Bargain Hunter: Discounts at Playmobil let you give your children some retail therapy

Playmobil is offering 25 per cent discounts to Christmas shoppers

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With children in mind this Christmas, the Playmobil website is offering 25 per cent off bundle deals on its key ranges over the next few weeks, starting this weekend.

For instance it is bringing the cost of its Shopping Mall collection – which includes a boutique, beauty shop and toy shop, as well as the mall – down from £172.96 to £130.00, while the Fire Engines bundle drops to £80 from £106.97.

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Travellers in credit with an American Express card

Got an American Express? You could get a £50 credit on your statement if you spend £150 or more with American Express Travel. You’ll need to connect your card to TripAdvisor and book through American Express Travel before 18 December 2014. The offer applies to all flights, prepaid hotels, car hire and experiences of £150 or more.

For full details of how to qualify go to

Discounts on novels: a plot twist for festive shoppers

Here’s a Christmas idea for friends or family who enjoy a good read – get them a classic novel.

And now couldn’t be a better time as Blackwell’s is offering 30 per cent off its range of 785 Oxford World’s Classics paperbacks for the next couple of weeks.

The bargains include F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, both down from £6.99 to £4.89. Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, meanwhile, is reduced from £7.99 to £5.59.

You can see the full list of books included at

Take a cut-price cultural excursion with Eurostar

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Eurostar is offering return fares from just £59 to Paris, Brussels, Lille or Calais in standard class.

The sale of tickets, for travel between 5 January and 12 February 2015, runs until 24 November.

Meanwhile passengers travelling to Paris, Brussels and Lille can take advantage of two-for-one entry into museums and galleries – including Musée d’Orsay in Paris, Bozar in Brussels, and Le Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille – by showing their Eurostar tickets at entry.

To book tickets visit or call 08432 186 186.

Have Christmas on M&S if you play the right card  

Marks & Spencer is tempting shoppers to spend more by offering to repay the cost of Christmas to one of its credit card customers.

To be in with a chance of winning, you need to buy something using your M&S credit card by 31 December. In fact, for every time you use it, you’ll get an entry into the draw. Don’t go mad, though – the maximum payout is £10,000.

Cheap rooms at Travelodge  until the end of the year

The hotel chain Travelodge has 180,000 rooms available for £29 or less before the end of the year.

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