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Primark Has Released Harry Potter Christmas Baubles For Just £4

Harry Potter AI know I’m not the only one to find the Harry Potter book and film series extremely Christmassy.

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I know I’m not the only one to find the Harry Potter book and film series exceedingly Christmassy.

From the awe-inspiring sight of Hogwarts castle dusted with snow to the teenage angst of the Yule Ball; and of course the sumptuous Hogwarts Christmas feast complete with ‘a hundred fat, roast turkeys’ and explosive Wizard Crackers.

So many of the dramatic, emotional and humorous highs of the epic story arc happen close to the Christmas holidays, when orphaned Harry is one of the few remaining students left at the wizarding school.

Who could forget when the previously unloved and neglected Harry received his first personalised Weasley jumper as a gift? And of course when the Weasley twins bewitched snowballs to bounce off Professor Quirrel’s turban, little knowing they were chucking snow at the face of Lord Voldermort?

Read for instance the following passage from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and prepare to feel that warm, festive glow inside:

Harry had never in all his life had such a Christmas dinner. A hundred fat, roast turkeys; mountains of roast and boiled potatoes; platters of chipolatas; tureens of buttered peas, silver boats of thick, rich gravy and cranberry sauce — and stacks of wizard crackers every few feet along the table […]

Harry pulled a wizard cracker with Fred and it didn’t just bang, it went off with a blast like a cannon and engulfed them all in a cloud of blue smoke, while from the inside exploded a rear admiral’s hat and several live, white mice.

Ahh, can’t you just hear the tinkling of sleigh-bells? Or indeed the enchanted carols from a corridor full of singing coats of armour?

But enough about me being a massive nerd. It will not be long until we are all transforming our respective living rooms into our very own Great Halls; made complete, of course, with a Christmas tree. And gorgeous decorations are a must.

Luckily for those of us who enjoy Yule ball glamour without spilling the sickles, Primark is absolutely on point this year.

The purse-friendly retailer has launched a Harry Potter Christmas bauble range. Prices begin at just £4 (a little less than a galleon) and they are seriously beautiful.

A pack of four Hogwarts houses baubles will set you back £4. Each bauble bears a different animal to represent each Harry Potter house, and come in the house colours of blue, yellow, red and green.

Individual baubles cost £5 and are truly magical. I personally have my heart set on the golden Platform 9 ¾ one, but you can also get decorations to represent the Hogwarts Express and even loveable half-giant Hagrid.

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Potterheads can barely stop themselves from putting their tree up right this second after checking out these spellbinding decorations.

One happy Gryffindor enthused:

Hell yeah!! Can’t wait to get my hands on this!!

Another sighed:

This is a dream!

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Just one more reason to start getting pumped for the upcoming festive season. I will certainly be Wingardium Leviosa-ing some of these into my shopping cart!

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Marvel Release Ugly Christmas Jumpers For 2018

Marvel JumperChristmas is coming, The Hulk is getting fat. Don’t put a penny in Thanos’ hat.

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Christmas is coming, The Hulk is getting fat, don’t put an infinity stone in Thanos’s hat.

And the impending festive season means that you are bound by law to throw on the lumpiest, spangliest jumper in your wardrobe. For true festive fashionistas, this should be ideally dressed up with a paper cracker crown and a tinsel scarf.

As we all know, Christmas is all about celebrating your nearest and dearest. And so what if your particular list of loved ones includes every single one of the Avengers?

It’s been a rollercoaster year in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and what better way to raise a glass of sherry to those dearly disintegrated than to chuck on a chunky knit in their honour?

Luckily for you, official Marvel Christmas Sweaters/Jumpers have landed, and they are a bunch of woolly wonders whether you call them sweaters or jumpers.

Whether you prefer Iron Man or Thor, Spider-Man or Black Panther, there’s a jumper out there ready to sing your fandom louder and prouder than a choir full of cosplayers.

Unfortunately, some superhero names are missing, including Black Widow and Hawkeye and – surprisingly – super villain of the year Thanos.

I mean, I guess nobody really wants to contemplate the nihilistic destruction of the entire universe at their office Christmas party, but it would still be nice to have the choice if you do. Sort it out, Marvel!

Each jumper will set you back £36.99, which is pretty good considering the quality, design and cosiness. Definitely an investment for those times when you will be trudging through the snow on a gloomy December morning.

Online reviews for these jumpers have been overwhelmingly positive, with many customers praising the look and feel of the knitwear. Honestly, with these eye-catching prints, ‘ugly sweater’ is an unfair description.

One satisfied customer – who opted for the Guardians of the Galaxy jumper – said:

I love this sweater and am wearing it at this very moment. The sweater is very well made, and is an actual woven sweater – not a printed picture on sweatshirt material.

I also love the colours. Most superhero garments are done in reds, but this purple and blue combo is really nice.

I also purchased the Thor sweater and was just as pleased. I will definitely order more from this seller. Absolutely worth the price and it arrived quickly.

One proud owner of a Captain America jumper declared:

My first Christmas jumper and now my favourite jumper: period. Cozy, comfortable, great colour, and a really fun conversation piece showing my interests and holiday spirit!

You can purchase your very own official Marvel jumper here, perfect for getting wrapped up sensibly for the Christmas markets.

Seriously, you always forget how darn chilly those things get until your teeth are chattering like a demonic nutcracker over a mulled wine and mini pancake combo.

It’s time to stick some fairy lights on your Groot and get online shopping.

