October 20, 2016

Competition time: Win Christmas goodies

I know, I know…I said the C word before Bonfire night, but it’s good to plan early when it comes to Christmas shopping. By planning early you can avoid the last minute rush, the crowds of Christmas shoppers and of course, only buy when the price is right. The best thing about all this? You get to enjoy the best bits ofΒ the festive season, such as mulled wine and mince piesΒ without any stress.


To help you on your way, I’ve pulled together a little package of Christmas gifts and goodies to help you get a good head start.

The winner’s package contains:

  • Deadpool Blu-ray
  • Two lovely fun Pug mugs from New Look
  • Champneys Body Souffle
  • Yankee Candles Christmas votive pack
  • Bic fun colours pens
  • The essential scratch & sniff guide to becoming a wine expert

Simply follow the rafflecopter details below to enter. Enter daily to increase your chances!

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  1. lucy higgins says:

    these look wonderful, I love Yankee candles

  2. Alix boswell says:

    I like to plan Christmas ahead, I start in about August, Christmas presents and then when it comes to the food I do a big shop at on the 22nd of December!

  3. Emma Ferguson says:

    Plan ahead and do a list. When ever I haven’t I have forgotten something or buy far more. πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ„β˜ƒ

  4. Sue McCarthy says:

    I’m on my own so no planning needed!

  5. Tracey Peach says:

    Start planning in October it can never be too early to plan πŸ™‚

  6. I’ve started my gift buying, as i tend to buy things when I see something that would be perfect for the person rather than just grabbing something at the last minute. I’ve been making hand made cards steadily throughout the year, so i have most of those now, and in the next week or two i’ll bake the cake and pudding and start making and freezing stocks, sauces and stuffings

  7. Annabel Greaves says:

    I try to put as much aside for Christmas as early as possible, I pick up deals where I can to save money

  8. Start buying around October but if I see anything ideal earlier I put in my secret stash (only have to remember where that is then)

  9. chloe bates says:

    My main planning tip is to start buying and organising early. I love going over the top at Christmas, so doing this month by month really helps.
    This year i’m adding personalised touches to the big day by making my own crackers for everyone, with a little gift which relates to the person.
    Can’t wait!!

  10. Michelle Ferguson says:

    I start shopping in August to spread the cost and keep lists of everything I’ve brought

  11. I tend to buy things I think people will like throughout the year, small bits and pieces here and there!

  12. Tracey Parker says:

    I start preparing in January with things like cards, wrapping paper and saving stamps for the food shop. October is when I start to make homemade gifts

  13. Fiona Sanderson says:

    Never leave buying presents to December. I aim to have all my presents bought and wrapped by the end of November πŸ™‚

  14. lisa evans says:

    If I see a bargain early on in the year I keep it for Christmas, so starting early for me is essential. Leaving it until least minute overwhelms me!!

  15. Mariel Pereira says:

    Plan your list early and buy with specific people in mind

  16. I start spreading the cost as early as I can meaning people don’t just get the usual Christmas winter gear, but stuff they said oooo I like that to and then forgot about!

  17. Alex Hill says:

    Maybe I can finally order wine with an idea of which one to pick when eating out!

  18. Susan Crosswaite says:

    I pick up bits towards Christmas throughout the year as and when I see them and then aim to get all the rest of the presents bought before the end of November so I’m not rushing around at the last minute

  19. Rebecca Williams says:

    I have to start early as soon as my boys go back to school in September I start buying presents and food to store away πŸ™‚

  20. Lorraine Stone says:

    Take detours when you are out shopping, look at the lovely Christmas food in Marks and Spencers and drool a bit!

  21. Joanne Darnell says:

    start early

  22. sarah birkett says:

    when the children were little I used to buy from about March onwards, now I tend to buy less and less each year, but I do buy things when I see them,

  23. To start planning early (making lists, etc) and get my Christmas cards done in late November/early December so I don’t have to rush them last minute!!

  24. I plan early and write lists but always leave the actual buying until the last minute!

  25. judy kennedy says:

    Don’t panic and think about it closer to Christmas. Its ridiculous to start planning months ahead. It’s Christmas.

  26. Lee Ritson says:

    I start planning in october and making a list of things to buy, then keep an eye out for sales and bargains throughout november and get as much as possible. Anything left over I get during the first week of december πŸ™‚

  27. Joanne Hutchings says:

    Keep lists of what you’ve brought and what you need to buy otherwise when it’s time to do the wrapping you end up finding things that you’d forgotten you’d brought.

  28. JULIE DAVIES says:

    As I have 3 children I start my Christmas shopping in September and I spread it over 3 months. I make lots of lists and cross them off as I go.

  29. Carol Gates says:

    Love all of these gifts. I have someone in mind for each one. Except the pens I need those for writing Christmas cards and present tags.

