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All I Want For Christmas

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Christmas is one of my most favourite times of the year. It’s a time when friends and family get together and catch up with each other, making the most of the season and enjoying each others company. It’s also a time for exchanging best wishes, cards and gifts and that’s one of my most favourite things to do; give a gift to a loved one and watch their reaction. Boots, one of my favourite gift retailers has asked me to think about gift giving this Christmas and I’ve got a fantastic giveaway too.

Boots is the UK’s leading pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer. I know I’m not alone when I say, they’re my go to place for pharmacy, health and beauty products so when their annual Christmas gift catalogue comes out, I know the Christmas build up is on and I cannot help but feel really excited.

What makes you tick during the festive period?

This year, Boots wanted to find out what really makes their customers tick during the festive period. They wanted to know what gets them excited about Christmas and asked them some key questions including ‘When do you start your Christmas shopping?’ ‘Which person’s gifts receives the most thought?’ and ‘what is the most quintessential Christmas dinner food?’

When do you start your Christmas shopping?

The results are really fascinating. Almost a quarter of Brits start their Christmas shopping in August which is something I am in agreement with. I like to give myself plenty of time to browse, plan ahead and pick up gifts in sales and when on offer. I don’t like buying too much in advance just in case the recipient changes their mind about a certain perfume, toy character or food preference.

Who’s gift receives the most thought?

For me, the people that receive the most thought from me at Christmas are my children. I love to research gift ideas and see what new products are available. To imagine their faces on Christmas morning and see what gifts are left under the tree with their names on, it’s just magical. According to the research, 38% of us believe getting their partners gifts receive the most thought with children following behind.

In line with the research results, 57% of people say that seeing the recipients face when opening the gift is their favourite part of gift giving and I have to completely agree. I love to see the reactions of family and friends as they see and open their gifts. I love surprising them with thoughtful presents, it really does give me a little glow inside.

What’s the most quintessential Christmas dinner food?

When thinking about the most quintessential Christmas dinner food, a whopping 69% of us believe that roast potatoes are up there. They’re pretty much a staple of every Christmas dinner plate along with the Christmas turkey and a handful of sprouts. Who doesn’t love a Christmas dinner?

Gifting from Boots this Christmas

Boots asked me to look through their Christmas gift selection to pick out three gifts; one for her, one for him and one for me because according to their research, 37% of us would prefer to self-gift rather than receive a Christmas present from others this year.

There is a huge variety of gifts available this year from Boots. With huge brand names and an incredible selection, there really is something for everyone.  For him, I picked out a really practical gift as I find that’s what works best for my husband. Something he can use frequently and something he probably wouldn’t buy himself. I chose the Joules Mens Wallet and Duo set consisting of a luxurious look wallet with a duo set of products that he can use in his wash bag. It’s a great set and one I know will be appreciated. Check out the Christmas Gifts for Him here.

All I Want For Christmas

For her, I chose a Benefit Christmas Gift set which is a product I would love to receive myself. It consists of a selection of full size Benefit products, that can be used on their own or as part of a complete look. Make up can be a very personal choice and I know that the recipient of this gift set (who remains a secret for now) is going to really love it. It’s a premium brand with make up products that can deliver an abundance of confidence and oozes style. Check out the Christmas Gifts for Her here.   

All I Want For Christmas

For myself, I chose the Essential Eye Kit. I love make up but don’t always have the spare funds to buy much of it. I loved this gift set as it’s includes a brilliant range of products that when combined can help to achieve a dramatic look.

All I Want For Christmas

There’s a fantastic selection of gifts available at Boots this year and there’s certainly something for everyone with products for him, for her and for the children. Head in-store or online now and get Christmas wrapped up.

Win a Soap and Glory Advent Calendar worth £42

All I Want for Christmas Boots

I’ve teamed up with Boots to offer one lucky reader of Life According to MrsShilts, the chance to win the iconic Soap and Glory Miracle on 24th Sweet Advent Calendar worth £42. It’s an incredible prize featuring some of Soap and Glory’s most popular products.

