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Christmas online orders and Christmas food

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Got an email from Ocado yesterday, saying that I could bag a Christmas order today. I duly tried to and despite £90 minimum and 9.89 delivery there weren't any slots after Sunday 20th December. Anyone else had an experience like this with Ocado now or in previous years ?

What's the situation like elsewhere ? I've got a Morrisons delivery pass so I might try them. Again, anyone had a Christmas delivery ?

And mince pies.. Ocado only has the Lovemore gluten free ones. I managed to get some ASDA ones. Anyone got any gluten free mince pie recommendations please ? Alternatively anyone know of any decent gluten free frozen pastry.

Anyway Christmas food ordering issues and Christmas food please stick it here. 

Iceland is doing 2 tins of Quality Street for £8 at the moment by the way. 
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  • sarah1972sarah1972 Forumite, Board Guide
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    I personally would never want a slot after the 20th as too many times I got caught out when they sent subs/missing items etc.
    I get everything delivered by the 20th and then is there are any disasters, I have a couple of days to pop out and rectify it.
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  • Helen231264Helen231264 Forumite
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    I’ve booked a Waitrose slot for Christmas Eve.  Waitrose are great because you can add notes for the picker. I normally go away but who knows this year 🤷‍♀️
  • DebranDebran Forumite
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    Delivery slots only go up to 4 November for the branch my deliveries come from.

  • MrsStepfordMrsStepford Forumite
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    Helen231264 you were lucky, because Waitrose Christmas slots are all sold out for me. Ditto Ocado after 20th December. I have managed to start a Christmas order at Abel & Cole though. I think I will have to buy more now from supermarkets and freeze it eg mince pies will freeze, I do that every year. 
  • GaleSF63GaleSF63 Forumite
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    Thank you for the reminder about Christmas slots. I  hadn't given it any thought, and was too  late to book one for Waitrose but it has reminded me to be alert as they add dates so that I can (hopefully) pounce on one round about the 17th/18th. 
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  • euronorriseuronorris Forumite
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    Tescos - 13th November at 7am for those with delivery saver pass. 20th November at 7am for those without
  • GaleSF63GaleSF63 Forumite
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    There will probably be more people buying things for Christmas earlier, not being confident of supplies, both online and in shops, so it might be wise to buy things that you can, as soon as you can; things like icing sugar, mincemeat, stuffing, sauces... everyone can probably think of something that is important to their preparations!

    I'd better follow my own advice and add to my next order. Butter - well you never know what's going to disappear these days and I must have brandy butter! (Freezes well.)
  • euronorriseuronorris Forumite
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    I put in an order for our Christmas meat at a local farm shop this weekend, for that very reason, and also because I want to try and support local businesses where I can.
  • Rosa_DamascenaRosa_Damascena Forumite
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    I cannot believe how organised MSErs are!!

    I shall be glad to get a day off and if I do I have no plans to go anywhere near the kitchen.
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  • BacmanBacman Forumite
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    Bear in mind it makes sense this year more than ever to buy your Xmas items as early as you realistically can; with the pandemic plus Brexit and no-deal trade looming, there will be a lot of panic buying in December when people realise that items won't be so easy to get hold of and will be stocking up; so best to get things when you can rather than rely on last-minute shopping as has always been fine in the past. You can buy all your Xmas stuff in November apart from vegetables, BBE dates are long as the Xmas food many people buy will tend to be stodgy and full of sugar, so no issue buying ahead.
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