Christmas shopping at 99p Stores

This post is going to be a little bit tricky to write.

It is supposed to be showing off all the bargains I picked up on my latest visit to 99p Stores, but I made a bit of a tactical error in planning my shopping. In fact it would be fair to say I have been a little bit stupid.

Not as stupid as when I left all our passports, my purse and our Eurostar tickets in the bedside table after checking out of our Disneyland hotel last weekend, but still pretty silly.

99p Stores, I thought to myself, would be a brilliant place to pick up some presents for Christmas. Stocking fillers, chocolates, arts and craft things for Belle’s friends, that sort of thing. Seriously, 99p Stores is a virtual Aladdin’s cave of stocking fillers.

So far so good.

Off I went, filling my basket with all manner of toiletries, pen sets and festive sweeties. Father Christmas would have been so proud. We had £50 to spend, which sounds like an awful lot of money when everything is 99p, but when you’re shopping for Christmas it’s easy to get carried away.

There was loads to choose from, and we even picked Belle up a 99p chocolate advent calendar. Bargain.

Still sounds OK doesn’t it?

So then I get everything home, and start arranging it all on the kitchen table to take some photos to show everyone what I bought.


Then it dawned on me. All the people I had bought things for read my blog.


I felt rather silly.

So, all you can have I’m afraid is this picture of Belle’s calendar.

"Disney Princess advent calendar"

You’ll just have to use your imagination for the other £49.01…



  1. 15 November, 2012 / 8:05 pm

    That made me laugh :) I am going shopping at the weekend so hopefully I won’t make the same mistake

  2. 15 November, 2012 / 9:47 pm

    I keep having to be shirty and avoid talking about things on my blog for just that reason

  3. 15 November, 2012 / 10:04 pm

    Love it, pure genius.

  4. 16 November, 2012 / 7:40 am

    Really made me giggle. My first post 7 wks ago talked about what we were going to surprise my friends with on my birthday not thinking that any of them would read but they had found me and therefore no surprise!!!

  5. Hollie-Anne
    16 November, 2012 / 10:42 am

    Ha! Go on, give us a little sneak peak? I love 99p/£1 stores and for the last few years I’ve bought my parents/boyfriend a “big” more expensive present and then spent about £10 each on them in 99p stores for stocking fillers.

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