TIPS & ADVICE
CHRISTMAS PLANNING FOR EARLY BIRDS
Get a head start on Christmas. Planning in advance helps spread the cost and make the main event as hassle-free as possible. We’ve put together a few reminders to help you beat the rush.
Whether you’re hosting Christmas or having guests to stay, make sure there’s plenty of room around the table and somewhere comfortable to sleep for all.
A bigger dining table and extra chairs would certainly be handy, but if you only need the space temporarily then try an extending table for extra room on demand. And for overnight guests, a sofa bed is a versatile solution.
Much of our furniture is available for delivery within 7 days, so you can still take a chance on ordering in December. We recommend you don’t leave it too late, though, so that you can get the delivery slot you want and avoid a last minute rush or disappointment. Some furniture is made especially for you by the supplier and delivered direct, so as a rule of thumb we suggest you aim to order by early October at the latest.
Prepare for longer nights and chilly weather by investing in a new set of curtains to help create a warm, cosy atmosphere indoors. If ready-mades don’t quite fit the bill, we offer a 7-day making-up service online and in our shops.
If you’re looking for extra features like pelmets, or your windows are awkwardly shaped, we can visit your home to measure up accurately. You can then order your custom-made curtains in our shops, and choose from a wide range of fabrics and designs. Order by mid-November for pre-Christmas delivery, and check with your local John Lewis shop for cut-off dates.
If you’d prefer blinds to curtains, our Made to measure blinds are available in a vast array of designs and styles, and are made with expert care to the highest quality at our dedicated textiles factory in Lancashire. For delivery in time for Christmas, you’ll need to order by 17 December.
Design your own sofa
Choose the size, shape and colour combination that you want for your sofa, armchair or sofa bed with our design your own sofa service.
Things take a little longer with this service, as you might expect, so it’s best to order early to make sure you get your tailor-made sofa in good time.
HOME DESIGN SERVICE
Whether you’re refreshing a room or rethinking your whole home, our design stylists can help you create a look you’ll love.
NEW TV FOR CHRISTMAS?
We can install it and even wall mount it, and we’ll even take your old one away for you.
In the Kitchen
Need an oven upgrade to cope with this year’s Christmas dinner? As with our furniture, most ovens and hobs will still be available in the run-up to Christmas, but if you’re thinking along the lines of a range cooker then it pays to decide a little further in advance. We’d recommend mid-October, but check product pages for more details.
If space in your existing oven is a concern, you could consider a combi microwave to help with a number of cooking tasks. They’re even great for Christmas puddings too.
Nothing quite sets the festive scene like twinkling lights, and there’s no better time to look into a stylish new lamp or dramatic ceiling centrepiece. You can buy in our shops and take advantage of our installation service for just £59 for the first light and £45 for each additional one.
NEXT DAY DELIVERY
Many of our cookers are available for next day delivery right up to mid December
Our delivery crews can install ovens, hobs and cooker hoods and take away your old appliance.
Friends and family abroad? We deliver to 39 countries worldwide from just £7.50 per order to Europe and £10 for the rest of the world.
TICK OFF THEIR GIFTS
If you like to spread the cost of buying presents over the months or keep note of gift ideas (for yourself or someone else), our Wish List function is a handy way of helping out. You just need to be signed in online to use it, then you can create several wish lists to keep your thoughts organised. You can even send them out via email to drop a hint or share your suggestions.
As you might expect, our busiest sales period for toys is late November, so again we recommend buying early to avoid disappointment as popular toys can sell out. With a huge range of toys to suit every interest, there’ll be something to delight on Christmas morning – just make sure they don’t find your present hiding place.
From food and artwork to keepsakes, jewellery and even alcohol-based gifts, personalised presents are always a thoughtful gesture. Explore our personalised gift options to find something that little bit extra special.
Unleash your creativity and have a go at making your own cards, gifts, and even decorations. It’s best to make an early start with any creative projects, and we’ve got plenty of useful kits to help you make all kinds of gifts, from cushions to Christmas stockings and soft toys to jewellery. We’ve also got a selection of step-by-step video guides to help with your Christmas crafting.
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