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Time to prepare for the festive season!

Planning a quick clean up before the decorations go up? You can find everything you need in the local shops – from carpet shampoo and cloths to flue and chimney cleaners, candles and pine cones to give that festive scent to your fire.

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Wellpark decorationsIf last year’s lights are on the blink, you might need to look for replacements – check out the variety of products available at Shearers, Wellpark, Dealz, Wisebuys and elsewhere.

Lots of shops have lovely and unusual decorations – and they make great gifts too! Ensure sure you have a suitable container for your tree, and get the tree ordered in good time!

With extra folk around, you might need more glasses and crockery. There are some lovely new ranges in the local shops, as well as beautiful cookware and accessories of all kinds for cooking and baking. Cake tins make great gifts and are popular this year – available in all shapes, sizes, colours and styles, from vintage radio to traditional floral or plain. Check out the variety of items available at The Longship, OTE, Judith Glue, Shearers, Hourstons and Wellpark.

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When you’re buying larger items and need to take the car, think about asking an elderly neighbour if you need to pick anything up for them while you’re in town.

wellpark cardsPlan ahead – if you’re going to need batteries, paper, string and ribbon, a number of local shops stock these items and some have special offers for Christmas. Make sure you shop early, as wrapping paper especially sells out quickly – try Dealz, Wisebuys, Sinclair Office Supplies, We Frame It, Kairds, Spence’s, Grooves, Boots or SAS Business Supplies.

Many shops have extended opening hours throughout December – check for details online or in-store – and there will be late night opening in Kirkwall on Thursday 17 December.

We will be featuring different products and services available in Kirkwall town centre each week in the run-up to Christmas.