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Halloween has now passed which means our family rule of not discussing Christmas has lifted and that paired with it being a miserable day with the rain splattering on the window panes makes it the perfect time to settle down with the Christmas catalogues and begin planning the Christmas shopping. Over the past couple of years I feel like I’ve got this down to a fine art and where before I used to find this a stressful time, it’s become thoroughly enjoyable. The way I achieved this was by keeping a very clear list of all that needs to be done with bullet points about the things that trip me up every year such as how many of everything is necessary. I also simplified everything I could, allowed myself to just get vouchers for the people who are difficult to buy for and stopped buying some things altogether. Some of these decisions were made to be less wasteful, buying a voucher prevents giving an unwanted gift and not buying crackers will hopefully begin to cut down on the huge amounts of plastic they waste each year. A survey recently conducted by Boots on Christmas gifting found that 59% of British shoppers consider sustainability when purchasing Christmas gifts which is a really reassuring figure.
The survey also found almost a quarter of Brits started Christmas shopping in August; I don’t know about you but I definitely don’t sit in this number, I may buy one or two things before but the bulk of my shopping is done in November. My aim is to have it all done before December so that month can be spent enjoying the festivities, attending all the seasonal events, creating Christmas crafts with the children and snuggling down to watch Home Alone.
I spend most my time shopping for children, my own and others and this is definitely where most my time and energy is spent. The Boots survey found most people (38%) put most thought into their partner’s gift followed by children (20%). I tend to put the most thought into other children’s gifts because over the years of receiving gifts for my children I know how much I appreciate them receiving something that will be useful and loved for longer than the holidays! I understand most people putting their thought into a partners gift when 39% of survey respondents said this is the one they’re most excited to receive. The only reason I don’t is that we’ve traded our Christmas gifts to one another for a Christmas weekend where we go out and enjoy a meal. On occasion, we buy little luxuries for ourselves or the home that we’ve wanted throughout the year so for me, partner gifting is similar to self-gifting which I, like 37% of others prefer over receiving presents.
If you are looking for Christmas gifts for him then Boots website is a great place to start. Because I don’t buy many gifts for adults this is the part of my shopping that I enjoy the most and like I said above begins with grabbing all the Christmas catalogues and browsing with a cup of coffee. Once I know roughly what I want to buy each person I search online for deals and so often Boots is running a 3 for 2 offer so you can save on buying a few together there. Although this can be dangerous and often turns into 2 for them and one for me but at least you can grab a few essentials whilst you’re at it. I usually buy presents for my sister and in-laws in Boots. I was so really impressed by the range of brands they have now and surprised to see how many non-beauty gifts there were too with items for the home and food gifts too.
Once the gift shopping is done, it’s on to the food and of course, some of this crosses into gifts too with chocolate coins and oranges required for the quintessential Christmas stocking. Since having our own family we do the Christmas meal and it’s ordering a 3 bird roast from a local butcher has become one of our traditions. I find the most special Christmas foods those that you only tend to have at this time of year like Christmas pudding and brandy butter but would have to agree with the 69% of those surveyed that said roast potatoes are essential to the Christmas dinner.
Writing this has really got me in the mood to get stuff done so I’m off to browse Boots Christmas gifts for her; I promise I’ll try not to treat myself whilst I’m at it but what I would like to do though is gift one of you a Soap & Glory Advent calendar to treat you in the days leading up to Christmas. To enter please head over to my Instagram and comment on the giveaway post letting me know whose present you put the most thought into and tag a friend who needs a treat too.
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- There is 1 prize of one Soap and Glory Miracle on 24th Street Advent Calendar. The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered
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- Closing date for entries is Midnight on 17th November.
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