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Last minute Christmas Shopping: All your essentials in one list

Have you ever heard of a Yuleshard? If you’re guilty of leaving your Christmas plans and presents to the very last minute, you might meet the definition of this long-lost festive insult. Luckily, with online shopping and next-day delivery on offer, there’s still time to save Christmas this year. 

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, we’re here to help with our guide to a simple, foolproof checklist to get your festivities off to a fantastic – if slightly delayed – start.  

  1. Wrapping paper 

It’s surprisingly easy to get so caught up in the excitement of buying gifts for your loved ones and end up forgetting to buy wrapping paper.  

For a colourful range of Christmas gift wrap, including cute gift bags, tiny boxes and finishing touches, check out the selection offered by Card Factory. It’s never been more convenient to pick out all your favourite wrapping paper and keep it in the same place. 

  1. Christmas cards 

Nothing compares to the warmth you feel inside when you receive a gorgeous handwritten Christmas card through the letterbox from someone you care about. Why not try something new and support an independent, small business this year?  

With plenty of designs and charming illustrations to choose from, discover the creativity on offer to instantly put a smile on someone’s face. Whether you choose cards with foxes, robins, or elves on the opening page, make sure you find enough for your family, friends, and neighbours. 

  1. Christmas tree 

If you’re late to the party with your Christmas tree, don’t fret. With Britons expected to buy 8 million real trees this year, you might be tempted to hop on the bandwagon of going to your nearest tree farm to have one chopped down especially for you. 

It’s most important to consider the best option for your family and for the space available at home. With sustainability in mind, a potted artificial tree could last you for years to come. If you do opt for a real tree, the Nordmann Fir variety is best for keeping hold of its needles.  

  1. Decorations 

Don’t forget the decorations! Adding a festive ambience to your home and garden will make the whole family enjoy your space and really get into the Christmas spirit this year. 

How about a wreath for the front door, with festive detail enclosed in thick foliage to last through to the new year? For your fireplace, you can’t forget stockings to fill with lovely surprises for the whole family to wake up to on Christmas morning. Browse Polar X Ornaments for more decorations.

However you choose to spend this Christmas, keep this checklist handy to enjoy the festivities, from the simple things to the intricate details. 

Christopher Stern

Christopher Stern is a Washington-based reporter. Chris spent many years covering tech policy as a business reporter for renowned publications. He has extensive experience covering Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Federal Trade Commissions. He is a graduate of Middlebury College. Email:[email protected]

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