I am not an organised Christmas shopper who has everything done and wrapped by mid-September. I am a haphazard buyer of things who panics at the disparity items I have cobbled together by Mid-December, then have to do some major shopping in a short time. This is why I am a fan of big Supermarkets and online shopping. You take a trip to a big shop, and can get presents for a whole range of people in one place, or you sit on your sofa with cake and shop in front of Eastenders.
Asda are a great place for either in store or online shopping, having a huge range of gifts for everyone, and as usual offering good value while maintaining quality. They have been kind enough to send me some items from their gift ranges to review this year, and I will be doing some more shopping from them once my panic kicks in!
We have a family tradition of new pyjamas for Christmas Eve. Sometimes they are festive in theme, or just nice cosy ones for curling up in in front of a film before putting the mince pies out for Father Christmas.
Of course the last couple of years have seen a new trend in nightwear – the onesie. My teenager is a particular fan of these, wearing them out of the house to parties, and even in fields at festivals. This year Asda have a great range for the whole family to choose from in their Onesie Shop, and were kind enough to send us out a few to try.
We were sent two fab ones from the women’s range. A sporty jersey number, and a very cute Eeyore complete with ears! Betsy is delighted with both of them. The jersey comes up slightly smaller in sizing than the Eeyore, so my advice would be if your are unsure about sizing (they come in small, medium, and large) go for the smaller of your choices in the Eeyore, and the larger in the jersey. They are both great quality and excellent value, and would make great gifts.
For Syd I couldn’t resist this dinosaur number,too cute for words, and again great value at only £11. With a hood and a detachable tail, the website advises against sleeping in it, so it is more a fun dress up outfit than sleep suit. Again, a great present for any little Dino fans! Unfortunately it is a bit too big for him, making him a Falling-over-his-feet-a-saurus currently, but I know he is going to look Rawr-some once he grows into it!
The Market Stall comes complete with a till, play money (which as Syd is only 2 I will remove the coins so there is no choking hazard- for kids 3 and over there are no such concerns!), a large selection of fruit and vegetables, eggs, scales, and price tags. Everything they need to go into business. Am training him how to shout ‘Pound a pound’ in a suitably loud and incoherent fashion to get the market stall holder vibe just right!! I think he is going to adore it!
I was also sent this gorgeous wooden tea set. Currently on sale at just £9, (full price £12) this is a perfect stocking gift. It is very well made, and just like the market stall, provides a great opportunity for imaginative play. I am sure I will be spending Christmas morning drinking imaginary tea, served with a plastic banana or two. Perfect I would say!
As well as the items I was sent to review, I have also been doing some of my own shopping for decorations from their Christmas Shop. A gorgeous selection of everything you need to make your home festive is available, and at the usual great Asda prices. There are lots of different themes to choose from, I bought some traditional looking bits like this knitted heart decoration (only £2)