All I Want For Christmas…with Boots // AD

02/11/2019
All I Want For Christmas

*Paid partnership with Boots

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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 !

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

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

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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 :)

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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 :-)

  • 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.

  • Abigail 02/11/2019 at 11:30 am

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • Alica 02/11/2019 at 12:31 pm

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 .

  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

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

  • David 02/11/2019 at 8:50 pm

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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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)

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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!

  • 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!!

  • Jane Berrow 03/11/2019 at 7:09 am

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

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

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

  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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

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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Kirsty Ward 03/11/2019 at 2:33 pm

    middle of december im so unorganised!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

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

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

  • robyn297 03/11/2019 at 8:48 pm

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

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

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

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

    I shop all year round! I love xmas shopping

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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!

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

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

  • 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

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

    i usually start around the middle of november

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

    Fantastic Prize keeping my fingers crossed Wow

  • 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

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

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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • joanne darnell 05/11/2019 at 1:43 pm

    November

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

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

  • 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

  • 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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  • Annabel Greaves 05/11/2019 at 2:50 pm

    I usually shop throughout the year picking up deals

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

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

    I start my shopping in January to spread the cost

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

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

    Usually try to start in January sales!

  • zoe brown 05/11/2019 at 9:35 pm

    October normally for me

  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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

  • Dev Bhatt 06/11/2019 at 5:48 am

    Awesome Prize

  • 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!!!!

  • 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

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Angela 07/11/2019 at 9:10 am

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

  • 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

  • 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

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

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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

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

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

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • bex allum 13/11/2019 at 8:49 pm

    I am starting on 1st December once I have submitted my university work.

  • Blondie Blondell 14/11/2019 at 5:53 am

    the week before christmas I’m afraid…although I do start ordering presents online early Dec to allow for shipping time….

  • Karen hutchinson 14/11/2019 at 1:31 pm

    December – I,m just not very organised then I go into panic mode and stress out – every year I promise myself I will be more organised

  • Laura F 14/11/2019 at 10:05 pm

    I like to do it mostly in December!

  • Julia Linsley 15/11/2019 at 10:36 am

    I usually start very early but this year I am waiting till the last minute as everything seems to get reduced and we want to have a more Eco friendly Christmas

  • Amanda tanner 15/11/2019 at 4:38 pm

    Normally a week before as I only have my mum to buy for now. Stopped alot of gift buying years ago due to lack of money.

  • Charlotte Baker 16/11/2019 at 9:59 am

    I started my Christmas shopping when the 70% sales started in January this year. Bought loads of great presents and little extras for Christmas family bingo!

  • laura wheatley 16/11/2019 at 10:25 pm

    Sept/Oct I like to be organised as i’m on a very tight budget

  • Michaela Turner 17/11/2019 at 6:14 am

    Around October time so i can get it finished before the mad rush starts

  • Katherine S 17/11/2019 at 9:13 am

    I normally start my Christmas shopping at the beginning of October, as I like to be organised and have most of the presents wrapped up and ready by the first weekend in December. But this year I only officially started my Christmas shopping yesterday.

  • Naila M 17/11/2019 at 5:42 pm

    start early as possible so around october :)

  • Helen-marie Porter 17/11/2019 at 7:37 pm

    I started mine in July this year but normally earlier because I like to pick up bargains all the way through the year

  • Pat Healy 17/11/2019 at 8:55 pm

    Before Grandchildren I used to leave Christmas shopping till late but now I buy presents early . Idea is to be less rushed but there is usually something still to be bought.

  • @goriami 17/11/2019 at 9:25 pm

    Usually I have already started, but this year I wont’ be starting until Dec!

  • Lindsey Stuart 17/11/2019 at 10:06 pm

    I normally start my Christmas shopping in October, I like to be as organised as possible. October is a fine month to get started I think.

