20 things you’ll probably forget to buy this Christmas

Where's the sellotape gone? Has anyone seen the tinfoil? With our ultimate Christmas list, you won't forget a thing!

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Though we all want our Christmas to look as pretty as a Christmas card, the reality is we’ll probably spend the six weeks before Christmas running around trying to get everything organised for the big day.


From writing the Christmas cards to sorting out the Nativity costumes, ordering all your Christmas food and wrapping what feels like 1001 presents, there’s a whole list of jobs that need to be done before the 25th, and if you don’t forget at least a few, then you’re probably not human!

To help you on your way to having every Christmas box ticked before Santa comes down the chimney, Argos has conducted a survey of over 2,000 adults to give you the ultimate list of what to remember for Christmas Day.

No more forgetting batteries, sticky tape, or tin foil for the turkey, with this list in your hand you can tackle the Yuletide like a complete pro – without suffering from Christmas burnout!

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In the survey, some admitted they forget to buy their relative’s favourite tipple, along with the crackers to pull over lunch, while one in six will be leaving their ice cube trays in preparation for their festive drinks.

Surprisingly, one in 20 have even said they forget to take their Christmas presents with them when visiting family and friends. Unsurprisingly, over half of those who were polled said they feel their stress levels rise as the big day approaches.

Gary Kibble of Argos 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.”

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Other things Brits will typically forget include nice napkins, presents and even necessities like toilet roll that will help to cater for additional guests visiting this year.

Brits are also forgetting to switch the oven on (one in 20), while the same amount fail to leave a mince pie out.

Over half of adults have said they end up needing to dash to the garage on Christmas Day too, to stock up on a last-minute essential.

Four in 10 adults have said they’re worried about both the stress and expense of Christmas, which means over half end up avoiding hosting.

The 20 things that Brits are most likely to forget at Christmas are:

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
10. Matches
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

The items Brits are likely to dash out at the last-minute for are:

1. Batteries
2. Milk
3. Bread
4. A bottle of wine
5. A box of chocolates
6. Sellotape
7. Gravy
8. A Christmas present
9. Wrapping paper
10. Bread sauce