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Christmas – final countdown

  • Author: Anne Cleaver
  • Published: 22nd December 2015
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Christmas – final countdown  

We are counting hours now until Christmas and it is those last minute purchases that cause the greatest headaches. If you shop locally you won’t need to drive miles or queue for the car park – everything you need is here in the village and the parking is free.   

 From Costcutter to the Co-op - from Reeve Butchers to Clanfield Greengrocers there is plenty of choice, excellent food and drink, plus bargains that won’t break the bank.  Spend an hour looking around your local shops and you won’t be disappointed. 

 Are you stuck for those final gifts - has inspiration run dry?  Here are a few ideas for last minute presents you might want to try:

Give a hamper for Christmas. Decorate a small box with wrapping paper and fill with wine, chocolate, biscuits, toys, quiz books....the list is endless. Top tip - fill spaces between gifts with scrunched up coloured tissue paper and ribbon. The hamper will look fabulous and you keep the costs down.  The staff at the Co-op and Costcutter will be pleased to help with a few hints if your mind goes blank! and

Make up your own fruit and flower bowl for a colourful gift. Nigel at Clanfield Greengrocers & Florists has a vast range of stock for you to choose.  Top tip – fill the spaces between larger fruit with fresh nuts, dates, figs and grapes. Add flowers or a plant and it will be a perfect gift.

How about a do-it-yourself cheese board?  Reeve Butchers has a terrific selection of cheeses from traditional Farmhouse Cheddar to Cranberry & Stilton. Top tip - pick up some of their award winning meat for the unexpected guests!

So where to buy these boxes and bowls for these hampers?  That’s where Charlie at Clanfield Trade Centre can help.  He stocks everything you are going to need and it is the best quality.  Top tip - stock up with batteries for Christmas Day.  Charlie can also help with that stocking filler for the man in your life.  Whether it is a gadget for the house or the car he will have the answer and you will have your gift!

Finally, how about buying a gift voucher of a massage for that special person in your life?  John Hughes of AdvanceSRM will sort out all those muscular problems. Top tip – read what John has to say about a pain free Christmas. wishes you a Merry Christmas and  a Happy New Year

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