Oct 03

Make money for Christmas: Christmas jobs available now

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There are Christmas jobs available from October onwards. Early Autumn is a good time to start looking, particularly if you would like work as Santa or an elf in department stores and shopping centres.

It used to be just the Post Office and high street stores that brought in extra workers at this time, but now the online retailers need them too. On its busiest day Amazon receives 47 orders per-second (no wonder they’re taking on extra staff!)

It’s an insight into the way internet shopping is changing our lives, as increasingly more jobs are created to deal with online demand rather than typical shop work. This is particularly significant for young people who might find this is there first step on to the career ladder.



Be a postie or sorter with Royal Mail

Santa's hand holding letters

The Christmas post is huge with all the cards and presents being delivered, so Royal Mail always needs extra help in the run-up to the big day.

They have a mix of full and part time indoor sorting positions on early, late and night shifts available from early November through until 23rd December at a number of sites across the UK.

If you look at their website here you will see PAGES of vacancies in all parts of the UK. These jobs do go fairly quickly so it’s a good idea to apply for them now to be in with a chance.

Rates vary from £7.50-£10.55 an hour depending what you are doing and where you are doing it.


work in retail: get paid and get discounts

Working in shops over the Christmas and New Year period has the double benefit of paying you an hourly rate and giving you access to staff discounts in some cases. Here are some big brands that are actively looking for seasonal help in store…


John Lewis

John Lewis Christmas Job Website

John Lewis is recruiting for what they call ‘temporary Partners’ to work in their stores across the country in the run-up to Christmas.

They are looking for people for two main roles:

  • Selling Assistants
  • Replenishment (Stock Management) Partners

If successful you will have a contract which may include weekend, early morning and late night working.

There may be the opportunity to increase your hours, particularly in the weeks leading up to Christmas so you could make extra cash if you want to.

Get seasonal work at your local John Lewis store by signing up here.



Debenhams Christmas Jobs Banner

Debenhams gets very, very busy in the run-up to Christmas, particularly when they have their flash sales.

They need extra people to help for a few months, not just on the shop floor but also to help in their restaurants over the particularly busy Christmas and New Year period.

Find out what’s on offer here.


Marks and Spencer

M&S Christmas Jobs Website Banner

Marks has seasonal jobs every year and you can find out here what’s on offer and how to apply.

They even have examples of people who have gone on to have full-time, permanent jobs with them after doing the temporary Christmas work.


Toys R Us

Toys R Us Shop

Toys ‘R’ Us are looking to recruit 1500 people for the run-up to Christmas in their stores and National Distribution Centre.

They want part-time new recruits to be involved in service, sales, cashiering, replenishment and internet orders.

If you’re interested you can visit your local store and pick up an Application Form.  You can also find more at Toys R Us Recruitment. For example, they’re looking for a temporary Christmas salesperson right now in the Greys Branch as you can see here.

Adrian Wurr, Toys ‘R’ Us’ Training and Development Manager says “We want special individuals with friendly and outgoing personalities who enjoy being busy”. 

They also say that retail experience, whilst not essential, would be helpful and an appreciation of parents’ and children’s needs will be especially valued. Flexibility is essential as shifts may vary throughout the week.



Amazon boxes on Christmas doorstep

Amazon is mega-busy in the run-up to Christmas and need a lot of extra people in their distribution centres – an extra 19,000 in fact! The majority of these roles will be in the company’s warehouses and customer service centres across the country.

They have more than 20,000 seasonal positions across its UK network of fulfilment centres this festive season.

Starting pay rates for seasonal staff start range from £7.65 to £8.20 an hour depending on location.

Recruitment for seasonal roles is now underway through local recruitment agencies.

Amazon has 16 distribution centres: Swansea Bay caters for Wales and the West, in the South of England is Hemel Hempstead and Dunstable, then in the rest of England there’s Milton Keynes, Peterborough, Rugely, Manchester, Leicester and two in Doncaster. In Scotland the Dunfermline and Gourock sites make up the UK map of Amazon plus centres in Daventry, Coventry, Tilbury (Essex) and a third Doncaster depot.

Click here to find out what Amazon jobs are available, select the vacancy you’re interested in and then apply.



Argos website banner

Argos are looking for over 10,000 seasonal workers to help with the Christmas rush.

They say “customer advisors and stock assistants are being sought to support over 840 Argos stores to meet customer demand for toys, home products, video games, technology, sports and other popular Christmas gifts.

The number includes Fast Track drivers who will need great customer service skills to support Argos’ store to customer door distribution service.”

They’re also looking for customer service advisors, stock assistants and customer advisors for clearance bargains.

Everyone will have a minimum of ten hours work per week (or six for weekend staff). Initial contracts are around three to four months, but some roles could become permanent at the end of the season. See their website for details (only available around Christmas time).


Deliver catalogues and brochures

Magazine/newspaper in letter box

There is also money to be made delivering catalogues and brochures over the festive season.

Often these deliveries can be done in your own time, which is great if you’re busy preparing for Christmas.

Check out websites like

…and your local papers and newsagents, for jobs.

Just watch out for companies that ask for cash deposits for the items you’re delivering as they are likely to be scams.

See our article here which has a lot more information on how to get work delivering leaflets and catalogues in your area.


