While we’ve overplayed every popular Christmas song you can imagine, we’ve realised plenty of them can be good for gift inspiration. So, we’re taking this Destiny’s Child track and finding local alternatives this Christmas.
On the 8th day of Christmas my baby gave to me: A pair of Chloe shades and a diamond belly ring
That’s cool, but we don’t need Chloe when we’ve got these pretty Chanel shades from Newcastle’s independent optician – The Big Optician (enquire for price).
As for the diamond belly ring, I think Queen Bey was assuming we all have that piercing. Head to Middlesbrough’s Skins and Needles for yours, or a gift receipt for your loved-one (£25).
On the 7th day of Christmas my baby gave to me: A nice back rub then he massaged my feet
Perfect! But if you’re not in the mood to do it yourself, head to Sunderland Massage Centre for yours.
On the 6th day of Christmas my baby gave to me: A crop jacket with dirty denim jeans
Find yours at any local boutique (and, although we’re supporting local, don’t forget many of the big high street chains are struggling too).
On the 5th day of Christmas my baby gave to me: The poem that he wrote for me
Good (and thoughtful) if you’re feeling creative – and it’s free.
On the 4th day of Christmas my baby gave to me: A candle-lit dinner, just for me and my honey
If you’re not into cooking, order a box of goodness from Newcastle’s Graze and Gorge.
On the 3rd day of Christmas my baby gave to me: A gift certificate to get my favorite CDs
Find vinyls and CDs at Sound It Out Records in Stockton (and don’t judge – Faye still loves listening to CDs in her car – we’re not streamers all the time).
On the 2nd day of Christmas my baby gave to me: The keys to a CLK Mercedes
Okay, this is where the song just gets a little too materialistic. No one’s expecting a Merc this year, come on. But if you are treating someone to a car, head to a local garage and support our local mechanics.
On the 1st day of Christmas my baby gave to me: Quality T-I-M-E
The most important thing this year – and better yet it’s free!