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Ah, who doesn’t love B&M for a nice bit of bargain hunting, especially in the run up to Christmas. Luckily for me, (although perhaps not for my wallet!) I have a huge B&M less than ten minutes walk from my house. I’ve been taking an afternoon stroll there the last few weeks and have really enjoyed looking at all the Christmas stock that’s gradually been appearing. This has also meant I’ve been able to make a good start on my Christmas shopping – I love getting ahead, even if I pick up just one or two items each week.
In this post I’m going to share some of my favourite finds when I’ve been Christmas Shopping at B&M in the hope it’ll give my lovely readers some ideas of what to buy if they’re struggling. Being money savvy as ever, I’ll also be comparing some of the prices of their dupe items to the real thing and comparing prices of some of the branded items to other stores so you can really see whether or not you’ll be getting a bargain.
I’ve not included any toys in this guide because I think with toys parents already know what their looking for based on what their child is into – be it Minecraft, Peppa Pig or Paw Patrol. What I have included is lots of fun secret santa/stocking filler type gifts that I personally really liked the look of.
For full disclosure, this post is not sponsored or endorsed by B&M, I have just genuinely enjoying doing my Christmas shopping there this year and want to share what I have found while Christmas shopping at B&M.
Christmas Shopping at B&M
Chocolate Dipping Set – £3.99
Anyone who’s a fan of Hotel Chocolat will recognize that this set is a dupe of the Mini Chocolate Dipping Adventure . However, at £3.99 this costs in at considerably less than the original, which retails for £20 – a saving of over £16.00. It consists for two pots of chocolate for dipping which are simply heated in ban-marie until gooey and a selection of items for dipping including marshmallows and biscuits. Of course it could easily be topped up with other treats such as popcorn or wafers.
I’ve admitted before that I’m a total snob when it comes to chocolate so I’m not sure I’d try this having eaten the real thing and loved it. For those less fussy chocolate lovers though, I think this makes a perfect a gift, stocking filler or even something lovely and inexpensive to add to a foodie hamper. I also think it would be fab to share as a family treat over the Christmas period – either while snuggling up to watch a Christmas movie or on Christmas Eve before getting ready for Santa’s arrival.
I’m a Celebrity – Bug Tucker Challenge £2.99
With I’m celebrity starting in November and ending in December, the winner is usually all over our television screens during the festive period. Taking on some of the infamous bush tucker trials is a fab way to spend some family time and have a bit of a giggle over Christmas. While B&M do have a few versions of this game I like this one for a few reasons. Firstly, the price point is pretty good. There are loads of versions of this game with various prices (It’s £7.50 at Debenhams!) but I think £2.99 is good for something that will only get one play. Secondly, the fact that it’s just sweets rather than actual bugs might mean it’s that little bit easier to get the little ones to join in!
Giant Candy Canes £2.99
As most of you will be aware there are four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup. These giant candy canes are absolutely huge and perfect for the Buddy (or sugar addict!) in your life. These also make a perfect stocking filler or would be a fantastic part of elf on the shelf if you’re taking part. I’ve seen plenty of giant candy canes before but never any quite this big for such a low price.
Poo Emoji Mug £2.49
Nothing quite shows how much you like someone as a gift themed around poo. I love these poo emoji mugs – tongue in cheek without actually swearing and they’re all glittery. Perfect solution to that awkward office secret santa or stocking filler for grown up children.
Matching Unicorn Dressing Gowns and Slippers (Prices vary depending on size)
The seemingly universal obsession with unicorns doesn’t seem to be abating any time soon and if you’re into matching family outfits at Christmas then look no further. Probably more for Mother/Daughter combos (although if Dad wanted to join in absolutely wouldn’t hold it against him!) these unicorn dressing gowns and matching slippers come in a range of both kid and adult sizes. Perfect for snuggling up watching your favorite unicorn film – mine is Despicable Me ‘Oh, my gosh look at that fluffy unicorn!’
Gumball Pool – £3.99
I love the the look of this one – it instantly made me think of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with the bright colours and the size. Flavours include Lemon, Blueberry, Strawberry, Grape, Orange, Apple, Cherry, Tutti-Frutti, Pineapple and Mint. Ideal gift for the sweet-toothed pool player in your life. Find it online here.
Gingerbread House £1.99
This gingerbread house is one of the cheapest I’ve seen – most usually come in at around a fiver. Yes, its probably a bit smaller than others on the market but it does still come with the house, icing and sweets. This is a great buy if you have kids that would all enjoy making their own individual gingerbread house rather than it being a group effort.
I also think having a Great British Bake Off style ‘Who can make the best gingerbread house in 30 minutes’ would be great fun for adults to have a go at Christmas parties.
Mrs Potts Teapot Money Box £5.99
What is Christmas without a little bit of Disney Magic? Like the trend for unicorns, the love for Beauty and the Beast doesn’t seem to be dying down either. This money box makes a lovely gift for children and adults alike whether they prefer the original animated classic or the more recent live action re-imagining. £5.99 is an excellent price for this with the Very version coming in at £14.99
This is actually one of my favourite things I found while Christmas shopping at B&M, so if anyone doesn’t know what to get me for Christmas 😉
As you can see from this post, Christmas shopping at B&M could save you an absolute fortune. Based on the items I’ve price compared here (chocolate dipping set, bush tucker trial game, Mrs Potts Money Box) you could save a whopping £29.52. That’s almost thirty quid less for very similar items. Will you be doing some Christmas shopping at B&M this year?