Kickstart your festive shopping: visit a year-round Christmas shop

Have you heard of year-round Christmas shops? They’re a brilliant way to get your festive shopping started – and you could even plan your visit around a summer holiday or road trip! Lots of the year-round Christmas shops in the UK are located in towns and cities which are also popular destinations for holidays and […]

Get Christmas organised with the five minute ‘to do’ list

Have you started organising Christmas in earnest yet? If not, it might be because it feels overwhelming and too big a task. If so, you’re not alone. I find it much easier to be motivated to get things done – and find the time – if I have quick, easy wins on my ‘to do’ […]

How to decline Christmas party invitations


I know lots of people feel guilty about not wanting to attend every festive event they’re invited to – including me. So in this blog post I’m sharing techniques to help you decline Christmas party invitations quickly, easily – and without feeling bad. When you think about it, promptly and politely saying ‘no’ to an […]

My tips for buying Christmas presents throughout the year

I love choosing gifts for my friends and family, but it’s a time-consuming and expensive task – which is why I always recommend buying Christmas presents throughout the year. In fact, shopping early is one of the changes I’ve made to my own Christmas organising that has had the most positive impact on my enjoyment […]

How to cope with grief at Christmas

Christmas can be a difficult time of year for those who’ve suffered a bereavement – or are newly alone for another reason. And for those around someone who’s grieving, it can be hard to know what to say or do – so it can be tempting to say nothing at all for fear of getting […]

The best new board games for 2023

One of the many things I love about Christmas is playing the best new board games with my family. There are so many new board games released each year it’s time consuming choosing which to try, so I start researching early in the year when I’m not under pressure. Prices can also rise – and […]

How to choose a new theme for your Christmas decorations

If you want to plan your Christmas decorations from scratch, it can be difficult to know where to start. My top tip is to come up with a theme for your Christmas decorations as it’ll help you create a consistent look and feel. You could also take inspiration from current trends – but more importantly, […]

What to do if you spent too much at Christmas

The festive season is always an expensive time and with the cost of living spiralling, Christmas 2022 was even more financially challenging than most. So what should you do if you spent too much at Christmas? Forgive yourself If you overspent this Christmas, the first thing to do is try not to beat yourself up […]

Why January is the perfect month to start planning next Christmas

When it comes to Christmas, I always say the earlier you start planning the better. This is why I think January is the perfect month to start. It can save you a lot of money and stress – and means you’ll have time to have fun when December finally arrives. This, for me, is by […]

The best Christmas presents for pets

Our animals are as much a part of our families as our human relatives – so we love showering them with gifts and treats. Here are my ideas for the best Christmas presents for pets (and their animal mad owners)! At no cost to you, I’ll receive a small commission on some products purchased via […]

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