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Festive value! Back by popular demand for the second year and starting this Thursday, November 14 in 139 Aldi stores nationwide for 6 weeks, Aldi will launch its Secret Six Offers just in time for Christmas!

Each Monday, Aldi will release details of the week’s Secret Six Offer, and each Thursday, when you buy one of these amazing products, you will get a second one, FOR FREE. 

The very first Secret Six Product this year is Plush Christmas Figures €12.99 each. The soft and jolly decorative figures are for decoration only. Choose from Snowman, Elf, Santa or Reindeer. Approx. 90cm tall. This offer is available this Thursday, November 14 – Sunday, November 17 only (while stocks last).

So head to your nearest Aldi store from this Thursday and every Thursday between now and Christmas to avail of these amazing offers! 

Terms and conditions for Secret Six:

  • The Secret Six promotion is available in all Republic of Ireland Aldi stores, commencing on Thursday, November 14 to Sunday, December 22.
  • Offers are available from the Thursday they launch to the Sunday, 3 days later, while stocks last.
  • Availability is limited, and customers can only receive one offer/purchase per transaction.
  • The promotion is a ‘Buy One Get One Free’ promotion on a selected weekly product.
  • This promotion is subject to availability and stock quantities will vary from store to store.
  • Offer is available only while stocks last.
  • Any alcohol offer will only be available to people over 18 years and from 10.30am.
  • Aldi reserves the right to withdraw the promotion at any time or to vary the elements of the promotion.
  • Prices are correct at time of dispatch and are subject to change.
  • A cash alternative in lieu of the second free product is not available for this promotion.

 For more information see www.aldi.ie  

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and to get you into the festive mood we've got the dream event for you. 

Christmas is finally upon us and as we start to tackle those endless lists of gifts to buy for our nearest and dearest L’OCCITANE is offering you the chance to get ahead of the Christmas game with their annual shopping event. They're hosting a lavish event on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 and you can't miss it. 

At this private event there will be plenty of treats on offer, including a luxury hand and arm massage, exclusive 15 percent discount on purchases*, plus a free goody bag worth over €40 to take home! What more could you ask for?

As well as having some ‘me time’ whilst enjoying a glass of bubbly, why not kick-start your Christmas shopping and be the first to discover L’OCCITANE’s variety of gifts, including their exciting new festive limited editions.

From award winning bath and body indulgences, captivating fragrances, men’s grooming essentials, stocking fillers and much more, there really is a gift for everyone.

Not only will you find that perfect present for your loved one, but to make life even easier for you L’OCCITANE will also offer a complimentary gift-wrapping service for any purchases made on the night!

When and Where:

The events will run from 6.30pm to 8.30pm* on Tuesday, December 3 2019 in L’Occitane boutiques nationwide.

How To Book:

Book online here or directly at your preferred L’OCCITANE boutique (click here to find your nearest boutique). Tickets cost €10 and are non-refundable. Places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.  

*Terms & Conditions: 1. Special discount offers only valid in store on the night of the event on purchases over €30. 2. Discount excludes gift sets and special value items 3. Goody bag contents may vary. 4. Event times vary for certain stores – please be sure to check specific times on Ticket Web.

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Christmas shopping is stressful, but Christmas shopping just days before December 25 is a different experience entirely.

Unlike more organised festive shoppers, your desire to buy all around you has little to do with love for friends and family, and more to do with an all-encompassing need to tackle your entire list in one shop.

You may have pictured grabbing a coffee while enjoying the festive hustle and bustle, but in the lead-up to Christmas Day, you're more likely to grab a collar and fling an assuming randomer out of the way in order to get your hands on that final 3 for 2 offer.

And the following list is why next year is going to be different… very, very different.

1. Forgetting every single thing about your friends and family members which makes them unique.

"Will I get Dad a book? Does Dad like reading books? Wait, can Dad read?"