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John Lewis To Host Quality Street Pick And Mix Stations This Christmas

qualitystreet2There aren’t many bad things about Christmas. Even arguments about leftovers and what to watch on TV are all in the holiday spirit. But one strange hangover which seems to persist every year is a half empty tin of chocolates, with all the good ones gone and nothing but loose wrappers and weird-tasting rejects, not

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There aren’t many bad things about Christmas. Even arguments about leftovers and what to watch on TV are all in the holiday spirit.

But one strange hangover which seems to persist every year is a half empty tin of chocolates, with all the good ones gone and nothing but loose wrappers and weird-tasting rejects, not even your grandad would eat.

There’s always an abundance of chocolate of Christmas, and no one holds back on it during the festive season. However, by the time new year rolls around and we head into the dark months of January and February, Christmas’ sad remains are perfectly symbolised in the few chocolates no one wants to eat at the bottom of the tin.

This year, however, might just be a bit different.

Gone are the days of unwrapping a chocolate, trying to figure out what it is as, inevitably, the little card has gone missing. Gone are the days of eagerly popping what looks like a delicious, normal chocolate in your mouth only to find out it’s filled with something nasty. John Lewis have finally figured it out.

This year, they’ll be letting shoppers pick and mix their own tins of Quality Street.

Shoppers will be able to fill up on their favourite chocs, leaving the ones they usually don’t eat, behind. You’ll have to choose at least three flavours though – no filling it up with just one kind, unfortunately (green triangles for me, please).

Chocoholics can pick up a tin for £12 (normal tins cost a tenner), from 11 participating John Lewis stores in the UK, including Oxford Circus, London, from September 21. While stores at Bluewater in Kent, Cambridge, Cheadle, Cribbs Causeway, Glasgow, High Wycombe, Kingston-Upon-Thames, Liverpool, Trafford and White City, London, will have the pick and mix available from October.

The store is even offering customers the chance to make their tin extra special by personalising the tin with a name or message.

Debbie Bowen, Senior Brand Manager for Quality Street said, as per the Mirror:

Everybody’s got a favourite Quality Street sweet and an opinion on which is the best, so providing a pick and mix option, for the very first time, could spell the end of that particular Christmas debate.

This is a very exciting move for us and for Quality Street. We’ve been part of Christmas for more than 80 years and over that time we have had so many requests from people for a chance to create their own bespoke tin! It’s finally here and we’re delighted.

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Can’t get enough chocolate? Why not visit this amazing holiday cottage made entirely from chocolate.

The cottage is made from 1.5 tonnes of chocolate, designed and sculpted by renowned artisan chocolatier, Jean-Luc Decluzeau. It sleeps up to four people and only costs 50 euros (around £44) per night.

It’s situated inside the glass house L’Orangerie Ephémère in the gardens of the Cité de la Céramique in Sèvres, France, so the location ain’t half bad either.

Enjoy, chocolate lovers!

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Primark Is Releasing A £15 Disney Advent Calendar Full Of Baubles

disneycalendar1Is it too early to be thinking about Christmas? I’m going to go out on a limb and say… Yes, yes it is. Schools are only just starting to go back after the summer break, the evenings are still warm(ish), and most people’s winter coats are still firmly in the back of their wardrobes. Then

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Is it too early to be thinking about Christmas? I’m going to go out on a limb and say…

Yes, yes it is. Schools are only just starting to go back after the summer break, the evenings are still warm(ish), and most people’s winter coats are still firmly in the back of their wardrobes.

Then again, for retailers, Christmas can’t come soon enough. The whole year basically leads up to the season when people are spending like there’s no tomorrow and shops enjoy their busiest time of year.

Unfortunately, or fortunately depending how you look at it, that means lots of shops want to get in on the action as early as possible.

One store getting their Christmas baubles out early this year is Primark, who are selling a Disney advent calendar.

Before you ask, no, disappointingly it’s not chocolate behind each door. Instead, they’ve gone with something less tasty but which should last a whole lot longer – baubles! That’s right, for every day leading up to Christmas from December 1, you can open up an advent calendar and add your Disney-themed decoration to your tree.

The new calendar was shared on Instagram by disneyfind, who said:

Disney Christmas bauble advent calendar COMING SOON to @primark priced at £15 – I actually squealed when I opened this!

The calendar costs £15, meaning it’s just 60p per bauble. Which is a bargain if ever I saw one. The only downside is, I suppose, if you’re depending on the baubles to fill your tree, you’ll have wait til Christmas day before it’s full (if you have the will power to wait, of course).

Primark has released Disney-themed Christmas decorations before, and though they haven’t revealed the design’s inside the advent calendar just yet, you can be sure to expect Mickey and Minnie, as well as well-known characters from Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Little Mermaid.

Primark aren’t the only ones getting in the Christmas spirit, though, as Selfridges made headlines recently as they became the first department store to put up their Christmas decorations.

In a press statement, Selfridges Christmas and home buyer, Eleanor Gregory, said:

We have so many customers visiting from all over the world, eager to snap up festive decorations and souvenirs on their London summer holidays which they can’t buy at home.

This year it will expand to Christmas gifts for pets, the option to create a personalised family Christmas jumper and more than 50 types of tinsel ranging in price from £3 to £15 for the ‘ultimate tinsel garland.’

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The store expects to hit peak stock by the end of September, with customers being able to pick from a range of nearly 4,000 Christmas-themed items. More than you can shake a bough of holly at.

The cheapest item you can buy is a souvenir pencil for £1.95, one of the more costly items is a selection of ornate neon signs selling for around £8,500. Because nothing says festive cheer like neon signs.

Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals.

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