Ah well, it is Christmas – me…eating too many chocolates…in October
I had a rather lovely day at John Lewis in Nottingham last week. I was invited, along with four other bloggers, to take a look at how the store is preparing for Christmas, including sampling some of the food range on offer and playing with some of the toys. I know, I know. It’s a hard life.
So, here’s some of what I learned…
The tablet will be big this Christmas
The Android-driven Kurio tablet is super slick, fast and fun. As an avid iPad user, I expected to find it slow and frustrating, but quite the contrary – it offers an impressively smooth user experience. If your wallet doesn’t stretch to £149.99, there are a range of cheaper gadget ideas in the ‘Gifts little ones will love’ section, including a Ferrari that works on bluetooth for £69.95.
Sea salt truffles are the food of the gods
Oh my word! These chocolates (£9.95) from Charbonnel et Walker are really, really good. Honestly, they’re the perfect gift for anyone who loves chocolate. My mouth is watering just thinking about them. If you have foodies to buy for, go and take a look in-store as there is a lovely range this year.
It’s all about Japan
John Lewis are known for their trend-setting Christmas trees and I really like this year’s main offering, a paper red berry tree with built in lights and understated, pretty origami-inspired decorations as part of their ‘New Japan’ theme. If that’s not to your taste, there are four other themes to choose from: minimal, arctic-inspired ‘Winterland’; upbeat, 1950s-style ‘Christmas Holiday’ (shown in the opening image), Art Deco influenced, 1920s ‘Theatre’; and children-centred, brightly coloured ‘Lapland’, made from natural materials.
Time to start planning?
So that’s a tiny peak into what John Lewis are doing this Christmas. Yes, I know it’s only October, but have you thought about what you’ll be doing yet? Let me know.
Disclosure: I attended a John Lewis press event in Nottingham, which included lunch and a set of small product samples. No payment was received for this post. All posts are 100% honest. All images are © John Lewis.