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Christmas Shopping In Spring

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll know I’m of the opinion that if you spot a bargain and know someone who will Love it then stash it away as a Christmas or birthday gift even if you’re doing it during a heatwave. Heatwaves are a long way off here in Manchester but I have had some gift success this spring and I’ve actually been stowing away small bits and bobs since the January sales. I’ve spotted some great deals in the spring sales and I’ve picked up a couple of items, check them out.

Burt’s Bees are currently running an up to 50% off sale (until 29/04/14 or whilst stocks last) and as a number of my friends love a bit of Burt, I’ve been more than receptive to their slashed prices.

Naturally Nourishing Milk & Honey Body Lotion (170g)

Burt’s Bees Body Butter and Lip Balm – Pomegranate

Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil (4.25g)

Oasis have fast become one of my go to shops for beautiful gifts. Their sales are frequent and they actually have nice things in the sale rather than meh-y (oh yeah) crud.

A few tips on particular retailers to look to for bargains would be:

– It’s almost impossible to buy something full price from

. If you spot something at full price wait a week or two and they’ll have a huge sale but wait another 3-4 days and they tend to add a further discount. have regular sales and their home range and lighting is superb, plus their accessories and underwear aren’t too be sniffed at either.  If you are buying for children, these sites are both work a look. have incredible deals on not only fragrance but beauty products in general. Their sales are not to be missed, for instance 25 mini Ciate nail varnishes are

When do you start stocking up for Christmas? I know some people think it is crazy to start early but I find this way I don’t get stressed out in the run out to Christmas and I can find some really good deals. on a regular basis because I share the best sales deals, discount codes and freebies as I find them.

I think it’s a good idea to start early however I don’t even think about it until August/September time. I’m always worried that I might fall out with the person if I buy them a gift in March time! I usually start when there are summer sales, but I always have a little stash of gifts just in case. I like to spread gift shopping because of money, but also because I think it’s more fun that way. When I see something that I know would make a great gift I buy it no matter what time of year it is. Great ideas! I only have a few people I buy gifts for, but normally start Christmas shopping in September/October.

Love that The Body Shop always seem to have 40% off sales!

My Christmas shopping usually starts midway through December… Organisation is definitely not my forté! Shopping throughout the year is a great idea to spread the cost and avoid panic buying, so I’m all for it I generally start directly after Christmas for the next year, which is terrible really! But SO MANY SALES! I definitely buy all of my decorations, cards and wrapping paper in the January sales. They just cost so much full price and half of it goes straight in the bin!

Not just shopping for Christmas, but also making. Last year, I made lots of edible things for people for Christmas, only to be told, there’d likely to be a veto on giving too many edibles this year (for the sake of peoples waistlines- not because I’m a terrible cook). Cue panic. But over the last couple of months, I’ve start making flavoured oils, and realised they’d make great gifts as cooking ingredients, thus getting around the ‘rulez’ and if you like to make flavoured gin or other goodies for people, some of them require more time than others. The glut of summer bank holidays is a great way of setting aside a few hours or even a day (if you really enjoy it, I do) to start making a few things. Currently for us- garlic oil, lemon oil, chilli oil, alcoholic ginger beer and next up, starting off my chilli plants so I can dry the chillis from it in August.

I start present shopping early, too. Not necessarily for bargains; just if I see something that I know a person will like. I bought some Christmas presents in August last year! As long as I don’t have to deal with overcrowded shops and city centres in December, then I don’t mind how early I get it done.

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