Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Christmas Goodies from The Works

It's less than 90 days until Christmas and with the evenings drawing in earlier, I'm feeling really festive and excited for the holidays. I'm also really looking forward to going Christmas shopping and picking out Christmas cards, decorations and gifts for everyone.

The Works have an excellent selection of Christmas goodies available to buy online now. They are really reasonably priced too and with free standard delivery on orders over £20 or free click and collect in over 300 stores nationwide, there's no reason to miss out on a few Christmas bargains. Here are some of the things on my Christmas shopping list:

Christmas cards

In a time where social media ranks highly in the ways of communicating and passing on messages of congratulations or happy birthday, I still love to send cards and I love receiving cards too. Picking out a card for someone and taking the time to write them a message is such a personal and lovely thing to do.

For my very close friends and family, I tend to pick out a pack of really special, really pretty and more than likely covered in glitter. For neighbours or for the kids to give to friends at school, I buy a couple of the large packs of around 30 cards.

Christmas paper and fancy bits

My Mum went to a workshop on how to wrap presents and she always gives you such a beautiful looking present, it's almost a shame to open it. The kids even take their time opening a present from Bella. I'm not the best wrapper. In fact, the standing joke in our house is that the kids would know all about Santa if I wrapped the presents so Husband tends to do a lot of the wrapping. Being an engineer, he's quite precise with his present wrapping technique.

I'm the one who chooses the paper and all the little bits that go with it. I love fancy bows, pretty tags, ribbons and glittery things. I choose different paper for family presents and I'll often buy gift bags in various sizes for presents for friends.

Christmas essentials

Things like sellotape, batteries and even pens for writing my cards are things I stock up on near Christmas time. I love having special pens for card writing and often go with a red and green or gold and silver colour scheme. Stamps are another thing that are a necessity at Christmas time, especially if you have quite a few cards to send.

Christmas books

A tradition that we have come to do every year since the kids were born is to buy a new Christmas themed book. The Works have a huge selection of books and I always manage to find a bargain if I go in to my local shop. We also love to buy the kids some new books for their Christmas and there are lots of boxsets of books to choose from.

Christmas crafts

The kids enjoy making their own Christmas cards for Bella and Pops, Gran, Grandpa, Papa and the rest of the family. I buy in some coloured card and some Christmas themed stickers and leave them to it. It's a lovely way to spend the afternoon, with some Christmas music on in the background and a cup of hot chocolate to warm us up.

Stocking fillers

Usually I buy big Christmas gifts online as it's a lot easier than trying to find the time to go Christmas shopping at the weekend and finding someone to watch the kids. I do pick up stocking filler bits though as and when I can. The kids' stockings tend to have a sweet of some sort, underwear, a cuddly toy and something related to LEGO or Playmobil.

A Secret Santa gift

When I was working in an office, I had quite a few Secret Santa gifts to buy. Thankfully now I only have one or two at the very most to buy. Secret Santa shopping can be quite hard especially if you don't really know the person you are buying for. The Works have a selection of Secret Santa gifts ranging from 59p up to £17.

That's about everything on my Christmas shopping list! Is there anything that you would add to it?

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