To enter the giveaway, simply let me know when you start your Christmas shopping? Are you an early bird or a leave-it-late shopper? Use the rafflecopter widget below to answer the question and enter the giveaway. Terms and conditions apply. The giveaway ends on 24th November 2019 at 23:59.

Check out my other giveaways here

Disclosure: This post is an advertisement feature with Boots UK but all thoughts are my own. 

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  • Reply Solange 02/11/2019 at 12:28 am

    I usually start my Christmas shopping at the end of November to give me plenty of time to wrap it all.

  • Reply tracyknixon 02/11/2019 at 4:49 am

    September so it is all done before December. I like to enjoy December without rushing around the shops.

  • Reply kayleigh Robinson 02/11/2019 at 8:38 am

    I usually start really late! November usually because I use the bulk of my Christmas bonus from work to pay for it! I do however try to buy things that I see in sales throughout the year but end up giving them as birthday gifts sometimes !

  • Reply Rachel The One 02/11/2019 at 8:57 am

    I’m a leave-it-late shopper, I will start Black Friday

  • Reply Katie Lister 02/11/2019 at 9:04 am

    I’m a last minute person with Christmas shopping! Can’t think about it for too long and the earlier I start the more money I waste!

  • Reply Ruth Harwood 02/11/2019 at 9:15 am

    we usually buy a few bits in November, but the bulk we leave til december as otherwise we’d never stop lol!

  • Reply Tania Stannard 02/11/2019 at 9:19 am

    I used to do all my shopping the week before Christmas but now I do it from October onwards. Gives me more time to shop around for bargains and gift ideas

  • Reply RaisieBay 02/11/2019 at 10:02 am

    I start in November as my older kids like things that I can only import from other countries. I’m usually done by the end of November so I can relax in December :)

  • Reply Corinne Wright 02/11/2019 at 10:42 am

    As soon as my little boys birthdays out of the way at the end of October is when I normally start Christmas shopping but this year I started earlier and managed to sort of a main present for three of my boys.

  • Reply Margaret Clarkson 02/11/2019 at 10:43 am

    I start in October, it seems to work well in this time frame.

  • Reply Kim Neville 02/11/2019 at 11:23 am

    I start in September and look out for deals and vouchers rather than leave to the last minute :-)

  • Reply Paula Gwynne 02/11/2019 at 11:24 am

    I start my christmas shopping in january sales onwards as there are so many bargins to be had.

  • Reply Abigail 02/11/2019 at 11:30 am

    I shop throughout the year, spread out the cost a bit.

  • Reply Pippa Ainsworth 02/11/2019 at 11:31 am

    I shop all year round really, if I see something that someone would love I get it. It really kicks in after my daughter’s birthday in September though.

  • Reply Fiona Martin 02/11/2019 at 11:36 am

    I tend to start in the Summer with any bargains that would be ideal for stocking fillers, then really get going with main presents around October time.

  • Reply Louise Lunn 02/11/2019 at 11:43 am

    I usually start in October. December is so busy that I like it done as soon as possible

  • Reply debbieskerten 02/11/2019 at 11:55 am

    I tend to starting buying the odd present in October. You can normally pick up some bargains when all the sales are in full swing.

  • Reply Anonymous 02/11/2019 at 12:10 pm

    I’m a last minute shopper and always say I’m going to start earlier next year but never do x

  • Reply betsy ferguson 02/11/2019 at 12:27 pm

    in the january sales, when things can be bought for a fraction of the retail price x

  • Reply Alica 02/11/2019 at 12:31 pm

    I usually start in November but try and grab a bargain or 2 all year.

  • Reply Linda Ford 02/11/2019 at 12:41 pm

    I start in September once the boys have gone to school, I feel like I have enough time to find the best gifts and deals.

  • Reply tsuyoiko 02/11/2019 at 1:28 pm

    I usually start in October, rather half-heartedly! I try to finish by the end of November so December is less stressful.

