24 Ways Last-Minute Christmas Shopping Is Hell On Earth

"I'll just pop to the shops for a bit and get a few things, it can't be that bad." Welcome to the worst decision you've ever made.

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If you want to guarantee yourself an absolutely awful time, I recommend popping down to Oxford Street. It's like a war zone, only worse.

FRY

@FRRYYY

If you want to guarantee yourself an absolutely awful time, I recommend popping down to Oxford Street. It's like a war zone, only worse.

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Oxford Street, London: The physical definition of hell on earth. Should come with every kind of health warning.

Hannah Martin

@HannahMLondon

Oxford Street, London: The physical definition of hell on earth. Should come with every kind of health warning.

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creating something resembling a disaster plan for my trip to oxford street tomorrow. kill me now.

Ellie Bullock

@ellie_bullock

creating something resembling a disaster plan for my trip to oxford street tomorrow. kill me now.

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Achievement Unlocked: Survive the Zombie Apocalypse. Went shopping on Oxford Street on the last weekend before Christmas.

Peter Gasston

@stopsatgreen

Achievement Unlocked: Survive the Zombie Apocalypse. Went shopping on Oxford Street on the last weekend before Christmas.

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6. It's so bad that the police have to get involved.

Andrew Winning / Reuters

This is from when Jessie J turned on the lights in London's Oxford Street. The lights cost £1.5 million this year. Good job there's nothing else that needs funding out there.

7. The shops have all made an effort to make their window displays look dazzlingly festive.

Neil Hall / Reuters

"Daddy can we have presents this year?"

"No, we're just going to look at them again."

10. Why not try good old, dependable John Lewis instead. You can't go wrong. Except you get swept away in a bargain-seeking human tidal surge and end up on the 3rd floor looking at lamps.

What the fuck possessed me to go to John Lewis on Oxford street? Hell on earth albeit a middle class hell.

richard huntington

@adliterate

What the fuck possessed me to go to John Lewis on Oxford street? Hell on earth albeit a middle class hell.

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20. By now you're desperately seeking something, anything, you can give to a loved one. A comedy DVD, perhaps?

@psmith / BuzzFeed

"This DVD is NOT ENDORSED by Little Britain, Matt Lucas or David Walliams".

21. Or something more exotic?

Dr Belle de Jingle

@bmagnanti

Christmas shopping: DONE.

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