Deliver parcels



Delivery company UPS plans to hire 1,400 seasonal employees to help with the anticipated surge in package volume that begins in November and continues to January.

This year, UPS expects to deliver approximately 750 million packages globally during the holiday season, about a 5% increase on last year. This includes an average of over 30 million packages delivered per day in the lead up to Christmas.

In the UK, UPS has approximately 8,000 permanent employees, operates 60 facilities, and has a delivery fleet of more than 3,400 vehicles across the country.

The full and part-time seasonal positions can be an entry point for permanent employment at UPS. Many senior UPS executives, including CEO David Abney, started their UPS careers as part-time employees.

You can apply online by visiting


christmas Bar Work

Christmas bartender

As with high street stores, pubs and bars often take on extra staff over holiday periods and particularly at Christmas.

If you’re willing to work on Christmas Eve, Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve, you can expect double the usual hourly rate. Apply now, as these jobs tend to go pretty quickly.

Find out how to get bar work and restaurant work in our article here


Promote clubs at christmas

Group dancing in a club wearing santa hats

It may sound too good to be true, but you really can get paid to party.

Clubs in cities all over the country need more punters to come through their doors and spend money. So if you love clubbing, have lots of friends and you’re reasonably organised, you can make money by bringing extra people through the doors and spending money at the bar.

Admittedly at the Christmas and New Year period most clubs won’t need much help getting people through the door, but they still might on quieter nights like Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Also, as they get busier they will need extra help from doormen, bar staff and host and hostesses, so get into your local clubs now and find out what help they will be needing over the festive season so that you can be the first one they speak to.

See our article here with info on how to make money by partying!


sell your stuff online

Now is a great time to upload things you don’t want to various online selling sites and use that money to buy presents. You could even buy them on the same sites you’re selling your stuff.


If you have books, CDs, DVDs and games that you would like to sell for instant cash, Ziffit. is the great place to go.

It’s easy – just scan the bar-code on each item using the Ziffit app and you will find out instantly how much you could get for each.

If you’re happy with the figure, they pay via PayPal or cheque and postage is free. Take a look here for more detail on how to sell on Ziffit.



ebay app on smartphone

As you know, you can sell pretty much anything on eBay. In fact, even if you have broken or damaged items, it’s possible to sell those too.

The other great thing about eBay is that once you have made money selling your junk, you can then buy Christmas presents for less on the site.

It’s not the only place to sell your junk as you can see here. It’s certainly worth trying your local Facebook groups, Gumtree and eBid for different items. Still, though, for gadgets, collectibles and more, eBay is very handy!


zeek marketplace


Do you have gift vouchers from last Christmas that you still haven’t used – and you’re not likely to use??

You can make money out of them on Zeek, a marvellous site that enables you to make cash from your unused gift vouchers and buy new ones for less.

We have a whole article about it here so you can find out how to do it.


More ways to make money at Christmas

be a santa

Little boy in elf costume whispering to santa

High street shops and supermarkets will still be taking on extra staff in other areas than just serving customers.

Big stores, shopping centres and even outdoor Council-run areas look for Santas for their kids’ grottos and also elves to help Santa.

So as you can see from our article there’s always a demand for Santas and elves. If you’re good at performing, have some experience entertaining kids and, importantly, have a DBS check, then you could make money as either a Santa or elf.


make christmas hampers to sell

Christmas hamper

Everyone loves a hamper but they’re pretty expensive.

However, if you’re creative you could make hampers and sell them at car boot sales, markets and even through local independent shops.

We have loads of information and links to products in our article here on how to make hampers to sell.

It’s something you can do with boxes, pots and even watering-cans that you have at home!

So long as you know how to make things look pretty you can use

  • cosmetics and foods from pound shops
  • home-made cakes and sweets
  • artisan oils, spices and vinegars
  • home-made cosmetics and toiletries
  • anything else that looks cool!

Get creative and any you don’t sell will make presents for your friends and family.



find a job near you now

Use the MoneyMagpie job tool, powered by ZipRecruiter, to find seasonal work near you now.

Just put your area into the box and see what jobs it comes up with near you.


what are you doing to make money for christmas?

Make the most of the seasonal period, think of it as a great opportunity to bag yourself a great job so you really can have a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Let us know in the comments below if you have come up with your own ideas for this season!



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Charlie Brunton

This year I started Christmas shopping in October & I have really noticed the difference it made to spread the cost out rather than making December a really expensive month! We also saved our Clubcard points all year & paid for Christmas food with them!

Alison Latham
Alison Latham

Every time Asda charge you incorrectly on your shopping bill, not only can you go to customer service and request a refund but you can also request a £2 ‘sorry’ card. Over the year I collect these and usually have enough for a good bottle of something that I gift to close friend.

Andrew Seaman
Andrew Seaman

Alright – how my son makes money at xmas is he puts christmas cards in the papers he delivers and as he delivers to lots of old people, they tip him more as on the gesture insuring an extra good christmas present for me 😉

Monika Bascombe
Monika Bascombe

I start saving £10 a week from the first week of summer, we shop presents quite early when they are on offer – also I use sellingsites to sell toys my child doesnt play anymore , this way not only i garger funds but also make space for new toys

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