  • Reply Mandy Walsh (@mandymoo2019) 02/11/2019 at 1:40 pm

    I start in the January Sales as I have 4 children to buy for and I love a bargain

    • Reply Rebecca Cusick 03/11/2019 at 12:53 pm

      I start after the kids summer holidays are over and done with. I like to have finished by the end of November x

  • Reply Gillian Vieira 02/11/2019 at 2:01 pm

    I usually start around end October, beginning November and I look for all the offers! Thanks for the chance to win! Xx

  • Reply Jessica Powell 02/11/2019 at 3:14 pm

    I like to get it done as early as possible so I’m not stressing about it. I’ve only got a few bits left to get now.

  • Reply Sarah Anguish 02/11/2019 at 3:17 pm

    I’ve already started my Christmas shopping, usually at the beginning of October. As the children’s birthdays are in November so I like to be organised

  • Reply Cheryl hadfield 02/11/2019 at 4:56 pm

    I start in the boxing day sales for the next year, and throughout the year when I see bargains

  • Reply Anthony Harrington 02/11/2019 at 4:59 pm

    We start in January and have it done by end of August, just the food to sort .

  • Reply Faridah Brooker 02/11/2019 at 5:11 pm

    I normally shop thru the year as I see things. This year I’ve been busy with work and haven’t started yet and I’m panicking!

  • Reply Louise Fairweather 02/11/2019 at 7:42 pm

    I try and get it all done by Dec as I cant stand going shopping when it is busy

  • Reply Helen Arlow 02/11/2019 at 8:09 pm

    I’m usually unorganized and leave it last minute. By some miracle this year I’m almost finished x

  • Reply Jayne Wilson 02/11/2019 at 8:29 pm

    I have 5 children, 30 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren I start my Christmas shopping in the January sales and look out for sales all year

  • Reply nadiashanahan 02/11/2019 at 8:49 pm

    I usually start in November to avoid the crowds and get as much done as possible.

  • Reply David 02/11/2019 at 8:50 pm

    Hello, I tend to start Christmas shopping in early Autumn.

  • Reply Gillian McClelland 02/11/2019 at 8:55 pm

    I usually start in January as I just pick up things each month to spread the cost

  • Reply Sarah Bailey 02/11/2019 at 8:58 pm

    I save up all year around and if I see anything I think people will love I will buy it. But the main bulk around the end of October/ start of December.

  • Reply Rachel Craig 02/11/2019 at 9:07 pm

    November nowadays, as time seems to pass so quickly. In the past I would start earlier in the year in order to miss the cold weather and busy shops (tends to be busier as it gets nearer to Christmas)

  • Reply holly harmsworth 02/11/2019 at 10:24 pm

    I started in October this year. Every year I say i’m going to start earlier but I never do.

  • Reply Michelle Smith 02/11/2019 at 10:42 pm

    I start my Christmas shopping in October because I like to start early before the shops get busy.

  • Reply Llinos Bowen 02/11/2019 at 11:43 pm

    I usually start in September when the children go back to school.

  • Reply Jane Morfett 02/11/2019 at 11:48 pm

    November to avoid December queues but do buy from summer onwards if i see something in a sale!

  • Reply Steph 03/11/2019 at 6:46 am

    I start my Christmas shopping as soon as I spot something in the shops or online that I think would make the perfect gift for someone! Usually it’s around August, but I have bought things in the January sales before and kept them for the following Christmas!!

  • Reply Jane Berrow 03/11/2019 at 7:09 am

    I am a last minute shopper, which helps me enjoy the magic of Christmas.

  • Reply Sharon Lou Johnson 03/11/2019 at 8:55 am

    I started in Jan!! But I’m all done now xx

  • Reply Zoe Goodwin 03/11/2019 at 9:06 am

    I don’t have a set time. For adults I buy if I see something they like. Leave the kids till nearer Christmas as they tend to go off things!

  • Reply Helen Best 03/11/2019 at 9:42 am

    I start around August /September so I’m always done by end of November then i have one list left & it’s food shopping xx

  • Reply Becki Smith 03/11/2019 at 10:44 am

    I usually start getting bits and bobs in the January sale mainly as it saves money

  • Reply Sally Collingwood 03/11/2019 at 10:47 am

    I start in September because I have so many to buy for

  • Reply Margaret Gallagher 03/11/2019 at 10:53 am

    As soon as Christmas is ovee i start again – still always last minute come the bog day

  • Reply Chelsey Hollings 03/11/2019 at 11:55 am

    I start in January in the sales and buy through out the year so I am not buying all in one go

  • Reply Kirsty Ward 03/11/2019 at 2:33 pm

    middle of december im so unorganised!

