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Guys, it’s 2018 – soon to be 2019 – and there are still people who get all their Christmas shopping and party prep done the manual way.
No, I get it, it’s fun to soak up the Christmas decorations in town, get inspired with Christmas gift ideas, and splurge on festive purchases on impulse. But actually hand-carrying all your presents, a 5kg butterball turkey, and that fancy wine all the way home? Thanks, but no thanks.
This Christmas, why not leave the heavy lifting to Santa and sort out all your festive essentials online? Not only do you save yourself all those exhausting trips to town, the chance to comparison-shop at home lets you get the best price possible on the items you want.
Here are 5 ways that online grocer RedMart can help you save your hard-earned money and precious time this festive season.
Note to readers: Prices are accurate at the time of publishing. RedMart prices fluctuate day-to-day and discounts may be added on an ad hoc basis.
1. Turn your home into a Christmas wonderland overnight
No, I’m not talking about merely dusting off that old tinsel and playing All I Want for Christmas Is You on loop. That’s hardly going to transform your Punggol BTO into a Christmas wonderland.
Luckily, RedMart has pretty much all the festive decor essentials in one place: Christmas trees and ornaments, Christmas lights, festive tableware, even Christmas stockings. There’s something for every budget, so you can decide what you want to splurge or save on.
Here’s (my) sample shopping list to give you an idea of how much it would cost to get everything from RedMart.
|Christmas decoration||Price on RedMart|
|CGS 4ft artificial Christmas tree||$53|
|Partyforte teardrop Christmas wreath||$24.90|
|CGS wooden reindeer decoration||$1.20|
|Misty Daydream rattan fairy lights x 2||$26|
|Artwrap Hessian reindeer stocking x 2||$17.80|
|ToTT acrylic ice bucket||$10.20|
|CGS 9” paper plates x 3||$9|
|CGS shiny scallop paper cups x 4||$8.80|
|Partyforte Christmas glass decal decoration||$6.90|
Where to shop: Decor & Party Essentials
2. Whip up a Christmas feast with the freshest produce
These days, it’s standard practice to get your Christmas dinner catered or to buy a big takeaway set, turkey and all, from one of the many restaurants offering such packages. But most of us know that there’s nothing like the taste of homemade food.
Whether you’re planning to add a few finishing touches to your pre-ordered Christmas feast, or you plan to do a full-on Christmas dinner from scratch, ordering the ingredients online and having them delivered to your doorstep will save you a whole lot of hassle.
Throughout the year, RedMart’s house brand offers a wide selection of fresh ingredients and kitchen staples, from eggs to carrots to milk, at unbeatable prices.
Of special note this season are RedMart’s Christmas offerings, such as the affordable premium beef selection (think a 250g grass fed sirloin steak for $9.50) and ready-to-cook chilled turkey ($59.95).
Plus, the ready-to-eat items like stuffing (from $5.70 for 300g), roasted root vegetables ($16.63 for 800g) and chicken lasagne ($18.52 for 1kg) make perfect side dishes.
3. Up your potluck party game with exotic Christmas goodies
You may be a Nigella Lawson-type whiz in the kitchen, but once it comes to potluck parties where you have absolutely no control over the food, it’s a whole different issue.
With potluck events, it’s not so much about how good your cooking is, but what item you bring to the table. You may make a mindblowing potato salad, but if 5 of your colleagues happen to bring potato salad too, well… things are going to get awkward.
Instead of trying to outdo the entire Marketing team this year, why not try contributing something unusual that will also double up as an icebreaker? Some suggestions:
- Make your own gingerbread house: With this $22 kit, you can bake and decorate your own gingerbread house.
- Panettone: This buttery Italian cake-bread hybrid ($7.90) is a superior alternative to the traditional fruitcake. It’s lighter, fluffier and less sweet, meaning it will NOT sit uneaten on the pantry table for weeks and weeks.
- Non-alcoholic wine or punch: Pick up a couple of these non-alcoholic festive drinks, like this spiced ginger punch ($6.90), sparkling rose ($9.50) and mulled winter punch ($9.50), and you’ll be an instant hit with everyone in your office who doesn’t drink.
- Shepherd’s pie: If all else fails, there’s always this NZ lamb shepherd’s pie, which is an absolute steal at $18.95 for 1kg.
4. Drink and be merry. Very merry indeed.
Okay, for all you people impatiently skimming through the above because the food group you care about most is alcohol, boy have I got news for you.
From 5 to 11 December, RedMart will have an online wine & spirits fair with up to 50% discount on a staggering 1,877 wines.
Apart from having a huge range of booze to choose from, RedMart also has deep discounts for bulk purchase (either by the case, or if you opt for Mystery Wine Boxes). If you’re in charge of alcohol procurement for Christmas parties, you should definitely check it out.
By the way, it’s not just for wine snobs: RedMart will also be selling quite a number of spirits, so you can pick up some of the hard stuff here too.
Look out for limited edition bottles like White Walker by Johnnie Walker (yes, as in Game of Thrones) and Chivas Regal x Manchester United (available from 6 Dec). So, you know, you can give your bros Christmas gifts without compromising your masculinity.
Where to shop: Wine and Spirits Fair
5. Save money on presents for Christmas gift exchanges
Speaking of gifting, it might surprise you to learn that RedMart also sells a pretty good range of Christmas presents. And no, it’s not gift-wrapped broccoli.
It goes without saying that there are food-related items such as good chocolate and fancy tea, but you can also find excellent Christmas gift ideas of the non-grocery variety, like stationery, homeware and accessories. Truly a one-stop shop for Christmas.
What’s really helpful is that RedMart has curated the gift ideas into two collections based on price points – under $10 and under $20 – which is ideal for snagging gifts for more generic situations, such as your office gift exchange.
Christmas gift ideas under $10 include lots of cutesy stationery, travel essentials and even classy Japanese ceramic cups.
If you have a higher budget, the gift ideas under $20 section has stuff like Moleskine notebooks, pouches, tumblers and toys & gifts galore.
A few tips before you hit “check out” on RedMart…
So, clearly, RedMart is a pretty good place to pick up all your Christmas essentials, all the while saving time and money. But before you place your order, here are a couple of tips for saving a bit more.
- Score free delivery: RedMart offers free delivery for minimum orders of $100. If you’re a LiveUp member (see next point) the minimum goes down to $40.
- Sign up for LiveUp membership: If you’re not a member already, you should sign up for LiveUp membership (which is free for the first 60 days) before you cart out. You’ll get exclusive product discounts and a 5% rebate in RedMart credit. So if you buy $100 worth of stuff, you get $5 off your next purchase. You also get to enjoy 2 months of Netflix for free during your trial, so that’s your post-dinner entertainment sorted out right there as well.
- Never check out without a promo code: If you’re new to RedMart, use either XMAS25P (25% off min. $40) or XMAS18D ($18 off min. $60). For existing customers, check this RedMart promo code page for specific credit cards.
Have you ever done your Christmas shopping on RedMart? Tell us about your experience in the comments!