Sunday Supplement #16

Here we are half way through November and I’m finally feeling the ‘C’ Word…..  Christmas that is!

I’ve made a list of presents to buy, I’ve scoured department store magazines and spent countless hours surfing gifts online.

Yesterday we braved Brighton on a Saturday in the pouring rain, as a rule, I try not to do Brighton on a Saturday, but my parents are visiting so we thought we would start shopping for my godchild.

Of course, it was a huge bosh! dark stormy days with shoppers running to miss the showers, brollies blown inside out and the ultimate hot sticky trauma of store air con/heating when you discover your cable knit alpaca jumper is a shade too hot for the shops and your merino wool scarf has stuck to the back of your neck with sweat.


The day was not an entire disaster, we did end up eating cheese scones and drinking coffee in Marks&Spencers Cafe (which is never a bad thing) and we did find some beautiful gifts from M&S Kids department.

This got me thinking, I’m not sure I want to do anymore Christmas Shopping in store, apart from making an annual pilgrimage to London to see the Christmas windows (and do a little gift haul for moi) I shall be shopping online.

Which brings me to some stats…..

  • UK shoppers buy up to one-third of gifts online.
  • US shoppers buy 45% of gifts online.
  • The avarage Briton spends £350 a year on Christmas Gifts.
  • British Shoppers spend more on gifts than any other European country.
  • As a nation we spend collectively £75 billion in the 6 weeks leading up to Christmas
  • 9 in 10 people now buy at least one gift online.
  • Last year Black Friday saw shoppers spend up to £10,000 a second.

Next week I will be starting with my Christmas gift guides, but please don’t spend too much on Christmas gifts and give something, however small to Charity this Christmas.

#Care at Christmas


Love DSB X

PS Black Friday is 27th November

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