We were given a tour around TK Maxx and a voucher to buy some gifts.
When TK Maxx asked if I would like to take part in a challenge to see how many gifts I could buy at TK Maxx for Christmas I gladly took them up on the challenge. I guessed that Top Ender and I would be able to find three or four gifts for our friends and family, as she has a nose for a bargain but Top Ender was poorly and so couldn't come with me. Big Boy volunteered himself for the job even with Top Ender explaining how hard she thought Christmas Shopping could be! The Assistant Store Manager met us and explained a brief history of the company, how they offer brand names at lower prices and then left us to it wishing us luck...
I had my notes on what I thought everyone on my list would like for Christmas and so we started looking round for some bargains. Big Boy immediately found something that he would like in the form of a Bucket of Soldiers from Toy Story for £9.99. Even though it wasn't on my list I had looked at the same product for him in another store and knew that the tub he had found was at least £3 less expensive so knew that this was a bargain. With it being confirmed that he knew that this was a Christmas gift and not a for now gift he set off looking for more bargains.
Big Boy quickly found a Baby Born Jet Ski for Top Ender (who had been pointing it out as often as she could) and so we knew that it would be loved come Christmas. We figured that we should probably move away from the Toys and books as we could easily spend all our time in the store shopping for Top Ender and Big Boy and we knew we had other people on our list.
After looking at some electronics, kitchenware, and Men's clothes Big Boy was starting to get a bit bored and although I had found lots of things on my list I was being really picky and was only putting things into my trolley if I knew that they were a good saving. We decided to go downstairs and take a look at the Christmas decorations to cheer ourselves up before carrying on with the shopping. Big Boy has a thing about Nutcrackers this year and so he was loving looking at the ones as big as him and the ones that would fit nicely on a tree and was soon ready to try looking for more items on our list.
If you follow me on Twitter then you may have seen that I had been looking everywhere for a bright coloured woollen scarf and glove set for one of my Mother in Law's (Yes, I have two). I had tried all the usual shops and could only find a wool blend and whilst that would probably be more than acceptable I really wanted to find a pure wool set. Whilst we were looking at the Christmas decorations I could see some bright coloured scarves in the distance, so went to look at them to see if they were pure wool or not. The first set I picked up, was not only pure wool in a bright colour but was a great price too! It was quickly added to our trolley, but there is no picture because I know that this particular Mother in law reads my blog at times!
We found a couple of small pieces for others on my list and as we had over £30 of goodies in our trolley (that is how much the voucher we had was) we were heading to the till to pay. As you may know, I have brought her a sewing machine for Top Ender for Christmas and when I saw two sewing tins in her favourite colours (pink and purple) on a shelf I had to stop to look, just to check if they were going to be suitable as a gift for Tops. They were two different sizes and I knew that Tops would love them so we had to add both of them to the trolley.
|Our voucher says KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON SHOPPING!|
All in all Big Boy and I spent two hours in the store looking round, finding great named products and making notes in my price book. We had a great time together, finding things that we liked, guessing what things the other liked best and thinking about what our friends and family would like as a token of our love. We ended up with seven Christmas gifts for various friends and family and a list as long as the naughty and nice list that Santa creates every year, with more things that we wanted to add to our Christmas lists.