2.  Feeling like you're about to pass out from the sheer heat of an overcrowded, overheated cosmetic hall.

"Can I get this blush in a… sorry… I'm about to… you'll have to excuse me…"

3. Assuming that the deep crevices embedded in the palms of your hands from multiple shopping bags are officially here to stay.

"Well, nothing a good hand cream and Shellac job won't help disguise, right?"

4. Finding five gifts that would suit one friend, and no gifts that would suit the rest of the squad.

"Why can't Siobhan, Aisling and Ruth be more like Claire? Rude."

5. Reminding yourself that Christmas has become nothing more than an overblown commercial fest, and there's more to life than 3 for 2 offers.

"I can't believe they're putting me through this. I hate them all."

6. Wishing your boyfriend could be more like you because you've found 100 things that you'd love.

"He's pushing his luck, I'm serious."

Look, we know we got ourselves into this situation, but that doesn't help when we're stumbling into equally stressed and overloaded shoppers who, frankly, hate us just as much we hate them at that moment.

Thankfully, its4women and their Bag Butler have our backs on this one, and are currently assisting frazzled Christmas shoppers with their festive hauls.

From lugging our Christmas load to providing reassuring words of advice, the Bag Butler is man of the hour right now, and frankly we need all the help we can get.

Stand back ladies, there are just four shopping days left, and the Bag Butler can only assist one person at a time…

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If you're getting your glam on tonight or planned some Christmas shopping tomorrow – get ready for some BAD weather.

Brollies at the ready as it will bucket down from midnight tonight.

Met Éireann has issued two status yellow weather warnings for the country – so brace yourself for the rain and the wind.

Met Éireann has advised Crimbo shoppers and rugby heads on route to the Aviva tomorrow for the Leinster match, to keep an eye on weather updates.

Forget the heels and grab the wellies as 30 to 55mm of heavy rain is set to fall and mountainous areas are predicted to exceed these limits. 

Hit the hat trend as the wind is coming for perfectly styled hair, with speeds of 55 to 60 km/h forecasted, with the strongest gusts hitting the east of the country.

The wind will then take it up a notch with severe gusts of 90 to 110 km/h predicted for later in the day – if it isn't too late to cancel your plans, use any lame excuse to stay indoors.

Additionally, you need to watch out for spot flooding on Saturday. 

If you want us, we will be curled up all day with Netflix, snacks and online shopping.

You couldn't pay us to go out in those type of conditions.

We will see you all on Sunday when the terrible weather finally eases. 

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We are officially feeling the festive spirit now that December is finally here. We are ready to tackle our Christmas shopping and what better way to do it than supporting some fantastic Irish companies.

Ireland has blessed us with many wonderful things from Tayto crisps to Niall Horan and these gifts are no different.

We have gathered up a list of some pretty perfect gifts that will no doubt leave your friends and family smiling from ear to ear.

1: Sun, Moon and Stars Notebook

Chupi €33

2: You Make Me Happy Print

Cuando €14

3: Classic Grey Scarf

4: Níl Aon Tinteán Mar Do Thinteán Féin Print

Cuando €14-€24

5: Zaria Earrings

Folkster €14.95

6: Personalised Daily Planner

Cuando €29-€35

7: Unicorn Mug

8: Rose Gold Initial Necklace

Chupi €119

9: Bear Creek to Dame Street by Hudson Taylor

Tower Records €19.99

10: Carolyn Donnelly Purse

11: Baileys 

SuperValu €10

12: Melanie Murphy Me Time Journal

13: Pawty Time Mug

Avoca €14.95

15:  Normal People by Sally Rooney

Dubray €15.99

16: 50 Things To Do In Dublin

17: Tayto Crisp Box

Tayto €19-€22.50

18: Irish Whiskey Museum Tour

Irish Whiskey Museum €18 per person

19: The Snapper Tickets

The Gate Theatre From €15

20: A Keeper by Graham Norton

 

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In the spirit of giving for the festive season, Kilkenny has teamed up with the Simon Community to run a Christmas gift wrapping service across their stores nationwide from December 1 until Christmas Eve.

