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Two-hour trolley dash

A Xmas trolley dash. Here's what I'm buying for my loved ones. Er, don't tell them, will you?

Nailed your Christmas shopping yet? Nope, me neither. However, I’ve been making my list (and checking it twice) to do a Santa style supermarket sweep and get it done in under two hours. Here’s what I’m buying my nearest and dearest, plus a sneaky treat thrown in. My gift picks are all available under one roof at The Lexicon Bracknell which means minimum faffing (and thus maximum time for post-shopping mulled wine quaffing). Go forth and bash that credit card!



All Saints light grey merino wool waffle knit men's jumper

Mr Muddy is almost impossible to buy for – he fancies himself as bit of hipster. Into the latest tech, likes to be togged up in nice clothes – he requires a billionaire budget. Ugh, it’s a nightmare. But Fenwick Bracknell is a mecca for the hard to buy for. I loved this All Saints merino wool, waffle knit jumper, £68. Shh, it was on offer.


Gift collage – retro Superdry t-shirt, old skool Vans, and Jack Wills toiletries

I’ve got my eye on these Vans (£54.99) from Footlocker for my teenage son. You cannot go wrong with fail-safe navy. In fact I might buy myself a matching pair. He’d love that obviously. This Superdry tee made it home with me too. Love the retro styling in good quality fabric, so should survive running the Muddy wash and dry gauntlet. Smellies are a Crimbo tradition, and this Jack Wills Gym Set with wash, body spray, headphones and water bottle may actually encourage the stinker to look and smell good – Boots, £20.



Gift collage, burgundy and pink floral satin pyjamas, pandora vintage stud earrings and L'Occitane christmas cracker gift sets

Whether it’s for your mum or your mother in law, I think the gift of glamour goes a looooong way. I have a vision of Ma Muddy at home, watching Corrie, in her stylish PJs wearing diamonds and slathering herself in lotions and potions while surrounded by cats in a Grey Gardens stylee. The reality will be these gorge Rosie for Autograph satin PJs, £35, M&S – so pretty I reckon you could pop to the shop in them (no judgement here). Pandora has passed me by, but they have some gorge jewellery – particularly loving these Vintage Allure Stud Earrings, £55, that will jessie up any outfit (even nightwear!). Finally, fancy beauty bits in a cute crackers from L’Occitane £25 for the 3, is a gift that will keep on giving.



Bright yellow wooden crane way Le Toy Van

My house looks like a Toys R Us has vomited plastic all over it. It is an unavoidable hazard of pre-schoolers. But I love to throw in a traditional wooden toy at Crimbo and this Le Toy Van Crane, on offer at £29.99 at Fenwick Bracknell, will keep my construction addict occupied for hours. Happy days.



Kiko Cosmetics and paper chase sequin notebooks

I’m in a boy zone at Muddy Berks HQ, so when I get to play in the girl’s world, I am as happy as a pig in glitter. Paperchase is fab for cute, unusual stationary. Stroke the cover of this A5 Mermaid notebook, £10, and the sequins move and change colour. It’s actually really therapeutic. Would it be wrong to keep it? (Yes, you’re right, back off). My favourite playground, though, is Kiko Cosmetics. Loving the cute candy stripe nail files, £2.90 and Artic Holiday Glacial Eyeshadow Stick, £9.90, which is so easy to apply, my niece will avoid the rainbow eye shadow horror story of my youth.



Blue leopard print sweater, ugg slipper and The Lexicon bracknell gift card collage

All I want for Christmas… apart from 14 hours sleep, I’d LOVE this lush H&M leopard print jumper. It’s just landed, and at just £24.99, it’s a steal. I also, hope and pray each year for UGG sheepskin slippers, available from Office, £79.99. Got to embrace nana chic – but seriously, just add a glass of rjoca and a roaring fire and I will be living my best life. But if anyone’s stuck for ideas, the new Lexicon Gift Card has got to be the best back up. Load it up Mr Muddy (£5-£1000) and I’ll shop ’til I drop in the January sales (it can be used in over 70 outlets), grab a bite to eat, quaff a cocktail and enjoy the gift of me time.



Stocking fillers can bankrupt you if you’re not careful, but I have to mention Flying Tiger and Carluccios as 2 of my faves.

Flying Tiger is packed full of little bits and bobs for all ages. I picked up loads of stuff for my 3-year-old and teen, plus a few bits for the grown ups too. The colourful candles are really nice and the smaller sizes cost just £1. They stock, home accessories, stationary, toys, art materials, decorations and table linens. It is an aladdin’s cave of fabulous.

Carluccios is a place to stuff your face but it is so much more at Crimbo. The foodie gifts and miniatures are gorge stocking fillers – mini bars of chocolate, Limoncello, olive oil, panatonne – did I mention Limoncello?

Come on, we can do it. We’re almost at the finish line and then it’s feet up with a glass of bubbles, the Radio Times and a tin of Celebrations.

The Lexicon Bracknell is open from 9am-9pm each day this week; until 8pm on Sat 23 Dec and 11am-5pm Sun 24 Dec.


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