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Want Christmas presents at half the price? Then head to NYC

Who doesn’t love to save a little on their Christmas shopping? But save from heading to the nearest pound shop or putting off our gift giving until after the Boxing Day sales, getting a cut-price deal pre-Christmas is no easy feat.

But instead of limiting our search to our own fair shores, research has revealed that we should be hopping on a plane to the Big Apple, where savings of up to 50% can be had on a number of festive season favourites.

Comparing 100 items in London, New York and Boston research from Post Office Travel Money and Virgin Holidays revealed that NYC came out on top when it came to the best location to snap up ‘must-have’ items at prices lower than those found in the capital.

Those who want to keep their skin looking plump and youthful into the New Year may want to add Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream skin protectant 50ml to their beauty regime and their stockings. Those who are heading to stateside to bag this famed product will pay a staggering 45% less in New York (£13.64) compared to the cost in London (£25). Similarly dramatic savings can be had on a number of other products including the Kindle Paperwhite WiFi eReader (£83.96 in NYC and £109.99 in London, -24%) and Hollister Slim Straight men’s jeans (£31.81 in NYC and £54.00 in London, -41%).

Andrew Brown of Post Office Travel Money said: 'With sterling’s recent recovery against the US dollar, there are great bargains to be struck in US shops but it’s still important to do your homework before parting with cash. “Shoppers planning transatlantic trips can compare prices in London, New York and Boston at our website - postoffice.co.uk/shoppingguide2013 - to find out which gifts carry the biggest savings and which might prove costly mistakes.”

If you are planning to head to New York to complete your Christmas shopping spree, then it is important to organise travel insurance for New York in advance.

Date Created: 28 November 2013

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