City Country Life // Christmas Shopping

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Hi friends,

Welcome to this week’s City Country Life // Christmas Shopping.  City Country Life is a series run by me and the adorable Becca from Keeping up with the Joneses.  We love where we live and between us we cover topics of interest with Becca giving the ‘City’ slant and me putting forward the ‘Country’ perspective.


I can’t quite believe we’re in December, it seems only yesterday I was writing down my goals for the year and now we’re hurtling towards Christmas and a new year with alarming velocity.

Yesterday I started my Christmas shopping, late? Probably.  I’m in the camp of people that can’t even think about Christmas until December.  My tree will go up later in December.  Doing my shopping in July doesn’t feel quite right to me.

Me and Jon love The Mall at Cribbs Causeway and have always kicked off our shopping up in Bristol, there’s something about going to the city that is exciting and magical at Christmas time.  John Lewis in particular always gets me in the festive spirit with their displays of Christmas fayre and the store is always decked out so beautifully.

John Lewis

I always have to go in to John Lewis through the perfume/beauty section.  It feels like a treat to me, maybe I’m weird but the ladies and gents on the counter always have smiles on their faces and it oozes glamour, I love it.  I got one of my gifts from Liz Earle yesterday and some stocking fillers from the Toy Department too.


I can’t help but wander around the more expensive departments too! Anything to do with home decor and designer fashion. I will be adding one of these Jo Malone candles to my wish list and maybe a Mulberry handbag too and an Alice Temperley creation, a girl can wish, right?


Look at this cute little cocktail kit, I should have picked up one of these as one of my girlfriends would love it.  Thank goodness for online shopping too!

Of course, we will be doing some local shopping too and using farm shops for locally sourced hamper gifts.  I absolutely love buying gifts for people.  The wrapping? Jon is an expert wrapper and we make a great team.

Where do you do your Christmas shopping, is there somewhere you always like to kick things off?  Are you a late shopper or get it all done early?

Lizzie xo

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15 thoughts on “City Country Life // Christmas Shopping”

  1. I’ll try and find a post to link up when I’m not stuck under a feeding baby! But just to say – enjoyed this post and love John Lewis!

    Liz Earle is a fav of mine too – I like anything that smells nice to be honest. Nothing worse than washing your face with something that smells clinical in my book!

    Also dreaming of a Mulberry Bayswater but hey – I have kids instead! Xx

  2. Thanks for linking up again Laura! I’m pleased you enjoyed my post. I was given a Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser by a friend (who lives in Edinburgh incidentally) and love it! Great for when I’m really tired too. Liz Earle is new to John Lewis at Cribbs so as soon as I saw it I snapped up one of their Hot Cloth Cleansers in Christmassy packaging for a friend’s pressie! I didn’t hang around the Mulberry’s long, made me want to cry. Who needs a posh bag anyway. XO

  3. That’s exactly what I use too! I also like their toner in the spritz bottle. I’ve used some of my Mum’s moisturiser from there and my skin just soaked it up – gorgeous! I still have a load of Kiehls with an SPF so I use that but totally plan on switching to Liz Earle eventually – I like things to match in my bathroom! xx

  4. We love John Lewis, especially at Christmas! This is the first Christmas that I’m not in Cardiff to do all of my Christmas shopping, we are hoping to go this Sunday though as I find it so much easier. We started ours at Cribbs though this year. The Mulberry factory and shop is 2 miles down the road from me. They are currently extending it and I’m hoping to get a little snoop around when they’ve finished, I shall let you know if they agree! x

  5. I haven’t been to Cribs for years, I used to go there quite regularly! I love craft markets for Christmas shopping. Last week we went to the Glastonbury Frost Fayre, and this week it’s Larmer tree and Frome Independent. If I’m still stuck after that then I’ll be going online!

  6. Ah you are a Somerset girl then yes? I love shopping locally too and often go to Sherborne for independent shopping and gifts you can’t find on the High Street. I love supporting local business too. Thanks for commenting Rebecca xo

  7. Loving the John Lewis decs! They look so fab this year. I’ve done quite a bit already and have the tree up. I always plan to wrap well in advance and it never happens!! Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst and enjoy December! xx

  8. Ooh yes let me know! I think a good mix of local and city shopping is a must at Christmas time. Enjoy shopping on Sunday, don’t let the frantic-ness get to you and take time to savour the season! Thanks for linking to #CityCountryLife xo

  9. I think my kids (Harry especially ) are disappointed we don’t have a tree yet. Although I would rather wait until much nearer Christmas it’s not about me and the kids will love it. I think we’ll cave and go for this weekend. I’m going to attempt a real tree this time and try not to kill it (remember to water it) have a great December too Sarah, thanks for your comment on #CityCountryLife xo

  10. My sons birthday is November and I can’t think about Christmas until then. I tend to start doing my shopping around black Friday to try and get some bargains. If I did it too early I’d have nowhere to put it and people would change their mind about what they want! #bestandworst

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