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Santa's Top Toys for 2017

 

It's beginning to look at lot like Christmas.. so get your Christmas shopping sorted! To help ease the burden of sifting through all the new toys on the market and the abundance of choice available to you, we have found the toys tipped to be the most popular this Christmas.

 

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TOYS FOR THE VERY YOUNG

For little kids, there are several popular fun and interactive toys to choose from this Christmas. You can't go wrong with Paw Patrol and this Christmas the Paw Patrol Sea Patroller Vehicle is one of this year's must-have toys, so put it on your list along with the Paw Patrol My Size Lookout Tower.

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Paw Patrol Sea Patroller available at Argos, Asda and Wilko

Paw Patrol My Size Lookout Tower available at Argos and Asda

 

If your kids aren't into Paw Patrol, there are other playsets that are predicted to be popular this year and may prove more enticing to your children. There is the Enchantimals Playhouse Panda Set, where your children's imagines can run wild in the magical and enchanted world of Enchantimals. For those looking for more action and adventure fighting bad guys, look out for the PJ Masks Headquarters Playset.

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Enchantimals Playhouse Panda Set available at Argos

PJ Masks Headquarters Playset available at Argos, Asda and Wilko

 

READY, STEADY, GO

For active children, this year the Laser X and Nerf Nitro Longshot Smash are sure to be on the top of their Christmas wish list. Why not treat a little one to one of these? You'll be encouraging excursions outdoors and away from the television, and help them release some of their energy too.

 

 

For the Star Wars lovers out there, the Star Wars: BB-8 for LEGO will not only be a firm favourite among their gifts, but will also encourage creativity and imagination as they build BB-8 with their own two hands. And it might tempt some of the adults to get involved in the fun too.

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Laser X - 2 Player Pack available at Argos, Asda and Wilko

Star Wars: BB-8 LEGO available at Argos and Asda

Nerf Nitro Longshot Smash available at Argos

 

FUN AND SURPRISES

Make this year's gifts double surprises with the Hatchimals Surprise and LOL Surprise Series 2. Unwrap the gift, and enjoy the further surprise of hatching your own Hatchimal or discovering the surprise inside the LOL Surprise series 2 ball.

 

The fingerlings are another toy craze that kids are currently itching to get their hands on. There are several characters to choose from, as well as add-ons like playsets to hang them on.

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Fingerlings available at Argos

Hatchimals Surprise available at Argos, Asda and Wilko

L.O.L. Surprise Series 2 available at Argos

 

If your kids have been asking for a pet, but your budget or home situation won't allow it, the FurReal Roarin' Tyler could be their animal companion. An animated toy, it moves and makes animal noises, just make sure you have the batteries to power it on Christmas Day, or you may face some disappointed kids when their tiger won't roar.

 

And for fun that the whole family can get involved in, Toilet Trouble and The Original Stretch Armstrong are tipped to be popular buys this festive season.

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FurReal Roarin' Tyler available at Argos and Asda

Toilet Trouble available at Argos

The Original Stretch Armstrong available at Argos

 

DON'T FORGET THE WRAPPING

You have the gifts, but don't forget the wrapping! Give your presents a little extra flair with ribbons and bows. Card Factory, Ryman, The Works and WHSmith have wide selections of Christmas wrapping to choose from, and there are some great deals on offer on Christmas wrapping paper and giftbags.

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Traditional Kraft Christmas gift wrap 5 metres

Luxury Christmas gift wrap assorted £2.00 at The Works

White Character Trail Christmas wrapping paper 3 metres (pack of 2 rolls)

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Gingerbread House Christmas gift bag large

Repeat Santa Giant Square Christmas gift bag £1.99 at Card Factory

Handmade Christmas gift bag £1.00 at The Works

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Festive Ribbon gift set pack of four assorted

Red Christmas Gift Wrap accessory set £1.99 at Card Factory

Handcrafted Holly gift tags (pack of 8) £1.00 at The Works

Festive 30 piece Luxury Christmas accessories pack

 

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Fabulous festive entertaining

 

Hosting family and friends over the festive season can be intimidating and exhausting, but good planning can make the process smoother. There are a few steps you can follow to make the party planning process easier. We break down everything you'll need to do in order to plan your perfect party this festive season, whether it's a family Christmas function or a New Year's Eve extravaganza.

