Christmas dinner 2021 essentials: A guide on what to add to your shopping list today

From Christmas feast boxes to festive tipples, these are going straight in our basket.

Christmas dinner essentials

by Lily Anderson |

Online grocery shopping has revolutionised the way we do our weekly shop. According to studies from Statista, "over the last decade, the number of British individuals shopping online for food and other groceries has doubled." That's not even accounting for the spike at the beginning of the pandemic.

If you, like so many others, are opting for click and collect or food delivery services instead of heading to your local supermarket, then it's about time you start thinking about buying or pre-ordering your Christmas dinner essentials.

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Many supermarkets have already stocked their shelves with Christmas staples, including mince pies, chocolate tins and even party food.

As well as stocking up your cupboards to ensure you have enough goodies for the whole family, many stores are allowing customers to book food order slots so that families can secure their Christmas feasts ahead of time.

Where to pre-order Christmas dinner essentials?

Forget the rumours about shortages! Instead of panic buying, fill up your freezer with Christmas dinner essentials. Many supermarkets are allowing you to choose what's on the menu ahead of time, and you can pick it up in-store closer to December 25. What a great idea!

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

Tesco festive food to order

Sainsbury's Christmas food to order

Morrisons Christmas food to order

If you want to beat the last-minute rush, we've pulled out the best Christmas dinner essentials for you to enjoy.

Heinz Christmas dinner in a tin

Heinz gifted us all this year with an exciting new limited edition product called the "Christmas Dinner Big Soup"- which is basically a Christmas feast in a can. This soup is filled with all your festive favourites, such as "turkey, stuffing, chunky potatoes, brussels sprouts and even pigs in blankets". On top of this, all proceeds are donated to The Soup Kitchen on Tottenham Court Road in London. It's currently out of stock, having sold out in just a couple of hours- but check back with us here to see when Heinz released another restock. It seems the UK can't get enough of this Christmas invention.

Christmas Dinner Soup, Heinz
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Lily Anderson is a Senior Commercial Content Writer at Bauer Media, where she tests products for titles such as Heat, Closer, What’s the Best and Mother&Baby.

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