Christmas is just around the corner and the gift-giving has arrived early – courtesy of Sunderland Business Improvement District and the Bridges.
Everyone from high street big names to the city’s unique, independent retailers are geared up for the festivities, with presents to suit everyone.
But for one lucky reader that shopping list just got smaller – thanks to our bumper prize package of goodies, worth more than £1,000.
There’s gifts for him, gifts for her and gifts for families. We’re giving away everything from bling to books, from perfume to pasties!
And although the items may all be varied they have one thing in common – every one of them can be purchased in the city, confirming that when it comes to festive shopping there really is no need to go anywhere else.
Add into the mix late-night shopping, free car parking initiatives and a fabulous Frost Village with ice skating, a fun fair and a Christmas market in and around Sunderland’s Keel Square and you’ve got all the ingredients for festive fun.
Here’s what you can win…
•Please your palate this Christmas with a bottle of Highland Park 12-year-old malt from Tesco – a rounded smoky sweetness with full malt delivery for just £35.12
•Save yourself the sticky Sellotape delays this year by wrapping the presents with Scotch pop-up tape. Don’t worry if there are a lot of presents to wrap as there are four rolls, worth £2.95 each. Available at various retailers.
•Designed to keep the smoothest of movers in check, The Bluebeards Revenge Hipster Kit (£29.99) is filled with a selection of premium grooming products for the hair, beard and moustache. Available at various retailers.
•Even the manliest of men will be left feeling squeaky clean and smelling utterly irresistible with The Bluebeards Revenge Body Kit, the ultimate option for grooming on the go. Available at various retailers. RRP £24.99
•From Debenhams to Disney and Lush to Swarovski, pick your own perfect present with a £50 gift card from the Bridges this Christmas.
•Treat your feet to the skin-softening diamond crystals of the Scholl Velvet Smooth Glam & Pedi Gift Set from Superdrug, £49.99. Including two Revlon nail polishes, it really is home pedi-pampering at its finest.
•Whether it’s a Christmas film or the seventh chapter of the Star Wars saga, enjoy a film night with the family at Empire Cinemas. Ticket is for a family of four, with a minimum of two children. £34.
•Get ready to rub the magic lamp and enter the cave of wonders as this year’s high-flying pantomime, Aladdin, hits the Sunderland Empire. Take the family along for a jam-packed night of songs, laughter and happy ever afters for the performance on Dec 11. £104
•Ever heard of a cat that saved Christmas? Street Cat Bob and James, stars of the bestselling A Street Cat Named Bob book, spend a cold and challenging December on the streets together in their new adventure: A Gift from Bob. Available at various retailers. RRP £7.99
•The Bazaar of Bad Dreams is a generous collection of thrilling stories from Number One bestselling writer Stephen King with autobiographical comments from King on the stories’ origins and motivation... RRP £20. Available at various retailers.
•John Grisham’s latest book to hit the shelves is gritty, witty and impossible to put down. Rogue Lawyer is the master of the legal thriller at his very best. RRP £20. Available at various retailers.
•Dasher, Dancer, Prancer and the gang aren’t the only ones delivering festive cheer this year. The ‘It’s Christmas!’ Gift Box from Lush contains a whopping 23 goodies to see you right through to next Christmas. £99.95
•Pop a thoughtful gift under the Christmas tree this year with a silver charm from Rosebud Ceramics, Olive St. Have it personalised for a loved one or treat yourself. £50
•Make your letter to Santa sparkle with a Swarovski Stardust Pen, £24. Its body is filled with approximately 1300 delicate clear crystals, creating subtle light reflections as you write.
•Glamorous and festive - the latest Swarovski Christmas Ornament will literally be the star of the holiday season, with its authentic design beautifully executed in shimmering clear crystal. £39
•Add that little bit more luxe to the New Year’s Eve festivities with a manicure using Swarovski’s exclusive Ciaté nail polish, worth £25.
•Let The Point entertain you this Christmas with 10 tickets to the venue’s Christmas Party Night on December 18, featuring Robbie tribute Some Robbie, Some Day’. Worth £249.50
¶Don’t let the weather affect your mood – awaken your senses this winter with Jimmy Choo’s Illicit fragrance - a modern, floral scent with a punchy, provocative and feminine twist. Available at Debenhams for £42
¶Whether it’s a festive feast or sweet treats you’re after, you can get them all with a £20 voucher courtesy of Greggs.
Enjoy a festive family day out at Sunderland BID’s Frost Village in Keel Square including a session on the real ice-rink, funfair tokens and traditional Christmas market goodies. Family pass worth £100
•¶Is your New Year’s Resolution to stop smoking? Or do you know someone whose is? The E Vapour Starter Kit will kick-start your journey to stopping in no time. Available at eVapor, Union St. RRP £30
¶•One for the man in your life. Ottoman Barbers at Derwent St are giving the gift of a Full Works Package which includes a haircut, Turkish wet shave, hot towel and facial hair waxing. Worth £20
•Grab yourself a jam-packed hamper of David Emanuel goodies courtesy of Bonmarché, including the designer’s Signature perfume and hand creams, a bottle of Night perfume and a room diffuser, as well as a gold scarf to keep you warm in the winter. Worth £34.
•Score this festive season with four adult tickets to see Sunderland play Watford in a Barclays Premier League fixture at the Stadium of Light on Saturday December 12.
•Pick up a copy of today’s paper for the entry form