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24 Tips and Tricks for over the Christmas period

If you follow us on social media, you may have seen our Christmas countdown tips and tricks, if you've missed any, fear not!

We have compiled a list of all out tips, tricks and lists for the holiday season. 

 

1st Dec:  If you’re prepared and have done all your Christmas shopping, you’ll need to get started on the mission that is wrapping! If you’re in need of wrapping tips check out @thefoldinglady, we love her. 

 

2nd Dec: Now it's December we can finally get the Christmas preparation under way! Have a look at the guardian's list of the best 50 wines that won't break the bank.

https://www.theguardian.com/food/2021/nov/14/50-best-wines-for-christmas-2021-bottles-to-suit-any-budget

 

3rd Dec: Top 5 Cheese board selections for 2021

  • For one that won’t break the bank – Tesco finest cheese selection £10
  • For the Cheddar lover - The Mouse House Cheese Co Rainbow Cheese Gift Box £30
  • For the one who loves chutney – Pipers Farm Cheese Feast Box £37
  • For the wine and diner – Daylesford Cotswold Cheese &Wine Hamper £100
  • For the Best of British – Quike’s British Farmstead Winter Cheese Box £40

 

 4th Dec: Not sure how many lights you need for your Christmas tree? The golden rule tends to be 100 bulbs or 5 metres of lights per every 2ft of the tree. 

 

5th Dec: Best desserts for Christmas 2021'

Best show stopping dessert – CO-OP irresistible bells and baubles £8 – serves 6-8

Runners up

– Taste the difference Salted caramel and chocolate star £12 – Serves 8

– Sainsbury's Snowman Cheesecake £5 – serves 6

– Collection sticky toffee pudding crown £20 – Serves 12

 

6th Dec: We're a week into December and we're starting to run low on elf on the shelf ideas, check out the official @elfontheshelf social media! Some of their scenes will have you in stitches! 

 

7th Dec: Here at MovingWorks we love to support local, so we've compiled a list of our favourite local shops, perfect for a gift buying spree!

check it out here https://www.movingworks.co.uk/blog/150-gift-ideas-for-the-whole-family

 

 8th Dec: We love the Christmas party season which is why we've found a list of the top 5 most popular festive hors d'oeuvrves:

1. Bruschetta

2. Pigs in blankets

3. Bacon, Brie and cranberry twists

4. Sausage and fennel slices

5. Antipasti skewers 

 

 9th Dec: If you’re not a wine connoisseur, it can be hard to pick a wine (or 5) to go with your Christmas dinner! We’ve got some tips from the wine society below!

For your Fish dishes – Think a crisp white or sparkling wine

With your pate – Try a Provence Rosé

For the Turkey – Valpolicella is perfect

If you’re having lamb or beef – Rioja is the best bet

For the veggies – Chardonnays and Aussie shirazzes are winners (just make sure they’re vegan/ veggie friendly!)

 

10th Dec: If you’re on the search for eco-friendly cards/ wrapping paper, look no further than Only Eco, their sustainable printed designs are sure to make a gorgeous addition to under your tree! 10th

 

11th Dec: Only two weeks to go until Christmas Day, if you’re a last-minute shopper here are some gift search keywords to use on Amazon Prime!

For the Apple lover – 3 in 1 charging hub for iPhone, apple watch and air pods

For the bath lover – Bath bombs gift set

For the Karaoke extraordinaire - Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone

For the social butterfly – 2022 Planner calendar

For the hairy one – Bevel Shaving Kit

For the coffee addict – Coffee gift box

For the one who never misses a photo op – Fujifilm Instax mini

 

12th Dec:  Still stuck on present ideas. Why not treat someone you love with an experience, there are Car driving experiences, spa days, meals, workshops, stays and more!

 

13th Dec: Xmas table décor 

Looking for the perfect crockery set for your Christmas dinner settings?

Here are some table décor ideas you might not have thought of!

Rustic - pair natural elements such as wood, pinecones, and mistletoe with your classic tableware

Red, White and gold – cover the table in a dark tablecloth and use white crockery, add gold and red accents with cutlery or décor.

Tartan – A red tartan tablecloth and napkins are the focal point of this cosy vibe, pair with a festive centrepiece and gold cutlery.

 

14th Dec: We never know what to have for breakfast on Christmas day so we’ve trawled the internet for some festive breaky ideas!

Christmas pancakes – just make them how you normally do but throw in some festive spices just to start your day off with festive flavour!

Baked Croissants – stuff with your favourite fillings, personally I’d go for bacon brie and cranberry, and bake until crispy.

French toast with maple butter – perfect for a Christmas brunch!

 

 15th Dec: Struggling to plan your Friendmas? Use doodle to organise your calendar for group get together https://doodle.com/en/

 

16th Dec: Here are some of our favourite Christmas cocktails!

- Gingerbread martini – Spiced Caramel sauce, vodka and baileys topped with a gingerbread man, what more could you want from a cocktail?  

- White Christmas – Marshmallows, Malibu and maraschino cherries make the ultimate festive drink!

Spiced apple cooler – Apple, Mint, raspberries  and vodka, perfect for toasting to!

https://www.taste.com.au/entertaining/galleries/new-christmas-cocktails/zbs4kwnc?page=3

 

 17th Dec: If you've still not sent any Christmas cards, check out Shelter.org for some gorgeous designs, proceeds go towards helping the homeless and defending the right to a safe home. Because home is everything. 

 

18th Dec: Adopt an animal with wildlifetrusts.org - Money raised from the adoption schemes goes to helping precious local wildlife conservation work, such as managing nature reserves or creating new habitats. They also make the perfect gift for a nature lover!

 

19th Dec: We’ve researched and found that the busiest day for road traffic over the Christmas period is the 19th of December and 20th December. It also tends to get busy in the mornings from 21st and 23rd December.

 

20th Dec: Everyone loves a good family game night, especially over Christmas, here are the best games to play with the family over the Christmas period!

For the traditional ones - Christmas Charades

For the competitive ones - Monopoly  

For the classic ones - Who’s in the bag  

For the naughty ones – Cards against humanity

For the silly ones – Pass the pigs

 

21st Dec: When selling your home, lighting can really help - here’s some of the best deals on lights & light fittings for the home this Christmas

Lidia 40cm Table Lamp – Wayfair - £18.28

Todd Pendant Lamp Shade, White & Bamboo – Made.com - £35

Ilaria Cluster Light, Pink Multi & Brass – Made.com - £229

Modern Pendant Light LED Dimmable with Remote Control – Thelightzey - £126.99

 

 22nd Dec: Who doesn’t love a good mince pie?! Which? Has revealed that Co-ops Irresistible All Butter Luxury mince pies are rated best for festive flavour, along with Iceland and Tesco’s finest proving popular (and all £2 or under).

 

 23rd Dec: If you’re stuck on what to watch on Christmas this year, here are Rotten tomatoes top 5 picks!

5. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1967)

4. The shop around the corner (1940)

3. Holiday inn (1942)

2. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

1. It’s a wonderful life (1946)

 

We hope you loved our tips, tricks and finds for the holiday season!

From all at MovingWorks, we wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year! 

 

 

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