Christmas is rapidly approaching. Have you started planning for Christmas yet or do you leave everything till the last minute?
Are you ready for Christmas? In the run up to Christmas there is always a lot to do. Presents to buy, food to get and meal plans to prepare. Not to mention decorating the house.
Are you one of those super organised people who has already got the presents and organised the food shop with a minute to minute plan for cooking it? Or are you hoping a magical Christmas fairy will come along and sort it all out for you?
In the run up to Christmas Boots has asked over 11,000 people some questions to find out what people love about Christmas. The results have been put into an infographic which shows some interesting results.
Some of the fact that I found fascinating are that 63% of the people who create a wish list are between 25 and 35. I would have thought this would have been something more kids do in their letters to Santa.
Most wish lists are inspired by the internet and social media. In fact 44% of people between 18 and 24 take inspiration from social media. It shows how times are changing.
Boots also asked me some questions to find out how prepared I am for Christmas. Read on to find out.
Every year I intend to be organised but it never happens! Ideally I would love to get gifts all year round and be ready at the start of December. Usually I start my shopping at the beginning of December. I would start in November but my husband and son both have their birthdays so I concentrate on those before Christmas.
In their survey Boots found that almost a quarter of Brits started Christmas shopping in August. I would love to be this organised.
Once I start shopping it gets done quite fast. I write a list of all the people I need to get presents for and write down what they would like before I go. My dog, Eddie, is also on the list I am not alone in this as the infographic also found that 65% of pet owners buy Christmas presents for their pets.
When it comes to buying gifts I put the most thought into my partners gift. I want to find him something special, that he will really love. I used to spend more time on my son’s gift but now he is a teenager it is easier as he lets me know what he wants. The hardest people to buy for are my parents, they never let me know what they would like and say they have everything.
Strangely the infographic found the same. 38% people said they put the most thought into their partners gifts closely followed by 20% who said their children. A third of people also thought they were difficult to buy for as they have everything they need.
Everyone looks forward to Christmas dinner. It is a chance to sit round the table with family you might not have seen for ages and enjoy a feast. Pulling crackers and telling silly jokes is all part of the fun. What is the most quintessential Christmas dinner food? Is it the turkey, the stuffing’s and cranberry sauce or the roast potatoes.
For me it wouldn’t be Christmas dinner without the trimmings. I love the bread sauce, sage and onion and the other stuffing, cranberry sauce and the pigs in blankets. It is these extra touches that make the dinner more special.
The infographic reveals that 69% of people thing that roast potatoes are the most essential to Christmas dinner so I differ in this regard.
Read more: Home made sage and onion stuffing.
How good are you at choosing gifts? If you struggle you are not alone, 41% of people thing that choosing a gift is the most difficult part of Christmas. Boots gave me the challenge of looking at their Christmas gifts and choosing something for some special people in my life.
Men are really hard to buy for. It is really difficult to find something you know they will love.
I had a look at the Boots Christmas Gifts for Him to see if I could find something for my husband. Given that 39% of people think that gifts form a partner cause most excitement the pressure was on.
I chose this Champney’s Luxury Robe (£25) which will be perfect for him to put on and relax in after a long hot day. It is super soft and very snuggly, perfect for a cold evening.
I will add a few other things to his present but I am sure he will love this.
I wanted to choose something special for my mum as she never treats herself to luxury items. Looking at the selection of Christmas Gifts for Her there was plenty to choose from, all of which she would love.
I chose the Giorgio Armani Womens Miniature Perfume Gift Set (£29.99). My mum loves perfume and this contains a selection of four different scents for different occasions. I hope she loves it.
All that gift choosing is hard work and Boots kindly let me choose a little something for myself. I chose the Liz Earle Winter Escape (£25.50). This is a selection of skin and hair care miniatures that should keep me glowing in the winter weather.
They come in a lovely case which I can reuse after the miniatures are gone.
What do you think of my choices? Let me know below.
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