Countdowners 2014

(387 Posts)
Farrowandbawlbauls Thu 26-Dec-13 18:31:56

Yes I know it's still Christmas 2013 for a few more days, but technically, the countdown started this morning.

So..Here we are again.

We will need:

Links to other threads about bargin hunting
Links to sales throughout the year
Links for decorations
Links for days out
Links for any good electrical sales
Links for budgeting
Links for really good gifts for men as they are generally the harest to buy for and grandparents/in laws.

There's no harm in starting a list now either for what you need to get next year, learning from this year and previous years.

The top of my list I must remember to write a card to SIL T&S, every single year they have sent a card and I've failed to send one in return for the 3rd year running now. Ditto Claire.

Must remember to buy crakers from M&S again, they were fantastic.

MamaPizza Sun 19-Jan-14 17:03:30

No worries, farrow, totally understand. I couldn't live without FB though, it's just kind of a routine to check what my friends are up to and sharing our news every now and then.

Welcome to all the newbies. <passes round leftover Christmas chocolate>

Bought some cards at Aldi yesterday, that's them sorted then.

Will have a look at the Christmas planner later.

Christmas needs to be more on a budget this year fat chance due to holiday and wedding beforehand. Problem is, no idea what DS will like in 11 months time, so can't really look for toys yet.

Farrowandbawl Tue 21-Jan-14 17:29:22

My planners here!

Shame I can't write in it sad. Trapped my fingers of my rright had in a car door. They are now, very, very sore and swollen, it's hard work gripping anything - so writing is off the table for now.

Bazoo23 Tue 21-Jan-14 21:07:53

Best thread ever!!
Love Christmas soo much, have already bought a ridiculous amount :-)
-x2 N Spa gift sets for SILS - £1 each ASDA
-Vv strong bottle of red wine for MIL - Regift
-Graperfruit small Yankee Candle for SIL - £2 Clintons
-Grandmas Brag Book photo album for Mum - £2 Max Spielman
-Colouring book DDs stocking -£1 Pound Shop
- The Night Before Xmas sticker book DDs bday late Dec - £1.50 The Factory Shop
-90cm pink foil tree for DDs bedroom - £1 Tesco
- Doc Mcstuffin magic flannel DDs stocking - £2 Boots
- Bebe Egg for DD - £3.50 Mothercare
-Peppa Pig pouch of bubble bath for DDs stocking - £1 Boots
- Stacking crayons DDs stocking - £1 ASDA

nickdrakeslovechild Wed 22-Jan-14 21:51:52

ouch Farrowandbawl that sounds painful! I have a lot of things i've bought in the sales already and done a huge shop at dotcomgiftshop which will cover a few birthdays over the next couple of months and quite a lot of their gorgeous vintage christmas kitchen bits.

Got loads in sainsburys sale a couple of weeks ago so sorted for cards and wrap for at least the next 5 years blush

The christmas board is the only place I can come and chat about Christmas as everyone in RL thinks I am a loon! ok, I might be a little bit, but I Lurvvve Christmas so dont care

Elizabeth22 Thu 23-Jan-14 15:51:22

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

TheOnlySeven Fri 24-Jan-14 23:25:12

Lakeland advent candles are only £2.99 anyway.

I've bought a couple more bits, not even in the sales but it's trying to get ahead. Fuzzy felt and some Octonauts puzzles for DD1. The book people have a set of Lego minifigures sticker books, I want to order one each for DS and my friends Lego-mad DS.

Hope your fingers are on the mend farrow.

giraffeseatpineapples Sat 25-Jan-14 20:28:01

ooh farrow hope your ok. Been a bit unwell so haven't got much done apart from enveloping the lego advent calanders and putting them in the loft.

kissmelittleass Mon 27-Jan-14 17:49:02

Got all my cards for the next 2 xmas's and a couple of 5m xmas wrapping paper for 70p..picked up some toys in smyths less than half price but problem is dd gets invited to so many partys I end up giving them and end up back at square one!

Bazoo23 Mon 27-Jan-14 20:01:00

Tube of Christm

Bazoo23 Mon 27-Jan-14 20:06:10

Tube of Christmas Maom chew bars bought from the pound shop, probably for one of DPs nephews/niece.
Also The Works has a huge sale on, everything seemed to have a half price sticker on!

Bazoo23 Mon 27-Jan-14 20:06:11

Tube of Christmas Maom chew bars bought from the pound shop, probably for one of DPs nephews/niece.
Also The Works has a huge sale on, everything seemed to have a half price sticker on!

ItsSoooFluffy Mon 27-Jan-14 23:35:00

I'm defo in on this, need to be more organised about Christmas this year!

ChestyNut Wed 29-Jan-14 22:20:46

Hi all!

Thread fell off my I'm watching.

It his time of year is rubbish!

Well done on the planning all.
farrow how's the hand?
mama squeeee a wedding? smile

chanie44 Sun 02-Feb-14 09:19:11

Can I join you ladies? I've already started to prepare for Christmas 2014!!

I returned some unwanted Xmas gifts I was given and exchanged for some sale items ready for Xmas 2014.

