Christmas is just 5 weeks away, that’s just 5 weeks to find the perfect gift for family, loved ones and friends. Usually, I’m a last-minute shopper but this year, I’m hoping to have finished shopping with time to spare (fingers crossed). So, I can sit back and just enjoy the festivities, but time seems to be flying by so quickly this year. We have so much planned over the festive season, from trips to the Christmas markets, Christmas Musicals and festive days out (and birthdays too!), I’m quickly running out of time to cram everything in.
Gift buying always takes more time than I expect. I spend a lot of time looking for the perfect gift and it turns out, I’m not alone. Thanks to a recent Christmas survey, conducted by Boots, 41% of Brits say that choosing the gift is the most difficult part of Christmas shopping. I wish that I was one of the quarter Brits, that started their Christmas shopping in August.
My daughter, Little Legs, was once the easiest to buy for, but now that she is getting older and nearing tween territory, she has become a lot harder to buy for and any requests for her list is met with “I don’t really know what I want”. Honestly, my dogs are probably the easiest to buy for. Yes, I’m with the 65% of pet owners, that buys gifts for their pets. It’s the act of gift giving that brings me the most joy, just like 57% of people in the Boots Christmas survey, seeing the persons face when they open their present is my favourite part of gift giving.
One of the main things that I look forward to about Christmas is getting together with family for Christmas dinner. This year we are hosting Christmas dinner and I’m really looking forward to it. Admittedly, the Mr will be on cooking duty whist I tend to the drinks & nibbles. The nibbles are my favourite part. Boots also discovered from their survey, that when it comes to Christmas dinner, there’s a firm favourite, with a shocking 69% of people surveyed choosing roast potatoes as the most essential part! I’m not sure if I agree with them because the most essential part is quite obviously the pigs in a blanket, closely followed by the turkey.
Since we are collaborating with Boots this year, they have asked me:
Which person’s gift receives the most thought?
My daughter’s gifts are always well thought out, we try to pick things that she is interested in or has shown interest in. However, I’d say that my partner, The Mr’s gifts are always the most well thought out. We try not to spend a lot on each other but every year, one of the little gifts we try to get each other is something nostalgic that brings back memories.
When do you start your Christmas shopping?
Too late? I wish I was more prepared but every year I’m a last-minute shopper. I have the best intentions to start early but I always find myself buying more and picking up little bits here and there until the big day.
What is the most quintessential Christmas food?
As above, I’m all about the pigs in blanket. I’m also a big turkey fan, I think it’s a completely underrated meat. I much prefer it to others, so I’m always happy when Christmas comes around and I’m living off turkey left overs for a week.
With my coveted effort to attempt to purchase my gifts this year, in advance of Christmas Eve, I’m definitely taking full advantage of the Boots seasonal offers. I’ve selected something from the Christmas Gifts for Her range, Christmas Gifts for Him and also, a little treat for myself.
I always like to buy my aunt a different perfume each year. She likes to try out new scents and the boots gifts sets are perfect for that. The Gifts for Her range even has sets with multiple scents in for a variety. With the help of Little Leg’s, she was my super spy and she was able to discreetly discover that my aunt likes Armani Diamonds. We found the perfect giftset for £44 that included a 50ml bottle of Armani Diamonds Violet and a 15ml travel spray that she can keep in her handbag.
For the Mr, I remember him talking about a Johnnys ChopShop product that his barber uses so when I saw the Johnny’s Chop Shop Barber Edit Mega Box for £20, I knew he would be a fan, especially since he takes his beard care very seriously. It’s also part of the Save upto 1/2 price seasonal gifts offer, which is a great bargain.
I very rarely treat myself but when I do, it’s often makeup related. Everyone deserves a little treat every now and again but it’s hard to treat yourself and not feel guilty about it. I picked out the Too Faced Paint the World Pink Set for £35 as it includes some of my favourite Too Faced products, including the Better Than Sex Mascara which is my go-to and a Melted Matte liquid lipstick. It’s a great value set with a total value of £79 so I feel less guilty about picking a little something for myself.
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