Snap up those last-minute presents by going #5 local

Missed delivery deadlines for internet Christmas shopping? Don’t worry. Your seasonal shopping saviours are here.

Eastbourne’s independent shops are ready to step in, helping the less well organised shoppers not only find gifts in time, but also ensure originality and a helping hand.

“We know this time of the festive season there are a lot of late shoppers out there who are suddenly realising it’s too late to order online,” said Town Teamer Lucy Newport, who owns Eastbourne Framing Centre.

“This year we’ve been asking retailers to send us their most interesting gifts to curate a useful, inspiring Christmas collection. It reflects the whole town.”

Shoppers can see more than 50 of these gifts on this web page: http://www.pinter

They include vouchers for local cookery classes, membership of the Curious Beer Club, a Lego panda and a fold up bike... to mention just a few.

“We also know our from speaking to retailers all year that they’re more determined than ever to provide a brilliant and useful service to customers, so we want to remind people, dads mainly, to ask for help when they’re in a shop. We can save the day,” said Lucy.

“All shop owners like me know the familiar characteristics of the last-minute shopper. The panicked expression, the middle-distance stare.

“We’re here to tell you that venturing into an independent shop is 10 times more likely to end in success thanks to our expert knowledge of what we sell and who usually buys these gifts.

“It’s just a case of joining the dots usually.”

Following Lucy’s advice will help your family to meet its #5local target set by the Town Team earlier in December. They challenged everyone to make sure at least five gifts were from local independent shops.

The simple message is that shopping this way keeps more money circulating in the local economy.