BLOGMAS: It’s My First Christmas Living Alone, and These Are the Essentials That Made My Christmas Shopping List!

This year will mark my first ever Christmas as an official “adult” since moving out with my S/O back in the spring. And I am HYPED! I’m not gonna lie, it’s made me realise just how much work goes into the festivities, especially when you’re starting from scratch. Decorations, gift lists, cards, food, drink… It never ends! I’m loving it though.

The final thing on the To-Do list is food and drink because, let’s face it, if I had chocolates stocked up in the house they’d never have seen it through to the end of daylight saving time. So this part had to wait until December and, instead of the snacks just magically appearing and the alcohol just free-flowing, I’ve actually got to be the one who gets it there in first place! There are certain things that the season wouldn’t be complete without, and a few new traditions of my own I wanted to start; these are the food and drink items that made my essential Christmas shopping list!

Bottle of Baileys Original Irish Cream

I wouldn’t even comprehend drinking Baileys at any other time of year. I don’t even drink that much of it, maybe a glass or two over the whole of Christmas. But it’s such a gorgeous flavour, it makes for amazing desserts, cocktails and hot chocolates – check out my Baileys hot chocolate recipe, for example! Makes me feel all festive.



My favourite Salted Caramel Cocoa Vodka drink from Hotel Chocolat

This stuff is good. Reeeeal good. It was bought for me as a present last year, it’s delicious and I’ve been in love with it ever since. I need to limit my consumption of it, to be honest, because otherwise I’d be knocking it back every day of December! For me, it’s a must-have.

caramel vodka


Flavoured coated peanuts

This is something my mum got me into. It’s not something we’ve always had at Christmas, but she just picked them up one year from the supermarket and we both had a nibble on them, and since then it’s been like ,where have these been all my life?! So these definitely get a place on my shopping list.



Ah, my loves. Pringles have been my favourite snacks since I was a kid. Don’t get me wrong, they’re definitely not exclusive to Christmas time – they’re part of my diet all year round! However, Christmas is like a free pass to eat a disgusting amount of Pringles and, for that, I will be forever grateful for this wonderful holiday season.



Bucks Fizz for Christmas morning

I don’t remember a Christmas morning when I didn’t wake up to a glass of Bucks Fizz and a bacon sandwich. Now, unlike my mum I don’t think I’ll be bothered to cook up bacon for everyone (I’ll be way to excited for presents. What do you mean, I sound like a child?) but there will definitely be Bucks Fizz all-round, because there’s really no other way to kick off Christmas Day.



An abundance of chocolate tins

Oh come on, you knew this one was coming! Every household, without fail, spends most of the month stocking up on tins of Celebrations, Heroes, Quality Street… You name it, if it’s chocolate and it comes in a tin, it’s going on the table. And believe me, this house is no different!

quality street


Veuve Monsigny Champagne Rosé from Aldi

Obviously bubbles are a must for Christmas. A must. But it can be pricey and, as you can see, I’ve got a lotta stuff to buy, so I thought I’d shop around to find a great deal without missing out. This pretty pink champagne from Aldi still gets me in the mood to celebrate but without breaking the bank and, let’s be honest, we could all stand to save a few quid around Christmas!


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