 

 

PLANNING IS KEY

No matter the event you are hosting, planning is the key to ensuring everything goes off without a hitch. These are the basic points to keep in mind:

  • The theme - A theme does not have to mean costumes, but having a universal colour palette for your party will help to create the perfect party atmosphere.
  • Who are you inviting? - If children will be coming, you need to accommodate for their tastes and entertainment. Have child appropriate movies on hand and maybe a separate table for the children to eat at.
  • The menu - Are you organising a sit-down meal or will it be canapes and finger foods? And don't forget to include vegetarian and vegan options for those who don't eat meat.
  • Buy everything in advance - If the food and décor you are planning to have can be bought ahead of time, this will ensure you don't struggle to find what you need in a last-minute dash to the shops.
  • While everything you have to achieve could be overwhelming, creating a check list is a great way to keep on top of it all, and you will also enjoy a sense of accomplishment when you check things off the list.

GO FOR GOLD WITH DECOR

The colour of the season is gold, adding elegance and sparkle to your Christmas. There are great offers on Christmas décor, from baubles for the Christmas tree and garlands to adorn the house, to tableware and napkins. Pick a theme and let it run through all your décor to create maximum impact and wow your guests.

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Home 100 piece Christmas decorations pack in gold £8.99 at Argos

12 pack of shaped baubles £2.00 at Poundworld

36 pack of mixed gold baubles £5.00 at Adsa

Rustic glow Christmas beadchain in gold (4m) £0.80 at Wilko

Gold glitter sparkly star Christmas tree topper

 

And don't just keep the decorations for the tree. There are gorgeous lights and garlands on offer that will add extra pizazz to your festive decorating so your party will sparkle with style.

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3D light up static reindeer £59.99 at Argos

Jute sack £3.00 at Poundworld

4 pack of glitter Christmas tree tealights £4.00 at Asda

Pre-lit snowy garland with cones and berries

Nordic Country Christmas musical wooden village (battery operated) £12.00 at Wilko

 

A FEAST FOR THE EYES

When it comes to decorating your table, you don't want to go overboard so people can't see each other, and your food gets lost in the decorations. Keep it simple and elegant, with small decorations that will add festive spirit to your table without overshadowing the food, which should be the real star of your Christmas table.

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Reindeer table decoration £4.00 at Poundworld

Glitter Noel table decoration £8.00 at Asda

Christmas metallic jacquard table runner - gold snowflakes on cream

Cut out charger plates (4 pack) in gold

 

And when dressing your table, don't forget the Christmas crackers. There is a broad selection on offer in a range of stores, so you'll certainly find beautiful festive Christmas crackers to match your colour scheme and your budget.

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Christmas gold family crackers (12 pack)

Luxury gift crackers in gold (10 pack)

Gold confetti spot dinner party Christmas crackers (12 pack)

George Home gold luxury crackers (6 pack) £8.00 at Asda

 

Another item not to forget when layout out your table and the food is napkins. There are different festive designs on offer, or go for something simple in plain colour to match your décor.

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Christmas tree napkins (25 pack) £1.49 at Poundstretcher

Joyful snowman napkins (16 pack) £1.29 at Card Factory

Holly Christmas scalloped 33cm napkin (20 pack)

 

DON'T FORGET THE CHRISTMAS TREATS

And what Christmas or New Year's Eve party would be complete without enduring seasonal favourites like mince pies, or toasting in the New Year with a glass of Prosecco?