  30. amy bondoc says:

    i never make plans, usually start shopping in december, but i find this works for me and makes me more excited for christmas!

  31. Bex Allum says:

    Shop a little bit at a time!

  32. Heather T says:

    I book a home delivery slot nice & early so I can add items weekly as I plan my Christmas meal

  33. Jason Doherty says:

    My wife starts in the Janurary sales for the next year, I prefer to run around like a headless chicken on Xmas eve

  34. I write down ideas as I have them in my notebook. Then if I spot something throughout the year in a sale etc, i can snap it up and stash it away in my ‘christmas box’ in my wardrobe…
    I don’t go overboard, but when Lidl had a special on wooden toys last year, I bought some lovely pieces that I’m looking forward to giving my son at his birthday and xmas (both sadly fall within a week!)

  35. Make a small batch of food to freeze each week and buy or make a present / decoation weekl to spread out the cost and effort.

  36. Simon Tutthill says:

    These look absolutely amazing,fantastic

  37. I buy presents whenever there are sales on through the year and keep them in separate bags for each person so I know exactly what I have for everyone πŸ™‚

  38. Sarah Hanson says:

    January sales are a good start for buying presents, especially all the little bits of tat that the kids like to unwrap

  39. Kate Dale says:

    I buy throughout the year; it says the rush just before Christmas.

  40. Start as early as you can, I find this makes it more fun as you don’t have that last minute panic in the mad rush.

  41. Caroline H says:

    If I’m hosting on Christmas Day, I keep everything as simple as I can. So no trying out dishes I haven’t cooked before, prepping as much as possible the day before, a cold starter or soup, etc I put the effort into making the table and presentation look as good as possible and making sure everyone is enjoying themselves. Much more fun than being stressed and red-faced in the kitchen all day!

  42. I save up through park every years, so when christmas comes I have lots of vouchers and I bascially done by beginning of Dec, so if I see anything nice I just get it during dec

  43. Vicky Loveday says:

    Don’t start Christmas too early, keep it to December, save it until then, much more pleasurable buying gifts in Dec. Shops still have bargains.

  44. keri brooks says:

    Plan Christmas ahead I try start my Christmas shopping end of Aug Sept do it takes less stress and no last min running around .x

  45. Emma Livesey says:

    Look at the sales throughout the year and remember to keep a record of what you have already bought.

  46. Start early!! I’ve already done half my christmas shopping and it’s only October, haha

  47. caroline walliss says:

    I always make a list in advance so i have time to think about it and then do them one at a time.x

  48. Ask people what they’d like instead of guessing other people’s taste and you having to return/exchange items.

  49. Jo Carroll says:

    Always check with any guests that are coming their dietry preferences to ensure everyone enjoys your food and all that hard work and expense doesn’t go to waste.

  50. Liam Bishop says:

    Starting in October, buy 1 Christmas food thing a week and store it, save some of the cost come Christmas time and you have a big shop to do!

  51. Start shopping early so you don’t have last minute dashes around the shops looking for presents!

  52. Sophie Roberts says:

    I always buy Christmas cards in the new year, whenever I see special offers I buy things and put them away early and I wrap things as I buy. Stress-free Christmas every year!

  53. helen tovell says:

    Once people’s birthdays have been anything i see that they would like i put away from Christmas the nearer the time I check what i have got for who and buy anyone that has been missed.

  54. Lisa Hilton says:

    All year round present draw full of bargains from sales, charity shops etc. Buy things when you see them then stash them away.

  55. C Kennedy says:

    Do your shopping early! I usually start mine in August and have it all finished by the end of November so that I don’t have to worry about it until Christmas day

  56. leanne weir says:

    Start buying around October for the small bargains

  57. courtney h says:

    Don’t wait til the last minute to wrap, but make sure you have tons of paper on hand for all the gifts you put off until Christmas Eve πŸ˜‰

  58. Write lists, prepare, research and try to buy early

  59. I start saving early but don’t start Christmas shopping until November. Then I make a list of what to buy everyone before I start shopping.

  60. Jennifer Wlodyka says:

    Plan ahead so you don’t have to pay for it at once

  61. Lucy Major says:

    i plan lists of what i’m going to get people and then look out for offers

  62. amazing

  63. buy a lot of things in the summer as they usually are cheaper this way!

  64. Sarah Brokenshire says:

    Get all my shopping before December :)x

  65. Write lists, start early and enjoy yourself

  66. I shop on line,but down size Christmas as much as possible

  67. Matt Froggatt says:

    Buy the Christmas presents in October, pre-order the dinner in November and then there’s money left over for the new year.

