Christmas is a whirlwind of present-buying, food-ordering, gift-wrapping and party-going – and it's nigh-on impossible to remember every last detail.


To help you out (and us, too) we've drawn up a list of items that are easy to forget but will make things a little bit simpler come Christmas Day...

Tin foil

Essential storecupboard buys for Christmas Day

These take-it-for-granted products are worth having on hand:

1. Extra wide foil – for keeping the big bird covered when you need to. Remember to make a ball out of your used foil before you bin it, that way it's easier to recycle
2. Butcher's string – every trusser's essential
3. Baking parchment – perfect for lining trays for sausage rolls, mince pies and all those other irresistible nibbles. Buy a compostable version
4. Reusable food containers – you can never have too many, great for storing and stacking pre-prepped foods and leftovers
5. A labelling pen– date it and name it, because it's hard to work out what that frozen mass is
6. A couple of new tea towels- if you need some


Top 10 ingredients for your Christmas shopping list

Glamorous ingredients? Maybe not, but we'll be grateful we added them to the list when the feeding frenzy begins

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1. Eggs – breakfasts and Boxing Day bubble and squeak taken care of
2. Icing sugar – a sprinkle gives a festive frosting to any dessert
3. Cheese and biscuits – the perfect snack when you're too full for a full-blown meal
4. Chutney – for all the leftover cold meats
5. Vanilla ice cream – allow to melt slightly and mix with leftover Christmas pudding for an easy dessert
6. Frozen peas – rustle up a pea and ham soup with leftover ham stock and gammon
7. Mayonnaise – a potato salad or coleslaw make easy Boxing Day sides
8. Puff pastry – impromptu guests? Scatter ready-rolled with leftover cheese, slice and cook for simple cheese straws
9. Sauces – not just cranberry and bread, top up your tomato and brown for festive brunches
10. Butter and self-raising flour – you've got the eggs, have these two to hand and you can always whip up a quick cake for guests

Carved turkey crown on a platter with preserved lemons next to a bowl of stuffing

5 gadgets and kit for making Christmas dinner

Yes, we can manage without, but life is simpler with them...

1. Meat thermometer – the best way to ensure you don't overcook and dry out your meat
2. Gravy separator jug – a simple concept, this jug separates the delicious meat juices from the fat
3. Food processor– quick and efficient for taking repetitive ingredient-preparation off your hands, like shredding cabbage, slicing vegetables and blitzing sauces
4. Roasting tin – an indispensable kitchen staple for making mains and sides
5. Non-stick baking tray– ideal for stopping messy spills from bubbling Christmas dishes
6. Food warmer – sadly hostess trolleys are no longer a high-fashion kitchen favourite but you can get a small heated tray for keeping all the side dishes warm
7. An electric carving knife – great for those who hate to carve, otherwise a super sharp carving knife is spot on. Get a big fork too to steady the bird
8. Food warmer – sadly hostess trolleys are no longer a high-fashion kitchen favourite but you can get a small heated tray for keeping all the side dishes warm
9. Plate warmer – perhaps a luxury too far but ideal for keeping you and your guests' meals warm while you wait for granny to pass the carrots

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So you've taken a look in our shopping basket – now, we'd like to know what's in yours. Turkey aside, which must-haves will you be stocking up on for the festive period?

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