Month: November 2021

A day of Christmas shopping at Braehead by Ellis Tuesday

Ellie Tuesday at Braehead Shopping Centre Glasgow

Today I’m taking you Christmas shopping at Braehead with me. I’ve got a couple of Christmas gift guides coming up where I’ll be sharing the best beauty gift sets and books to gift this Christmas. But until then, here are the gift ideas that you simply shouldn’t miss at Braehead this year.

primark christmas decorations


Whenever I head to Braehead, I always start at Primark. And if you’re looking to buy Christmas gifts for the whole family, there is so much to choose from at Primark this year. Not only do they have great gift ideas or presents to treat yourself to. But they’ve really upped their game when it comes to their decorations.


primark marie pyjamas     primark christmas jumpers mens

I’m such a big fan of Primark’s character pyjamas and clothing. These Disney Marie pyjamas are right at the top of my Christmas list this year. And as a huge fan of the Gremlins movies I just couldn’t walk by this brilliant men’s jumper.

glasgows primark christmas jumpers    primark christmas pyjamas

Speaking of men’s or oversized Christmas jumpers, I loved this Santa’s Little Helper one.

Primark also have quite a few sets that will allow the entire family to match over Christmas. As a bit of a Lisa Simpson myself I was immediately drawn to The Simpsons selection with Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie choices for every family member. They also had Disney Mickey and Minnie Mouse ones too.

primark powerpuff girls    primark disney christmas 2021

Much like with the decorations, Primark have nailed it when it comes to toys this year. And they’re not just for the little ones. The amount of happiness and nostalgia seeing The Powerpuff Girls gave me was hard to describe. They also had so many Disney stuffed animals and characters. From Stitch, Bambi, Thumper, Dumbo and Lady and the Tramp to Minnie and Mickey Mouse, you’ll find something for every little or big kid.

Disney fans will definitely be in their element shopping at Primark this Christmas.

primark chunky knit throw

I was also over the moon to see this chunky knit throw in the Home section. I’ve wanted one of these for what feels like years now but they were always incredibly expensive. So Primark have really come to the rescue with this one priced at under £25 in a lovely grey hue.

boots gift set     soap and glory gift set


After a good wander around Primark, I headed next door to Boots.

Their 3 for 2 across gifts that have one of the little green present stickers makes shopping so easy and cost effective. Every year I have to pick up a few from Soap & Glory. And this It’s All In Hand set seems perfect after a year of sanitising our hands and now the cold weather outside.

Again, as a huge fan of Marie from The Aristocats, with my Mum being the exact same, I was over the moon to see a Skinnydip x Marie section in Boots. This gorgeous hot water bottle simply had to come home with us.


huda beauty christmas set    fenty beauty glossy posse fantasy


Christmas is also a great time to try out some of the bestselling brands and products but at a fraction of the cost of buying the full sizes. Wishful by Huda Beauty have some adorable gift sets this year. And Fenty Beauty’s Glossy Posse has had a shiny makeover for 2021. You might remember the Glossy Posse sets featuring in previous gift guide posts of mine each Christmas.


dr jart boots


It’s also so exciting seeing brands like Dr. Jart+ in store at Boots. If you’ve not tried their iconic Ceramidin or Cicapair ranges, now is the time thanks to their fantastic holiday sets.


boots nandos gift set


And I obviously had to mention the great food and drink gift sets at Boots too, all of which also feature in the 3 for 2.


paperchase christmas cards charity

I can’t be the only one who is incredibly excited and happy that Paperchase has now arrived at Braehead. I love popping into Paperchase all year round. But Christmas has got to be my favourite time to visit by far. They always have the quirkiest and most fun cards, decorations and gifts.


paperchase christmas baubles


If you’re all about embracing the non-traditional when it comes to your Christmas decorations, there are so many fabulous ones to choose from at Paperchase.

My personal favourites; the gumball machine, shiny pink dog and croissant, why of course.


paperchase christmas cards


You really can’t beat a Paperchase novelty Christmas card. Cue me getting home and watching Love Actually and Home Alone almost immediately to get me even more in the Christmas mood.


snow fairy lush gift set


And it’s not a Christmas shopping day for me without a stop at Lush.


lush 12 days of christmas    lush relax gift set


Whoever you’re buying for this year, there is something or some scents that they will absolutely adore. I’m a big fan of their pre-packaged gift sets as they always know the best bits to pair together. The lovely lavender scented Sleepy Gift Set will no doubt be a hit with those who love to relax or who are hoping to catch up on some sleep over the festive period.

And who wouldn’t love to count down to Christmas day with twelve days of incredible Lush products?


lush snow fairy products

If you or someone you’re buying for is a fan of the limited edition super sweet Snow Fairy scent, there are more options than ever for you or them to get their fix. I’ve definitely stocked up for the year ahead with some of my favourite products from the range.


lush reusable packaging


I also love that Lush are really embracing gift wrapping ideas as an alternative to using unnecessary plastics. Pick up a festive knot wrap, box or how cute are the cardboard bath bomb holders?


marks and spencer christmas gifts for her    marks and spencer christmas gifts 3 for 2

The Marks & Spencer gifting section was giving me some serious Oliver Bonas vibes when it came to their monogrammed ideas. I love this little velvet makeup bag. And the accompanying pouches would make such a lovely gift for a whole range of different people.


marks and spencer harry potter christmas


For any Harry Potter fans, you will be spoiled for choice at M&S. From chocolates galore to homeware and games, I would definitely head straight for this section if you’re buying for or are a Potterhead yourself.


marks and spencer harry potter christmas    marks and spencer real christmas tree


If you’re looking for a little something at an incredibly affordable price, the M&S Food light up houses are so fun and stylish. I mean, who wouldn’t want a gift that not only includes delicious shortbread biscuits or tea. But that can also be used year round as a little light up decor piece? Available in silver, gold and copper, the latter had to come home with me. I’ll also be picking up one for my Gran.

