We’ve found the best websites to spread joy and counter stress this festive season! Thrill the little ones with a customised video from Santa. Grab your shopping list and order gifts and food from the comfort of your computer…
For gifts or your own feast, take a look at our favourite food websites suggested by w&h food editor Jane Curran. Find gourmet delights at Forman & Field, from smoked salmon to cheese and liqueurs. See products, hampers and recipes at formanandfield.com.
Need a break from Christmas planning? Have a laugh with Elf Yourself which puts your face on a dancing elf's body. Upload your headshot and up to four other friends and family to create a festive dancing elf music video that you can share on Facebook.
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For Christmas day: Your nearest carol service
To find your nearest carol service, midnight mass or Christmas service, key your location into achurchnearyou.com
For the kids: Create a personalised video from Santa
Give a child a magical experience with a free personalised video greeting from Santa through yourportablenorthpole.com.
Just type in the child's name and upload a photo and Santa will deliver
a customised message just for him or her. A personalised phone call
from Santa is also available for £2.99.
For a suggested £5 donation to the NSPCC, you can arrange a personalised letter to a child from Santa. They also want people to help spread the word about Letter from Santa by giving out leaflets to family, friends and colleagues. See christmas.nspcc.org.uk/santa.
Help pack Christmas hampers for local families in crisis. Do a one-off packing session for an hour or two, or have a regular weekly slot. Help is sometimes needed with food collections at local supermarkets too. Find information at trusseltrust.org.
Fill a shoebox with new gifts for a boy or girl within a specified age range to support Operation Christmas Child, a campaign run by Samaritans' Purse, where thousands of gift shoeboxes are distributed around the world. See operationchristmaschild.org.uk.
Support Age UK's Spread The Warmth campaign, which aims to reduce preventable winter deaths. Donate a winter coat or other quality cast-offs to your nearest Age UK shop or pledge a 'virtual' coat via ageuk.org.uk.
If you're looking at your heap of slightly tired Christmas decorations and feeling a seasonal dread, help is at hand. Pinterest's Christmas Decor page is bursting with hand-made Christmas tips, so you could make over your home on a shoestring...