It’s that time of year when we’re all spending serious £££s buying our Christmas gifts, but the question is: are you clocking up the free stuff? Most people don’t realise that retailers have all kinds of tricks up their sleeves to encourage people to spend their hard-earned cash with them throughout the festive season. From amazing rewards schemes to gifts with purchase, it’s all about getting ‘one for them, one for me’ at this time of year. Here’s our round-up of some of the best freebies…
Get the World of Colour collection, worth £321, for just £56 when you spend £30 or more at Elizabeth Arden’s nationwide counters or its website. It’s a chic vanity case trimmed with a gorgeous pom-pom and packed with goodies including four lipsticks, mascara, compacts and a 3-piece brush set. Until stocks last.
Superdrug is treating owners of its (free) Health & Beauty card to offers such asdouble points on Christmas sweets, selected fragrance gift sets and all, yes all, Christmas gift sets until the 26th of November 2017. Keep an eye out for weeklyStar Buys and, if you’ve got the card, a regularTreat Thursday too.
You can get a double dose of REN as it’s offering a freeday and night cream duo, worth £63, for just £42 right now. T&Cs apply; while stocks last. You’ll also get two cheeky free samples with any order when you first sign up for an account.
Clinique fans, listen up! AtJohn Lewis this Christmas the mega-brand is offering a Best Of Clinique bag containing a mix of full-size & sample treats, only £45 RRP when you spend £40. It contains a whopping £159-worth of goodies, including moisturisers (yep, more than one), mascara and lip colour. While stocks last.
At L’Occitane you can get the exclusive Festive Collection for just £15 when you spend £45, including products like almond shower oil, a L’Occitane Eau De Parfum and L’Occitane hand cream. Use the offer code: HERGIFT. For the guys, there’s a grooming essentials kit in its own wash bag, also just £15 when you spend £45. It’s packed with actual essentials too, from luxurious shower gel to scented soap. Do the same with code HISGIFT at checkout. Both offers last until the 24th December.
And until the 30th of November, when you spend £120, you’ll get the free Winter Luxury collection, in its own mini wash bag packed with travel-sized oils and creams. Use the offer code LUXURY at checkout.
If you’re like us, you’ll remember thoseBoots 3 for 2 adverts from back in the day and the high street hero is reviving the deal for 2017. But there’s a twist – Boots will actually arrange your gifts from most to least expensive, then give you every third gift on the receipt for free. Meaning it’s not just all the cheapest items you get gratis! Find the offer online or in-store.
For more goodness, bookmark theBoots offers page, the place to find out what you can get free when you buy certain products – there’s usually an offer on at least one of its men’s and women’s fragrances, with amazing freebies on offer like clutches and make-up bags. Plus, it’s also offeringStar Gifts, with one gift a week heavily discounted; these have proven really popular in the past, and look set to be just as big for 2017.
Avon, you’re spoiling us this year. Firstly, get a free gift worth £37.50 when you buy the brand’s new fragrance, Avon Eve Duet (in a campaign fronted by Eva Mendes, no less). You get to pick, too, from treats including the matching body lotion, hand creams and cult products like the Anew Vitale Instant Blurring Treatment, valid from 19th October-29th November 2017.
As if that wasn’t enough, from 9 - 29 November, spend £10 on selected beauty products and you’ll also nab a trio of gifts worth up to £20 with its own cracker, ribbon and tissue paper to wrap them up in!
Lastly, buy £12 of selected beauty products and you’ll get a set of four free beauty gifts totalling up to £29.50. Each set includes a fragrance, lipstick and a nail enamel of your choice plus an overnight mask, also from 9th November until 29th November. We think Santa might have his work cut out with that one.
If you’re unsure about what beauty product to buy for who, then Feel Unique’s ‘Try Me’ service is here to help. Buy any full-priced item with the ‘Try Me’ icon and they’ll send you a mini sample with the product, and let you refund the full price item for free if it’s not right. Last orders for the service are 21st December 2017.
This Christmas, Feel Unique are also letting you choose five mini beauty samples for free each month with its‘Pick N Mix’ programme – all you pay is the £3.95 delivery fee, but once you’ve got them, you’ll get a voucher back to redeem on the full-price products. LOADS of brands are involved, from Kenzo fragrances to Burt’s Bees and Weleda.
On the freebie front, Feel Unique currently has a ton of treats including afree Dr Jackson’s 04 Coconut Melt, worth £10, when you spend £40 on Dr Jackson’s, afree MONU Professional Skincare Illuminating Primer when you spend £30 on MONU, and afree Winky Lux kitty-shaped bag and lipstick worth £5 when you spend £20 on any Winky Lux products – all while stocks last.
Get the following free Space NK gifts with purchase when you spend £40 or more:
If you spend £40 or more on any products: Get a free NUXE Creme Fraiche de Beaute (15ml). With code: BEAUTE.
If you spend £50 or more on any purchase: Get a free Acqua di Parma Colonia Intensa Hair & Shower Gel (20ml). With code: COLONIA.
If you spend £50 or more on any Nude purchase: Get a free Nude Detox Brightening Fizzy Powder Wash (60g) and a Progenius Omega Treatment Rescue Oil (30ml). With code NUDE17.
If you spend £60 or more on any skincare purchase: Get an Omorovicza Midnight Radiance Mask (15ml). With code: MIDNIGHT.
In time for party season, Aveda’s experts will bestow on you a free 20-minute Aveda Glow Facial, Scalp and Hair checkup or wellness ritual when you give them a visit; the latter could include a sensory head, neck and shoulder massage, or a hand and arm massage. Book now on the brand’swebsite. You can also grab a free, best-sellingSample Trio with orders over £40, until 10th November.
This year, when you purchase keyLancôme products, the French brand is throwing in a few handy extras for free, in the form of their Christmas Coffrets. Treat yourself to the Full Size Hypnôse Mascara, beautifully packaged with three free mini products, or the full-size Grandiôse Wide-Angle Fan Effect Mascara with a free Mini Crayon and Bi-Facil. There are loads of options, and they’re available at Lancôme stockists nationwide.
The folks at Grounded are giving away a free face scrub and lip balm when you spend £30 and a free body scrub and lip balm when you spend £50 on theirwebsite.
Origins is another brand giving away in-store treatments, with complimentary mini facials and personalised skin consultations at counters nationwide to get you party-ready. If you’re desk-bound check out theiroffers section, which always fills up with great freebies as the clock ticks down to December 25th.
Your Nectar points could be worth twice as much when you exchange them for Double Up vouchers between 15-21st November 2017! You can spend them across a wide range of departments, such as Taste the Difference wine and champagne, toys, electricals and homeware.
Head to the customer service desk to start exchanging your points for a £10, £20, £30 or £40 voucher from the 8th of November but after that be quick as you’ve got from the 15-21st November 2017 to spend them. T&Cs apply.
How much could your points be worth?
1000 points = usually £5, now £10 voucher
2000 points = usually £10, now £20 voucher
3000 points = usually £15, now £30 voucher
4000 points = usually £20, now £40 voucher
Spend £85 or more on Christmas food to order and M&S will gift you a free bottle of wine. Available until 12 November.
Last but not least, while you’re stocking up on bricks for the little ones you can also get a free Juniors Racer figure with any LEGO Juniors purchase, until 12th November.