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Lucy Likes - Early Christmas Bargains

By Lucy Bower

Now, we know it's only October, but Christmas can be a really expensive time of year. Buying presents early and spreading the cost over a few months can really help you out come January - when a lot of other people will be reading their bank statements in despair!

So to get you started, we have found some deals on books and games, wine and things for the kids. Offers are subject to terms and conditions - and could be changed or withdrawn at the retailers' discretion. All offers and prices were correct as of 16 October and prices in store may be different to online.

Books

Amazon.co.uk has over 50% off selected books until the end of January and books make great stocking fillers. Discounts are available at the moment on the Cheryl Cole autobiography, new cook books by Nigella, Gordon Ramsey and Jamie Oliver, and the now legendary '50 Shades of Grey' - or you could buy the full trilogy for 10.99 at theworks.co.uk (until the end of the month).

You'll find even more discounted fiction titles discounted at Waterstones.com, who are offering at least 30% off all fiction books until 30th November, including adult and kids titles too.

Drinks

If you'd like to stock up the drinks cabinet early, MajesticWines.co.uk are offering 20% off Spanish and South African wines, when you buy 2 or more, until 31st October. You must order a minimum of 6 bottles, although there is free delivery on all orders above 40.

This isn't just a voucher.it's an M&S voucher. Marksandspencer.com is offering up to 50% off selected Classic Region Wines until 31st October.

Please remember to enjoy your wine responsibly!

For kids

If your little ones can't wait until Christmas for FIFA 13,then you'll find it currently discounted at Game.co.uk until 28th October and Zavvi.com until 31st October.

Elsewhere, Blahdvd.com is offering 2 for 25 mix and match on selected games until 31st October across all platforms (discount is applied at the checkout).

If you're looking for something a little less digital to play with, Tesco.com have up to 50% off toys until the end of the month in their biggest ever toy sale. ToysRUs.co.uk is offering 3 for 2 on selected toys until the end of the month.

Something festive.

Thorntons.co.uk is offering 3 for 2 on chocolate advent calendars until 17th November. Worth picking them up now - if you think you can resist temptation until 1st December that is!

And finally, now you can make sure Santa finds your stocking on Christmas Eve by printing your face on it! You can get 25% off customised Christmas stockings until the end of November at VistaPrint.co.uk.

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