*poked head in, shuffles in quietly*

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notamonkeysuncle Fri 25-Apr-14 19:06:29

Ive done it.....ive started Christmas shopping!
My local Primark seem to of found a whole load of winter stock and are selling it off very cheap.
I got 2 Minnie Mouse onsies and a Micky one £6 reduced to a pound and a kids hat, glove and scarf set reduced to 50p.
I then came home and wrote a list of what for who and began the Amazon Christmas wishlist.
Ive never been this organised!

Scout19075 Thu 01-May-14 08:43:14

I often start in December for the following year. I take my Christmas presents home to the States in November and when we come back to the UK in December I always find presents for family & friends in the States in the sales so get them and tuck them away. I have a presents box and everything gets recorded on a spreadsheet so I don't overbuy or lose anything.

notamonkeysuncle Thu 01-May-14 08:50:59

hermhttp://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/Christmas/1944639-Its-the-last-Christmas-bargain-thread-2013-January-Sales-offers
Hopefully will work, im not good at links!

ipswichwitch Thu 01-May-14 08:53:08

For anyone due a Christmas baby - DS2 was born 13th December last year, and since I couldn't face the ILs (much bickering, too crowded, trying to bf among all the chaos) we got the M&S Christmas dinner (need to order online and collect at specific time) . All prepped on trays so all you need is someone to turn oven on and pop in. Not the cheapest option but it was rather lovely, and aince it's on a foil tray minimal washing up too. Twas the best Christmas ever just us 4 smile

sunshinemmum Thu 01-May-14 09:01:31

I'm a bit late now (I didn't know the law) grin In late Dec Achica had some really nice metal, Christmas stars with the word love round and some white Noel letters, really nicely done (love em or hate em.) Red Direct have some gorgeous items from leather bags to beautiful bangles and organic smellies. I also have a trawl through Lakeland for bits and bobs.

I love W.H Smiths in January, their wrapping paper has grid lines on the back and paper back bargains make great stocking fillers.

notamonkeysuncle Thu 01-May-14 09:18:54

I love the pillow idea. I've agreed with DP I wouldnt buy anymore decorations as I can decorate 3 times over. Making them however was not agreed smile

elQuintoConyo Thu 01-May-14 10:43:05

I'm afraid I have made the majority of my decorations! The first Christmas DH and I had together, we could barely scrape together £12 for a fake tree, let alone lights etc.

A couple of years ago I made a Santa washing line: jacket, trousers, socks, pants, bobble hat, gloves for Santa, dress, tights, pants, hat, glovrs for Mrs Santa (no bra, she's very '60s grin ), and the same as Santa in green for Elf clothes, all trimmed with white. Took ages, made of felt, hung on a piece of string with mini clothes pegs. I have since made a couple more for friends on request. I'm sure you could find what I'm trying to describe on Pinterest.

DS is an early-December baby and in the last two month I really went to town making stuff - google 'cutlery stockings' blush to match homemade tablecloth.

I'm not very talented and can see various flaws in what I make - but the satisfaction is great. I sometimes copy what I see in shops and think "£5 for that? Held together with hot glue? I can do better for cheaper!"

Last year I made a wreath for the front door and a Santa Sack for DS.

<very unstealthy stealth boast over blush >

elQuintoConyo Thu 01-May-14 10:43:48

Oh, and thanks for the info on finger lights and plaquey tablets smile

notamonkeysuncle Thu 01-May-14 11:31:42

Santa washing line looks brilliant, an idea I may have to borrow. We have a Christmas elf so could be an elf idea.
Last year I made DD a christmas duvet cover because the only ones I could find were close to the £20 mark. It cost me £7.50 and im going to add something to it each year.
Apart from that ive not made many Christmas related things. im sure ill come up with a little project this year though

sunshinemmum Thu 01-May-14 11:38:42

I so love and envy those crafty people who can make their own things!
I have to admit last year Christmas was awful all though the run up was good. I big part of my preparations are flower arranging and making sure that the house is pristine. Ds was really ill during the run up and we had shopping, mess and chaos Christmas eve and I ended up at the end of my tether.

