Here are some tips to help you complete your shopping before December 24th. (photo credit: Getty Images)
Whether due to lack of time, lack of motivation or lack of inspiration, Christmas is just a few days away and you still lack one or more gifts? Do not panic! Here are some ways to help you get your shopping done before December 24th. Warning to latecomers: not a minute to waste!
1. Express delivery: an increasingly widespread service
With regard to Christmas shopping, are you part of the “last minute” team and don’t necessarily have the possibility to travel? Thanks to the magic of e-commerce, it’s never too late to buy a gift online and receive it on time. Many commercial sites now offer a last-minute delivery service.
Among the top brands on the web, Cdiscount and Rue du Commerce offer 24-hour delivery. Boulanger has a 3-hour express delivery service if you place an order before 5pm. Next day delivery (Tuesday to Saturday) is guaranteed for all orders placed before 5pm. Sephora goes further and now offers, in addition to fast delivery, delivery by courier in up to 3 hours for
in large cities, as well as some counties in the suburbs.
Fnac+ members (partner The Corner*) benefit from home delivery within 1 business day for orders over
(order placed before 6 pm, no delivery on Sundays and Mondays), as well as delivery in 2 hours chrono (from
of purchase) for eligible products in more than fifteen cities.
At Darty, several delivery possibilities are available to you, and the options are updated in real time as Christmas approaches: flat 2-hour delivery until December 24th at 12:00 noon, 24-hour home delivery for orders placed by December 22nd at 12pm….
In terms of pricing, many brands offer this service to members of their loyalty program. Thus, Darty Max members benefit from 2-hour delivery from
of purchase, or within 1 day from
of purchase. Asos guarantees 24-hour delivery for all online purchases made before the order cut-off time on December 22nd. Asos Premier France subscribers (
per year) benefit from this service indefinitely.
At Amazon (partner The Corner*), one-day delivery is offered to Amazon Prime members. The site also offers same-night delivery in Paris, the Paris region (depending on eligibility), as well as in Lille, Lyon, Marseille and Aix-en-Provence. Delivery takes place between 19:00 and 22:00, from Monday to Sunday. It is also available on public holidays in Paris, Lyon and Marseille, except January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.
2. Click and Collect: Store Pickup, Security Card
Many e-commerce sites promise delivery before Christmas, without this being a contractual guarantee. Also, unfortunately we are never safe from a problem with the carrier. If you are worried about not receiving your order in time, the safest method is to make your purchase online at a retailer with a network of physical stores where you can pick up your gift. Simple, fast and free: with this service you can really wait until the last moment. No nasty surprises, no waiting at the checkout: a few clicks and that’s it.
Click & Collect has grown with the Covid-19 pandemic, and a large number of stores already offer this option. Major brands can offer a pickup within 1-2 hours, from Monoprix to Sephora via Fnac, Nature & Découvertes, Celio, Darty or Boulanger. However, remember to carefully check the grace period. The only limit concerns the availability of items: a quick withdrawal requires that the chosen store has the product in stock, which is not always the case. Likewise, click and collect may only be available for certain types of items. This is the case of Oxybul, for example, which only offers it for private label products, or Fnac. Goods sold in markets are generally excluded.
3. Department stores, lots of last minute gift ideas
Having trouble doing your Christmas shopping online? Do you need to go to the store to find an idea? Do you have lots of gifts to buy? To make your work easier and save time, think of pooling! Bet on generalist brands where you’ll find everything in one place: books, high-tech, art of living, fashion, decoration… BHV, Bon Marché, Galeries Lafayette, Printemps: true Ali Baba caves where you can be sure of finding the perfect gift for each of your loved ones, without having to run right and left.
4. The dematerialized present, a safe bet
If you have little time to do your Christmas shopping, opt for a gift voucher that you just have to print and place under the tree. Gift cards can be seen as impersonal, or as an “easy” gift to not have to look for an idea, but they can just as much – if not more – please the person if they are chosen according to their tastes. Has she just moved into a new apartment? Offer him a card on a decor board to organize his interior. Does she love art? She will appreciate a subscription to a museum. Is it manual? Opt for a workshop with an artisan. Tickets for a concert or exhibition, voucher for a massage, tasting box: so many last-minute gifts to pamper your loved ones. And if you know the person very little, it’s better to bet on a gift card from a generalist brand like Fnac, than to offer something that might not please.
* If you are a Boursorama Banque customer, you benefit from an advantage with these brands through The Corner. Discover the discounts reserved for you: Fnac, Amazon.
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