  68. Michaela Smith says:

    I start my Christmas shopping in October so I’m not running around in a panic in December! I also look out for Christmas decorations in the sales πŸ™‚

  69. grainne fox says:

    plan in advance and be organised

  70. Alexandra Adams-Duff says:

    I start late november πŸ™‚

  71. I start looking for presents around October and keep a list of ideas and what I’ve actually bought.

  72. Becky Duffy says:

    I am a bit of a last minute kind of person but I really enjoy being out in the Last few days of Christmas, rushing around to get everything, I also go food shopping on Christmas Eve, everyone says I’m a nightmare to go with too as I like to get everything just right even though I’m late! πŸ™‚

  73. Clara Bee says:

    Buy presents throughout the year when sales are in, saves a fortune

  74. jo liddement says:

    I buy things that i think people will like all through the year.I also buy my Christmas cards in the sale to use the following year

  75. Rachel Butterworth says:

    I try to buy presents in sales throughout the year to save money.

  76. I’m terrible at planning, I haven’t done anything yet!

  77. Ruth Goddard says:

    As soon as your xmas decs are up in December (or whenever you put them up) your mind is clearer to think about your xmas list and start tick tick ticking it off – well the bits you’ve not unconsiously ticked off throughout the year!!!

  78. Astra Coath says:

    This year I have 2 of my own children to buy for as well as my husband and all our families so I started in September I think but it was mostly stocking fillers but if felt good just doing that. I keep a little book and have wrote down everyone we have to get for and I add their presents to their list so I can keep track of them!

  79. Emma Rawlinson says:

    A write a list of people to buy for and do some research online before I head to the shops

  80. Leanne Nash says:

    I add my children’s letters to santa to a sharedgoogle doc and then share the link with any family looking for inspiration – they tick off as gifts are bought to avoid duplication ☺️

  81. Matthew Gardiner says:

    get the presents early and avoid the rush!

  82. I have a bottle of wine on the 1st December and order everything off the internet!

  83. michelle speight says:

    make sure you drop hints to the parenst around october about xmas dinner nailed on they invite you round and you get out of cooking….well if your me you do the breakfast bacon sarnies but the dinner is mums!

  84. I try to pick up things throughout the year so it’s not a mad December rush

  85. david cavender says:

    start making sauces prepairing food the evening before so you only have turkey & potatoes and veg to do on christmas day

  86. make lots of lists and dont lose them

  87. Emma Nixon says:

    Make a list, check internet for best deals.

  88. jen samuel says:

    I love going to the shopping events run by department stores where there are often giveaways, a nice glass of something and a fun environment to shop in the Christmas spirit.There’s usually a chance to win something too!

  89. Sarah Rees says:

    I start planning in September and make lists to help me budget and keep track of what I have bought

  90. Just put a couple of quid away per week starting from the new year and you’ll soon have a decent pile of cash to splash come the festive season

  91. Rebecca Drew says:

    You have the same table as me

  92. Jane Adair says:

    I’m leaving Christmas up to my husband this year! It should prove an interesting time πŸ™‚

  93. Sarah Wilson says:

    Make lists and start early!!

  94. Kirsten Barthy says:

    Make lists (with time frames), check them twice and stick to them.

  95. Ann Skamarauskas says:

    Start doing competitions early enough to win Christmas πŸ™‚

  96. It’s all in the planning. Use Christmas eve to get everything prepared for Christmas day. Start Christmas shopping early.

  97. Plan ahead as much as you can…!

  98. Charlotte Owen says:

    My Christmas planning tip is definitely to write everything down, from presents, to timings to shopping lists!

  99. Angela Cringle says:

    I pick up gifts all year and leave at the bottom of the wardrobe. It helps out not to have to buy all my gifts at once.Then i try and wrap them early December leaving time and money for Christmas food and drink

  100. Lisa Wilkinson says:

    If I see something during the year I get it as you just know you won’t see it closer to the time. I also put a bit aside every month so I don’t have too much to save in the last couple of months

  101. I buy useful stuff, like hair products that people will need through the year

  102. Jenny Rogers says:

    I buy things when I see them through the year, but start seriously in October. I have to keep a list to keep track of what I have bought/still need to get.

  103. Samantha McDonough says:

    I make a list, keeps me on track and makes sure I don’t forget anyone.

  104. jennifer jackson says:

    I do it little and often through the year

  105. Paul Brear says:

    Christmas Eve rush to the shops for me

  106. Sheri Darby says:

    I try to start shopping as early as possible.

  107. I have lots of lists which keeps me on track

  108. Kim Styles says:

    I do buy presents throughout the year but christmas planning is a bit of scramble and and more luck than judgement

  109. Lauren Old says:

    Mine is to make a list of everything that needs doing at the beginning of December and give yourself a week to get everything sorted so you can relax a little!