In the end I plonked the flowers in a vase, they looked great. This year I have spoken to friends and I am not buying for the world and his wife, but putting more thought and effort into the gifts I do buy through the year. More mindful buying less debt I hope. Perhaps that will leave me some time to learn some Christmas crafts smile.

notamonkeysuncle Thu 01-May-14 12:41:42

sunshine places like the poundshop and b&m do some really good crafty packs. We made pompom santas and elves last year. I missed most of the packs they did though because I didnt go near town all of December with the exception of the light switch on

ILoveChristmas01 Thu 01-May-14 13:16:15

downstairs my little girl was born in September last year and I got loads of bargains throughout the year for my little boy to keep him entertained in the run up to christmas whilst I dealt with a practically new born. I got loads of Christmas crafty things from the works and loads of Christmas books from the book people that are discounted throughout the year....
I absolutely bloody love christmas smile
I have found some crimbo bargains, I'll try and find the links to add them to the thread xxx

sunshinemmum Thu 01-May-14 14:28:38

Oh wow thanks a lot will have a look. DS is a very young twelve he would still enjoy that.

notamonkeysuncle Thu 01-May-14 17:28:51

Well I've wasted most the afternoon looking at Christmas crafts on pintrest!

elQuintoConyo Thu 01-May-14 20:48:12

Easy to do notamonkeysuncle

So far Ihave made:
8 stockings: three silver (DH, DF, Fil); four gold (me, DM, my DGM, DF's partner), and one purple felt stocking with 18 milti-coloured baubles on it for DS. Every year we take a photo of him on Christmas Day, then before we pack everything away after 6Jan, I print the photo and stick on a bauble. I will give to him when he's 18 grin they're all embroidered (reeeeeaaaally simply) with their names.
Tablecloth (must make another; just 2m of fabric, hem it all round, job's done!)
6 cutlery stockings
25 mini-stockings embroidered with numbers for advent calendar. This hangs between paintings on tje wall and they're big enough for Mars bars/Twix etc, not just small choccies. Oh, and big enough for a mini Lego figure or plastic animal, if needs must!
Santa washing line.
Santa sack for DS, with gingerbreadman sewn on the front.
Christmas pudding cushions.
Various baubles and stuff for the tree.
Door wreath: lots of different-shaped white pompoms, a handful of ice-blue pompoms (made the old-fashioned way with wool), and some pearls/crystals/white and blue buttons scattered about.
Oh, and I have also made some conical-shaped felt Christmas trees: simple cone template, decorate with beads/ribbons/buttons etc, sew up the back et voila. They're about 5-6 inches tall, some white some green, they make a little forest on.my bookcase. The white ones have led tealights inside that you can see flickering when the ligts are low.

My DM made me a 'knitivity' two years ago: Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, crib, three wise men, four shepherds, 8 sheep - it's huge! Each figure about ten inches high! I'm not remotely religious, but the knitivity is a sight to see and gets many compliments grin

Sorry, long boasty post blush

But there's so much more I want to make: 12inch diameter 2D baubles for DS's room with big images in the middle: cany cane, snowflake, snowman etc, to suspend from the ceiling! I love the idea of Chridtmas bedding, so will aim for that as well this year - better get started!

DownstairsMixUp Thu 01-May-14 21:38:36

Thanks Ilovechristmas smile

MumofWombat Sat 03-May-14 13:23:50

I've kept my eyes open for bits since the January sales. I went home to the UK a month ago and left Christmas gifts there for my friends kids etc. My parents are coming over to see us (in Oz) for December so I want to have done it all before they arrive do I can spend December doing fun things. Last year I went to an incredible open air nativity with animals, singers, dancers etc. I'm going every year now!
And today I finished my chair covers for the dining room table. Really pleased with them!

aylesburyduck Mon 12-May-14 17:32:59

oh! I am so loving this thread.

I have just asked DP where my Christmas jumper is... ha ha.

I am in absolute agreement with you about planning and while I haven't started yet it won't be long before I get operation jingle 2014 under way.

notamonkeysuncle Tue 13-May-14 19:30:41

Oh dear DP is about to book our summer holiday and im sat sewing this year's advent calender!
Found loads of Christmas leggings today in ebay too, all coming from China with starting bids of a penny. Yay!
All have 3 more stocking fillers brought and our nephews present

LackaDAISYcal Tue 13-May-14 20:51:44

loving all the craftiness here smile

I have just bought a sewing machine so I'm hoping to make a few hanging bits and pieces and some new stockings for the DC.

And am going to start buying things as soon as our major birthday season is over (2 of my DC have birthdays 10 days apart at the end of May/beginning June). I have loads of yarn as well, so am planning on making socks for the men and fingerless gloves for the women in my family and lots of material so am going to buy plain t-shirts and do applique on them for the DC, with little matching bags...

...I will be probably be found on Christmas Eve buying gift cards from the big stand in Sainsbos blush

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