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Christmas Traditions, Gift Giving and Dinner Essentials | Lifestyle

November 20, 2019

Christmas Traditions, Gift Giving and Dinner Essentials | Lifestyle

November 20, 2019

This is a sponsored post, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Boots are also sponsoring a giveaway to win a Soap And Glory Christmas advent calender worth £42, so make sure you keep reading until the end to find out how to enter. 

It feels like it is FAR too soon to be talking about the c-word but as I write this post I’m getting super excited for hot chocolate, cosy pyjamas and incredibly cheesy Christmas movies. With just over a month to go, I’m definitely starting to find my Christmas spirit… 

What I haven’t found, however, is my motivation to do ANY Christmas shopping at all. November has been my busiest month of the year and with a busy schedule right up until New Year, I’m finding it hard to find a day to fit in my all-important shopping trip. Knowing me, I’ll be running to town to buy everything on Christmas Eve.

Luckily, I have a couple of Boots stores pretty close by. With EVERY gift I could possibly need in one store, Boots is usually one of my go-to place for incredible Christmas gifts.

Whether I’m looking for a cute festive outfit for my niece or a box of seasonal bath bombs for my aunt, I can be sure Boots will have most of the last-minute Christmas gifts for her that I need. 

Speaking of Boots, they have asked me to answer some VERY DIFFICULT Christmas questions. From shopping to Christmas Dinner, they covered all bases. You can see my answers below:

Which person’s gift receives the most thought?

I actually think I’m pretty useless when it comes to giving gifts and whilst this probably isn’t true, I really do struggle when it comes to buying gifts for those that are closest to me. Naturally, I find buying Christmas gifts for him harder too.

Whether I’m looking for a gift for my boyfriend or my mum, I like to put as much thought as I can into what I’m buying. From putting together a goody bag filled with themed gifts to buying ‘experiences’ over presents, the more I’ve had to think about a gift the better it’s likely to be.

If all else fails, I tend to ask people what they want. No wonder 41% of people say choosing gifts is the hardest part of Christmas, right? 

When do you start your Christmas shopping?

Oh gosh, I AM terrible when it comes to Christmas shopping and most of the time, I don’t actually start until a few weeks before Christmas.

Whether I’m swamped with work or I’m travelling, Christmas presents don’t start to cross my mind until my tree goes up (mainly because I then need something to put under it). 

With almost a quarter of the British public starting their Christmas shopping in August I am DEFINITELY feeling a little unorganised… maybe I should start my shopping in the January sales instead? 

What is the most quintessential Christmas dinner food?

I love this question! I LOVE Christmas dinner and absolutely HAVE to have sprouts, pigs in blankets and stuffing. Christmas dinner is definitely not complete without them.

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  • Katie November 21, 2019 at 1:38 am

    I love Christmas pudding or mince pies with brandy cream – such a lovely festive treat!

  • Ashton November 21, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    I’m like you and leave my shopping until late, oops. 🙈 I haven’t started mine at all yet, but gift sets always work a treat! 🙌

  • Madeleine November 23, 2019 at 1:29 am

    I used to be really good at Christmas shopping but in the last few years it’s just so stressful so now I just buy it all online and let my nice postman to deliver everything.

  • Pippa Ainsworth November 23, 2019 at 10:20 am

    You have to have pigs in blankets. I can never understand why they are just a Christmas food. They are so good!

  • Ashley Read November 23, 2019 at 10:32 am

    Weird tradition for us to always have mint viennetta ice cream at Christmas! Don’t think I’ve ever had it at any other time of year 😂

  • Fennie Gibbs November 23, 2019 at 11:32 am

    This is a brilliant giveaway and would be a wonderful pressie. My answer is not strictly part of the Christmas roast dinner, but my must have on Christmas Day and the bit I look most forward to is the cheeseboard!! Cheese, crackers and chutney 👌🏽 Finishes off a big roast perfectly! Merry Christmas! 🎉🎄🎁🎊

  • Fiona Martin November 23, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    It has to be a dessert of mince pies and clotted cream!

  • Tina Mansfield November 23, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    I love all the trimmings, pigs in blankets stuffing and all the cranberry sauce!

  • Jessica Evans November 23, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    My Christmas dinner must have is pigs in blankets and bread sauce! 😍💜

  • Sam Macaree November 24, 2019 at 9:41 am

    roast potatoes!

  • Olivia Thristan November 25, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    Not gonna lie, mine is sprouts 110%. They’re amazing and I wish you could buy them all year round! 😍

  • Milly Youngman November 25, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    Yorkshire puds all the way! I’m going to be having my first veggie Christmas Dinner this year too which is exciting!

  • Sunshine Sarah November 25, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    Hey!! 😍

    My must have Christmas food is definitely the roast potatoes & parsnips!! Ssoo tasty!! 😋

    I need to start getting organised for Christmas & so will probably have a look at the sets in Boots! Xo

  • Sarah Dickinson November 25, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    Hey!! 😍💕

    My must have Christmas food is definitely the roast potatoes & the parsnips! 😋 So tasty! Plus the bread sauce, stuffing, and gravy!! Haha!!!

    Fab giveaway thanks so much!! Xoxo

  • Jen November 25, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    Roast potatoes. I could just eat those!

  • Gemma Barnes November 25, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    Absolutely love this post and always pick up some gifts from Boots.

    My must have Christmas Dinner item is…. parsnips; cooked with a teaspoon of maple syrup. Delicious!


  • V @goriami November 25, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    Christmas pudding and brandy butter!! 😁

  • Andrea Upton November 25, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    Must have pigs in blankets! and lots of gravy!

  • Solange November 26, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    Definitely Pigs in Blankets.

  • Hannah Else November 26, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    Roast potatoes – I’m always the one to snap up the leftovers, even if they’re cold!!! Great post by the way, I’m new to your blog 🙂

  • Jessica C November 27, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    Turkey, mushroom gravy, roast potatoes.
    The food around Christmas time and the party food too is literally my favourite thing about Christmas.


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