I've also started knitting some wristvwarmers. I have about 12 to make, which is why I have to get started now.

Farrowandbawl Sun 02-Feb-14 16:45:52

Of course you can Chanie.

Chesty! Welcome back.

Well, one month down already. 10 to go if we want to be finished by the begining of December.

I've found a load of tuotrials to make my bow for the top of the tree.
The list of crafts to make is getting bigger by the day. Pintrest is NOT helping me at all.

I've also added to the list to hire out The Rug Doctor again in November.

lucysmam Mon 03-Feb-14 21:49:49

I went awol, rl got in the way of early Christmas planning, but I'm back now smile

I've been hunting for some felt gingerbread house tutorials for tree decs, will link what I've found if anyone's interested. Must get my gingerbread man cutters back too so I can do some men to go with them.

I think I'm going to get some new red/gold baubles to go with them....wilko still had some Christmas bits last week when I was in so will check their shelves next time I go to town.

Also need to get a storage box of some sort to keep cupboard type bits in that I've picked up and find myself a good hiding place for stocking fillers (50p snowman/reindeer hats and £1 for two pairs of slipper socks in Primark. There were glove puppet gloves down to a quid too that I might go back for).

Right, off to read the rest of the thread since I last posted.

Should have said as well, Poundland had some Hello Kitty/Monster High/Minnie Mouse hair accessories in when I was in there on Saturday, might be a good stocking filler for someone smile

giraffeseatpineapples Wed 05-Feb-14 13:06:47

Hi all

Gingerbread felt decs sound lovely would love to see those lucysmam! I have some giant cushions we got from Ikea we couldn't use, I was thinking about making my family christmas cushions with some kind of felt detail. Hmmm. My brothers getting married at christmas so could maybe work that in to his...

Feel like I need to get my house in order and lose weight before I do any more christmas prep but def need to start shopping soon and think about crafts grin.

better get back to fly lady thread house is a tip!

TheOnlySeven Fri 07-Feb-14 19:19:45

Welcome back chesty.

Tesco have a sale on clothes online, I've got new onesies for DS and DD1 for Christmas Eve. Also bought a present for the new baby this week, a ladybird activity toy reduced to a fiver grin

Farrowandbawl Sun 09-Feb-14 10:58:27

Arggghhhhh, it's taking forever to come around again.

I need a Christmas fix. I think I'm going to do a bit of shopping on Tuesday..see what I can pick up, will have to listen to christmas tunes on the ipod though.

I've promnised the kids we'll do some baking next weekend so I'll have a go at making a biscuit Christmas tree....which reminds me, I need star shaped cutters and....something else but I can't remember just yet.

How is everyone?

Farrowandbawl Sun 09-Feb-14 18:50:13


I've nearly finished my kitchen so as a reward I've bought 2 plain thick garlands for me to for the stairs and one for the living room wondow

Plain empty baubles that I can decorate and fill myself

a few stocking oversized pencils etc...

I've also sorted out the recipie folder, made notes in the organiser and found a beautiful stocking which i'm going to steal the idea and make myself...I'll go looking for the material on Tuesday I think.

TheOnlySeven Sun 09-Feb-14 20:08:26

What will you fill the baubles with? I've never heard of doing that.

Farrowandbawl Sun 09-Feb-14 20:30:40

I'm going to pick some holly use that and some cranberries in 2.

In another 2 I'm going to dry slices of oranges and add a pine cone and in the last 2 I want to add glitter and er....something, I don't know yet. Fake poinsettas?

I've seen some glass baubles that you can tea lights too...seriously thinking of adding three of those to the list....I can see them on my tree now....

Bargin toy present you've grabbed there..nice one.

giraffeseatpineapples Mon 10-Feb-14 18:15:25

Farrow, apparently lakeland do the biscuit cutter tree set, I got a pack of star shaped from Amazon, thinking they would work but they were way too small. Baubles sound like they will be beautiful.

Farrowandbawl Mon 10-Feb-14 19:43:38

Thanks Giraffe.

I was building shelves for the pantry and having a clear out at the same time...I've oly found the very same tree star biscuit cutter from Lakeland which I bought DD for christmas (she loves baking) I don't even have to do that now.

I have bought some material, buttons and ribbon for my stocking project which I will start in the summer when my exams are over - I've got too much on at the moment to even think about starting anything else.

I have some more good news....I recently got a volunteering position I've been after for months, and it turns out I've been head hunted for ANOTHER position in another food's only a hour a week and I can do it from home RESULT! AND I've done two test today for math sna science and got 100% on both, not bad seeing as I haven't studied at all, THEN....I get a call from my mate who needed to borrow my drill, so I got the kids from school, went to hers to drop the drill off and she's done dinner for us all so I haven't even needed to cook and I'm back in time for corrie...

I don't think this day could have gone any better.

TheOnlySeven Mon 10-Feb-14 20:33:28

Sounds like an awesome day farrow. Better than mine anyway, emergency trip to doctors with 2yo DD1 with an enormous purple bump on her head from banging it on the hard floor.

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