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Christmas Shopping In Store or Online?

Are you in the midst of Christmas shopping?

Rushing around after work trying to find the toys you know are going to be on their Christmas lists as they’ve been dropping hints bigger than boulders for weeks.

Do you feel that you will snap up a bargain by trudging around the stores or do you prefer wait until your ‘little angels’ are asleep in bed and you can shop in comfort and get more for your money?

On average we probably spend over £100 on each child – though it’s rarely the price that counts -it’s all about the number of presents each receives.

So, could you get more for your money online or in store?

The Sunday Times took a selection of this year’s most wanted toys and compared them – here are their results:

Cabbage Patch Kids dolls – £29.99 on the high street, £26.83 online

Lego Lord of the Rings: The Mines of Moria – £69.99 on the high street, £49.79 online

Nerf N-Strike Elite Hail-Fire, Hasbro – £44.99 on the high street, £29.97 online

InnoTab 2 – £84.99 on the high street, £59.49 to £64.49 online depending on colour

Twister Dance – £26.99 on the high street, £24.99 online

Mike The Knight’s Deluxe Glendragon Playset – £29.99 on the high street, £18 online

Monster High Ghouls Rule Dolls – £22.99 on the high street, £19.36 online

My Moshi Home – £39.99 on the high street, £27.99 online

Web Shooting Spider Man – £34.99 on the high street, £15.75 online

They did, however, find a few toys that were actually cheaper in store

Furby, Hasbro – £59.99 on the high street, £64.48 to £99.99 online, depending on colour (we found this from £48.99 online)

Jake and the Never Land Pirates Ship Bucky – £49.99 on the high street, £54.99 online (we found this @ £38.99 online)

Lego Friends: Olivia’s House, Lego – £69.99 on the high street, £79.99 online (we found this @ £52.99 online)

There are many reasons, apart from just price, why we prefer to shop online.  Many find it easier to shop when the kids are safely snuggled up in bed. You instantly know that it’s in stock and even better when your items come delivered to your door and you didn’t have to struggle to carry them back to the car.

The only disadvantage for me is that I can’t take a close look at the toys before I buy, but if it’s what they want I’ll probably buy it anyway and if I really don’t like it when it arrives then I can always send it back.

How will you shop this Christmas?

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