Monday 11 December 2017

How To Blitz Your Last Minute Christmas Shopping At TK Maxx - In 20 Minutes

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Despite all my best efforts to stay organised, every year I seem to end up with some last minute Christmas shopping to do. Whether it's a work emergency that scuppers my plans to hit the stores, or an unexpected visit from friends or family that leaves me with extra people to buy for, there's always something! I'm sure a lot of you can relate. When I'm in that situation, the last thing I want to do is rush from shop to shop, scrambling for decent gifts amid rapidly dwindling stock. Luckily, there's no need, because you can blitz your entire last minute Christmas shopping list in TK Maxx - in just 20 minutes. (No really, you can. I've just done it!)

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What's great about TK Maxx - apart from the up to 60% of RRP savings you can make on big name brands - is the fact that they continue receiving multiple new deliveries every week right the way up to Christmas Eve, so no matter how literally you take this last minute shopping thing, you're sure to find something you love. And with stock ranging from clothing, accessories and shoes to beauty, homeware and gadgets, you can pick up everything you're looking for from under one roof.

My Top Tips To Blitz Your Christmas Shopping List In 20 Minutes

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Want to wrap up those last minute purchases in your local TK Maxx in record time? Here's how to do it!

1. Make A List, But Keep It General - I recommend having some idea of what you're aiming to buy before you head into store, otherwise there's a very real danger of getting lost in there for hours as there is so much to look at! That said, I also find it's a good idea not to be too specific when it comes to composing that list. Stock comes and goes pretty quickly, and you're never quite sure what you're going to find from one visit to the next. One of the joys of TK Maxx is stumbling upon an unexpected gem, so embrace that, and keep your mind open to finding something fabulous that you weren't particularly looking for, but that your intended recipient will love.

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2. Think In Departments - Once you have that basic list, do yourself a favour, and organise it into departments - beauty, women's accessories, menswear, tech, etc. TK Maxx stores are split up into sections like this, enabling you to focus on one category at a time.

3. Work Your Way From Front To Back - Unless you only have one or two things to pick up, the best way to tackle the store is methodically from start to finish, to make sure you don't miss any of the departments. Grab yourself a trolley, and do one thorough lap of the store, ticking off each department as you go. 

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4. Find Your Size - If your gift shopping includes clothing or footwear, it helps to remember that TK Maxx lays everything out in sizes. Let's say you're looking for a new jumper for the man in your life. Head for menswear, then knitwear, and then find the section that contains his size. In a store with such a huge amount of choice, this really helps to narrow down your search.

This is how I tackled my own Christmas shopping when I popped into one of my local branches the other day, and it worked a treat! I spent about 20 minutes in store, and finished up with a very nice selection of gifts. Even better, I managed to finish off my last minute Christmas shopping and pick up six gifts for just £100. With value for money like that, you could be forgiven for popping back in for a little something for yourself, don't you think?

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OK, let's not get carried away...

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I'll confess, I thought the faux fur scarf was such a lovely gift that I ended up getting one for myself too. Well, at just £12.99, it would have been rude not to, don't you think? It's beautifully soft and lovely quality too - no one would guess it cost so little! I also picked up a pair of fabulous boots that will make the perfect present for a friend of mine. Any fashion lover would be thrilled to receive these.

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I didn't forget about the boys either. I found a nice cosy beanie, a selection of toiletries, a game, and finally, a gorgeous navy jumper, which was worth £88, but which I was able to snap up for a more than reasonable £24.99 thanks to TK Maxx's fantastic savings.

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Not bad for 20 minutes' work, don't you think?! And, even if my trip into store hadn't been so successful, I could have fallen back on the TK Maxx website. With both a click-and-collect and next-day delivery service available, you can get those last few gifts bought online too.

Are you a last minute Christmas shopper, or do you have it all wrapped up and under the tree before December even hits? I would love to know!

Kate x

This post was sponsored by TK Maxx. All opinions, as always, are my own.


  1. The velvet boots are so pretty and the colour is amazing!! I love everything burgundy at the moment!!


    1. Such a gorgeous colour at this time of year, I agree! Thanks Yiota! x

  2. I love TK Maxx. I'm always in there looking for bags or beauty buys. I wouldn't go as far as saying I'm done with Christmas shopping before December but I can safely say that apart from the food shopping I'm done. Xx

    Toni | sheergloss

    1. You're doing well Toni! TK Maxx have fabulous bags, that's one of my favourite things to buy there too. x

  3. I absolutely adore TK Maxx and spend a lot of my time in there. It looks like you picked up some fab bits! xx

    ♥ Carly Susanne ~ A Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  4. I have all my shopping done and wrapped! I might have a little 'to me, from me' blitz though! xx


  5. i love tk max you can find some amazing things in there!! xx

    1. You really can - I almost always leave with something fab! x

  6. I can spend hours in Winners (Canada version of TK Maxx)! I find a lot of hidden gems in there but the key is to be patient and dig through the craps!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

    1. You do need a strategy, but once you have that down you are sorted! x

  7. I start early, but leave a few things to last minute, so yes, stores like this are a life saver and I am so happy we have TK Maxx in Heidelberg.

    Anne - Linda, Libra, Loca

    1. Ah I didn't know they had stores in Germany, that's brilliant! x

  8. Oooh - I LOVE TK Maxx as there's so much variety and you can find things for everyone however I always end up buying more clothes which I don't need haha - any excuse!

    Loving all your picks too - especially the faux fur scarf, it's beautiful and the colours are perfect for this time of year too! Will see if my local store as something similar available! :)

    Hope you're well hun and hope you have a fab week! :)

    Layla xx

    1. Thanks so much Layla! That's the one downside of the store - too much temptation to start looking for yourself when you're supposed to be shopping for others! x

  9. I love Tkmaxx for gifts and homeware x

  10. Ooh TK Maxx is a big favourite of mine too, it's like a treasure trove for some really individual and unique finds! They have some fabulous secret Santa bits too! I picked up some extendable mistletoe and David Beckham deodorant for an amusing secret Santa gift! I am forever browsing their homeware selection too! 20 mins for a shop! Do you fancy doing my shopping too Kate?!
    Jaz xoxo

  11. I love Christmas shopping, it's always so fun and festive! I also make sure to buy myself a sneaky gift or two hehehe....

  12. The velvet boots are really nice!

  13. This is a great place for last minute shopping. You really can find some fun products especially beauty goodies :)


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