With Christmas coming up, you could save a penny or two by heading to one of the many nearby (or nearby-ish) outlet centres to stock up on presents!

Luxembourg isn't precisely famed for its range of low-price shops, and certainly not outlets. Without even so much as a TK Maxx (oh, how I miss it - but there's one in Trier) there's good reason to head beyond the border for a day of shopping if you want to save a bit of money.

So, where might one go for some outlet shopping, you ask? Look no further.

McArthurGlen - two locations (BE and FR)

The nearest one that I know of, McArthurGlen in Messancy, Belgium, is about a 30-minute drive from Luxembourg City. With 54 shops including Adidas, Asics, Clarks, Calvin Klein, Diesel, Fossil, Gant, Levi's, Suitsupply, Trespass and many more, there should be something for everyone.

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Slightly further afield with 106 shops (full list below) is McArthurGlen in Troyes, France. Be warned, though: it's roughly a 3-hour drive to get there.

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Marques Avenue - Talange (FR)

Refreshingly, this isn't one of those situations where to outlet centres relatively near each other carry the exact same brands. At Marques Avenue you will find brands such as O'Neill, Salomon, Descamps, Le Creuset, Kooples, Ikks, Black & Decker, and Nike, to name but a few. It's about a 50-minute drive from the City, just south of Thionville.

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Zweibrucken Fashion Outlet (DE)

Another large outlet centre can be found in Zweibrucken, where brands include Abercrombie & Fitch, Armani, Birkenstock, Crocs, Desigual, Esprit, G-Star Raw, Karl Lagerfeld, Lacoste, Mammut, Pandora, Ralph Lauren and many more. As ever, full list below. Expect to spend about an hour and a half in the car to get there.

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Roppenheim The Style Outlets (FR)

Slightly further afield — you'll need to spend about 3 hours in the car — is The Style Outlets in Roppenheim, France. In return for your patience, however, you'll get a slightly bigger selection of brands to choose from. Some of the ones you won't find in all of the other outlets we've mentioned (though some in Zweibrucken) include Allsaints, Converse, Hackett, Jack Wolfskin, Mephisto, Scotch & Soda, The North Face, and Tommy Hilfiger, to name a few. Full list on their website.

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Know of any other places nearby where one might grab a bargain? Let us know in the comments!