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Ho, ho, ho: the annual OTR Xmas shopping special

You can’t ignore the calendar. If you haven’t already realised that it’s that time of year again (this kind of thing is a sure sign of that), you have, oh, about a fortnight left to get your act together. There …

Tue, Dec 11, 2012, 09:37

   

You can’t ignore the calendar. If you haven’t already realised that it’s that time of year again (this kind of thing is a sure sign of that), you have, oh, about a fortnight left to get your act together. There are people out there who have all their Christmas stuff done already, there are people out there who are giving the whole thing a pass and then, there are people like you and me who have less than two weeks to get everything done. And that means pounding the streets, hitting online retailers and trying to find the time to get through a long, increasingly annoying list.


The OTR readers get into the mood for the Christmas party

But there is help at hand. As we have done in previous years during the last month of the year, we’re asking you, the OTR readers and all-round ladies and gentlemen of taste, to tell us about where to go to get the best prices on box-sets, DVDs, books and other entertainment yokes and pieces of kit which will pop up on various lists. If you’ve come across some bargains or good deals, let your fellow readers know the details.

We’d also like to hear about any local independent shops you come across which you think are worth a mention and why. Totally Dublin recently ran a very good feature about the best independent shops in the capital, while the Guardian bigged up their selection of indie shops across the Irish Sea. It was very noticable in Rennes at the weekend too that the bulk of the shops were small, independent one-offs rather than chain-stores and multinationals so there is definitey a demand for them – and also, in the case of the French city, a desire to support them. Yes, it’s easier – and, let’s admit it, probably cheaper – to buy online but if you want those shops to be around in five or 10 years’ time and don’t want to see your local Main Street to be wall-to-wall UK multiples, you know what to do.

Over to you for the word on deals, tips, bargains and warnings about eye-popping price mark-ups. Mince pies and a rousing rendition of Can’s “Silent Night” for all.

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