Amazon wraps single book in 30ft of brown paper and sends it in cardboard box

What a waste: Amazon wraps single book in 30ft of brown paper and sends it in cardboard boxA children’s book that Helen Hamer had ordered online arrived in a huge box and wrapped in 30 feet of brown paperThe mother of three bought Christopher Wormell’s Animal Train from Amazon at the beginning of DecemberFive days later the paperback arrived at her local sorting office – but despite being only millimetres thick, it came in a deep box | UPDATED: 23:04 GMT, 19 December 2012 Excessive: A children's book that Helen Hamer had ordered online arrived in a huge box and wrapped in 30 feet of brown paper It appears as though someone was being a little too diligent when they wrapped up this Christmas gift.

All I want for Christmas is… hand-me-down presents? How 49per cent of people will recycle unwanted gifts this year

All I want for Christmas is… hand-me-down presents How 49per cent of people will recycle unwanted gifts this year | UPDATED: 22:45 GMT, 12 December 2012 Christmas gift shopping can be stressful, expensive and tiring. So many people are now turning to re-gifting as a way to avoid the present-buying experience altogether.

Get set for mega Monday: Online Christmas shoppers in UK set to spend 222,222 a MINUTE over 24 hours

10,000 spent every second! Christmas bargain hunters are expected to splash out 465million today – biggest online shopping spree in history Shoppers could spend nearly half a billion pounds throughout the day78 transactions will be made every secondOnline shopping this month could top 5bn | UPDATED: 22:56 GMT, 2 December 2012 Christmas shoppers will spend an astonishing 10,000 a second online today. On the day dubbed ‘Mega Monday’, they will make 115million visits to web stores – up by more than a third on last year – and spend as much as 465million.

Christmas gift ideas: The thinking couple"s sex guide, a 450 gym bag, a Paul smith back-care chair

The thinking couple's sex guide, a 450 gym bag, a Paul Smith back-care chair: Gifts to give you the feelgood factor | UPDATED: 10:39 GMT, 2 December 2012 Are you struggling to find the perfect gift for your fitness freak friend Is your mother in need of some tender love and skincare Maybe your partner need to spend a bit more time thinking about sex Our experts on body and mind have compiled the ultimate list of what they want for Christmas this year…