Recipe for happy festive shopping

Check the forecast. Get up early, wrap up warm. Go to your favourite town.

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Admire the window displays. Soak up the atmosphere. Appreciate small suppliers and independent shops. Feel inspired by their creativity.

Recipe for happy festive shopping

Find somewhere snug to drink hot chocolate and people-watch. Indulge in cake.

Recipe for happy festive shopping

Recipe for happy festive shopping

Return to shops, make purchases and head home safe in the knowledge you've exchanged shopping centre hell for a beautiful day.

Curated and photographed by

Sarah Hardman

Sarah lives over at Mitenska, where she chronicles life's simple pleasures.

She's a keen photographer, writer and tea drinker. Her favourite things include collecting treasures from her daily rambles, baking cake, rainy days and cosying up with a good book.

She resides in the Pennines with her partner and little boy.