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Best Christmas markets around the world

Best Christmas markets around the world

Christmas may seem like a lifetime away but it's only actually 23 weeks away.

Planning for the festive season not only reduces stress from an already stressful situation but can also help you to cut costs, especially if you want to go away internationally. You can often get discounted prices on plane tickets, hotels and experiences when you book far enough in advance.

Fancy going to a Christmas market?

These are a delightful tradition that transforms cities into festive wonderlands, offering holiday treats, unique gifts, and a cheerful atmosphere.

Here are some of our top picks from around the world!

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Fun facts about UEFA's Euros

Fun facts about UEFA's Euros

Been getting into the Euros 2024?

If you're anything like us, you'll be enjoying the nail-biting tension of this year's championship. 

But did you know that the UEFA European Championship, often referred to as the UEFA Euro, is one of the most prestigious football tournaments in the world?

Here are some other interesting facts about the football tournament.

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Start saving for Christmas now

Start saving for Christmas now

Did you know that there are only 5 more paydays before Christmas? (Not including anyone being paid this week.)

Although it sounds like a lot of time, it will soon come around! If you haven't started saving up a few months before, you may find that it's a financial struggle when we get to December.

Putting away a little bit each month from now until December will help to ensure the festive season is an enjoyable one, rather than extremely stressful.

Here are some reasons it's a good idea to start saving now.

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The ultimate summer must-try recipes

The ultimate summer must-try recipes

Anyone else loving the sunshine in the UK this week? With some places reaching as high as 29°, most of us will definitely have experienced at least a little sunshine (if not a lot!)

If you are planning on spending some time outside now it's warmer, you might be starting to think about BBQs and al fresco dining. From grilled kebabs and homemade burgers to refreshing salads and crisps with dip, there are plenty of foods to try this summer.

We've put together some recipe inspiration for you to try...

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UK heatwave - tips to stay safe

Get ready for the heatwave - tips for staying safe

Did you know that a heatwave will be hitting the UK in the next couple of weeks? Temperatures are set to start increasing next week and we can't wait to get outside enjoy some sunshine!

The sun has lots of great benefits, including increasing and boosting serotonin, which may improve your overall mood.

During the winter months, most of us will be lacking in Vitamin D, which can cause things like fatigue, mood changes, bone weakness and muscle pain. It's much easier to address this during summer, as the sun emits UV light which contains high levels of Vitamin D which can be absorbed into the skin. 

But on the opposite side, the sun (especially in intense heatwaves) can cause lots of health problems such as dehydration, sunburn and even heat stroke if you don't take enough precautions.

We have put together some handy tips for staying safe in the sun.

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Rainy day activities for all the family to enjoy

Rainy day activities for all the family

The weather has been extremely unreliable in the UK recently, which means it's hard to plan anything in with family or friends. 

However, you shouldn't let the rain put you off! There are still lots of fun activities you can do, like indoor activities and experiences.

Here's some inspiration for things to do on rainy days (which have been tried and tested by the Christmas Store Direct team!)

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New website launched for Garden Store Direct

New website launched for Garden Store Direct

Exciting news… The brand-new website for our parent company Garden Store Direct is now live!

This part of the business has everything you could ever need for your garden, including furniture, storage, cooking, gardening, décor and more. Over the years, the demand for our high quality products has grown, and we’re excited to launch a website that can keep up with the increasing demand. 

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Bucket list activities for summer 2024

Bucket list inspiration

Want to make the most of summer 2024?

Creating a bucket list can be a fantastic way to make the most of the warm weather and long days.

Here are some fun and exciting activities to add to your bucket list.

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Get organised for Christmas 2024

Get ready for Christmas now - 10 steps

You might be thinking that it's far too early for the 'C' words but the reality is, it will come round quicker than we think!

Want to have a more relaxed and enjoyable Christmas this year? Getting ahead and planning now is be a great way to ensure a stress-free festive season.

Here's a step-by-step guide to help you get organised.

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Save money this summer with these handy tips

Money-saving tips for summer

For most of us in the UK, kids will be breaking up for half term today (if they haven't already!). As parents, we understand just how costly it can be to keep them entertained for the next week but don't worry, we have some useful tips and advice.

There are plenty of ways you can reduce costs in other areas, such as in the home or on travel, to help give you more money to spend on the things that really matter. 

And, if you are an organised person, you might be starting to think about Christmas too. Instead of waiting until December to buy all the gifts, many people find it less stressful to save throughout the year. 

Check out our top tips for saving money this summer.

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Motivational goals for summer 2024

Motivational goals to set this summer

Can you believe that we are already nearly half way through the year? If you haven't achieved what you set out to, there's still time!
Setting goals for the summer can be a great way to make the most of your time and ensure you accomplish things that matter to you.
Here are some suggestions for different areas of life:
Setting goals for the summer can be a great way to make the most of your time and ensure you accomplish things that matter to you.
Here are some suggestions for different areas of your life.
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Summer BBQ recipes you need to try

BBQ recipes to try this weekend

The weather is meant to be lovely this weekend, making it the perfect time to gather your friends and family, and enjoy some quality time together.

If you are stuck for what to do, why not make the most of the sunshine by hosting your own BBQ? This is a great way to soak up the rays while socialising, and lets the kids have fun outdoors too!

We have put together some delicious recipes for you to try this weekend.

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