First look at the Next Christmas Catalogue 2018 #Christmas #Next

The Christmas Next Catalogue arrived at the end of last week.

Next Christmas Catalouge 2018

The front cover say “new Collection Christmas ’18 Free Copy’. It has a few silver stars, but little else to set it apart from any other autumn publication. The font used for Christmas ’18 is a little unusual choice these days, reminding me a little too much of Comic Sans.

Next Christmas Catalouge 2018

The back cover says “Order by 12 midnight for next day delivery, to home for £3.99 or free to store”. That’s still a really amazing service.


Next Christmas Catalouge 2018

Inside they have some lovely Christmas decoration pages. I’ll try and pick a few items I like over the next few weeks and write about them in future blogs.

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Costa Coffee Christmas 2018 has arrived. #CostaCoffee #Christmas

No sooner than Halloween is over, with 55 days to go before Christmas Costa Coffee today (November 1st 2018) went live with their Christmas 2018 branding. It’s certainly made me suddenly feel very festive on what was otherwise a cold wet and misrable start to November.

Costa Coffee 2018 Purple Cup

My latte came in a light purple cup with the new gingerbread man being dunked in a coffee design. Costa who are currently owned by Whitbread also own Premier Inn and the colour immediately reminded me of the sleep-inducing purple colour scheme that’s everywhere in their Premier Inn chain.  It’s certainly a warm, cheerful colour that works well on a Christmas cup. No idea if the similarity to the Premier Inn branding was a deliberate choice or just a happy coincidence.

Costa Coffee 2018 Christmas cup side view

As can be seen from the ‘I’m wishing for more reasons to be merry’ Costa Christmas menu, they have at least four cup designs this year.

Costa Coffee Christmas Menu 2018
Costa Coffee Christmas Branding 2018
Costa Coffee Christmas Branding 2018
Costa Coffee Christmas Branding 2018
Costa Coffee Christmas Branding 2018
Costa Coffee Christmas Branding 2018

Click here for the Costa Christmas 2017 and previous years designs

 

Leave a comment and let me know which one is your favorite Costa Christmas cup design.

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What were the bestselling toys and games in the UK last week? (16th December 2017)

These are the unofficial top 10 best selling Toys and Games in the UK for the week ending Saturday 16th December 2017.

Picture Name Price*
1 Cards Against Humanity: UK edition
Only suitable for 17 years and over.
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£20.00
2 Asmodee Dobble Card Game
Only suitable for 6 years and over.
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£10.99
3 Nuby Octopus Floating Bath Toy (Multi-Coloured)
Only suitable for 18 months
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£4.99
4 Hasbro Speak Out Kids Vs Parents Game
Only suitable for 8 years and over.
Click here for more details
£34.99
5 ‘If You Can Read This Bring Me Prosecco’ Funny Ankle Socks
Click here for more details
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6 Exploding Kittens: A Card Game About Kittens and Explosions and Sometimes Goats
Only suitable for 7 months
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£19.99
7 Hatchimals 6034164 “Colleggtibles with Nest” Playset (Pack of 2)
Only suitable for 4 years and over.
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£4.99
8 Hot Wheels 5-Car Gift Pack (style may vary)
Only suitable for 4 years and over.
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£5.81
9 LEGO 10816 Duplo My First Cars and Trucks – Multi-Coloured
Only suitable for 18 months
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£10.89
10 LEGO 75165 Star Wars Imperial Trooper Battle Pack
Only suitable for 6 years and over.
Click here for more details

See my full Lego gift guide here

£11.99

* Price as of publication, click through for live pricing. This is an unofficial top ten best selling Toys and Games in the UK This is created by our team who are constantly monitoring Amazon and other websites to see what is selling. If you have any questions about how this works or if you would like to find out more please leave a comment below.

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Christmas at Costa Coffee 2017

I popped into Costa on Wednesday (November 1st) and I suppose I was a little surprised to be greeted by the sound of “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” as I walked through the door.  They really need to keep the Christmas music on pause until after bonfire night. Putting that aside, for now, it was good to get my latte served in this years Christmas cup design.

Costa Coffee Christmas 2017

Costa Coffee Christmas 2017 cup design

Costa Coffee Christmas 2017 cup design

Costa Coffee Christmas 2017 cup design

 

I take a photo of my first Christmas Latte each year as it’s interesting to track how the marketing and branding change over the years; you don’t notice if you can’t put current trends into context with what has been done previous years.

My personal favourite was the Father Christmas design from 2014:

Costa Coffee Christmas 2014 Branding

See previous years here:

Costa Christmas 2016

Costa Christmas 2015

Costa Christmas 2014

 

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WIN a stunning Christmas Lampshade in our giveaway competition

Amongst all the yummy chocolate, Christmas puddings and other delicious Christmas delights I receive there is sometimes something that makes you stop and think ‘Ooooh, that’s different – fabulous different’! Rosalind Freeborn has had the brilliant idea of taking the lampshade shade and turning it into a work of art, creating her own papershades.  Her original pretty designs create a simple inexpensive way of adding a bit of colour to our often too beige lives.  These paper shades are cleverly designed in 5 pieces which you fit together yourself.  Luckily for us, she has a range of 6 Christmas shades and has kindly offered the Christmas Tree paper shade as a prize worth £25.  All you have to do to take part in our giveaway competition is subscribe to our newsletter and/or follow and like us on Facebook.

Christmas Tree Paper Shade

 

To win all you need to do is subscribe to my free weekly Christmas Planning Newsletter and follow us on Facebook – we will pick a winner at random from our combined list of Facebook followers and Newsletter subscribers – so if you do both you stand twice the chance of winning!

 

 

 

For more information about Papershades
Competition Rules:
  1. By entering you grant us the right to publish your name in print and online, making minor corrections and edits as required.
  2. The names of the winners will be published in a follow-up blog and in our newsletter in mid-October.
  3. The closing date for entries is midnight on October 9th, 2017 – only people subscribed to our email newsletter or who follow us on Facebook as of October 9th will be eligible.
  4. The editor’s decision is final and we will not enter into further correspondence.
  5. No alternative prizes or cash alternatives are available.
  6. The winner will be notified by e-mail or Facebook week commencing October 9th. – you will have 7 days to make contact with us and claim the prize. Prizes not claimed by October 16th will be placed into a second draw and offered to the runner-up.
  7. Sorry, but we can only deliver the prize to locations within the UK via Royal Mail.
  8. The name and address of the winner(s) will be passed to the sponsors who will make arrangements for getting the prize to you.
  9. This competition is being run in good-faith and on a best endeavours basis, we cannot be held responsible for failure to receive prize claims or failure for the prize to be delivered by the sponsor.
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