Your ultimate Christmas essentials guide
We know what it’s like in the run-up to the big day! There’s so much to get and if you’re anything like us, it doesn’t take much to forget something important... like the tin foil!
So, we've put together a handy ultimate Christmas essentials guide that you can follow if you’re shopping online or you can print out to take with you to the store and cross off as you go – that's a little win!
Click here to download the printable PDF.
Pressie wrapping must-haves
Don't you just love blasting the Christmas tunes and enjoying a yummy hot chocolate while you're wrapping the pressies? We definitely do! We recommend wrapping everything in one go as soon as you've finished the Christmas shopping. That way nothing gets forgotten and you won't find an out-of-date box of choccies in the middle of next summer!
- Wrapping paper (better to have too much than too little; you can save any that’s left for next year)
- A selection of gift bags (these are much easier than trying to wrap odd-shaped gifts)
- Tissue paper for the finishing touch to those gift bags
- All-important Sellotape
- A good sharp pair of scissors
- Plenty of tags (we find this is what usually runs out first!)
- We suggest gift sticker rolls as they’re super easy to use and you get 50 stickers in one roll – that’s a little win!
- Ribbons and bows to complete the look
- We also like to have a generic gift on hand. Perfect in case someone catches you off-guard with a surprise pressie
- ...And the same goes for having a few spare Christmas cards!
A guest-ready home
Having guests over is one of the fun parts of Christmas but we know it can be stressful, too. So, we suggest topping up on a few essentials to make your home guest-ready in no time at all!
Christmas eve treats
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house... here’s our essentials to make a magical Christmas eve for the whole family.
Christmas dinner prepping essentials
If you’re hosting family and friends this year, there can be so much to buy so don’t be afraid to ask guests to bring a few bits to help ease the load!
Whether you’re having a family gathering or just the two of you for Christmas dinner, we’ve got everything you need to make sure it goes as smooth as can be!
Here’s our recommended Christmas dinner prepping essentials:
- Foil or parchment paper
- Foil tray for the turkey
- Enough pots and pans for each dish
- Utensils you need
- Oven gloves
- Chopping boards - one for meat, one for veggies
- Knife sharpener
We suggest that to avoid feeling rushed and flustered, plan ahead for your food shop. Spend a little time writing a detailed list of what food you need based on your family and number of guests you are having to dinner.
It will make things much easier and quicker if you can organise your list in the order of the aisles and then simply tick things off as you go. Also, plan your shopping day as far in advance as you can, but not so far that your fresh food goes past its use-by date before the big day!
Serving up dinner!
It’s time for the main event and everyone is seated around the Christmas table, ready to tuck into a tasty festive dinner.
Now, onto serving and here’s just a few essentials to make it a bit easier...
Setting your Christmas table
This is our favourite part and we like to get the Christmas table set up the night before, so everything is ready for the main event!
There’s always a lot to do in the days before and on Christmas day itself, so we suggest sharing the jobs amongst the household and getting the kids involved in setting the table.
- Place mats
- Charger plates
- Plates - be sure to have a separate place or bowl for every course, if you can
- Glasses, we think tumblers for water is a good idea as well as wine glasses and champagne flutes for a festive toast
For more great tips on setting the festive table check out our blog.
After-dinner festive fun
When the Christmas dinner has been eaten and the table cleared away, it’s time for some after-dinner festive fun!
Remember most shops close over Christmas Day and Boxing Day, so don’t be left without those all-important cleaning essentials.
Top tip – Give bottles a good shake to see how much is left!
Cleaning essentials - a quick tidy-up!
If you’re anything like us, we love to have a bit of a tidy-up once the big day is over. We suggest plenty of bin bags and a storage refresh to keep everything neat and tidy.
And everything else...
Here’s just a few of the must-haves that can easily slip your mind in the hectic days ahead of Christmas!
Get sorted for Christmas, order before 5pm Monday 20th December for standard delivery in time for Christmas. Or check out our store locator to find the opening times of your local store over the festive period.
Don’t forget... your handy Christmas essentials list is printable, so you can take it with you when you do your shopping! Click here to download your printable PDF.
For more Christmas inspiration visit our Christmas ideas and advice page.