With ‘Black Friday’ on the horizon, are Christmas shoppers readying themselves to hit the high street in search of bargains?
For those unfamiliar with the term, Black Friday is a relatively new phenomenon from across the Atlantic. Some maintain that the day has been concocted by marketers, to boost sales; others point to the origins of the name. ‘Black Friday’ is supposed to have been coined after bargain-hungry Christmas shoppers caused an increase in the number of traffic accidents and incidents of violence reported.
With this in mind, the ladies turned their attention to Christmas shopping this week, but it seems that there is no hard and fast rule when it comes to getting things done efficiently; Kaye Adams, Coleen Nolan, Nadia Sawalha and Janet Street-Porter all have their own differing methods when it comes to getting Christmas shopping ticked off.
Janet, on the other hand, tried to get a head start by ordering some books from a publisher’s website:
“So I had ten book titles and it scrolled down so slowly… I’d ordered two books and IT CRASHED! Then I had to reboot my entire computer and we all know what that means – plugs in plugs out… got it all working again, got down to ordering four books and it crashed AGAIN!”
Having never been one to shop online, Coleen promised she’d get herself sorted way before December, but she still managed to let another year slip by without getting organised early.
Nadia told the audience that just before they went on stage,she’d been sat in the makeup room, frantically scrolling through discount codes, before she realised that she didn’t actually know what she was shopping for.
Kaye had a different idea to avoid the Christmas rush:
“I think we should opt out completely and go for hand-made gifts. Don’t you think it’d be lovely if I handmade… you… something…” she trailed off after seeing Coleen’s deadpan expression.
“I’d have to do that ‘Ooh that’s so lovely and thoughtful’ thing, thinking all the while ‘Now who can I give this to?’ ”
Janet tends to give rather more unusual Christmas gifts, such as pickled onions – a gift that she’s bestowed on none other than Sir Elton John.
To make matters worse, it seems as though this year is set to be the most stressful Christmas ever, with one tree no longer being enough, and a ‘two Christmas tree’ trend emerging.
“And it’s not just about quantity” Kaye says, “size DOES matter.”
“Always” Coleen adds.
How will you be spending Black Friday? Will you be joining the masses and hitting the high street, or will you be trawling through the internet on the hunt for discount codes? Perhaps you’re ignoring it altogether and you’re doing your shopping when you’re good and ready? Let us know in the comment box below!
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