Last-minute gift ideas to make your festive shopping a breeze

Many of us leave shopping for the last minute during the holiday season, only to find ourselves scrambling around a busy shopping mall panic-buying things we don’t really need. But in today’s digital age, there’s a much more convenient way to cross items off our shopping lists. A 2020 survey by Mastercard revealed that more than half of South Africans are now shopping online, opting for the safety of contactless transactions due to COVID-19.

Online shopping has undoubtedly revolutionised the retail sector, allowing consumers to browse a much wider variety of products and services and find exactly what they’re looking for from the comfort of their homes. Whether it’s a lovely piece of jewellery for mom, a pair of binoculars for dad, or a high-tech keyboard for your brother, shopping for the festive season has never been easier. 

But while online shopping is a great way to get what you need safely, supply chain issues and delayed shipping can easily spoil a festive surprise for a loved one. Therefore, digital gifts are a real win if you want to send a little something to that special someone as soon as possible, without worrying about when it will be delivered. 

Gaming, entertainment, and lifestyle gifts for everyone  

For truly fuss-free festive shopping, Africa’s leading mobile games publisher, Carry1st, offers everything from pre-paid electricity and mobile data, digital assets in top-selling games (such as PUBG, ROBLOX, FIFA, and SpongeBob: Krusty Cook-Off – which Carry1st recently launched in Africa) to subscriptions to platforms like Xbox Live, Showmax, Uber, and more. The platform is also a great place to buy instant gift vouchers for friends and family this holiday, which they can spend at a wide range of stores whenever it’s convenient for them. 

Makro, Uber, and Uber Eats vouchers are in high demand in South Africa, with the company revealing that these were the three most purchased vouchers in November. In Nigeria, Razer Gold, Amazon, and Apple reign supreme as the most popular vouchers during the same month. Add vouchers for the Apple Store, iTunes, and the Google Play Store to the mix, and you have the perfect one-stop shop for all your gifting needs, no matter who you’re shopping for.

More payment options, less stress   

Have you ever had to abandon a cart on a website because you didn’t have access to a credit card or the means to pay for the items? A huge obstacle for many locals is that online shopping typically requires a credit card – but not everyone has one. Fortunately, Carry1st gives African customers more options to easily and securely purchase digital goods and services without a credit card.

The Carry1st Shop integrates seamlessly with over 90 secure payment methods – including bank transfers, cryptocurrencies, PayPal, Chipper Cash, Paga, 1ForYou, and more – enabling anyone to shop online using their preferred payment method. 

By providing more secure online payment methods, the company is bringing the world of interactive content to Africa and connecting our continent to the rest of the world. Now, you can instantly buy gaming credits and top-ups in just a few taps, using your payment method of choice, and enjoy the same convenience for other digital assets.

Whether your loved ones would appreciate the gift of binge-worthy entertainment, pampering, delicious food, or thrilling gaming this festive season, with the  Carry1st Shop, you can beat the crowds and buy everything you need in an instant, from the comfort and safety of your couch. 

Now, that’s definitely something to be jolly about.


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