Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Ways to use Amazon less this Christmas!

I have made a pledge this Christmas to NOT order anything from Amazon.

I know what you're saying...


I thought that too. Over the years, I have relied heavily on Amazon to provide me with presents for friends and family over various Christmastimes and birthdays. But I wanted to try to use the site less - you know, because of the whole not-paying-their-taxes and poor-working-conditions thing. 

I have bought around half of my Christmas presents, and have not used Amazon for a single purchase. How did I do that? Well, here are my tips for an Amazon-free Christmas:

1. Use your local high street 

Our high streets are dying, and we are the only ones who can save them. There are brilliant cheap stores such as Home Bargains, B&M, Primark, H&M, New Look, and so many more which stock some brilliant items for Christmas gifts. You don't have to go to the expensive stores when you go to the high street! Pick a few cheap stores and have a look around before considering buying the same things from Amazon... you'll be surprised how much you can get.

Here is a video from The Geordie Grandma showing you how to fill a stocking on a budget:

2. Support smaller companies

I'm guilty of wanting to buy big brands for myself and other people. One of the biggest appeals of Amazon is that you can get brand name items, like technology and clothes, for a cheaper price tag. However, by pledging to support even just one smaller company or creator, you can do a lot of good!

This year, I'm supporting a great vlogger and teen mum Mia Jeal by buying a piece of her merch. I've been watching her for a few months, and all of the money goes towards supporting her and her adorable baby Mabel. The £20 from her t-shirt means a lot more to her than £20 would to a massive company like Amazon.

3. Buy from and donate to charity shops

Charity shops are not just full of used items from someone's attic. Most charity chops nowadays have brand new items as well as lots of clothes and toys in great condition that other people have donated. There is a real mix of stuff, and you'll be amazed at how much you can pick up. Plus, the items will be a fraction of the price compared to Amazon!

Whilst you're at it, maybe think about donating a few items to one of your local shops, whether that be something you've had in your house collecting dust, or a brand new toy if you have a bit of money left in your budget. 

I hope you enjoyed this post! Even if you can't promise to completely forget about Amazon, buying a just a few things elsewhere can really make all the difference. 

Leave a comment if you're pledging to ditch Amazon this Christmas!