  • Lorna M Peppiatt 18/11/2019 at 10:23 am

    I start shopping in September, as I prefer to spread the cost over few months x

  • Rebecca Beesley 18/11/2019 at 2:17 pm

    usually around september and october time because it’s easier to get stuff bit by bit as you see something nice rather than panic buy at the last minute

  • michelle o'neill 18/11/2019 at 4:38 pm

    I always mean to start early, but it never happens! Started last week.

  • Tracy Hughes 18/11/2019 at 6:48 pm

    I start whenever I see something that I know someone will like, it can be January or it can be November!

  • Jemma Dwyer 18/11/2019 at 8:48 pm

    in november i find that’s when all the best Christmas gifts start coming out :D

  • Natasha Mairs 19/11/2019 at 6:00 pm

    I normally start in the January sales. But this year I am really late and just started last week

  • donna l jones 19/11/2019 at 6:42 pm

    middle of november so im not rushing around to much in december

  • Sophie Roberts 20/11/2019 at 7:09 am

    I start mine not long after Christmas for the following year, I look for bargains and keep them away because it saves me more money at Christmas time!

  • Claire Ginn 20/11/2019 at 9:13 am

    I’m a last minute the shopper, I must get a move on

  • Mary Campbell 20/11/2019 at 1:41 pm

    Early November – just after Halloween, and early enough to generate a glow of festive goodwill right up until the big day! :)

  • Rebecca Phillips 20/11/2019 at 9:42 pm

    I’m so bad! I tell myself every year I’ll start in Jan but mid November I start panic buying. I need to be more organised!

  • Nikki Thomas 20/11/2019 at 10:33 pm

    I am really rubbish and start late November as I just don’t feel Christmassy until then

  • Sare Davies 20/11/2019 at 10:46 pm

    I’m a last minute shopper. I’d love to start earlier (once upon a time I had it all done and dusted by the end of October.), but life just seems to be so busy these days, that I only start when I realise I absolutely need to!

  • Kristin Burdsall 21/11/2019 at 12:31 pm

    Im on the lookout all year round. You never know when you might spot that perfect gift!

  • Heather 21/11/2019 at 9:37 pm

    I normally start about now but we’re in the middle of helping my mother in law move so it’s going to be delayed until the start of December this year.

  • Sheri Darby 21/11/2019 at 10:06 pm

    I just started today

  • Ema J Lowe 21/11/2019 at 10:08 pm

    I buy presents all year round, I buy when shops have offers and sales, to save money

  • Julie 22/11/2019 at 6:42 am

    I start in early October purely to spread the cost.

  • Rebecca Roberts 22/11/2019 at 2:27 pm

    I started last month but I seem to of come to a holt!

  • Kayleigh Watkins 22/11/2019 at 4:02 pm

    I am always last minute, I start in October as I have my daughters birthday, uniforms and keeping my three children entertained through summer holidays, my sons birthday is then the beginning of September so I start in October xxx

  • Julie McDonald 22/11/2019 at 5:26 pm

    I’ve just started my Christmas shopping today I usually start mid November once my son has had his birthday

  • Troy Easton 22/11/2019 at 8:20 pm

    Near the end of November because it give me time to look around the shops to see what I want to buy for people.

  • L Reid 22/11/2019 at 9:17 pm

    Starting this weekend but plan to start earlier next year

  • Sylvia Paul 22/11/2019 at 9:58 pm

    I start buying for Christmas after Halloween and Bonfire Night as I am thinking about Christmas more by then x

  • Carly Belsey 23/11/2019 at 5:19 am

    I actually start getting bits in the January sales as I would never be able to afford it otherwise and things go down so cheap

  • Sharon H 23/11/2019 at 9:23 am

    I normally start when school returns in September. I have a large family and start planning to give myself plenty of time to have it bought and wrapped by no later than mid December l

  • Lauren Old 23/11/2019 at 9:37 am

    Usually quite last minute, but this year hopefully the beginning of December!

