Last-minute dec­o­ra­tions

The Courier-Mail - Weekend Shopper - - Front Page - - An­drea Lunt

WITH only seven days left un­til fam­i­lies gather to stuff them­selves silly and fill the wheelie bins with gift wrap, Christ­mas prepa­ra­tions are well un­der­way.

The next week is set to be a whirl­wind of par­ties and morn­ings spent lin­ing up for seafood.

For many, the lead up to Santa’s big day also in­volves fran­tic night-time shop­ping trips se­cur­ing last minute gifts for loved ones.

For­tu­nately, there are ways to cut down on Christ­mas costs, avoid hol­i­day car park rage, and save time, by util­is­ing the Week­end Shop­per.

Those look­ing for ex­tra dec­o­ra­tions to frost the house with fes­tiv­ity will find a good range of pre-loved items, in­clud­ing Christ­mas trees, themed cook­ing uten­sils and life­size fig­urines.

Among the bar­gains on of­fer to date have been full-size Santa sleighs for $150, Christ­mas cookie cut­ters for $10 and trees priced at $40.

Read­ers can also find bulk-buy dec­o­ra­tions and na­tiv­ity scenes, all at dis­counted prices.

If you want to avoid the busy Christ­mas shop­ping cen­tre crowds, you can shop from the com­fort of your arm­chair by brows­ing the range of well-priced gifts avail­able in the Shop­per, both pre-loved and near new. From chil­dren’s toys to more off-beat finds such as Elvis Pres­ley LP records and African drums, read­ers can dis­cover af­ford­able and unique pressies for all mem­bers of the fam­ily.

Whether it’s that sold-out con­cert ticket, an­tique dresser, or cheap kayak, the pre-loved prod­ucts can help cut down the ever-grow­ing post-Christ­mas shop­ping bills.

The full range of Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions can be found un­der the Gen­eral sec­tion in to­day’s Shop­per, while other use­ful ar­eas in­clude the Toys, Col­lecta­bles and An­tique col­umns.

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