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From artificial trees to wrapping paper — save hundreds by stocking up for next Christmas now


IT might be February but canny shoppers can save hundreds of pounds by stocking up now for next Christmas.

Many stores still have leftover stock from the festive season that they are desperate to get rid of — to free space for products that are in demand right now.

Shoppers can save hundreds of pounds by stocking up now for next Christmas

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Shoppers can save hundreds of pounds by stocking up now for next ChristmasCredit: Getty Images – Getty

This year they have even more than usual, because many were unable to open before Christmas due to Covid restrictions.

It means careful shoppers planning ahead can save up to £220 on an artificial tree, cheaper baubles and gift wrap — and even posh Yuletide items from Harrods that are now half-price.

For some, the thought of Christmas shopping may be the last thing on their minds, with it more than 300 days away.

But picking up non-perishable items now at bargain prices not only means you save money but also puts you ahead of the game for preparation later in the year.

‘SAVVY SHOPPERS’

With all but essential shops closed in lockdown, many have put their spare festive items online.

This includes Ocado and Harrods and even specialist retailers such as Christmas Tree World, which has slashed the price of an 8ft, pre-lit artificial tree from £549.99 to £329.99.

The Save The Children charity shop has cut the price of cards by half, while the National Gallery is selling cheap decorations, such as a ceramic nativity scene reduced from £28 to £12.50.

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Other examples include a Harrods Union Jack stocking that was £70.01 before Christmas but can now be snapped up for half-price at £35 from the upmarket store.

Many stores still have leftover stock from the festive season that they are desperate to get rid of

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Many stores still have leftover stock from the festive season that they are desperate to get rid ofCredit: Getty Images – Getty

More everyday items include crackers from Ocado, down from £15 to £7.50 for a box of six, and wrapping paper at WHSmith reduced from £8.98 to £1.99.

Consumer expert Martin Isark said: “Retailers’ unsold products are often discounted after the festive period.

“But unfortunately in December 2020, non-essential and charity shops were closed before many shoppers had a chance to buy their must-have Christmas essentials and presents, which has meant most of their Christmas stock has remained unsold.

“This is bad news for retailers but good news for the savvy 2021 Christmas shoppers.”

Top festive bargains

Crackers

Grab six reindeer handmade crackers for £7.50 from Ocado

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Grab six reindeer handmade crackers for £7.50 from Ocado
  • Six reindeer handmade crackers, £7.50 from Ocado – buy now

Christmas price: £15

Now: £7.50

SAVING: £7.50

Stocking

This Christmas Union Jack stocking is half price from Harrods

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This Christmas Union Jack stocking is half price from Harrods
  • Christmas Union Jack stocking, £35 from Harrods – buy now

Christmas price: £70.01

Now: £35

SAVING: £35.01

Christmas cards

Get twelve Christmas cards for £6 from The White Company

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Get twelve Christmas cards for £6 from The White Company
  • Twelve snow scene Christmas cards, £6 from The White Company – buy now

Christmas price: £12

Now: £6

SAVING: £6

Wrapping paper

Save £6.99 on this Christmas wrapping paper from WHSmith

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Save £6.99 on this Christmas wrapping paper from WHSmith
  • Two 2m rolls of Christmas wrapping paper, £1.99 from WHSmith – buy now
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Christmas price: £8.98

Now: £1.99

SAVING: £6.99

Lights

Get five Christmas light decorations for £19.99 from Christmas Trees And Lights

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Get five Christmas light decorations for £19.99 from Christmas Trees And Lights
  • Five Christmas light decorations, £19.99 from Christmas Trees And Lights – buy now

Christmas price: £69.95

Now: £19.99

SAVING: £49.96

Kids’ sweatpants

Save more than £60 on these Stella McCartney kids’ Christmas cracker sweatpants from Harrods

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Save more than £60 on these Stella McCartney kids’ Christmas cracker sweatpants from Harrods
  • Stella McCartney kids’ Christmas cracker sweatpants, £33.87 from Harrods – buy now

Christmas price: £94.95

Now: £33.87

SAVING: £61.08

Beauty advent calendar

Treat yourself to White Stuff's Twelve Days of Christmas beauty advent calendar for £18

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Treat yourself to White Stuff’s Twelve Days of Christmas beauty advent calendar for £18
  • Twelve Days of Christmas beauty advent calendar, £18 from White Stuff – buy now

Christmas price: £30

Now: £18

SAVING: £12

Artificial tree

Save a massive £220 on this 8ft artificial tree from Christmas Tree World

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Save a massive £220 on this 8ft artificial tree from Christmas Tree World
  • Artificial 8ft Devonshire Fir, pre-lit, £329.99 from Christmas Tree World – buy now

Christmas price: £549.99

Now: £329.99

SAVING: £220

Nativity scene

This ceramic Nativity scene is just £12.50 from the National Gallery website

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This ceramic Nativity scene is just £12.50 from the National Gallery website
  • Ceramic Nativity scene, £12.50 from National Gallery website – buy now

Christmas price: £28

Now: £12.50

SAVING: £15.50

Jumper

Grab this year's Christmas jumper for £12 from Matalan

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Grab this year’s Christmas jumper for £12 from Matalan
  • Gnome Christmas jumper, £12 from Matalan – buy now

Christmas price: £18

Now: £12

SAVING: £6

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