What’s on: Last minute Christmas shopping, Stubhub Style

Last minute Christmas shopping to most people means panicking on Christmas eve about your lack of presents for anyone. One solution to this is to take a leaf out of Joey and Chandler’s book (I’ve been watching a lot of Friends recently; unemployment, ladies and gentlemen). They head to a petrol station at the last minute, purchasing an array of woeful gifts. If you don’t know what they bought, you’ve either got a job or haven’t watched enough Friends: wiper blades and a car freshener for Rachel; toilet seat covers for Phoebe; a cola drink for Ross (and a lemon-lime); and a pack of johnnies for Monica (they’re ribbed for her pleasure, apparently).

A piece of advice: don’t do that. However, one solution to the last minute Christmas shopping conundrum is Stubhub’s Last Minute Service.
If you aren’t already wise to it, Stubhub is eBay’s foray into the ticketing world, and with their Last Minute Service, you can purchase event tickets as late as the day of the event. (You can also sell them as late as that, but that’s hardly a Christmas present). So here’s a taste of what you can take someone to on Boxing Day as a last minute gift.
For the children:
  • Disney On Ice presents 100 Years of Magic: Does what it says on the tin, really. What child isn’t going to go bananas for this?  (O2 London)
  • The Lion King: If you’re looking to blow your child’s mind, this is the one. (There’s also a danger of blowing your own mind, it’s that good.)   (Lyceum Theatre, London)
For the Sports enthusiast:
To please anyone:
  • Wicked: [insert pun about ‘defying gravity’ here]
  • Once: Two words: ‘Ronan’ and ‘Keating’.
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time: Whether you’ve read the book or not, the Olivier Awards have pinky promised that this is great.
  • War Horse: Take a box of tissues, you’ll be crying all sorts of happy tears thanks to the sheer wonder of this show.
So if you find yourself on Christmas Day without a gift for someone, head to Stubhub.co.uk and book an experience that’ll seem like you really thought about it. Disclaimer: this article does not aim to discourage anyone from really thinking about the gifts they are giving this Christmas.

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