The festive season is in full swing and it's time to start thinking about your plans for the big day. If you're travelling to spend Christmas with friends or family, why not treat yourself to a new travel bag? Just don't forget to pack it full of presents perfect for the kids.
You'll also need to think about a gift for your grown-up hosts. Beautiful festive bouquets or plants are a thoughtful alternative to chocolates or wine - which will probably be in abundance already.
With three weeks to go until the big day, most of the organisational groundwork should be completed. That leaves plenty of time to start enjoying the season's special treats.
For them, round up plenty of sweet stocking fillers - our character-packed collection is ideal for keeping little hands occupied on busy Christmas mornings.
For you, indulge in a beauty-routine update that's perfect for Christmas parties.
This weekend heralds the start of the advent countdown to Christmas, and the day itself will be here before you know it. Don't panic if you haven't yet completed some of the bigger tasks - there's still time to order food (our last order date for Christmas food is 15th December), buy or organise a tree and send Christmas cards and gifts abroad.
Once you've got the big tasks out of the way, you can enjoy the eating, drinking and merriment that December brings!
With just over a month to go until Christmas Day, it's time to start thinking about decorations. There's always a few broken ornaments or fairy lights that have lost their glow, forgotten in the post-Christmas clean-up only to lay undiscovered until you need them the following year. Decorating your home is a great way to get into the festive spirit, so why not get the baubles out now and check if there's anything you need to replace. Maybe it's time to update your collection with some sparkly new additions.
Make sure you've stocked up your advent calendar before the end of November, too, ready to start the countdown to Christmas Day.
Christmas comes but once a year – and along with all its delights it can also bring a few dilemmas. When it comes to advice on how to have a stress-free festive season, who better to turn to than the queen of property and interiors, Kirstie Allsopp. She's shared her seasonal tips with us, from giving your home a festive makeover to getting ready for last-minute guests. Kirstie's top tip for happy hosting is preparation, so do as much possible in advance. December can be a social whirl, so buying and wrapping presents, writing Christmas cards to send later and organising the tree in November will leave you free to enjoy the festivities to come. And if all else fails, try Kirstie's tip for making hosting easier: 'Cocktails!'
Now is the time to send out your invitations to friends and family. Take the stress out of entertaining by pre-ordering delicious nibbles from our party food range, including gluten-free and vegetarian options. Ensure you have everything for entertaining and stock up on extra plates, glasses or serving dishes. Be inspired to create a beautiful festive table with our seasonal accessories, it's always worth the effort.
Every Christmas party needs special festive cocktails too. Try our sparkling elderflower and rhubarb ripple recipe, which you can easily make yourself at home.
There's just two months until Christmas and the weather is cooling rapidly, which is why it's time to begin thinking about how to make your home extra-cosy and inviting.
This is the season to add those lovely little touches: a festive cushion, a wooly throw and perhaps extra seating in preparation for delicious, long family meals or having friends over for relaxed evenings. It's easy to get ready with our Home shop, from furniture to accessories, there are the perfect treats that will transform your living space.
With Christmas edging closer, we're already getting excited about the stunning new partywear collections arriving in store. From elegant menswear to perfect party dresses, we've got all the occasionwear you need for the months ahead.
The party season is a great excuse to invest in a chic new little black dress or stylish suit jacket that you can wear through autumn, Christmas and beyond. And if you visit our children's department you'll find plenty of fabulous party pieces for the kids, too.
Organising a big event is always easier when you plan ahead and there's the added bonus of being able to spread the cost, too. Now is the perfect time to compile your list of the people you need to buy gifts for. When shopping, we suggest starting with the kids of close family.
Our Gift Collection provides the ultimate edit fo the most-wanted presents so you can make sure special people get extra-special gifts. Now you just need to make sure you've got a great hiding place...
If you're stocking up on Christmas cards, it's a great idea to start the Christmas card list too. Dig out last year's or build the list as you go, adding the names of people you see and speak to over the next few weeks. If you're planning a family trip to the theatre or pantomime over the festive season, book your tickets now - it's another thing ticked off the list that you won't have to worry about later.
Have a think about your favourite Christmas treats and wines that can be bought ahead of time too, for entertaining throughout the party season - buying tins of sweeties and boxes of biscuits now means you'll be spreading the cost too.
Three months out is the perfect time to start thinking about where you will be spending Christmas. Are you hosting? If so, draw up a list of your guests and invite them along, making a note of any dietary requirements to help you plan the perfect festive menu.
If you're visiting friends or family for the big day and need to make travel arrangements, now is a good time to book train or plane tickets. Don't forget to confirm any time off with work so you can make holiday plans and start looking forward to the party season.
Discover our clever Christmas-tree designs for maximum impact in smaller spaces.
Deck the halls with the latest decoration trends from romantic neutrals to glittering gold.
Enter for the chance to send Christmas cards designed by your child.
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