You can't beat real shops at Christmas
CHRISTMAS is looming, everyone is feeling that frosty chill and the dark nights are illuminated with festive lights. The question arises – have you sorted your presents yet?
Record numbers of Britons this year are expected to log on and do their shopping from the comfort of their own homes.
However, I believe we should keep with tradition and join the hustle and bustle of town centres for Christmas gifts.
According to research, British shoppers spent £7.9 billion online last year during December. This 16.5 per cent rise from 2010 clearly shows the nation's increasing love for online shopping.
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This week saw "Mega Monday", also known as "Cyber Monday", the name given to the day with the highest levels of e-commerce all year.
Despite this, some of us still love the social aspect of Christmas shopping outside and the variety of gifts to choose from. I personally look forward to shopping with friends and admiring Nottingham's spectacular lights and decorations, running right through to January 6.
It'd be a shame to miss the twinkling lights and glowing baubles on the huge 60ft Christmas tree.
Presents don't always have to be from large, commercial stores – unique gifts can be found from smaller festive craft fairs such as handmade jewellery to cosy winter woollies. These Christmas fairs won't be available online, so wrap up warm and head out to a local event near you.
Finally, and most importantly, why waste money on postage costs online? There are a range of discounts available on public transport in Nottingham – socialising doesn't have to come at a cost.
Whoever said getting into Nottingham was hassle? It's never been so efficient.
Instead of leaving your gifts until the last minute, organise with friends sooner and free yourself from the Christmas present stress. Make it enjoyable and go out into town to experience the real festive thrill of Christmas.