Christmas Shopping

Six Ways Christmas Is Different in Australia

Sharon Swift | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sharon Swift

No doubt about it - Christmas creeps up on us just that much faster each year, don't you think? Every year, us POMs (Brits) always muse (occasionally with a 'soupcon' of a whinge) about how Christmas in Australia just isn't the same. Not just because of the weather.

How One CEO Launched a Successful App company with £8 and no code

Heather Irish | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Tech
Heather Irish

I haven't seen Cally Russell in four years and in that time he's founded two startups. This Edinburgh-based entrepreneur is the founder of the award-...

Last Christmas Delivery Dates In One Handy Infographic

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK

More of us than ever will be ordering presents online this year, rather than making the trek to the shops. But you could be cutting it fine if you'...

The Colour of Money

simon baldwin | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK
simon baldwin

Magi Monday? Camel Tuesday? No ... Wise Wednesday. A day when you buy gifts in person ... to be delivered in person. Price does matter, but not as much as the act of giving. So Merry Christmas ... and I hope it's a white one.

The Exact Date Supermarkets Will Be A Xmas Apocalypse

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If you thought the terms Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Manic Monday were back, gird your loins for Mayhem Monday. Despite the shops only being clo...

Four Christmas Present Ideas That Cost Nothing Yet Mean So Much More

Flavilla Fongang | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Flavilla Fongang

December has finally arrived and it will soon be Christmas. We love Christmas because everything is guilt free. It's the perfect excuse to eat for two, nibble on chocolate in the morning, sleep until midway, watch TV all day and play monopoly until Midnight.

Eight Gifts Your Man Will Appreciate This Christmas

Emma Louise Thompson | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Louise Thompson

Ho Ho Ho! Christmas is fast approaching. Are you still wondering what on earth to get your man? Well fear not, I have done the research for you! I have included something for every man, and the best thing is you don't have to leave the house!

How to Combat Your Christmas Stress

Michaela Horan | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Michaela Horan

All this busy activity distracts us from the fact that even though Christmas is meant to be a joyful affair, it also happens to fall at a tricky time of year (for those of us in the northern hemisphere). A time of darkness and decay. A time of introspection and reflection - activities that make for potentially unsettling pastimes.

Can We Find the True Meaning of Christmas in a Penguin?

David Hall | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK
David Hall

Much as I relish the creativity of many of their efforts, I feel that this trend tells a worrying story both about the faltering attempts of business to redefine its place in the world and about our own need to grasp at almost anything to create meaning in our lives. In my book, we could do with rather more powerful stories at Christmas time. Any ideas?

Need Christmas Shopping Inspiration? Homewares Are A Tasteful, Practical & Timeless Choice For Friends & Family...

The Huffington Post UK | Jennifer Barton | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

When it comes to Christmas gift-giving this year, forget the cosy socks, bath salts and novelty gifts and give your friends and family items they'll u...

This Post About Christmas In November Is For Your Own Good

Amy Baker | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Baker

I am fully aware that the title of this article is likely to incite rage across the nation. How can I possibly be mentioning Christmas when we are barely in November? What kind of fairy light loving, sugared almond addict must I be to bring up my second least favourite C-word so early on in the year? I mean, the clocks have only just gone back for Pete's sake!

Five UK Christmas Markets for a Festive Hotel Stay

Good Hotel Guide | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Good Hotel Guide

When it comes to Christmas shopping there's never enough time, enough inspiration or enough stamina to tackle all the gift-buying at one go. So to ease the process, give yourself a present - a trip to a luxury hotel at one of the UK's best Christmas markets.

The Ghost of Christmas Future - What Is Coming up for Christmas 2014

Judith Lewis | Posted 30.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Judith Lewis

It's finally over but for me, but the supermarkets are about to start dressing the shelves for Christmas 2014. How is Christmas already over for me? Every July & August there are a flurry of Christmas events which I end up hauling myself around to in the hottest weather of the year trying to feel Christmassy...

Disability and Shopping

Martyn Sibley | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Sibley

Being in a wheelchair means I'm lower down and people tend not to see me. Therefore it's a matter of waiting ages for people to move, or me turning into the Terminator. Whilst most shops are more accessible on entry, it's like a Monaco race track inside. I'm breathing in through every clothes stand, hoping it avoids a wheel from knocking naked mannequins on my head.

Where Did The Expected Christmas Shopping Rush Go?

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

The Christmas high street shopping rush thinned out again last year after footfall in December dropped 3.7% compared with 2012 as consumers increasing...

Surviving Winter

David Sheepshanks | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK
David Sheepshanks

At Christmas the biggest concern for many of us is last minute shopping for gifts or making sure we get everything done in the office before heading home to the family. Unfortunately, for some of the most vulnerable people in our communities this can be a time of loneliness and desperation.

What's Old Is New Again - Deja Vu and Christmastime

Shannon Edwards | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shannon Edwards

Every day of every month we are hyper focused on what's new -- from food to travel; cars to celebrities; technology and entertainment; to work and life trends...there is an obsessive, irresistible pull towards the future. We want to be immediately better, smarter, savvier by half past the New Year's ball drop.

Are You Giving From Your Heart This Christmas?

Sacha Knop | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sacha Knop

Christmas is by far the season in which people feel they HAVE to give because everybody does it, because that's what Christmas is all about or because that's how it's supposed to be. It's grown into 'the bigger the better' but is that really so? How authentic are we giving this Christmas?

Why Are Christmas Shoppers Deserting The High Street?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.12.2013 | UK

British shoppers seem to have deserted the high street for their last-minute Christmas shopping as new research finds a record-breaking number are set...

Christmas Shoppers Flock To High Streets Across Britain

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.12.2013 | UK

Millions of last-minute Christmas shoppers flocked to the high street today in one of the busiest retail weekends of the year. Some stores cut their p...

Parents and Presents for Their Kids

Mike Collins | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Collins

It's the age old question that parents have to face up to every year: will my kid(s) have enough presents to open on Christmas Day. How much is enough we ponder? And will they like them? We try to get that balance right between fun toys and educational toys. As the cash registers tick over we will be tempted to throw caution to the wind heading home with bags full of goodies.

There Should Be an Age Limit for Giving Christmas Presents

Xavier Toby | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Comedy
Xavier Toby

You know what I hate most about Christmas? Getting presents. I know how that sounds, so let me explain. Every present I get is crap I don't need, never wanted or that doesn't fit. If I need or want something, I go out and buy it. Because I'm an adult, not a child. If there is something that I want but don't have, then I probably don't need it, so am happy to do without...

How to Survive 'Christmas Cheer'

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

I'm that cliché- the middle aged divorcée and nothing could make me run further and screaming, than the thought of life-draining relationship. I think men are nice enough but I've 'been around the block' once or twice and understand that nothing is ever what it seems.

Six Ways To Win at Last Minute Christmas Gifts

Lela London | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lela London

'Tis the season to be panicked, fa la la la la la la la la. With less than a week left before the floors of your home are turned into a veritable wrapping paper wasteland, any names left on your Christmas list are sure to cause a bit of anxiety.

The Cheapest Supermarket For Your Christmas Shop Is...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Tesco has been revealed as the cheapest supermarket for your Christmas shop, having been awarded the coveted Christmas Grocer 33 accolade by the indus...