1 In 3 Brits Have Started Their Christmas Shopping

Started Your Christmas Shopping?

Well, have you started your Christmas shopping yet?

According to a new study, 1 in 3 Brits have already made a start on their Christmas shopping – although I'd wager that a fair few Playpennies readers have probably already FINISHED their Christmas shopping by now.

The survey of 1,067 UK adults (conducted by heating oil supplier Super Saver Oil) has revealed that 34% have already begun to stock up on essential items to beat the pre-Christmas supermarket rush.

That's in part due to the fact that families say they tend to run out of food and other essentials during the festive period, with 26% of Brits using up their supplies of home heating materials (coal, logs and oil) during the Christmas festivities.

A quarter of Brits (24%) run out of batteries before the Christmas season begins (DON'T FORGET TO BUY THE BATTERIES!) and a further 21% say they run out of drinks. Other popular items likely to dissipate are kitchen foil (9%), parcel tape (5%) and firelighters (3%).

I'm kind of useless when it comes to Christmas shopping. I do start early but in a haphazard sort of way whereby I impulse-buy the odd thing here and there, and then completely forget where I've hidden it when the time comes to get my wrapping done.

And while part of me envies those organised types who have all their presents bought and wrapped by July and their cards all written and posted in November, I also think there's something a tiny bit joyless about being over-organised when it comes to Christmas shopping.

I like meandering round the shops during the festive season and don't really feel Christmassy until I've had a proper session of Christmas retail therapy. Somehow doing it all online in three months in advance just doesn't have the same appeal for me.

I also don't really get all these people running out of food at Christmas, either. My house tends to be the opposite for the entire month of December, pretty much heaving with festive foodie treats. I do like stocking up on the odd bottle of Baileys or box of sweets ahead of schedule, though, and you can nab some serious bargains on such things round about now.

Here are the items consumers are most likely to run out of at Christmas:

Food – 48%
Home heating fuel (coal, logs and oil) – 26%
Batteries – 24%
Drinks - 21%
Cleaning products – 19%
Laundry detergent - 16%
Loo roll –11%
Kitchen foil - 9%
Parcel tape – 5%
Firelighters - 3%

Does this ring true for you? Do you stock up on household essentials before the Christmas season begins on account of the likelihood that your usual supplies will run dry?

And more importantly, how much of your Christmas shopping have you already done? Leave us a comment below or join the debate over on our Facebook page.


  • Amy E.

    Got nothing which is totally not like me at all but heyho kids are easily pleased lol x

  • Jessica O.

    2 left to get :ok_hand_tone1::heart_eyes:

  • Danielle M.

    Got about 20 and wrapped, need to crack on!

    • Kirsty H.

      All mine is done and wrapped :see_no_evil: xx

  • Laura T.

    Kids done and wrapped just few adults to buy for then that's it :thumbsup::smiley:

  • Claire R.

    Wrapped most of my sons Christmas presents earlier tonight. Just a few more to get then all done. Also wrapped his birthday stuff (Jan) lol xx

  • Stacey F.

    (we have definitely got ours started)

    • Yvonne C.

      Lol oh yeah.....even old grinch me xx

  • Kirsty C.

    The earlier you start the more you end up spending. I have 3 for my daughter but nothing for my son. We are on holiday the the last two weeks before Xmas so have to have everything bought and wrapped but 8th December.

  • Kayleigh N.

    Kids + freddie basically done.. everyone else is a surprise whether they get anything :wink::stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:

  • Kimberley H.

    Nearly finished buying, I don't wrap anything until a couple of days before because it the wrapping that's my favourite bit, always gets me in the spirit!

  • Jade C.

    I've done quite a bit but won't do any wrapping until December. I like to lock myself away, with Christmas songs playing and scoffing celebrations as I go...Maybe with a rum and coke too :wink:

    • Zoe P.

      Me 2..but with baileys and ferero rocher!

    • Vix B.

      Ditto here too! :thumbsup_tone1::blush:

    • Rebekah P.

      Same that really gets me in the Christmas spirit when my children are in bed and the house is warm and I'm sat wrapping such a lovely feeling x

  • Amy K.

    Started? All finished here :smiley::snowman::santa:

  • Sammie I.

    almost finished with the kids presents. still got loads more to get for other people

  • Danielle L.

    Started ... I am hoping I will split it over to their birthdays too :joy: have to have a good bargain! I started in the summer #StressFreeDecember = #MoreFun

  • Katherine H.

    About 3/4 brought and just started wrapping x

  • Kirsty M.

