Having started my Christmas shopping in October, I won’t lie to you, I was feeling a little smug. I’d been squirreling away gifts for weeks, ticking off parcels as they arrived, stashing them away from the prying eyes of the children, and congratulating myself on another Christmas well executed. And then last week, having dragged out all of the presents from the many, many, hiding places across the house, I realised that actually, I had missed out several family members and certain items from my children’s Christmas wish lists!!
It’s funny how quickly you can go from smug to stressed, even more so when I made a dash into town today armed with my list. There is only one thing worse than trailing around the shops, and that is trailing around the shops…..the week before Christmas!! So thank God for The Works, a store that literally had everything we needed all under one roof, and with over 40,000 products available each year, there really was something for everyone. And even better, it didn’t break the bank!
Here are my top picks…..
1. Wooden Stationary Set, for Eva.
Since starting school Eva has developed a love of stationary and, at £10, I know that she will be over the moon with this set. Complete with 8 pencils, 60 colouring pencils, 1 Metal sharpener, 3 Glitter gel pens and 3 Gel pens it has everything she needs!
2. My First Treasury of Dinosaur Tales, for Harry.
I couldn’t resist picking up this book for Harry. He is dinosaur mad and with 16 tales to choose from I know that we will really enjoy reading this together at bedtime. Priced at £4 this is a fantastic little stocking filler!
3. Flash Light Friends Unicorn, for Megan.
I thought that I had finished shopping for Megan but, after our recent visit to Father Christmas, she randomly announced that all she really wanted for Christmas was a unicorn! I was so relieved to find this Flash Light Friends Unicorn, with an automatic light that switches off after ten minutes, and at £8 it was worth it to see her little face on Christmas morning.
4. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, for Lewis.
J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut is captured in this exciting hardcover edition of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay. At £15 Lewis will really enjoy this book and I’m looking forward to reading it after him!
5. Salter Soup Maker, for Gaz.
Salters Soup Maker provides an easy option of making soup, producing a healthy and delicious soup in around 20-30 minutes. Never did I think that Gaz and I would be buying each other kitchen appliances in our thirties, and yet we have both been wanting a soup maker for ages and it’s a great way of getting some hidden vegetables into the kids diet. Reduced to just £40 this was a real bargain!
6. John Bishops Autobiography, for my Dad.
At £3 I couldn’t resist picking this autobiography up for my Dad alongside his other gifts this year. He is a big fan of John Bishop and with he and my Mum away on holiday so often, he’s always on the look out for a new read by the pool.
7. Colour Me Happy Set, for my Mum.
I have heard that adult colouring books are all the rage at the minute, not that I ever find a moment to try them, but I think that my Mum will find this Colour Me Happy Set therapeutic. With 45 pages of beautiful illustrations, complete with 15 colouring pencils, at £7 I imagine that she will welcome a relaxing moment to herself after the Christmas madness with our children!
8. Jigsaw Puzzle Roll, for my Nan.
This Jigsaw Puzzle Roll is the perfect accessory for any jigsaw fans. Simply roll up your jigsaws and store away until next time! The puzzle roll extends to 85 cm and costs just £7.
9. How it Works – The Mum, for my secret Santa.
I LOVE these Ladybird books for grown-ups and The Mum is a great read for any parent. At £5 this was perfect for my secret Santa amongst a group of “Mummy friends” and I will definitely be buying the other books in the range throughout the year.
We also picked up various paints, pens and varnish to decorate our salt dough Santas, something which we finished last night. Every year we do a Christmas craft and The Works has such a great selection of art materials. I’m sure you will agree, this years project turned out lovely!
So there you have it, our last minute gift. I hope that it has inspired some of you with presents still to buy. Good luck!!