A new study has found that Brits choosing to do their shopping on the continent this Christmas could save hundreds of pounds.
Thanks to a stronger pound against the Euro compared with last year, along with cheaper store prices in French stores, festive shoppers could save an average of £33 on the most popular gift items for Christmas 2012. The study by Travelex highlighted that the Pound is up seven per cent on the Euro compared to this time last year, making exchange rates close to the most favourable for four years.
In addition to the good exchange rates, the Travelex study found that technology gifts bought in France offered particularly good savings compared with UK prices. As much as £100 could be shaved off the price of popular TVs and laptops.
"We’re all looking to make our money go further this Christmas, and with the Pound still strong against the Euro, it’s a great time to shop for presents in France," commented Elvin Eldic from Travelex. "To get the best value, bargain-hunters should order their Euros online," he advised.
One in-demand gift this Christmas is the Playstation 3 with the new FIFA 13 football game, and the Travelex research found that the cost of the machine and game in French stores was up to 30 per cent cheaper than in UK stores. With cheap flights to France, as well as ferry and train options, being widely available, Christmas could be the perfect excuse to book a continental shopping trip and make a short break out of what is often an ordeal in the UK!