Bah humbug – Christmas shopping in Birmingham

 Birmingham Christmas Shopping

Whilst the kids were away at Christmas Scout Camp this weekend the husband decided to take me on a Christmas shopping expedition. We live close to Oxford, Reading and Swindon so that was my first thoughts but Tim thought differently and decided on a trip to Birmingham.

My preparation for our trip was shocking.  I decided that I should work out what I wanted, google to find the best price and then shop.  Needless to say this didn’t happen!

By the time we arrived in Birmingham on Saturday it was heaving.  We headed straight for the Bullring Shopping Centre.  The range of shops was astounding.  We struggled to get round them all in a day and a half.  Let alone the ones in the side streets and the ones on the surrounding shopping outlets.

I must say it has been a long time since I have been out to do Christmas shopping since my son was born in 2005 most of my shopping has always been done online.  I found out this was so much easier because at the time I was pregnant with Leo and he was due mid November so thought I had to get it done before his arrival as I couldn’t face packed shops with a newbie baby and a two and half year old toddler.    So, since then I have never really looked back.

The trip this weekend was certainly an eye opener.  There were queues for  toilets that snaked around the shopping centre.  There were queues to pay, queues to eat and there was even a queuing system to use the escalators!

I know that some people hate the whole Christmas season and I can sort of see why.  There were people pushing, shoving,  jumping queues and then one chap was paying at a till and another chap had paid for his items and just asked if he could pass by to get out and the man flipped, BIG TIME, swearing and shouting and the poor chap just wanted to move away from the tills as he had paid for his items.  Bizarre!  This Christmas shopping lark doesn’t seem to bring out the best in people to be fair.

I didn’t even find half the presents I was looking for so upon returning home tonight I shall be …… yep you guessed it….. internet shopping!

At least it was nice to get away and we stayed in a really nice Holiday Inn which was literally across the road from Star City Entertainment Village.  Our plan was to grab something to eat and catch a film at the cinema.  However, by the  time we had checked in and then eaten it was 10.30pm so I was ready for my bed, feet and head hurting.

I would love to go again but maybe not during a manic shopping period and this time find the other shopping malls as there are many more we didn’t get to.

Shopping tip:

I never go out without my shopping apps.  These include Quidco and Vouchercloud as starters both are downloaded as apps on my phone and I swear by them.  Quidco is also great for on line shopping as you earn cashback and that is always a bonus.

Links to my most used shopping apps:

QUIDCO

Vouchercloud

PriceRunner – price comparison website

Happy Shopping

I really appreciate your comments and your time. Elaine