 

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Asda Extra Special 6 luxury all-butter mince pies £1.85 at Asda

Finest mince pies (6 pack)

Deep filled mince pies (6 pack)

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Prosecco Extra Dry £6.00 at Asda Plaza

Centro Prosecco Conegliano Prosecco

 

 

Style up for the party season

 

When it comes to festive season parties, it's not only your outfit that takes centre stage, but your whole look. Your appearance will be judged, and while the saying goes 'Don't judge a book by its cover', unfortunately we do. To help you sparkle this festive season, we have put together the top looks you need to take note of.

 

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FIND THE FOCAL POINT

No matter how many parties you're attending this festive season, you need to decide on the focal point of each of your party looks. There's no need to buy a new outfit for each party, but mix it up with different accessories, and makeup and hair looks. If you want the focus to be on a stunning pair or shoes you just bought, go for a more understated dress, or play up the dress by wearing minimal jewellery.

 

And when it comes to your makeup, there are many trends at the moment, from crazy glitter looks to coloured eyeshadow. Or tone down your makeup completely and go with the nude makeup trend.

 

OUTFITS THAT WOW

For many women, an important aspect of any night out is their outfit. This season you're in for a treat, as lace, sequins and velvet are hot trends that will add luxury and glamour to any look. But don't limit your choice to dresses, there are gorgeous tops, trousers and jumpsuits that will look elegant and sophisticated at any Christmas or New Year's Eve party.

 

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Lace fit and flare dress in red £28.00 at Bonmarche

Teal velvet wrap front mini dress £9.99 at New Look

Women's blue sequin frill sleeve dress

Silver foil one shoulder bodycon dress £55.00 at Dorothy Perkins

 

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Black glitter tie front jumpsuit £44.99 at Quiz

Wine D-Ring belted wrap jumpsuit £42.00 at Dorothy Perkins

Bardot skinny jumpsuit in black

Women's black velvet jumpsuit

 

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Velour wide leg trousers in wine £20.00 at Bonmarche

Black tapered tie trousers £25.00 at Dorothy Perkins

Jersey pleat peg leg trouser in wine

Black glitter wide leg trousers £35.00 at Evans

 

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Glitter long sleeve blouse in pale pink £22.00 at Bonmarche

New Look rose gold sequin T-shirt £19.99 at New Look

Grey velvet camisole top £25.00 at Evans

Curve bottle green velvet Bardot 3/4 sleeve top £24.9 at Quiz

 

SHOES TO LOVE

Good shoes are an important part of any night out. You can't dance the night away in shoes you can hardly walk in. You might have a favourite pair of shoes already in mind, but if you're looking for a new pair of dazzling heels for this party season, you are spoilt for choice with colour, style and accents this year.

 

Fur detailing on your shoes is one of the trends of the moment, as well as glitter and suede and velvet finishes.

 

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Lilley women's silver platform diamante court shoe £17.99 at Shoe Zone

Catwalk grey platform heels £24.99 at Deichmann

Curtain shine black suede sandal

Gold glitter fluffy heel £16.00 at Primark

 

MAKE-UP HEROES

Glitter has also made its way into make-up this season, with a big trend being glitter eye make-up, together with bright and bold colours. As the saying goes, 'Go big or go home'. This season don't be afraid to experiment with your make-up looks and go crazy with your glitter. There are numerous eye palettes on the market that can give you the perfect festive season party sparkle without breaking the bank.

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NYX Professional Makeup Pigments (available in multiple colours) £5.50 at Boots

Barry M Fine Glitter Bust (available in multiple colours) £4.59 at Boots

Freedom HD Pro Refills Eyeshadow Shimmer 10 £2.00 at Superdrug

Rimmel Mono Eyeshadow Gold Record £3.99 at Bodycare

 

 

And to bring a glow and shimmer to your complexion, there are Silver and Bronze Glow Drops from New Look for £6.99. You can use this alone or mix it with your foundation and apply them together. Use a little to highlight your cheek bones, or build it up to create an intense shimmery finish.

 

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Silver and Bronze Glow Drops £6.99 each at New Look

 


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