This year I managed to do all my Christmas shopping without stepping a foot into those crazy busy malls and damn y’all, I feel like a proper (calmer) adult for it! There’s a bunch of online stores available to South Africans, so I am not sure why more people aren’t taking advantage of shopping from the comfort of their bed, lounge or even pool side!
These are some of the stores I shopped from, this year:
Takealot is my one-stop shop! Sadly, my Christmas order is taking forever to arrive but I suspect that it has something to do with the fact that my order was placed during their massive Blue Dot Sale (Black Friday). I shopped mostly for Axl’s christmas prezzies, CDs, books, computer and console games, cellphone accessories and makeup (they stock CATRICE, Essence and L.O.V).
Zando feels like home to me. I know their site so well that navigating it comes so easily and within minutes my shopping cart is full and ready to be shipped. I love that Zando offers different payment methods including cash on delivery AND all orders come with free delivery. This year, I shopped Zando for a few outfit choices for Christmas lunch, parties and of course, my growing bump. I also found gifts for friends which included fashion accessories and of course, with Zando being home to several big beauty brands, I can never seem to check out without buying at least one thing from their beauty section.
Did I miss the memo? I had no idea that Clicks offered online shopping. When Black Friday swung around, I refused to go into any stores, but that didn’t stop me from exploring the available online stores which was when I first stumbled across Clicks online and let me just say, they’ve done nothing but delivered amazing service! I have since placed a few orders (taking full advantage of their 3-for-2 Gift section!) and noticed that on one particular order placed late on a Saturday evening, they shipped on Sunday – SUNDAY! And it was delivered on Tuesday morning! Of course, they offer a variety of gift boxes for just about everybody, so be sure to take a peek and don’t be scared to place that order!
Earlier this year, Foschini Beauty was launched and my wallet has been weeping ever since. They have so many great offers that I have actually had to ban myself from going on there more often than every second week. I have bought from them several times, each time taking advantage of a free gift with purchase and have only ever had great service. Be on the lookout because a little birdie may have mentioned that the entire Urban Decay range will be available to purchase from their site soon.
Lastly, for all things homely, I have been loving MRP Home. Honestly, the MRP Group were one of the first to take advantage of the gap in the SA market for online stores, and they’ve been perfecting the art ever since. I usually end up shopping their clothing range late at night when I am waiting to finish from work, but this year, I have seriously enjoyed being able to shop their home section for all things Christmas. From table settings, gifts for couples who have just moved in together and extra linen for when my family stays over, there really is no better place that offers such affordable value.