A GOF Guide To Crimbo

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year but also the most manic! It feels like everyone you’ve ever know fancies a festive catch up, the mulled wine hangovers are happening on repeat, there’s that one girl in the office who is so organised that she’s giving you full on anxiety and you’ve not only made one list and checked it twice, you’ve made about ten and you still don’t know what to buy for gran.. we feel you, in fact, we are you, we know how easy it is to get swept up and stressed out during the festive season and we’re definitely not about that life so we’ve enlisted the girls at GOF HQ to help us round-up a festive hot-list that promises to have you feeling merry and bright this Christmas, its time to take note..

WATCH ALL OF THE CHRISTMAS MOVIES

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Is it even Christmas if you’ve not watched Home Alone multiple times? Answer, no it is not.. When the frost begins to bite a Christmas movie marathon is a girls night must, there’s no better feeling than snuggling up on the sofa in you’re favourite pyjama’s with a giant mug of hot chocolate (and marshmallows, of course) and losing yourself in the magic of the season, from Miracle on 34th Street to Elf, a night full of Christmas classics is sure to fill you with festive cheer, it’s the perfect alternative to a boozy night out for those evenings when you just need to chill..

PUT YOUR SKATES ON! 

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When it comes to magical moments, it doesn’t get much better than taking a twirl around a glistening ice rink, beautifully lit up by a backdrop of London landmarks. Okay, twirling might be slightly optimistic, if you’re anything like us, it’s likely to be more Bambi on ice than the bolero but whatever your skill set, putting your skates on this festive season promises to fill you with Christmas spirit and we don’t care what anyone say’s, when we take to the ice, we know we’re channeling our inner Torvill and Dean and that’s all that matters..

EXPLORE A CHRISTMAS MARKET

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Sipping on mulled wine, indulging in festive treats and picking up some handmade crafts and super-cute stocking fillers along the way, this is quite possible the ultimate in festive days out! With Christmas markets thriving in London in recent years, we have fully embraced the wonder of the traditional Winter shopping destination, as row after row of wood cabins overflowing with bespoke items and unique gifts never fail to make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside, you never know, you might even meet Santa! Remember to wear your layers for this one though or warm and fuzzy, you will not be feeling!

TAKE ON THE CHRISTMAS SHOP

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Earn your Christmas stripes and take on the hustle and bustle of London’s high streets for the ultimate Christmas shop! This one comes with a disclaimer, it’s going to be busy, like on another level busy and you can call us gluttons for punishment but if we’re really honest, we wouldn’t have it any other way.. I mean what is Christmas spirit if it not’s a mad dash through Hamley’s to get your hands on that must-have, limited edition toy before pacing it through the sea of crowds in search of that perfect present for your office secret Santa? At the end of the day, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a chaotic shop so pop on your comfiest shoes, arm yourself with your fave Starbucks festive drink and embrace the seasonal shop!

MAKE IT MULLED!

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So we’ve left the best til’ last and we’re ending our round-up with what is quite possibly our favourite Christmas tradition, just when we thought we couldn’t love wine anymore, the festive drink elves went and mulled it! That’s right, if mulled wine isn’t on your festive hot-list, it should be, it’s literally Christmas in a cup and we can’t get enough of it! If you’re not a wine kinda’ gal a mulled cider will hit the festive spot, trust us, tis’ the season to heat up your drinks girls!

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