The weather is getting cold, and the days are getting darker faster, Christmas will be here before you know it. There might be plenty of time for now but there's always something we forget to buy; trimmings, gravy and kitchen foil are within the top 20 things that Brits forget to buy every Christmas. Well, there's no need for blunders like those anymore because we've put this guide together, so you don’t forget the essentials at Christmas.
Essential Christmas Drinks
Not sure where to begin when picking up the essential Christmas drinks? Well, from wine lovers to teetotallers, we've got you covered so you everyone can raise their glasses together this Christmas.
What's Christmas without everyone's favourite tipple? According to wine supplier Matthew Clark we get through approximately 131 million bottle per year so it’s a clear favourite for many people. So it sounds right to get the party started with Freixenet Prosecco D.O.C. Sparkling Wine, or if you're feeling fancy opt for Malfy Silcilian Pink Grapefruit Gin, an Italian gin with sweet botanical flavours. For the beer drinkers, treat them to the modern classic, BrewDog Punk IPA, plenty of hops and bursting with flavour.
Finish the night with a luxurious bottle of the famous Baileys Original Irish Cream. Whether you enjoy it as a standalone, in cocktails or even as a nightcap in a coffee or hot chocolate, it's the bottle that you need in your cupboard at Christmas.
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If you’ve also got to cater for the teetotallers and the little ones, we've made sure that their drinks choices won't be boring. You can stock up on the classic Coca Cola Original with this 24 pack case, or pick up a 6 pack of San Pellegrino Blood Orange which boasts a sweet and intense citrus flavour.
We love the taste of Belvoir's Organic Ginger Beer Presse and if you're planning to add this to your box, we’d recommend buying a few bottles because it’s the perfect alternative for non-drinkers. It’s flavoured with fiery fresh ginger and refreshing lemon.
From a heart-warming cuppa to a refreshing peppermint classic, it would be a total nightmare to run out over the Christmas period. When the cold weather hits, a perfectly brewed cup of tea hits the spot so it's worth getting your cupboard stocked up with this 240 bag box of Tetley's.
Peppermint tea should be a staple on Christmas Day because of its benefits on easing a bloated stomach – there’s tonnes of food to eat remember, it's Christmas after all! This makes peppermint tea perfect for after dinner so you can get you settle your stomach before dessert is ready.
Most of us can't go a day without coffee, The Great British Public gets through 2 cups of coffee a day on average, and Christmas won't be any different. If your family loves coffee, treat them to a cup of Cafedirect Fairtrade Smooth Roast Ground Coffee, it has a smooth, silky roast made with 100% arabica beans, and its certified Fairtrade so you know the farmers get a fair price for their work.
If some of your family members aren’t fans of dessert but love their coffee, offer them a Bailey’s coffee. It’s a game changer that enhances a regular coffee into a warm and luscious creamy coffee cocktail.
It’s worth making sure there’s some hot chocolate powder at home in case anyone gets the craving for a heart-warming hot chocolate. This 2kg tub of Cadbury’s Drinking Hot Chocolate will make approximately 83 mugs of hot chocolate. So, even the biggest families won’t run out over the festive period
Christmas Foods You Can’t Forget
Christmas is a day made for eating all the food you want. Maybe you're looking forward to an entire bowl of Brussels sprouts, or you might want to fill your face with chocolate. Well, whatever your family fancies, we're going to help you provide.
Christmas Cooking Essentials
Some may argue that their favourite part of a Christmas Dinner are those gorgeous, crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside roast potatoes. To get the perfect roasties, you'll need to cook with Crisp 'N' Dry Oil. You can make crispy roast spuds without using duck fat, which means your roasties will be suitable for vegans and vegetarians too. Crisp 'N' Dry Oil is also great to use when roasting your parsnips and other vegetables too.
The complete Christmas Dinner plate will have a generous slice of turkey, roast potatoes, parsnips, Brussels sprouts, carrots, pigs in blankets and cranberry sauce. Something’s missing…the stuffing. It's criminal to forget, so here's your reminder: add Paxo Sage & Onion Stuffing Mix to your Christmas food checklist.
There's one other thing missing if you didn't notice: gravy. No one likes a dry Christmas Dinner so plenty of gravy is a necessity, plus it has a rich hearty flavour to bring your food alive. You can't go wrong with Bisto Gravy Granules, just add boiling water.
Making Christmas Dinner for your family can be pretty exhausting so it’s only right you fuel yourself in the process. Things like Roasted & Salted Peanuts, bags of Love Corn or these addictive Chilli Rice Crackers are great ready-to-eat snacks that will keep your energy up, and they taste amazing. Get enough though because your family members will probably end up finding their way into some of your snacks.