The home of Irish craft and design will be accepting donations for the complimentary wrapping service and will match every cent raised before being donated to the Simon Community. The much-needed funds raised in each Kilkenny store will be donated to the nearest Simon Community to help those in need locally.

Speaking about the partnership, Marian O’Gorman, CEO of Kilkenny Group said, “We are delighted to be working with the Simon Community this year for our Christmas appeal. Homelessness is a major problem in Ireland at the moment and the Simon Community need as much support as possible during the festive season. The work that they do is invaluable and so worthwhile which is why we have chosen them as our partner this festive season.”

The Simon Community support over 11,000 men, women and children across Ireland. With almost 50 years of experience providing homeless, housing and treatment services to people facing the trauma and stress of homelessness, Simon’s door is always open for as long as they are needed.

The money raised from Kilkenny’s gift wrapping will go towards supporting services such as homelessness prevention, housing support, street outreach, homeless specific health and wellbeing services, personal development, food banks and drop-in centres.

Brian Ingarfield, Head of Fundraising and Communications for The Simon Community said, "We are extremely grateful to be chosen as Kilkenny’s charity this Christmas. Their generosity will have an important impact on the people who are relying on us each day. This fantastic initiative will support our vital homeless services around the country."

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Theft is always a fear when you are doing your Christmas shopping, with the average family spending €600 on gifts alone last Christmas according to the Irish League of Credit Unionslosing those gifts to a thief isn't something most families can afford.

An Garda Síochána is urging Christmas shoppers to be vigilant of theft, especially in retail car parks this month.

"Customers should be careful while shopping. Always park in well-lit and secure areas. When you leave your car, lock all doors and windows and double check to make sure. Don’t leave property or cash on view, take it with you," said Garda Sergeant Kelvin Courtney.

One family discovered this the hard way, after €700 worth of Christmas shopping was stolen from the carpark of Dundrum Town Shopping Centre. 

The goods were allegedly taken from the boot of the car by unknown thieves while the victim had a bite to eat in the shopping complex, according to a Facebook post by the victims sister. 

"Last night my little brother went shopping in Dundrum Town Centre, he had spent €700 on Christmas presents and when he was finished he dropped them out to the car went for something to eat and some little smelly runt robbed all his stuff even down to his over night bag with his pjs in it," according to the post. 

Dundrum Town Centre is working with both Tallagh and Dundrum Garda stations in the hopes of catching the culprit. 

"It's very unfortunate. There will always be people who prey on people at this time of year when they are distracted," said a Dundrum Town Centre spokesperson.

The investigation is ongoing, according to the Gardaí. 

However, Gardaí warn that carparks aren't the only place that shoppers need to be vigilant. 

"There are also over 100 thefts from customers in shops every month. Handbags are being targeted when left in trolleys or hanging on buggies."

"The handbag itself isn’t always the item that is taken, sometimes objects within the handbag are targeted too and often they are not immediately noticed missing by the owner. Mobile phones are the most commonly stolen object,” say Gardaí. 

Incidents are most common on Tuesdays and Fridays between 12 noon and 6pm, and the commonly stolen items are electronics, handbags and gifts.

With only one week left to get the Christmas shopping done, thieves could get desperate, so be sure to stay vigilant.

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& Other Stories is making its long awaited debut with a bricks and mortar store on Dublin's Grafton Street.

H&M's stylish big sister, & Other Stories is a hotbed of covetable work wear, contemporary day wear and elegant evening pieces.

The incredibly – there's no other word for it – cool store is set to open its doors next month, taking over the old A-Wear store which recently saw a five million euro refurbishment. 

It’s the first Irish outlet for & Other Stories, who have already developed a cult online following of Irish fashionistas. 

The brand is renowned for its simple separates, high quality outerwear and coveted designer collaborations.

& Other Stories is part of the fashion mega house that also directs H&M, COS and Monki.