    When there's 4 kids plus family to buy for you start in January! :joy:My wardrobe and spare cupboard look like santas grotto for my little girl. My boys not so easy to buy for! I must wrap them before they find them the nosey parkers! (Been saying this since the school hols and I still add more) I'm also a last minute shopper, Xmas eve! Always leave wrapping till last minute too :see_no_evil:

    • Hayley R.

      Girls truly are easier to buy for x

    • Kirsty M.

      They definitely are! So so much around for girls, my little girl has asked for shopkins, there are thousands! Then I have 3 boys. Older 2 are into gadgets, but they now have all the latest. And the youngest only likes Thomas the tank engine, which he has all but 1 set and a few trains, that have just come out. After that I'm struggling to find anything that will interest him x

  • Nikki G.

    I've started, I've done a little so far but can't leave it too late as we have three little ones and our eldest turns 5 exactly two weeks before Christmas so there is more to do. I've wrapped a few but I will leave the rest until Christmas Eve as it makes me feel all Christmassy :joy::expressionless:

  • Rebecca W.

    Almost done and some is wrapped.

  • Heather H.

    Finished mine! Woop woop!

  • Stef M.

    look lots of other weirdos! :joy::joy:

    • Suzanne B.

      Bet they aren't nearly finished lol :joy::joy::joy:

  • Laura A.

    I will be doing it all in one day :grimacing:

  • Louise G.

    I'd like to have more done, but my 3 year old walks around Smyths/ToysRUs and doesn't choose anything.... totally stuck and can't find anywhere that stocks inspiration :thinking: And with my 5 year olds birthday the week before Christmas, and the wee one turning 4 on 11th January I need inspiration!!!!!

  • Emma B.

    Just wrapped the advents (24×2!) and about 10 prezzies. Only way to keep the contents hidden :see_no_evil:

  • Karen M.

    Two have more or less finished

    • Jacqui B.

      It's good to be organised!

  • Melanie N.

    Got most of the kids presents but still got all the adult gifts to get and no idea what I'm getting them yet x

  • Ginnie D.

    I started mine in February this year but won't wrap till December.. they are all nicely hidden away! Xxp

  • Toni B.

    I have done most of the xmas shopping I would never be able to afford it if I waited till the Christmas season but I won't wrap till the week before xmas.

  • Carla P.

    If you look hard enough on the internet you can find validation for all kinds of crazy behaviour...doesn't make it right!

  • Beverley H.

    I have birthdays and Christmas in December so always start early (January) to spread the cost!

  • Jodie K.

    I put all the big bits on layaway at toysrus mostly to keep them out of sight lol

  • Tina R.

    Ive done quite alot still some to get

  • Joanne A.

    3/4 way done - won't be wrapping anytime soon as 2 kids birthday to do first X

  • Sarah F.

    Lol Emma, I like to get done before the Christmas rush :santa_tone2::gift::christmas_tree:

  • Fiona W.

    Not even started :weary: any other year I'm finished n in gift bags ready t go!:see_no_evil:

  • Sam S.

    I've finished my 2 boys just the hubby and a few other people to sort out

  • Claire T.

    :joy: started..... you've nearly finished haven't you? Xx

    • Hayley O.

      I'm doing pretty well lol xx

  • Leanne C.

    ready to wrap few months ago

  • Heidi J.

    Pretty much done just a couple of more pressies since having a lo I've become so much more organised.. sending birthday cards, Xmas cards buying presents early... amazing what happens.when you have a child

  • Christine C.

    Lol, I just can't be arsed running around at the last minute xx

  • Laura S.

    Me either. At least we can enjoy the festivities rather than be running like loonies last minute x

  • Denise D.

    I've finished for my kids but still got nieces and nephews and adults to buy.

  • Christine C.

    In fact the only thing I need is the name tags. If I had them I could start wrapping :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:

  • Georgina S.

    Lol. As if I need validation.

  • lor14

    toys r us do a price match in store we saved just under a £100 with this and they also do a layaway scheme  we have done all our presents just a few adults do doo feel v proud of this 

  • Claire M.

    U can never start too early :santa_tone1::santa_tone1:

  • Gemma G.

    Got most of mine and wrapped just a few more to get and I'm done :blush:

  • Kayley H.

    Started..... :joy::joy::joy:I've finished just to get bike's

  • Amie P.

    Done all mine however got to send my dads back and buy something else for him , buy wrapping paper two nanny cards and a general box of cards and I'm done x :)

  • Kimlara C.

    I've completed my Christmas Shopping also got all cards for family plus my eldest daughter birthday pressies which is in January :hugging::hugging::hugging::hugging:

  • Christa S.

    I have finished it :joy::joy:

  • Christine W.

    ...haven't started yours by any chance?! :joy:

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