Aussies are doing their Christmas shopping earlier this year to avoid last-minute stress – are you one of them? eBay share their shopping tips on nabbing a bargain, finding unique gifts and avoiding shopping headaches this Christmas.

Timing is everything

Take advantage of weekly sales and group deals to get the best bang for your buck.

* The most convenient time to shop for group deals and flash sales using eBay mobile and web for fashion buys is midday on Thursdays.

* The most convenient time to shop for group deals and flash sales using eBay mobile and web for electronics and homewares is midday on Tuesdays and Fridays.

* On the weekends in general, Sunday is by far the most convenient day to shop across eBay mobile and web.

What’s going in the stocking?

Ensure you have a game plan before you start shopping for your loved ones. Have a solid idea of who you are shopping for and what they might like before going online. Stuck for ideas? eBay Australia has a list of their most popular gifts for Christmas this year, including the Elgato eyeTV, Griffin iMarker Crayola and the Furby.

Steer clear of Christmas grinchs!

Research the seller and get to know their online reputation. Read feedback from buyers they’ve had previous transactions with and check their pictures and descriptions closely.

Do your homework

Make sure you read the item’s description carefully and be aware of any measurements and size differences – especially if purchasing items from overseas.

Compare prices

Compare prices before making your purchase to ensure that you get the best possible deal.

Currency conversion

The high Aussie dollar means that there are some great deals to be had from international eBay sellers – just make sure you factor currency conversion and shipping into the final price.

Pay safe

Make sure you pay with a safer payment method, such as PayPal, which has recourse should you be unhappy with your experience.

Make a list, check it twice!

Like Santa, you want to make sure you don’t forget anyone. Keep a list of the people you want to buy for and tick them off as you go along.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Uh oh, where are the presents? Don’t leave shopping to the last minute. Start your Christmas shopping early – in the first week of December, or even now. This will ensure you aren’t rushing at the last minute and you have time to get quality gifts.

Are you an early shopper or do you wait until the last minute to get all your Christmas shopping done?