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Christmas 2012 / The diary of a local shopper, the beginning

My main tool for local shopping this year

Love it or hate it, there’s no avoiding Christmas. The local shops are already bursting to the seams with festive stock, and those jingle bells are about to start ringing without end. I love Christmas, but most years, I end up sticking to my usual (OK, I admit it, lazy!) method of shopping – ie remembering what I want to buy at about 11 o’clock at night and then ordering it online immediately, before I can forget it (which usually means it’s some useless, frivolous thing that I’ll regret buying as soon as it arrives).

But this year is going to be different. I have decided to make it my mission to get EVERYTHING I need for Christmas in Shetland. As a dedicated online shopper, it’s not going to be easy for me. But I’ve done it: I’ve disconnected my debit cards from Amazon and will stay well away from any retail outlet that does not have its roots in Shetland, whether I buy online or visit solid bricks and mortar.

Being in advertising means I’m always popping into the shops in Lerwick and around the isles and that is how I plan to find the best of what Shetland has to offer – and I’m going to share my discoveries with you over the next eight weeks. I’ll update you every week with my progress and my purchases, to let you know the best bargains and great buys that I’ve found, so make sure to check back and see how I’m getting on.

Don’t forget if you have any gift ideas, tips, tricks, recipes or suggestions for the festive season please email us at views@shetnews.co.uk. We would also like to hear about your festive events too so send them through and we’ll publish them on our feature pages.