Friday 20 September 2019

Top 10 last minute items that will have you running to the shop on Christmas eve

A mother and daughter in Tesco Rush. Photo: Mark Condren
A mother and daughter in Tesco Rush. Photo: Mark Condren Newsdesk Newsdesk

Christmas is now just hours away but many will be making a last minute dash to the shops to get that one item we completely forgot.

Today is Frenzy Friday and retail giant Tesco have released a list of Irish shoppers' last minute items that we simply can't do without this December 25.

The retailer said that historically, last minute items were once dominated by phone credit, batteries and sellotape purchases.

However, data from 2015 has revealed that shoppers appear to be concentrating on fresh daily produce and family favourites at the final hurdle of preparation for the festivities.

The top ten items sold in Tesco Ireland stores nationwide on Christmas Eve in 2015 included:

1.       Fresh Milk

2.       Fresh Cream

3.       White Bread

4.       Cola soft drinks (1 and 2 litre bottles)

5.       Fruit flavour soft drinks (1 and 2 litre bottles)

6.       Bacon

7.       Crisps in a tube

8.       Lemons and Limes

9.       Big bag crisps and snacks

10.     Brussels Sprouts

According to the retailer bacon is making its debut on the list this year having not featured at all in 2014.

Today is expected to be the busiest shopping day of the year. Tesco Ireland expects to sell over two million sprouts across the country reaching a whopping 6.5 million sold in the last week.

Geoff Byrne, Chief Operations Officer, Tesco Ireland: “As a nation, Christmas dinner is one of the most treasured meals of the year, and while this is usually a family filled occasion, it’s not without its stresses or last minute panics.

"At Tesco Ireland, we’re all about making life easier for the hosts in our lives – from last minute buys to show stopper desserts which will wow any dinner guest, we’ve got them covered."

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