The best Christmas food for families


by Lily Anderson |
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It won't be long until you're wrapping presents and storing them under the tree come Christmas morning. Until then, you can prepare for the occasion by writing your shopping list and stocking up on the best Christmas food for families.

Whether it's buying nibbles to store in the back of your cupboard or a frozen turkey for your freezer, you can start your Christmas food shop today.

When is the best time to start preparing for Christmas?

There's no right or wrong answer when it comes to preparing for the most magical day of the year. According to The Bank Of England, the typical household spends over £700 more in December.

Instead of splashing out all the cash on toys, matching family Christmas pyjamas or food, you can spread the cost over several months to make your money go further. That's why most families will save up across the year and start buying essentials as early as September.

For more budgeting ideas, check out our guide to 16 genius tips to help you save money this Christmas.

Can I pre-order Christmas dinner essentials?

If your freezer is already full to the brink with Ella's Kitchen meals and lunchtime prep, then you'll probably struggle to fit all your Christmas food in it, right? But, with many supermarkets allowing you to choose what's on the menu ahead of time, this shouldn't be a problem. Simply pre-order your food now, and you can pick it up in-store closer to 25 December 2021.

Here are some of the supermarkets where you can pre-order your Christmas dinner essentials:

Marks and Spencer Christmas food to order

Sainsbury's Christmas food to order

Waitrose Christmas food to order

Morrisons Christmas food to order

Tesco festive food to order is coming soon - 6am on 16 November 2021

Can't wait until the week leading up to Christmas? Start shopping from our pick of the best Christmas food for families. P.S We've broken it down by your favourite shop to help make picking the goods easier...

The best Marks and Spencer Christmas food

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How adorable is this M&S Percy Pig on Ice Musical Tin? Once you and the kids have finished the

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Veggies are the most understated food on the dinner table. If you want to encourage your little

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Instead of cooking a traditional turkey, why not opt for this mouth-watering Collection Venison

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Any veggies at the table will be delighted to tuck into the triple-cooked roast potatoes, red

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No celebration is complete without a Colin The Caterpillar cake. Big and little kids alike will

The best Aldi Christmas food

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Aldi always delivers the goods when it comes to quality products and low prices. If you're

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Anyone with little ones running around and who doesn't have time to peel veggies will love these

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Is it really Christmas unless you open a box of assorted biscuits? You and the little ones will

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Of course, the best Christmas food for families has to feature the classic Brussels sprouts. Aldi

Specially Selected Dry Aged Aberdeen Angus Beef Roasting Joint
Price: £9.49 per kg

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Instead of a turkey this year, why not make your own Xmas dinner tradition with this Dry Aged

The best Morrisons Christmas food

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Spend an afternoon in the run-up to the big day creating mini mince pies with your little ones.

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One for the grown ups when the kids go to bed...

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Are you throwing a big celebration? This turkey will feed nine to 11 guests over the holidays. For

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Don't forget the condiments to go with your turkey dinner. At the top of your list should be the

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Let Aunt Bessie take care of the parsnips this year while you host, [breastfeed your

The best Tesco Christmas food

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Stock up on these 20 pigs in blankets from Tesco ahead of December. These mini appetisers and

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This sweet treat for adults has a boozy kick you need after a long day of parenting. It's made

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You'll spend the whole day telling your children not to eat too many sweets so they don't ruin

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A little tipple for nan and grandad to take them back to the 80s, and no we're not talking about

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You'll never have to serve up undercooked or overcooked Yorkshires ever again, thanks to these

The best Sainsbury’s Christmas food

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Pop this turkey straight in the oven and get back to your game of Monopoly with the kids. Simply

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For a vegan alternative, serve up this delicious No Beef Wellington this Christmas. Families will

23. Pigs in Blanket Christmas Tree

Pigs in Blanket Christmas Tree
Price: £7.50

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Every family across the UK will be fighting over this Pigs in Blanket Christmas Tree at the table.

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Children will love digging into this chocolate smash cake after dinner. It has three layers of

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Perfect for Christmas tea or as part of a Boxing Day buffet, these Mini Southern Fried Chicken

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