I had a completely different post I was going to write today. But I had such a wonderful Christmas shopping afternoon yesterday I had to share that with you instead.
It’s hard to put into words how happy it makes me when Christmas stock starts arriving in shops; somehow it confirms that we are in the final run up to Christmas.
I didn’t really even have high hopes that there would be much Christmas shopping to be had, so it was an extra treat when it turned into a very merry Christmas shopping afternoon. Here is what I got up to…
The Edinburgh Woollen Mill
My first stop was The Edinburgh Woollen Mill, they have really beautiful knitwear and country casuals. That was why I was in there, but they had the cutest little Christmas section already with so many lovely things. Wooden robin tree decorations and mugs, placemats and coasters. Plus they had some festive themed stationary, always a joy to find.
I didn’t buy anything as they all had little stickers on which I guessed means they will soon be 3 for 2, so I restrained myself for now. Will be keeping a close eye on them though and definitely doing some Christmas shopping there again in the next few weeks.
The other item which they stock which I always buy at Christmas is Walkers Shortbread can’t wait to see what Christmas lines they have this year, I love their Gingerbread men.
Next stop was Lidl. There are certain Lidl Christmas foods which are staples in this house. I live for that first bite of Lebkuchen each year, Christmas in one bite. I was so excited to see they had a massive Christmas display right inside the front door; it gave me the Christmas feels.
They didn’t yet have the Lebkuchen big biscuits that I normally buy, but they had several of the other items we buy each year:
I have made my own stollen in the past. I love to bake cakes, but I don’t really have the patience for yeast recipes, all that waiting around! Stollen takes all afternoon to make, the ingredients are really expensive and to be honest, it doesn’t turn out as nice as shop bought, so now I just buy it in.
> Stollen – £2.29: These are the big loaves, great to have in a tin so that you can cut off a slice to have with your cuppa.
> Mini Stollen Bites – £1.99: These are the little ones and there is about 20-25 in a pack, I buy these every year and put them in a bowl on Christmas buffets. They are really moreish and everyone can always fit one (or three!) of these in, even when they say they are full.
> Dark Chocolate Lebkuchen – 99p: These are so cute and delicious; another Christmas must have for us. Little chocolate covered gingerbread hearts with jam. They normally do a couple of different jam flavours and both milk and dark chocolate versions. Another easy win for both the Christmas buffet table and the Christmas biscuit tin
> Mulled Wine – £4.99: Sometimes I make my own mulled wine or cider from scratch; see my Christmas drinks blog post here for my method. Sometimes I buy a mulled wine and just add my own Christmassy extras. Lidl does not do the cheapest mulled wine, but the bottle is so festive that I couldn’t resist. I might get some bottle lights so that I can use it afterwards as a Christmas decoration.
I was so pleased when I came out of Lidl’s, a very happy Christmas shopper. Buoyed by my success I was spurred on to seek out more festive finds.
ESK is a local warehouse store, it has great bargains on home ware and garden and a massive Christmas shopping section that was all set up, this was a real surprise and I think maybe earlier than normal.
Gift Wrap and Gift Bags
They had some really lovely Christmas gift wrap at 99p for 5 meters so I picked up 4 of those that were all in a similar colour theme. They also had loads of Christmas gift bags of all shapes and sizes. I like to buy people several smaller gifts rather than one larger present. Normally I wrap each person’s gifts in coordinating paper and then put them in a gift bag to keep them together (this also means that I only have to write one tag!) So I have a stock of different sized bags that gifts will fit neatly into, these are prefect. Also, I picked up a Christmas storage bag for £3.99. I have wanted one of these to keep my gift wrap rolls in and this was just what I was looking for and cheap too.
They also had lots of lovely Christmas decorations. I will be going again so I was quite restrained in my initial purchases. However, I did pick up a couple of peacock coloured birds that will be great for my main tree for £1.99. Plus a couple of rustic style Christmas decorations, a stocking and some bells, again both were £1.99 and will likely go in our porch.
I also picked up three sets of miniature battery LED lights; these are for my Instagram photos, so you will be seeing lots of them.
Last but certainly not least on my little Christmas shopping trip was The Range. I went a couple of weeks ago and they just had everything piled up in boxes but yesterday they had most of the Christmas stock out on display. I always do well at The Range because they have so many different styles of decoration, to suit any theme you can imagine. Plus they do lovely craft items too, which always makes me very happy.
> Set of 6 heart, star and tree hanging decorations with Christmas phrases on – £1.79
> Set of 16 heart and star decorations with snowflakes on – £2.99
> A rustic tree decoration which matches the ones from ESK above perfectly – 89p
> A white star decoration – 89p
> A super cute wooden heart decoration with a little Christmas scene inside – £1.79
> A little garland of tiny white bells – £1.99
You can see their whole Christmas decoration range here.
Home for a slice of Cake
And that concluded my very merry Christmas shopping afternoon. A very happy and unexpected treat surrounded by lovely new Christmas items. I rounded the afternoon off with a slice of Chocolate orange cake on my return home, and why not.
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