else fails: re-gift
We’re fully in favor of buying specific gifts for specific people, but if you’re in really big trouble and you can’t find the gift you were looking for, you may be able to regift.
Find and remove any cards or personalization and check any dates or warranties. However, be prepared for an awkward moment if the recipient wants to exchange the gift. It might be hard to explain why exchanging it just can’t happen!
7. Make a last minute dash to a physical store
Many stores open early or stay open late during the holiday season, so make a dash to your local mall. You might still be able to pick something up! Of course, if a very popular item is on your checklist, you may have to accept that you’ve missed your moment.
Last minute Irish gift guide
Short on time and looking for the perfect Irish gift? We’ve pulled together some of our items for the important people in your life.
For your mom:
For the pampered pooch:
For your dad: