It’s official. The countdown to Christmas has begun. What marks this important change? The first appearance of the John Lewis Christmas advert on telly, of course. While I’m a stickler for not throwing myself totally into the Christmas spirit too early, I’m all for starting to plan, make lists and let the excitement build.
Back in September, I spent a week or so compiling the Christmas gift guide for OK! Mum & Baby magazine (there’s nothing weirder than immersing yourself in festive gifts when summer has just ended!). The mag hit the shops this week and I’ve loved seeing it in print. It’s also got me thinking about what would be on my Christmas list. So, here it is, a selection of fab things that are perfect for someone who likes pretty and sparkly things…
I’m a massive fan of doing Christmas shopping online and early (avoiding the crowds and those people who get all ragey and ‘elbowy’ in the shops) so this year, I’ve signed up with Give As You Live, so that a percentage of what I spend goes to charity. With over 4,000 of the world’s biggest retailers (from Boden to The White Company and lots in between) gathered in one place and exclusive deals for registered users, Give As You Live lets you make your Christmas shopping smart and socially responsible. Double feelgood factor points!
Every time you shop through Give as You Live, a percentage of the sale commission is paid to charity on your behalf you can choose the charity, or Give as you Live will donate it to their charity of the month. On average 2.5% of every purchase goes to charity. Whenever you buy, you’ll get an email the next day confirming how much you’ve donated. Clever, isn’t it?
What’s on your Christmas list, this year?
This post has been written in collaboration with Give As You Live. For details of how I work with brands, see my Work With Me page.