Our funny festive Google searches

Sparkly trees, frosty weather and festive celebrations…it’s our favourite time of year!

The countdown is on to Christmas 2019, and everybody’s calendars are filling up. There are various school events, family socials, end-of-year dinners, and of course a hefty dose of shopping to be done. (Hint: the Bristol Christmas Markets are open in Broadmead right up until the 23 December.)

Some gifts are easy to buy, but when we get stuck for ideas the 21st-century response is to turn to Google for help. So this year Next thought they’d take a look at the funniest festive-themed searches…anyone for “Christmas dinner in a can”? (6,600 people looked for this last December!)

Our quirky queries range across everything from food and decorations to gifting and hosting. Are you one of the many who needed help with “how to get to sleep on Christmas Eve”, or one of the eager few who asked “is October too early to decorate for Christmas”?

Gift-buying for picky people

Google is a saving grace for fussy family and friends. Some people search by personality, like “what to get a fussy friend for Christmas”, or by hobby with “what to get a tech guy for Christmas”.

Others seek inspiration for that special someone: “what to get a boyfriend for Christmas who has everything”! We suggest a fancy shave and facial from a top Bristol barber’s.

What does presenter Emma Willis do for Christmas? She shares her family’s festive traditions here:

Decking the halls with a different kind of décor

Whatever our personal styles, Google helps us find Christmas decorations to match. “Rose gold Christmas decorations” are an on-trend choice (it’s a great colour against green fir branches), while some of us look to impress with “diamond baubles” and the “most expensive Christmas crackers”. Perhaps the jokes are better?

A small number ask Google to help them break the rules entirely – looking for “toilet paper decorations for Christmas”, “Roman Christmas décor”, and even a “LEGO Christmas tree”!

Funny festive Google searches: December 2018 in numbers

  • 12,100 people wondered “is McDonald’s open on Christmas”
  • 5,400 people wanted a “baby Christmas pudding outfit”
  • 3,600 people asked “how old is Father Christmas”
  • 3,000 people wanted to know “how many seconds until Christmas”
  • 110 people looked for tips on “how to tell family you’re not hosting Christmas”

See more silly searches on Next’s website – and head over to their Cabot Circus store for festive gift ideas.