Sparkles & Stretchmarks: A UK Parenting & Pregnancy Blog: Christmas Shopping Fever!!!

Friday, 8 November 2013

Christmas Shopping Fever!!!

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Excuse the cheesy line...but SERIOUSLY, it genuinely is!!!

I know it's still only November but now that Bonfire Night is out of the way I officially do not care and I am not holding back far as I am concerned, the festive season is now upon us and I am going to shop until I drop!!

I already have my calendar filled up with various Festive events going on - Christmas light switch ons, Father Christmas and his Reindeer visits, Street market nights, etc!

I absolutely cannot wait for it all to get started!

Whilst totting up my list of Christmas gifts to buy a few nights ago, I was actually pretty shocked to see how much I have already bought and put away for Tyne's 1st Xmas.

I already have his personalised Christmas sack 

I bought it on Ebay for the bargain price of £12.99! I wanted a traditional Christmas sack with his name on, and one that was big enough for him to use every year - even when he's older and likely to be asking things that come in bigger boxes!

I also already have personalised Christmas decorations all ready for him....some of which I have even made myself!

And I have already got his personalised Christmas bibs....

And a wide array of Christmas clothes for him to wear!

All I need now is his Christmas day outfit....unfortunately I can't seem to find anything that I like or think is special enough for his first Christmas, but I'm not too worried as I know that I am going home to Liverpool soon and I KNOW I will have much more luck shopping there!

Don't get me wrong, I like living in the South West but it has to be said that it is not the best place to live if you're a bit of a shopaholic like me!

Yes it has all the usual high street stores, but the shops are much smaller and don't carry a huge selection....

Also Liverpool has much more in the way of independant childrenswear boutiques and dedicated childcare product specialists - One of my favourite places to shop in my hometown is My Crib Rocks, a pram and accessories shop which stocks such an amazing range of items - it really is worth a visit if you're ever in the area!!!
Or if not, check them out online -

As for what Tyne will be receiving from Santa this are the items we have bought for him!

Thomas The Tank Engine Sit & Ride Train & Track

Happy Hopperz Reindeer Bouncer

Giant George Pig Cuddly Toy

Neil The Seal

Lamaze Frankie The Hanky Whale

Dancing Winnie The Pooh

Fisher Price Lion Walker


Fisher Price Go Baby Go Poppity Pop Dino

Room On The Broom Sound Book

Gruffalo Touch & Feel Book

'Twas The Night Before Christmas Soundbook

Wooden Xylophone

Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle

V-Tech Babies First Smartphone

Laugh & Learn Love To Play Puppy

Tomy Aqua Print

Eeeeeek! I realise I may have gone a bit wild....especially considering its only the beginning of November and I have already bought all of this!! But I am just SO excited to see him open his pressies on Christmas morning! :)

And I think I`m allowed to go a bit mad - my first child will only have his first Christmas once!!!

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Do you prefer to leave it to the last minute? As always, I'd love to hear from you!


  1. wow. you seem to have shopped lot of items. happy shopping and Christmas in advance.

  2. You're not alone - I've actually finished my shopping!! I've also just bought Ethan that sack but the Santa version - great minds think alike - and I think my in-laws have bought the dinosaur got him.

    We've bought things he will need / play with by the time he is 8 months old at Christmas so that's how I've justified my spending :)

    To Become Mum

  3. what a lucky little boy tyne is but then he is worth it gorgeous little man and thats just from santa haha good job you have loads of room now you can start on mine i would like ,,,,,,,, lol xxxx

  4. My twins had a Thomas train each and they still play with them now! It'll be a huge hit I'm sure he'll love it.
    (The song it plays can get quiet annoying but maybe that's because I had two playing. Just a heads up lol)

    1. Ha!! Well it'll make a nice change from the jumperoo music! lol xx

  5. Aw Tynes a lucky boy but of course Eliot will be getting spoilt too! How can we not on their first Christmas?! Lots of gorgeous pressies you have already! Where is mummy's best present outfit from? X

  6. I'd love to know who the seller is on eBay for the santa sack please?

    The Thomas sit on train track is SO cool! x

    1. Here's the link to the sack :)


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