20 Dec Essex police officer wins £400 shopping spree and sweets that taste like Christmas dinner!
A police officer from Purfleet in Essex has had an early Christmas present by winning a £400 shopping spree at intu Lakeside and hundreds of Willy Wonka sweets that taste like Christmas dinner for his family and friends.
32 year old John Johnson was won of five winners of a competition with intu, owner of some of the UK’s largest and most popular shopping centres, to win impossible gifts for those hard-to-buy-for people and a £400 intu Gift Card to help with the festive shopping.
Earlier this year some of Britain’s most ingenious inventors joined with intu to create ‘impossible-to-buy’ gifts for this year’s Christmas wish lists. Other weird and wonderful inventions won around the country include turning people into LEGO characters and comic book stars through the artist behind Dennis the Menace.
Research as part of the competition found that people in Essex spend 25 hours trying to find the perfect gift for loved ones and one in ten parents (11 per cent) have at least one impossible gift to find this Christmas. According to the research, the average Brit will spend £425 on Christmas presents this year, up just under one per cent on last year.