  • Reply Sally 03/11/2019 at 3:31 pm

    I’m usually quite organised and start quite early. But generally end up getting a few bits last minute.

  • Reply Brigitte Gorez 03/11/2019 at 5:28 pm

    I never start before the end of November. I mainly buy for my husband and his birthday is in October.

  • Reply ADEINNE TONNER 03/11/2019 at 5:46 pm

    I start my Christmas shopping in the first week in August then hope to have it done by the beginning of December

  • Reply Sarah-Jane Carter 03/11/2019 at 6:32 pm

    I usually do my Christmas shopping all year round but only in the sales xx

  • Reply mychaoticblissblog 03/11/2019 at 8:47 pm

    I start it in the January sales so I can pick up bargains

  • Reply robyn297 03/11/2019 at 8:48 pm

    Usually September, so I can spread the cost out a bit.

  • Reply andrea upton 03/11/2019 at 9:25 pm

    I like to have it all finished before December so start mid October

  • Reply Nicki Simpson 03/11/2019 at 10:40 pm

    I shop all year round! I love xmas shopping

  • Reply Shelley Jessup 04/11/2019 at 12:13 am

    I start my Christmas shopping whenever I see a present that is ideal for someone which can be any time through-out the year but the main shopping is done in the months of October through to December.

  • Reply Jodie Green 04/11/2019 at 7:29 am

    I pick bargains up all year, with 8 children it would be a nightmare leaving it to do all in one go

  • Reply Claire Willmer 04/11/2019 at 12:14 pm

    I have started to shop over the last few months when i have seen things on offer to try to save money.

  • Reply Beverley Cousins 04/11/2019 at 2:12 pm

    I know this sounds bad, but i try and save some money and buy quite a bit of gifts in the jan sales, it really helps make christmas expense a little more easier.

  • Reply lucy fallon 04/11/2019 at 10:34 pm

    September because it’s is also my brother birthday on Christmas Day

  • Reply Kay Broomfield 04/11/2019 at 10:40 pm

    I normally do it in December but it’s so stressful so this year I started in August and I’m definitely feeling more relaxed for doing so!

  • Reply Iain Maciver 05/11/2019 at 10:45 am

    november usually , to try and get most out of the way beforehand

  • Reply Ursula Hunt 05/11/2019 at 10:55 am

    I start thinking about it in November keeping an eye out for bargains but seriously get into it in early December

  • Reply clair downham 05/11/2019 at 11:30 am

    i usually start around the middle of november

  • Reply james jordan 05/11/2019 at 11:33 am

    Fantastic Prize keeping my fingers crossed Wow

  • Reply Allan McRae 05/11/2019 at 11:50 am

    I start my xmas shopping about now as I am disorganized and like to get it done early

  • Reply Zoe Atherton 05/11/2019 at 12:14 pm

    I try to be organised but always fail and am last minute!

  • Reply val young 05/11/2019 at 12:51 pm

    I start in january with the intention of buying a present a week , I buy a couple then a long gap ,then panic in november december

  • Reply Jannine C 05/11/2019 at 1:06 pm

    I tend to buy a few bits int the January sales if I see anything nice,some wrapping papers etc. I like to buy charity Christmas cards, this year its Barnardo’s. I normally start mid October, stocking fillers, main prezzies in November and any last min stuff December. I don’t have a large family so its not as costly but I still like to spread it out a bit. I do keep an eye on what I have already and make a little note of who I’ve still to buy for and what I think I’m getting them. Hubby and I don’t bother getting each other anything, we’re both happy with this as if we want anything we usually just get it.

