Buying sellotape, trimmings for the turkey and your relative’s favourite tipple are among the top 20 things Brits forget every Christmas, new research has revealed.
The survey of 2,000 UK adults showed that even the most organised hosts tend to forget a few vital details when it comes to the big day; one in six won’t fill the ice cube trays in preparation for festive drinks, while one in 20 have forgotten to taken presents with them when visiting family and friends.
More than half of those quizzed said they’d made a last-minute dash to the local garage on Christmas Day itself, with batteries, milk and bread the most common items to pick up at short notice (although bottles of wine and boxes of chocolates were also on the list).
It’s therefore unsurprisingly that at least 50 per cent of us tend to feel our stress levels rising as 25 December approaches – but if you tick these items off your list, you can avoid most of the common hazards…
20 things you’re most likely to forget at Christmas
1. Buying batteries
2. Buying sellotape
3. To fill the ice cube trays
4. Wrapping paper for last minute gifts
5. Tinfoil for the turkey
6. Napkins for the dinner table
7. Christmas crackers
8. Buying presents for extended relatives
9. Forgetting to buy the turkey trimmings – cranberry, apple, mint, bread sauce
11. Toilet roll to cater for the extra guests
12. To buy / put on the Christmas jumper
13. To take the Christmas presents with you when visiting family / friends
14. The gravy
15. Relative’s favourite tipple
16. To leave a mince pie out for Father Christmas
17. A vegetarian option
18. Getting a card for the mother-in-law
19. Forgetting to turn the oven on
20. Forgetting to put the vegetables on
Gary Kibble of Argos, which carried out the study via OnePoll.com, said: ‘December can be one of the busiest months of the year, as in addition to preparing for Christmas many adults are juggling work commitments with social arrangements and obligations to go to the children’s nativities, school fayres and church ceremonies.
‘It can be almost impossible to fool proof Christmas completely, and yet Brits place so much emphasis on this one day of the year, we want to do everything we can to help.’
This year, the high-street store will be coming to the rescue by sending out 600 of its ‘Fools’ – replicas of the mischievous elves featured in this year’s Argos Christmas advert – out to high streets across the nation wearing £15,000 worth of vouchers to help ‘fool-proof’ Christmas. That’s a lot of crackers and sellotape.
To capitalise on their presence, all you need to do is tweet a picture of the fool and your efforts will be rewarded with a voucher to spend in store. For more information, check out Argos’ Twitter page.