  110. I’m not great at planning anything but I do try to do the usual Christmas lists – presents, cards, food & drink! Get as much of it in early so it’s less stressful before the actual day πŸ™‚

  111. I am not doing anything special this year but try to get the presents done in early December.

  112. claire little says:

    start wrapping early and write lists of what you’ve bought

  113. Jane Middleton says:

    be well organised, look out for offers on things you would like to buy in the run up to Christmas

  114. Karl Borowy says:

    make a plan-keep to budget-buy 1st dec-keep calm

  115. I buy all year when I see something suitable

  116. Rebecca Alyson roberts says:

    Start in Jan get things in the sale big help

  117. I try and start shopping as early as possible and make a list of what i plan to buy people

  118. Julie Taylor says:

    I wait until mid December, freak out, then do late night shops πŸ™‚

  119. Janet Birkin says:

    Planning in advance

  120. Gemma Massey says:

    I plan on making it a joyful happy Christmas give my mum a break and cook Christmas dinner and buy presents before Christmas Eve πŸ™‚

  121. Jessica Hutton says:

    By shopping throughout the year so christmas is not stressful xx

  122. Jocelynne Harrison says:

    I make a list with everybody on it and the amount I will spend on them. I then make sure I stick to it!

  123. Amanda Cargill says:

    I buy all year when I see something people will like. This means I won’t panic buy

  124. Omg yankee candles are my favourite, great set thanks for chance ☘️

  125. This would be amazing!

  126. ragan bennett says:

    start buying early, stick to a budget!

  127. Sarah Russell says:

    I start around September, although if l see a bargain l will pick it up and hide it away for Christmas x

  128. Natalie Crossan says:

    If you’re doing a home delivery, book well in advance – the chrsitmas slots so quickly and they save a lot of time and effort

  129. Jessica Cook says:

    I start about November time but this year were only buying for kids so its a much less stressful christmas this yeas

  130. I like to plan ahead and get organised.
    I start my Christmas shopping once the summer holidays have finished which takes the pressure off and helps with affordability.
    Fantastic #giveaway
    Thank you for the chance.

  131. Scott fallon says:

    Make a list and plan in advance

  132. Ruth Wollerton says:

    I get everyone involved in the Christmas planning so it’s fun and not stressful. Everyone has a job from card writing, present WRAPPING and Christmas cooking.

  133. Alisa Moore says:

    I don’t really plan for xmas, it’s not worth the worry.

  134. I start buying for others in January and maybe even wrapping paper if it’s reduced! When my children start asking for things they see advertised on TV, I jot them down and stick to the list.

  135. Chirag Patel says:

    buy online and avoid the high street

  136. Carly Belsey says:

    This is the first year I am hosting Christmas so I am going to peel all the veg the night before and just generally make sure everything is ready, I’ve even bought myself a pad so I can write lists and keep organised with the presents I’ve got! – think I need to get out more :-0

  137. Do as much as you can in advance and do a detailed timetable for the day and enjoy!

  138. Dawn Brodribb says:

    I always write down giftf ideas for months before Christmas so I don’t get stuck!

  139. Tammy Neal says:

    start in January sales then looks for bargains and stuff in with big discounts helps a lot threw the year πŸ™‚ x

  140. Jamie C Millard says:

    plan your christmas shopping list early, like REALLY early. Learn it. That way, you’re always on the lookout for a bargain on the things you need.

  141. I start in September

  142. natalee gosiewski says:

    i have brought tons of bits for kids to make there own xmas cards this year thought it would be fun

  143. Make a list, don’t exceed the budget and embrace the Christmas feeling πŸ™‚

  144. Saz Palmer says:

    start around September, budget and most importantly have fun x

  145. alison clark says:

    Lists, lists and lists, I don’t but early on because it just makes me over buy . Planning is key for me.

  146. carol boffey says:

    I try and plan ahead

  147. Ioana Cristina Popescu says:

    I start shopping few weeks ago to make sure I am ready for it!

  148. Lisa Mauchline says:

    Buy wrapping paper, cards etc in the sales for the next Christmas. Make a budget for each person you’re buying for, write down what you have bought for each person so you don’t forget and end up going over budget

  149. Joanna Emery says:

    For the last 15 years that I’ve been married I’ve never had lunch with my husband! On Christmas morning we go to my mum and dads to exchange and open presents. My husband then goes to his parents to exchange and open presents and have lunch. I have lunch at my parents and then I drive to my husbands parents house for the afternoon. We both then go to my parents house in the evening for tea and a board game or two! It’s a hectic day but fun and a bit of a tradition now!!

  150. I don’t really plan just shop in december πŸ™‚

  151. Lorna-Jane Holland says:

    Keep organised with lots of lists!

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