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Do you ever think about the fact that there’s such a big build-up to an occasion that really only lasts for one day? Months of searching for the perfect Christmas presents, writing festive cards, picking the perfect jumper/outfit for the ‘big day’ and doing at least one humongous food shop even though the shops are closed for less than 36 hours? It’s crazy isn’t it? I’ll be honest, I love Christmas and all of the mad dashes that come with it so I can’t really complain! It’s all part of the fun I guess.

There’s never enough room in the fridge either is there? It’s always a bit like tetris trying to fit it all in and rotating it all so the shortest dates are at the front/things you’ll need first etc. I always think that we could do with a (decent) large fridge freezer, especially now that we’ve got a little family of our own, but everything’s built-in so we’re stuck to work with what we have unfortunately.

Christmas Food Shopping

We usually do our shop on 23rd for fresh food whilst collecting all of the ambient things like sweets, biscuits and other nibbles across the course of December. We always end forgetting something though and we’re prone to overbuying to make sure that we don’t run out of everything (although, of course, we never do! In fact, we’re usually eating leftovers and the end of tubs of this, that and the other for at least the next week until New Years).

So, I’ve put together a handy list for you to make sure you’ve (at least) got the basics covered. You can get all these items at discounted deals through VoucherBin under one roof at Ocado.

Just strike through what isn’t for you and add any extras on the bottom…


  • Milk.
  • Cream.
  • Custard.
  • Cheeseboard + Truckles.
  • Butter.
  • Brandy Sauce.
  • Dip Selection.


  • Potatoes.
  • Sprouts.
  • Carrots.
  • Parsnips.
  • Cauliflower.
  • Broccoli.
  • Peas.
  • Red Cabbage.
  • Swede.
  • Turnip.
  • Onions.
  • Clementines/Oranges.
  • Lemons.
  • Limes.


  • Goose Fat.
  • Yorkshire Puddings.
  • Stuffing.
  • Gravy Granules.
  • Meat/Veg Alternative.
  • Pigs in Blankets.
  • Cloves.
  • Pancetta.


  • Yule Log.
  • Christmas Cake.
  • Christmas Pudding.
  • Panettone.
  • Stollen.


  • Cranberry Sauce.
  • Bread Sauce.
  • Mint Sauce.
  • Apple Sauce.
  • Mustard.
  • Redcurrant Jelly.


  • Biscuits for Cheese.
  • Tub of Sweets.
  • Mince Pies.
  • Nuts.
  • Pickled Onions.
  • Gravadlax.
  • Paté.
  • Crisps.
  • Breadsticks/Twists.


  • Bread.
  • Eggs.
  • Bacon/Sausage (for breakfast).
  • Alcoholic Drinks.
  • Soft Drinks.
  • Egg Nog.
  • Ice Cubes.
  • Ready-Made Pastry.
  • Charcuterie.

Have I forgotten anything that’s a must-have for you at Christmas?

When will you be doing your big Christmas food shop?

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  1. December 7, 2016 / 9:03 AM

    The Christmas food shop is definitely something we’ve had to be careful with since being on a really tight budget, I’m just thankful that other family members feed us! 🙂

    • December 7, 2016 / 9:46 AM

      We’ll need to be careful this year as well. We’re always guilty of going OTT and having to eat leftovers and snacks for weeks afterwards! x

  2. Sarah Bella
    December 7, 2016 / 12:51 PM

    I dread the Christmas food shop if I’m honest. Everywhere is always so busy! However, having a list helps and your list is perfect! Also having a list helps me stick to my budget. I may have to write my list now (which is very similar to yours!) Thank you for sharing xx

    • December 12, 2016 / 10:41 PM

      I think a list at Christmas is a must! If not you’ll end up forgetting something for sure! Good luck!!!! x

  3. December 7, 2016 / 3:41 PM

    I need to make that list (and check it twice of course). Luckily we are eating at my parents for christmas day so a lot of expense can be saved.
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    • December 12, 2016 / 10:39 PM

      Ooh that’s a good idea, wish we’d thought of that 😉 x

  4. December 9, 2016 / 9:19 AM

    Definitely got to have a cheeseboard! Thank you for this, it will come in handy!

    • December 12, 2016 / 10:35 PM

      Ah glad it’s useful. Yep, it’s not Christmas without a cheeseboard (I always crave cheese when I’ve had a drink!) x

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