Plan your route and explore independent stores
While department stores are great for sourcing all your presents in one location, exploring a new route or visiting new boutiques or independent stores is a great way of finding unique gifts. Straying from the larger stores will also decrease the chances of buying something that someone else has already thought of.
Take advantage of in-store services
Christmas is a busy time of year, so when it comes to Christmas shopping take advantage of shops’ in-store services. Many offer personal shopping assistants, home delivery on larger purchases and gift-wrapping, saving you both time and effort. Also, be sure to call ahead to check if your chosen item is in stock or reserve an item to avoid disappointment.
Global Blue Tax Free Shopping card
Christmas is an expensive time, so be sure to save money where you can and look out for the Global Blue shopping sign. With the Global Blue Tax Free Shopping service you can save up to 19% on purchases abroad at any of the Global Blue’s 270,000 shopping partners. Ask for your Tax Free Form at the time of purchase to start saving.
For those who have everything, or to add an extra something to a loved one’s present this year, take a look at our guide to the best bespoke designer services. From custom-made totes at Burberry to monogrammed cases at Louis Vuitton, there are lots of brands offering personalised services to make a Christmas gift extra special.
While there are many exclusive gift offers around during the festive season, be sure that you are getting a good deal when it comes to gift sets. Sometimes it’s cheaper to buy the items separately, so do some research before handing over your money.