And for those with a sweet tooth, who are we to resist the delicious taste of The Purple One in a box of Quality Street. This Tiny Tony's Chocolonely Christmas Mix Pouch is the perfect sweet treat too and they can even be used as an edible Christmas tree decoration (see how many are left on your tree at the end of the day).
Crackers & Chutney
A Christmas cheeseboard is an essential to us so don’t forget your crackers and chutney. Get your hands on this selection box of Jacob Cheese Crackers. It goes great with all cheeses like cheddar, mozzarella, goats cheese, cream cheese - you name it. And for your chutney's, there's no better option than English Provender. It's available in Sweet Tomato & Chilli for a mildly spicy kick or traditional Caramelised Red Onion which goes great with all cheeses.
Don't forget the cranberry sauce or you won't hear the end of it, it's the perfect accompaniment for a classic Christmas Dinner. Colman's Cranberry Sauce is ready to use and has a rich and fruity flavour that goes great with turkey.
There's always that one person who loves wants ketchup on everything, so make sure you've stocked up on some delicious sauces to keep everyone pleased. We love the Sauce Shop’s range of richly flavoured sauces, their Tomato Ketchup is perfectly tangy and flavourful.
Pick up your vegetarian option up early so you don’t forget closer to the time. This Artisan Grain Cashew Nut & Cranberry Nut Roast tastes good, is quick and easy to make and it doesn't need to be stored in the fridge or freezer. It's gluten-free and suitable for vegans too. Artisan Grains Country Vegetable & Cashew Nut Roast is another flavour you can pick up, just in case you want to have more options for your vegetarian family members.
The Christmas Clean Up
When Christmas Day finally ends, there will be plenty to clean up. Here are the essentials to make that job as easy as possible.
We know there’s going to be a lot of mess on Christmas and rather than chucking everything in the bin, it’s important we recycle everything we can including wrapping paper, cardboard boxes, and empty Christmas crackers.
Beast Bin Bags are made with 100% recycled materials, they’re super strong and resistant to tears, punctures, and leaks. They're available in a 30L size or a 50L size so will easily hold all your piles of rubbish.
It's very rare that all the food on Christmas Day gets finished, so rather than chucking your leftovers away pack them up so you can make a delicious Boxing Day sandwich. If you've got some food containers but you've lost the lids, get your hands on these CoverMate Stretch-to-Fit Food Covers. They can stretch to fit any food container shape and are microwaveable, so you can safely warm up your Christmas leftovers.
Kitchen foil will be definitely be needed to keep your food covered so pick up a roll of Bacofoil The Original Kitchen Foil. It's a 10-metre roll so you'll have more than enough to cover up your roast vegetables, stuffing balls, and your pigs in blankets (if you're lucky enough to have any leftover).
Pick up a pack of these 6L food and freeze BioBag's to store any leftovers in. They're ideal for packing up leftovers to send home with your families and are especially great if you're low on fridge and freezer space. With 20 bags in a pack, you'll have no shortage of bags to pack food away in.
Washing Up Liquid
You certainly don't want to have a sink full of dirty trays, plates, cups, and cutlery that you can't wash because you've run out of washing up liquid.
To save yourself the stress of running low on washing up liquid, pick up a 5L tub of Ecover's Camomile & Clementine Washing Up Liquid, that’s more than enough to cater for the biggest of family get togethers. Fairy Original Washing Up Liquid will also get the job done with its concentrated formula that cuts through grease effortlessly.
It's always worth stocking up on some cleaning cloths because you never know when you'll need them. You might have some clumsy family members or messy kids that may have spilt some of their drink on the dinner table or living room floor, so keeping a pack of good quality sponge cloths around is essential.
This pack of 4 Spontex Sponge Cloths cleans and soaks up spillages to leave your surfaces spotless. They can be used anywhere in your home from the bathroom to the kitchen.
Christmas can get messy but that doesn't mean you need to spend hours cleaning the house. It's mostly the kitchen and dinner table that will need most of your attention so get yourself some cleaning products to help you save the time and effort of vigorous cleaning. Here’s a couple of product that we recommend.
Flash Multipurpose Cleaning Spray will effortlessly clean your messy kitchen including your sink, counters and even your kitchen floor. You'll save plenty of time so you can put your feet up and enjoy the rest of the day with your family.
Keeping a bottle of Ecover's Oven & Hob Cleaner in your cleaning cupboard means you don’t need to worry about making a mess in your kitchen. It's an all-natural cleaner that uses the power of nature to cut through grease and food marks to leave your oven and hob clean and shiny.
Check out Bother's Kitchen Cleaning Guide if you need some tips to give your kitchen a deeper clean, but we’re sure that can wait till Boxing Day.
Your Essentials Ticked Off
There you have it, that’s all your Christmas essentials ticked off so you can be stress-free and look forward to enjoying Christmas Day with your family. It’s time to enjoy the festive season that’s upon us and remember…it’s never too early to prepare for Christmas.