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Is it cheaper to shop across the border this Christmas? How to save hundreds of euro on your festive wish-list

We did some price-checking on your gift list ahead of the festive season

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Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Is it cheaper to shop across the border this Christmas?

Your Christmas to-do list is written up... or the intention to write it up is there. And you're all set to start ticking it off. But are you getting value for money this side of the border? We did some price-checking ahead of the festive season.

1. Luvabella

It's the doll every young girl is asking Santa for this Christmas. We did a price check at Smyths' Toy Store.

ROI: €119.99

NI: £99 (€110)

SAVING: €9.99

Luvabella Doll. Photo: Smyths Toys

2. Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

The latest from Urban Decay's eye palette offering. We compared prices at Debenhams.

ROI:  €47.50

NI: $39.50 (€44.15)



3. Sipsmith London Dry Gin (70cl)

Treat the gin-lover in your life with a bottle of the best. We checked out the price difference at Tesco.

ROI: €46

NI: £28.50 (€31.86)


Festive Gin and Tonic


4. Canon EOS 6D DSLR Body Camera

Going for a big ticket item? There could be a budding photographer ready to take on some new skills. We did a price comparison at Argos.

ROI: €1529.99

NI: £1174.82 pounds (€1312.42)

SAVING: €217


5. Airhogs RC X Video Stream Drone

Drones are not over. A massive selection of the flying robots has hit the shelves this year. We headed to Argos for a price check.

ROI: €99.99

NI £79.99 (€89.27)



6. Nespresso by Krups

You just can't beat an early morning coffee. We did this price check at Currys.

ROI: €239

NI: £199 (€221)


Krups Nespresso Inissia


7. LEGO Boost

LEGO has been brought to a whole new level. You can learn to code and build with these bricks. We headed to Smyths for a price comparison.

ROI: €151.99

NI: £129.99 (€144.93)



8. Beatmoovz Soundmoovz Motion-activated Musical Bandz and App

Make music by movement with these wearable bands. We compared prices at Argos.

ROI: €55.01

NI: £39.99 (€44.63)



9. Hatchimal Surprise

Yes, Hatchimals are still here. It was the "tough-to-get" present last year, so hopefully Santa is able to stock up this year. We checked the price tags at Argos.

ROI: €79.89

NI: £59.95 (€66)



10. FitBit Gunmetal Charge 2

Wearable technology is reaching new heights - and looks half stylish now too. We tried Debenhams to see if there was a price difference.

ROI: €224

NI: £160 (€178)



11. Clinique For Men Essentials Kit

When you're seriously dropping hints about the man in your life's skincare... we headed to Boots for a price check.

ROI: €40

NI: £30 (€33.45)



12. The Collection Macaroon Gift Box

We would never say 'no' to macaroons. We checked out the prices at Marks and Spencer.

ROI: €22

NI: £12 (€13.39)



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