At such a busy time of year, hitting the shops for Christmas can be a daunting prospect.

There’s a whole host of reasons you’ll want to avoid it. Including the fact that you can support us just by shopping online, at no extra cost! So sit back, read on and find out why online is king this year.

There’s no way you can avoid the Christmas crowds! 

You’ll probably spend more time queuing than you will shopping!

Just think of all the walking you’ll have to do! Trapesing in and out of shops in that terrible weather. 

Like Arnie, you might feel the rage as you search frantically but everywhere has sold out of this year’s ‘must have’ toy. 

There’s always that item in the sale section your mum might like, but the sale sticker has torn off. Who knows how much it will be - dare you risk joining the queue? 

And then there’s the tired screaming kids – you’ll either suffer from someone else’s or you’ve had to take along your own to this shopping nightmare! 

Don’t forget it will be a juggling act by the end of the day with the amount of bags you’ve amassed. 

And on the way home you’ll probably get stuck in traffic or get held up with train delays.

A nightmare scenario, I’m sure you’ll agree! So why torture yourself? Save yourself some energy and do it all from the comfort of your own home. Stick on a Christmas album, heat up some eggnog and shop online! It’s a great way to stick to a budget by comparing prices, and you’ll save lots of time that you can spend doing festive activities instead! What’s more; by shopping through Give as you Live you can raise funds for United Response at the same time.

Give as you Live works with thousands of retailers including Amazon,, John Lewis and Expedia who will all donate a percentage to United Response every time you shop online. Shopping through Give as you Live is no different to shopping online normally, it's just as secure and your shopping won't cost you a penny more.

Start your Christmas shopping by signing up here.


Sarah Riddlestone, fundraising assistant