 

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The store is set to open on December 9, just in time for the Christmas rush.

As it's situated directly across from the previous BT2 space, & Other Stories will be joined in February by Victoria's Secret, who are moving into BT2's old haunt

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Hands up who's already sweating about what to buy their parents this Christmas?

No doubt your dad has already said he 'only wants a pair of socks' which of course means, 'I swear to God if you give me socks on Christmas morning you'll be evicted from this house.'

As for your mum, there are only so many candles, vouchers and framed family photos you can give her before it gets old.

In fact, one Irish mother has decided enough is enough when it comes to unwanted gifts. Instead of a Christmas gift list, comedian Brona Titley got the exact opposite – a list of all the things her mother DIDN'T want.

Among the – very specific – things on the list are:

– 'No wallets bags purses rocks perfume scarves face cream or anything cosmetic'

– 'Nothing for the house as it is inanimate'

– 'No jewellery of any kind'

– 'No re-gifts or tired wardrobe things'

But of course, anything else 'might be possible,' as Brona's mam concedes that she is 'easy to buy for.' Ahem.

This genius text was sent back in 2013, but Brona re-posted it this week as she started her 2015 Christmas shopping.

Last year, the Irish comedian admitted she broke 'rule no. 17' to buy her mum an M&S voucher.

We wish her the best of luck this time around… sounds like she'll need it.

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Christmas is fast approaching, and while we're already dreaming up glam outfit ideas and lavish gift ideas, somehow we're not sure our budget will stretch to it all.

With that in mind, we're helping one lucky SHEmazing! reader to win the ULTIMATE Christmas shopping spree in Dublin.

Yes, you heard us. To celebrate the release of Christmas With The Coopers on Dec 1, we've teamed up with Liffey Valley and Hailo to offer you a day of shopping.

Unlike the poor Cooper family, you can indeed have the perfect Christmas! 

The winner will receive €100 voucher to spend on a Christmas day out at Liffey Valley, plus they'll have all transport costs covered with Hailo… and a few extra treats thrown in too.

You can enter now via Instagram or Facebook, and make sure you're following us on both platforms too. Best of luck!

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With the sun shining outside and Halloween still weeks away, Christmas couldn't have been the furthest thing from our minds… until we stepped into the Christmas Market at Brown Thomas.

A dedicated Christmas area opened at Brown Thomas stores  in Dublin, Cork and Limerick last week, catering to anyone planning ahead for the upcoming festive season, and S! TV headed along for a first look.

This year's Christmas range is divided into four themes – Ice Palace, Venetian Winter, I Love Candy and of course, Santa's Journey. With a huge selection of seasonal decorations, gifts and food on offer, there's no shortage of temptation.

Roll on December 25th…

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Remember how far away Christmas seemed in November? How we laughed at those smug and organised people who did their shopping ahead of time. But with just days left to go the reality has suddenly hit. It's nearly Christmas Eve and you haven't bought so much as a pair of socks.

Here are the stages your poor frazzled self will no doubt experience over the coming days. Stay strong. It's all be over soon!

1. The fear of making The List
WHY did your Mam and Dad decide to have so many kids? This is cruelty.

2. The panic on the bus to town as you realise you've forgotten a load of people
Ah Christ, the 17 cousins.

3. The rabbit-in-the-headlights feeling as you crush your way into the first shop
So. Many. People.

4. Settling for any old present even though you KNOW you could do better
But Nana would love this teatowel, she's all about the washing and drying. Isn't she?

5. That weird feeling of calm as you start to enjoy spending money on random frivolous gifts
I should take this up as a hobby!

6. … Until you remember to check your bank balance
Quick, return the €25 ceramic trinket bowl. QUICK.

7. Giving up after 2 hours for a "well-earned" break
I'm having mulled wine and there's nothing you can do to stop me.

8. Finally buying that last present…
And remembering you still have to buy wrapping paper, cards and gift tags. This torture never ends.

 

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