  • Mrs Rachael Sexey 23/11/2019 at 10:10 am

    I start in December I like to feel festive whilst shopping

  • Nyasha Mtutu 23/11/2019 at 1:11 pm

    I start my Christmas shopping throughout the year…I collect bits and store them away. This works much better for me financially and it also helps in emergencies when I’ve forgotten a birthday!

  • Ann Skamarauskas 23/11/2019 at 2:01 pm

    early Dece mber becasue before this is too early and any later and I wouldnt get it done

  • Allan Fullarton 23/11/2019 at 5:06 pm

    Mid-December.

  • Wendy Guy 23/11/2019 at 5:17 pm

    I start on Black Friday because I love a bargain.

  • Diane Carey 23/11/2019 at 5:36 pm

    I gradually start around September once the summer holidays are over. But this year I did buy one present in the January sales for my eldest daughter

  • Rebecca English 23/11/2019 at 5:44 pm

    I usually start in November

  • Ali Duke 23/11/2019 at 5:58 pm

    I usually start late September, But we are moving house next week so I have only bought a few things so far.

  • lorraine kirk 23/11/2019 at 5:59 pm

    I normally start in October / November so I have no last minute panics!

  • Natalee Gosiewski 23/11/2019 at 7:00 pm

    when kids go bk to school in sept but i also pick up things in sales through out the year

  • olivia Kirby 23/11/2019 at 7:13 pm

    I just buy things whenever, as it all depends on how much money I have at any given time

  • laura pyper 23/11/2019 at 7:21 pm

    November this year as i did Christmas savers and that’s when my vouchers arrived

  • Danielle Sedgebeer 23/11/2019 at 7:52 pm

    I’m usually only now starting, but this year I’ve got everything sorted!

  • Fiona Johnstone 23/11/2019 at 8:32 pm

    II start to buy presents around mid November. My husband has a big family and I want to get them bought and wrapped before I concentrate on my children’s presents. That’s the best bit for me at Christmas time. Shopping for my children. I don’t go mad though but to know I’ve got some things they’ve mentioned they like hidden away for Christmas day, fills me with such excitement.

  • Sam Parkes 23/11/2019 at 8:58 pm

    I start my Xmas shopping in the January sales and pick up any bargains throughout the year

  • Kyomi Johnson 23/11/2019 at 9:38 pm

    Usually around November the start of November that’s way I don’t have to rush and things don’t go missing in the post

  • Carolyn 24/11/2019 at 4:41 am

    Normally start in beginning of December.

  • Laura Claridge 24/11/2019 at 8:19 am

    I start my shopping after my Daughters Birthday in November…that way I know what she has had and what I should buy for Christmas

  • Danielle Pooley 24/11/2019 at 8:42 am

    I start in January and try to get bits throughout the year, to help spread the cost & to take some of the pressure off in December

  • Lisa shenton 24/11/2019 at 8:48 am

    I am a late Christmas shopper. I usually start and finish around 20th december. I promise myself each year I will start earlier… I never do !

  • Richard Saunders 24/11/2019 at 9:08 am

    As early as possible – normally Nov…else its too stressful

  • Melissa Lee 24/11/2019 at 10:20 am

    In previous years I have started in September but I haven’t done any this year yet! Panicking!!

  • Michelle Ferguson 24/11/2019 at 10:28 am

    I love Christmas and start in January to spread the cost out over the year

  • Denise Walton 24/11/2019 at 10:47 am

    I started earlier in the year I have to because I have 11 grandchildren

  • paula cheadle 24/11/2019 at 11:06 am

    I buy presents all year round, if I see something I will get it

  • Amy Lambert 24/11/2019 at 11:47 am

    December because i’m always last minute!

  • Victoria Easton 24/11/2019 at 11:50 am

    Dome in the January sales, I try to spread the cost throughout the year!

  • Patricia Avery 24/11/2019 at 1:14 pm

    I buy presents both for Christmas and birthdays all year round when I spot value for money. It also spreads the cost coming out of my usual weekly budget.

