By now, you’ve seen the adverts on TV and the decorations are up everywhere you look. Christmas season is officially here. While the more festive folk among us have been preparing since, well, last Christmas, the rest of us are readying ourselves for the plunge into Christmas mania.
Maybe you’ve got the majority of your presents sorted and just need to pick up a few last bits and bobs. Well done, you!
Maybe you’re so focused on keeping your inner Scrooge at bay, you haven’t even thought about Christmas shopping yet. Bah Humbug!
Take it from us; we know how daunting the ‘big Christmas shop’ can seem. But if you stick to these 9 insider secrets, you’ll breeze through Cabot Circus and come out more savvy than Santa himself.
1. Show up late
Beat the crowds, not the clock and come in late. There’s no need to rush in early or take time off work to get all your gifts in one go. We’re open till 9pm Mon-Sat, so you can swing by after work and shop till you drop, but still be home in time for Gogglebox.
2. Drive, or don’t
We’ve partnered up with Uber to give PLUS app customers £15 off their first ride. Download the Cabot Circus PLUS app to find out more. If you do come by car, no sweat. Our Christmas parking tariffs are as low as £2. We've got plenty parent & child and disabled access spots, to boot.
3. Use your mobile phone
The Cabot Circus PLUS app gives you access to the best deals our shops and restaurants have to offer. It’s also got an interactive map, so you can plan your route through the centre, making all the right stops along the way.
4. Avoid paper cuts
Harvey Nichols, Oliver Bonas and House of Fraser all offer gift wrapping services so you don’t have to worry about tirelessly peeling back sellotape, or slicing a fingertip on fine paper. However, if gliding scissors through a sheet of wrapping paper is just your cup of tea, Scribbler and Smiggle stock a wide range of gift wrap, from the elegant and classic, to the fun and funky.
5. Make all your returns in one place
Did you know Cabot Circus is a Collect+ location? so you can send, collect and return your parcels at our Information Desk. Shop your favourite brands online and have them delivered to Cabot Circus ready for you to take home.
6. Come hungry
And not just for deals. With delicious eateries such as The Real Greek, L'Osteria and Bella Italia, you won't go hungry!
7. Keep the kids happy
If you’re shopping with kids, keep them in the spirit and entertained with a visit to the Christmas Market. Or play on our interactive Christmas tree.
8. Let them choose their own gifts
Choice - what a lovey gift to have. If there’s someone on your list who you just can’t find the perfect present for, give them a Cabot Circus gift card. Great for last minute gifts, the virtual gift card also allows you to deliver joy within minutes via email.
9. Treat yourself
Last, but not least, don’t forget about yourself. No shopping trip is complete without a little something to lift your spirits or lift your wardrobe into the new season. Monki, Cos and Animal have just opened at Cabot Circus – it’s only fair that you buy yourself something first!