  • Reply Jean Bolsover 05/11/2019 at 1:32 pm

    I used to have all my Christmas presents bought in September but just lately I start at the end of this month. I find people that I buy for usually change their mind as to what gift they would like to receive

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  • Reply Tracy Hanley 05/11/2019 at 1:55 pm

    I start in september , always have done , alot of sales

  • Reply Fiona Rennie 05/11/2019 at 2:03 pm

    I usually start around November as my son never seems to know what he would like

  • Reply lapsapchung 05/11/2019 at 2:37 pm

    I start when I see something that would be a perfect gift for one of my family. I bought a few presents back in June, but have only bought a couple more since so i still have a lot to get
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  • Reply Annabel Greaves 05/11/2019 at 2:50 pm

    I usually shop throughout the year picking up deals

  • Reply Gerri Tennant 05/11/2019 at 3:11 pm

    I love Christmas so the earlier I start the less stressful it is. I start in the January sales and add to it all through the year.

  • Reply Money Counting Pennies 05/11/2019 at 5:13 pm

    I have just started it but it’s actually a bit late I think. Usually Sep/Oct so that I can get it done in time! x

  • Reply Georgina Prince 05/11/2019 at 5:15 pm

    I never start mine until December, i’m not super organised lol but i never am in the mood until December thats part of the fun of it xmas shopping when everywhere is decorated xx

  • Reply Sue McCarthy 05/11/2019 at 5:25 pm

    I normally start thinking about it in October; luckily I don’t have many people to buy for now.

  • Reply Lynn Gibbins 05/11/2019 at 5:46 pm

    We’ve cut right down on the Christmas giving as a family, so I don’t need to start until late November.

  • Reply Wendy Smith 05/11/2019 at 7:21 pm

    Every year I intend to start early, but because I’m never sure what to get everyone I usually start shopping at the beginning of December

  • Reply CAROL PATRICK 05/11/2019 at 7:22 pm

    I do buy a few items in the January sales, but generally speaking I start buying Christmas presents in November

  • Reply Justine Meyer 05/11/2019 at 7:39 pm

    I start my shopping in January to spread the cost

  • Reply Kimberley Harris 05/11/2019 at 8:00 pm

    I don’t start until December My husband, two kids and myself are all November birthdays and I can’t think about Christmas until after them.

  • Reply mrslefty1010 05/11/2019 at 8:09 pm

    We are always last minute buyers and regret it every year. I then usually end up being up till the early hours of Christmas morning wrapping presents that will be getting opened hours later.

  • Reply Ruth Robinson 05/11/2019 at 8:23 pm

    i start my xmas shopping in the january sales so i can get things that normally are too expensive for me for a good price . i also buy throughout the year just as i see something love xmas this is an amazing prize thank u what a treat

  • Reply Charles Fletcher 05/11/2019 at 8:50 pm

    In the January sales and throughout the year. We also buy from christmas markets and farmers market.

  • Reply Pam Francis Gregory 05/11/2019 at 8:55 pm

    Usually try to start in January sales!

  • Reply zoe brown 05/11/2019 at 9:35 pm

    October normally for me

  • Reply Angie McDonald 05/11/2019 at 10:07 pm

    I usually start mine around mid-October as thats when the Christmas items art being put out – I do quite a lot of my shift shopping in second hand shops as they do so many new and sealed items!

  • Reply Carole Nott 05/11/2019 at 10:34 pm

    I keep an eye out for bargains throughout the year but mainly everything is done in December

  • Reply Julie Ward 05/11/2019 at 11:32 pm

    Just after xmas and new year in the sales, look out for offers all year round as wel

  • Reply Dev Bhatt 06/11/2019 at 5:48 am

    Awesome Prize

  • Reply Paula Barker 06/11/2019 at 8:14 am

    Towards the end of November, when I realise it’s nearly Christmas and I haven’t bought a thing!!!!

  • Reply Laura Banks 06/11/2019 at 9:35 am

    i usually start it in november that way im done and dusted by december and can chill

  • Reply Gill HM 06/11/2019 at 12:04 pm

    I like to pick up bits and bobs throughout the year as I come across them. I don’t necessarily have a particular person in mind for it, I just feel it would make a nice present for someone in the family. The ‘big’ items I leave till much later in the year, possibly November. To avoid disappointment on the day, we always check with each other if there’s anything particular they have their eye on; if not, it’s usually a gift of money so they can take their time and perhaps snap up a real bargain in the sales.

