August Christmas Haul – Christmas Shopping Inspiration

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Christmas Shopping Ideas

Hello and welcome to my August Christmas haul for Christmas shopping inspiration. I do one of these each month to update you with all my Christmassy buys, so if you are stuck for ideas, this is the place to come. You can find last month’s here.

Even if these items are not available in your area or have sold out, hopefully these posts will provide you with ideas for your Christmas shopping all year round and in the run up to the big day.


Matey Bubble BathFirst one is a Christmas gift idea. Do you have some must buy items for a certain people every year?

I certainly do and I like to keep an eye on the price of them all year round and pick them up when they are on offer. For my nieces and nephews there are some items which I get them every year. They are gifts that my sister and I used to get when we were little and I like to carry on the tradition.

I will post an article on the full list of bits I get them, but secured my first item this month, Matey Bubble Bath. They are rarely under £2, so when I saw them for £1.50 in ASDA I snapped them up. Luckily I have three to buy for and there were three designs; pirate, sailor and mermaid.

The Range

Christmas shopping from The RangeHad a good Christmas shopping trip to The Range (we call it the ranch in this house – one of those name mix-ups that never gets forgotten) where they had a very festive looking pile of boxes promisingly stacked up. The Christmas section was clearly in the process of being sorted out but not yet on show, another week. But they always have some lovely accessories and I got a few Christmassy buys:

Christmas Light Garland

This is actually a tiny fake Christmas light set for using on greetings card. I have been looking all over for a set for my Instagram posts so was really pleased to find these for £1.99.

Metal Pot Pourri Bag – £3.99

This was a nice big bag with a good variety of gold and silver cones, nuts etc. Lots in here so will fill a few bowls for decor at Christmas.

The Stickman DVD – £4.99

We didn’t have this on DVD, but we record it every year to watch, so thought I would add it to our collection.

Heart T Light Holder – £1.59

This was such a bargain. Really well made from driftwood, would make a lovely host gift boxed up. But I’m keeping mine!


Christmas Shopping from HobbycraftOf course, I couldn’t stay away from Hobbycraft, somewhere you are guaranteed to get some early Christmas finds for crafting.

Fat Quarters

Not sure I actually needed more fat quarters, but they had such good Christmas ones that I could’t leave them. As they were 3 for £18 I got the Mickey Mouse Classic, Poinsettia Metallic and Tartan Metallic. I will use them for photos on here and Instagram, so I did need them, honestly.

Hanging Wooden Door sign – £3.30

This this will be perfect for crafting with, need to do some experiments.

Jingle Bells – £2.20

I really wanted some bells for my photos, loving these and they are in many colours, I thought they were really good value.

Rattan Wreath – £3.

Because you cannot have enough Christmas wreaths as far as I’m concerned.


Dunelm didn’t have their Christmas stock out yet, but I picked up a couple of bits.

Set of Four Wooden Hanging Hearts

Thought these were great value at £2.50, they are really lovely and would look great hanging from a door handle or fireplace at Christmas.


Christmas Decorations from Dunelm

Also picked up a beautiful set of ribbons from the haberdashery section, a pack of 25 different 2m lengths in all red and greens, so christmassy and only £5 which I thought was cheap for so many varieties in good lengths.

Dunelm also had some lovely hanging animal decorations for £2.50, deer, elephant, cow and hare among others. Don’t think they were officially Christmas decorations, but could be used as such.

Keep in Touch

That is it for today. I think I have been quite restrained so far, but with shops bringing our their Christmas stock from now, there will definitely be a lot more appearing in my gift and shopping category so check back regularly.

If you lied this, try this: A very merry Christmas shopping afternoon

Come and follow me on Instagram for lots of Christmas photos featuring my buys and turn on notifications for updates when I post at: @joyfullyfestive

Have Fun


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