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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas….At John Lewis

gift1I was lucky enough to be invited along to a John Lewis Christmas preview evening recently. A lovely seasonal buyer, Jane, was there talking to us about the themes for this year and some of the gorgeous products that they have ready for us. There were also staff there from our local stores, and I did really enjoy having the chance to chat to them, asking questions and sharing my views. We got to have a look at plenty of Christmas decorations and also toys and gift-ware – I was like a kid in a sweet shop!

There are 5 key themes this year, Woodland Wonder, Forest Festival, Rural Life, Vintage Market and Odyssey, which are all showcased on the Christmas homepage. We don’t tend to have a theme here, as we’ve gathered various things over the years but I was loving the Forest Festival range as it’s so brightly-coloured and fun-looking. Hopefully these pictures will give you a flavour of what they’re up to…

John Lewis Christmas DecorationsI loved the range of stockings for adults, and that owl one had me grabbing it all evening! The children’s crackers have games in them which I think is a brilliant idea as all too often cracker contents disappoint. That cute little Panda you see is the charity product for this year, with 10% of each sale going to Rainbow Trust. I was drawn to the holographic star as it is just so funky, and there’s a bigger one in the shape of a tree, too.

As well as Christmas decorations aplenty, there were some fabulous gift ideas…

John Lewis Gifts

And not forgetting Harry, of course…


And after my evening out there, guess where I went the very next day…

john lewis

When we were at the event, lovely bloggers Redpeffer and MuddyNoSugar mentioned that their children each choose a new decoration every year, which I thought a lovely tradition, so we’ve started it here this year, along with the husband and I choosing one each, too, of course. We popped back again to John Lewis a few days ago and this is what we went for…


The full range is all available to buy now. I don’t know how aware you are about the freeΒ Click-and-CollectΒ service? Order anything up until 7pm and it’ll be available for you to collect from your chosen John Lewis, or in some cases, Waitrose branch by midday the following day – I was quite impressed with that!

I have to be honest and say, as regular readers know, we are a thrifty family, and though I enjoyed trips to John Lewis back in my wealthier days!, they have dwindled since having the kids. Having returned there and browsed, I can quite honestly say that though they clearly have a fantastic high-end range, they equally have stacks of great value products and they’ve their Never Knowingly Undersold policy. I’m very pleased I’ve been lured back there again πŸ™‚

And my final question to you is, can you guess what this is?



I’ve had a fair few guesses now, both here and via Twitter, though no-one’s got it yet! I’ll let you know what it is..it’s a tea strainer

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