  • Oriana Donlevy 24/11/2019 at 2:25 pm

    Please dont be hating on me but I like to have most presents sorted by the end of November! I just hate the rushing around in December and its my daughters birthday on the 21st so I have to be organised for that too! I llok for things through the year to help.

  • kate m jones 24/11/2019 at 2:32 pm

    I tend to start thinking of gift ideas and keeping an eye out for some gifts after the kids go back to school in September. I basically continue all the way to mid November where I like to figure out what i’ve got left to get and plan a specific shopping trip to finish it all off then!

  • Kate Davies 24/11/2019 at 2:36 pm

    I pick a few bits up year round but my birthday is 24 October so I like to celebrate that and Halloween before really thinking about Christmas.

  • REBECCA TOWNSEND 24/11/2019 at 4:21 pm

    I wish I was an early Christmas shopper, but I am that Christmas Eve desperate shopper , why oh why do I leave it to the last minute?!

  • Tammy Neal 24/11/2019 at 4:57 pm

    I start as early as January as you get great bargains in the sales x

  • toni pearson 24/11/2019 at 5:15 pm

    I usually start in September, once summer holidays are done and we are back to school. I do buy bits and pieces throughout the year if I see something suitable for someone on my list.

  • Alison 24/11/2019 at 6:04 pm

    I start early then feel smug and leave all the rest until the last minute

  • Janine H 24/11/2019 at 6:10 pm

    Usually end of September as I hate leaving it to the last minute but this year started mid October but have come to a standstill

  • Sean Eccles 24/11/2019 at 6:46 pm

    I buy throughout the year if I see something on offer but I start to do Christmas shopping in chunks around September when the kids go back to school from school holidays

  • Violet Phillippo 24/11/2019 at 7:37 pm

    I normally start at the beginning of my Christmas holiday because I can take my time and enjoy choosing things.

  • Emma Middleton 24/11/2019 at 7:42 pm

    I bought my last present on Friday and there all wrapped and ready to go. I always get it out of the way before December

  • Sian Buckingham 24/11/2019 at 7:46 pm

    Usually I buy items all throughout the year as and when I see them as it takes the strain off of December!

  • Mrs Ruth Wollerton 24/11/2019 at 8:21 pm

    Normally I buy Christmas pressies all year round to spread the cost, but this year things have been really tight so I have been unable to do that. I have actually not even started my Christmas Shopping yet xxx

  • Victoria Thurgood 24/11/2019 at 8:41 pm

    All year round with 6 kids and 2 birthday in December we spend it out

  • Jeanette Leighton 24/11/2019 at 8:46 pm

    It varies if I’m supper organised it’s in September if I’m lazy like this year it will be December

  • Dawn McBride 24/11/2019 at 9:06 pm

    I try to start as early as possible and pick things up as i go along, but I then do a big main shop late November/ early December if I can. That’s my hope, so I don’t have to worry about it for the rest of December and can just enjoy the build up.

  • Leanne Jones 24/11/2019 at 9:42 pm

    I leave the main presents till nearer the time incase they change their mind. (Two kids)
    But I buy throughout the year as it works out cheaper.

  • Kellie Steed 24/11/2019 at 9:44 pm

    I usually start in October, but this year I did it all year as we are away at Christmas. I’ve already wrapped them all up and it’s SO much less stressful that I think I will do the same again last year.

  • Mrs Linda Watson 24/11/2019 at 9:58 pm

    First one got yesterday….

  • AndiG 24/11/2019 at 10:08 pm

    I keep an eye out all year and pick up bits I know people will like

  • Samantha Milner 24/11/2019 at 10:25 pm

    I start after November pay day as can’t afford it before then

  • Tracy Higgs 24/11/2019 at 10:42 pm

    I start about a week before Christmas because I tend to buy too much otherwise.

  • Abi 24/11/2019 at 11:33 pm

    Christmas shopping usually starts in November x

  • Fiona jk42 24/11/2019 at 11:45 pm

    I usually start Christmas shopping in the summer so I can buy things in the July sales.