Christmas Shopping Season – October Christmas Haul

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Christmas Bunting
Christmas Shopping Season
M&S Christmas Decorations

Afternoon everyone, there is no denying that Christmas shopping season has started. Every store has either a few festive buys tucked into an inconspicuous corner or a full on Christmas shop with all the trimmings.

I have not done a haul in a few weeks so thought I would give you a peek into my October Christmas buys. I’m really impressed with my finds so far, I really like the Christmas ranges out this year.

I will not be including everything I buy as gifts; as some of the people I buy for read this blog.

However you can get Christmas gift inspiration from my posts about going out essentials here, food gifts here and Christmas gifts for cosy days in here.

So, on with the haul…


Gotta love Primark, it is the perfect place to get your Christmas shopping season started. They have some really lovely things in this year. Here are a couple of things I have bought:

Gingerbread Bunting – £3

Primark Gingerbread Bunting

I love bunting and have some up all year round in my house, I change them to mark the seasons. I find it particularly hard to resist Christmas bunting and have quite a few different ones. You can always find somewhere for a bit of bunting, be it on a fireplace, doorway, mirror or window.

This felt gingerbread bunting is so cute. It is 2m long and alternates between gingerbread houses and gingerbread men on a red ribbon. I can’t believe the quality of this item for £3. I couldn’t find it on the Primark website here. So, I’m not sure if that means it’s new or running out, but I’m guessing it will not be around for long. Grab some if you see it.

Disney Christmas Cloths – £2

Primark - Disney Christmas ClothsI’m also a complete sucker for Christmas home wares. If you can swap a normal, boring everyday version for a Christmas one then I’m in. Festive towels, tea towels, washing up liquid, toilet rolls; I can’t get enough of them.

So I was really pleased to spot this pack of 4 microfiber cloths with Disney Christmas pictures and patterns on. Disney and Christmas being the dream team. Again, I could not find these on the website, but there are 4 different designs in the pack. At just 50p each, they are too cute to use…almost.

The Works

Another of my favourite haunts for Christmas crafting supplies. The Works has a great range of good quality and affordable Christmas crafting and gifting goodies. See their online Christmas shop here.

Christmas Washi Tape  – £3

Set of Christmas Washi TapeMy favourite youtuber is Victoria Witt, creator of @disneyindetail and @victoriaindetail find her channel on YouTube here. Victoria has given me a small, but at the moment manageable, life planner obsession. I love books and stationary so this was not a great leap for me and obviously I need a planner to keep track of my blog and Instagram.

She has not yet converted me to splash out on an Erin Condren planner but I have been quietly accumulating a collection of stickers and tapes for my existing planner. Therefore you can see why I couldn’t resist this pack of 8 x 3m traditional red and green patterned Christmas washi tapes for £3. Besides, I need them, honest. They had gold, silver and rose gold versions too. It’s really useful that they are all different widths. I cannot wait to start using these in my planner.

Christmas Paper Pad – £2

The Works A5 Christmas Paper PadI also picked up another card making pad of Christmas papers. You can’t have too many.

This one has a lot of natural wooden and evergreen designs that I will use for photos, as I have already, in this very post.

There are 16 sheets in 8 designs and they are A5 size.

Such a bargain at £2.


Full disclosure: I get a discount at M&S, but they don’t pay me to mention them or anything like that, I wish!

Marks and Spencer is Christmas and your Christmas shopping season has not properly started until you have been to M&S. See their online Christmas shop here. They have some really lovely items this year and I have already started buying.

At the moment I have restricted myself to towels, because I had a 20% off Sparks offer (top tip, get a Sparks card, you get great discounts). But I have my eye on some of their beautiful bedding and decorations too. My lovely Christmas wreath is from M&S, which appears a lot in my Instagram feed. There will definitely be more M&S Christmas buys to come, watch this space. 

My home ware buys continue, there are lots of really nice Christmas towel designs, I have gone down the Scandinavian route for this year:

Scandi Woodland Jacquard Towel – £6

M&S Christmas TowelThis super cute scandi design is available in grey and has white houses, trees and deer in the pattern.

I got a hand towel for £6 for the bathroom.

You can also get bath towels if you want to go all out on your Christmas bathroom theming. 


Cotton Scandinavian Woven Towel – £9.50   

M&S Scandi Red Christmas TowelThis design has a very traditional scandi snowflake pattern and is available in red, grey and blue.

The red is so Christmassy and will look great in my kitchen. I got the hand towel size.

This design would also be great as a towel for guests if you have people staying over the Holiday season.


Dunelm did not have its Christmas shop fully in place in store yet. I always do well in Dunelm though so I’m looking forward to seeing what they have this year. You can however see their Christmas range online here. Although I did pick up a set of Christmas Crackers.

Premium Christmas Wreath Crackers – £5

Dunelm Christmas CrackersI normally do a fair bit of entertaining over Christmas so I will probably end up buying a few boxes of Christmas crackers. They are tradition and an essential Christmas buy for me. They don’t have to be expensive. In fact, the more rubbish the gift and joke, the better in my book.

Dunelm had lots of great designs, but as soon as I saw these Christmas wreath ones I had to get them, they go so beautifully with my Spode Christmas tree china. They were only £5 for 10 crackers. See them on the website for further contents information here.

The Body Shop

The Body Shop Christmas Shopping Season
The Body Shop

Final shop for today is The Body Shop and although my buys were not Christmas buys, they were certainly seasonal. They didn’t have all their Christmassy items out yet, although their normal ranges had some lovely rustic Christmas themed packaging.

From the website I believe the limited edition ranges this year will be; juicy pear, warm vanilla and rich plum. The advent calendars which are already for sale look wonderful, check them out here.

Vanilla Pumpkin Shower Gel 250ml & Hand Cream 30ml

Vanilla Pumpkin Body Shop goodiesSo, I didn’t actually make any Christmas buys, but was instantly drawn to the Vanilla pumpkin display. They smell delicious and were on offer at buy one get one half price. I got the shower gel and hand cream for £7.50. Perfect seasonal scents to ease me into Christmas.

So, that is my Christmas shopping season buys for October so far. I hope it has inspired you to get out and see what is out there. If you liked this post, you can find my last Christmas shopping haul here or a post about my great experience buying from an independent Christmas maker here.

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