  • Reply Liam Bishop 06/11/2019 at 12:37 pm

    Most of it done already thanks to you know who! ;)

  • Reply Christine Taylor 06/11/2019 at 5:17 pm

    I normally start in November on Black Friday – to get the best deals x

  • Reply Jade P 06/11/2019 at 6:30 pm

    I start getting the odd little bits in July! Then really start in November. I love to start early and spread out the costs!

  • Reply ValB 06/11/2019 at 9:56 pm

    We often buy some gifts etc during the year as we see or think of things but I would say the bulk of Xmas shopping is done end November /December. I dont like to plan too far ahead for Xmas – I am not very organised

  • Reply Alison Johnson 07/11/2019 at 12:00 am

    I always intend to start in November, sometimes I do buy presents on Black Friday, but generally I’m always a last minute buyer. Don’t know why it’s just I can’t figure out what evryone wants earlier, I wait for inspiration.

  • Reply TASHA HAMILTON (@battynatty29) 07/11/2019 at 7:25 am

    I start present shopping mid November so I’m just starting to think about presents now

  • Reply Sharon Hirst 07/11/2019 at 8:51 am

    I plan to have all gifts bought and wrapped by early December, yeah dream on. Last minute as usual.

  • Reply Angela 07/11/2019 at 9:10 am

    I start in September when I start to see things people may like

  • Reply Angela Macdonald 07/11/2019 at 8:38 pm

    I started mine last weekend, as I visit my family in England and take presents with me at the start of December, and then I buy presents for family here in Scotland along with food and drink

  • Reply Charlotte H 07/11/2019 at 9:12 pm

    I start and finish at the beginning of December! I don’t have too many gifts to buy and town is in the festive spirit by then

  • Reply Chantelle Hazelden (@MamaMummyMum) 07/11/2019 at 9:14 pm

    I start my Christmas shopping on the 26th of December every year.

  • Reply Rebecca Sutton 07/11/2019 at 11:22 pm

    I always try to aim for August, to get ahead of myself, then end up starting in September, then do a majority in November and finish off in December!

  • Reply lesley renshaw 08/11/2019 at 12:32 am

    I tend to buy presents for my Mum, siblings, friends, etc in the Boxing Day sales as they’re reduced in price and it saves so much money. As my daughter’s tastes change from season to season, I tend to buy stocking fillers through the year when I spot a bargain and get the more specific presents from her wishlist from October onwards. I usually leave my OH’s present until late November – December time as it’s his birthday and as I’ve got everyone else’s out the way by then, I can enjoy looking for his when the shops are busy and can soak up the Christmassy atmosphere without too much stress.

  • Reply Helen Stratton 08/11/2019 at 9:41 am

    I start around September. I don’t like to start too early so I have it sitting around for ages, but I need to start a bit early as I have a lot to buy and I need to spread the cost a bit.

  • Reply Katrina Adams 08/11/2019 at 10:16 am

    I spread it out over the year (starting in January sales if I see a good bargain that I know someone will love), and then I make a list and wrap as I go along, using sticker tags and putting them in a Christmas box that I have set aside. It just means that I can then relax in the lead up to the big day because everything is done!

  • Reply Ellen Stafford 12/11/2019 at 7:47 pm

    I usually start late November/early December just because I am so unorganised.

  • Reply Alex Telford 12/11/2019 at 8:48 pm

    I start in September, it spreads the cost and helps us get over the back to school blues.

  • Reply Nancy Bradford 12/11/2019 at 11:09 pm

    Usually December because I’m just really bad at it and unorganized x

  • Reply Suzanne Gaulton 13/11/2019 at 8:34 am

    I try to start in October – so I’ve got a few months to spread the cost

  • Reply Alice Colling 13/11/2019 at 10:11 am

    Usually a week before. No need to rush when you can get everything online and delivered next day!

  • Reply Mia Thurlow 13/11/2019 at 3:58 pm

    I am definitely a leave it till the last minute Christmas shopper despite all my good intentions to start early!

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