And how lovely are these mini real Christmas trees? They even had ones festooned in Percy Pig lights!


books for christmas 2021 at waterstone glasgow


And of course, you know how much I love a good book and a trip to Waterstones. I’ve actually got a full blog post dedicated to the best books to gift this Christmas which will be going live at the start of December. So be sure to keep an eye out for that in the coming weeks.


books for christmas 2021

Do you prefer to do your Christmas shopping in person or online? Or a combination of the two? And what do you think of some of my top gifting picks this year?



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Month: November 2021

Black Friday

Black Friday shopping bags

There are 100’s of bargains to be found throughout the centre in the run-up to Black Friday on Friday 27 November.

  • 20% off – valid from 11 November – 28 November
  • up to 60% off – valid from 17 November
  • 20% off – Valid 26 November – 28 November
  • Open from 8am on Friday 26 November
  • Visit the store for the latest offers
  • 20% off everything T&C’s apply – valid from Thursday 25th
Thomas Sabo
  • Save up to 50% off in the Thomas Sabo Magic Week. T&C’s Apply – valid from 19 November
Unique Clinics
  • 50% off  Laser Hair Removal | 50% off Fat freeze Treatments  – valid 22nd Nov 2021 until 28th Nov 2021 – T&C’s apply
Filling Station
  • Open from 9am
The Bodyshop
  • Sleep & Restore Collection – Drops of Youth bouncy sleep mask & French Lavender pillow mist £20 worth £37 (save £17).
  • Skincare & Chill Collection – CBD cleansing mask, CBD moisture cream & CBD facial oil £35 worth £62 (save £27).
  • Lovely & Clean Collection – Lemon hand wash, Lemon hand sanitiser & Lemon body wash £12 worth £26.50 (save £14.50).
  • Fresh Skin Trio Collection – Drops of Youth concentrate, Drops of Youth eye concentrate & Drops of Youth Bouncy Jelly Mist £35 worth £64 ( save £29).
  • Berry Ritual Collection – Japanese Cherry Blossom Strawberry Kiss Eau De Toilette, Strawberry Body Butter & Strawberry Hand Cream £20 worth £43 (save £23).
  • Bloom & Glow Collection – British Rose Body Scrub, British Rose Body Butter, British Rose bath bomb & British Rose face mist £21 worth £42 (save £21).
  • Soothe & Smooth Collection -Almond Milk and Honey Shower cream & Almond Milk and Honey Body Butter £12 worth £22.50 (save £10.50).
  • Free gift bag when they spend £35 or more worth £28.50.
  • up to 50% off – valid from Friday 19 Nov – Tuesday 30 Nov. T&C’s apply
Kiddie Boutique by Claire
  • up to 40% off – Valid Friday 26 – Sunday 28 November
H Samuel
  • Better Than Half Price on selected watches and jewellery
The Perfume Shop
  • Various offers ask in store for details.
Kids Cavern
  • Up to 40% off
The Entertainer
  • 10% off when you spend £30 Across all stores and online ( and and includes all products (except gift cards) Valid: Monday 22nd November until midnight Monday 29th November.
  • Half price deals – including – Better Off Dead / Exclusive Edition – Lee Child | Windswept & Interesting – Billy Connolly | Sharpe’s Assassin – by Bernard Cornwall | Never – Ken Follett | The Storyteller – Dave Grohl | The Boy With Wings – Lenny Henry| Mrs Hinch: Life in Lists – Mrs Hinch | Greg The Sausage Roll: Santa’s Little Helper – Mark & Roxanne Hoyle | Party Crasher, The – Sophie Kinsella | Mental Fitness – Ant Middleton | And Away… – Bob Mortimer | A Promised Land – Barack Obama | Together – Jamie Oliver | Celebrating The Seasons With The Yorkshire Shepherdess – Amanda Owen | Wish You Were Here – Jodi Picoult | Guinness World Records 2022 | The Christmas Pig – J.K Rowling | Living The Chateau Dream – Angel Strawbridge | Gangsta Granny Strikes Again! – David Walliams | The Broons & Oor Wullie Giftbook
  • All sale items 50% off original price – T&C’s apply ask in store for details.
  • It’s Black Friday at Build-A-Bear Workshop! Bring in your gift list and get ready to check it twice, because now’s the perfect time to save on cuddly, one-of-a-kind gifts they’re sure to love. Get the festive fun started with these in-store Black Friday offers happening for a limited time only:
    > Buy One, Get One for £8 on select furry friends*
    > Mini furry friends just £4 each when you spend £25 or more
    > 50% off select sequin gifts

Yankee Candle

  • Sleep diffusers and refill half price
  • Pre fragrance reed diffusers – half price
  • All large jars 20% off
  • Loads other offers available in store!

Its hungry work, shopping for bargains, make sure you stay hydrated and refuel in one of our many restaurants and cafes.

What’s on offer > 

For Christmas events check out our list here.

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Month: November 2021


Thomas Sabo new magic stars collection

The latest collection by THOMAS SABO has arrived!

Thomas Sabo new magic stars collection

Inspired by the starry night sky, the new THOMAS SABO Magic Stars collection celebrates the mysticism of the cosmos and its timeless symbolism for hope, happiness and connection. Sparkling stars, radiant moon designs and dreamy butterflies are nestled in beautiful intense shades of blue. Made from 925 Sterling Silver, the pieces are artfully crafted and deeply symbolic, making ideal presents for loved ones this Christmas. Discover the collection today in THOMAS SABO stores and online at

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