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M&S £18 light-up Christmas gin is so popular some stores are limiting the number you can buy

Like gold dust! M&S £18 light-up Christmas gin is so popular some stores are limiting the number you can buy – and even empty bottles are being sold online for up to three times the price

  • Marks & Spencer has delighted fans with the release of their £18 light-up gin
  • But shoppers have said it’s hard to get their hands on the bottles in stores
  • Some have taken to Facebook and eBay to resell their bottles for up to £60 
  • Branches of M&S have also limited the number of sales of bottles to two per customer 

Marks & Spencer’s Christmas light-up gin has proven so popular stores are limiting sales to two per person, while others have taken to Facebook and eBay to sell the gin for up to four times the price.    

The British high street favourite’s Christmas fare is always popular with customers, with the upmarket retailer offering tasty goods from Percy Pig mince pies to delicious sausage stacks. 

But the UK store’s light-up gin liqueur has been exceptionally well received this year, with the  £18 70cl bottle –  which comes complete with edible gold leaf and lights up to look like a snow globe comes in Clementine and Rhubarb flavours – sending fans into a frenzy.

The £18 70cl bottle which comes complete with gold dust and lights up to look like a snow globe comes in Clementine and Rhubarb flavours but is now selling online for up to three times the price

The £18 70cl bottle which comes complete with gold dust and lights up to look like a snow globe comes in Clementine and Rhubarb flavours but is now selling online for up to three times the price

Taking to the Facebook group Marks & Spencer UK – Have Your SAY! dozens of shoppers have shared when they’ve got their hands on a bottle, while some workers have used the group to share when they have it in stock.

Others have complained about not being able to get their hands on a bottle of the pretty liqueur, while some have reported their local stores are restricting sales to one or two per person.  

One entrepreneur who got their hands on a bottle is selling it on eBay for £59.99 – more than three times the original price – while some are even taking their chances on selling an empty bottle for £39.99 – more than twice the original price.

Dozens of others are also selling the liqueur on Facebook marketplace for £45 or more, while many are excitedly sharing online when their local branch has some in stock. 

One entrepreneur who got their hands on a bottle is selling it on eBay for £59.99 - more than three times the original price - while some are even taking their chances on selling an empty bottle for £39.99 - more than twice the original price

One entrepreneur who got their hands on a bottle is selling it on eBay for £59.99 – more than three times the original price – while some are even taking their chances on selling an empty bottle for £39.99 – more than twice the original price

Dozens of others are also selling the liqueur on Facebook marketplace for £45 or more, while others are excitedly sharing when their local branch has some in stock

Dozens of others are also selling the liqueur on Facebook marketplace for £45 or more, while others are excitedly sharing when their local branch has some in stock

An M&S spokesperson told FEMAIL: ‘Last year our Clementine Snow Globe Gin Liqueur with edible 23 carat gold leaf proved so popular with customers, we had queues waiting each time a new delivery was made to stores. 

‘This year, we added a second flavour and a light to the bottle, and increased the number of globes in stores by more than TEN times. 

‘These Light Globe Gin Liqueurs have been spreading so much festive spirit already, we’re now limiting the number of bottles to two per person to ensure as many customers can get their hands on a bottle this Christmas as possible.’  

Some M&S workers have commented int the group saying their stores are limiting sales of the drink, while others have posted online when they've come back in stock

Some M&S workers have commented int the group saying their stores are limiting sales of the drink, while others have posted online when they’ve come back in stock

Fans have also shared off when they've picked up a bottle, saying how pretty it is and how they love showing it off

One fan showed off her 'lovely bottle' with a real snow globe

Fans have also shared off when they’ve picked up a bottle, saying how pretty it is and how they love showing it off

Shoppers have taken to Facebook to share when their local store has one in stock. Pictured: Marks & Spencer Birchall

Shoppers have taken to Facebook to share when their local store has one in stock. Pictured: Marks & Spencer Birchall 

Others have said they’ve been waiting weeks for a bottle, while some even asked if they could ship internationally.  

‘Been trying to get one of these for weeks,’ one said.

‘Went this morning, they told him they had a delivery on Wednesday of 1,500… all gone,’ added another. 

Others have said they've been waiting weeks for a bottle, while some even asked if they could ship internationally

Others have said they’ve been waiting weeks for a bottle, while some even asked if they could ship internationally

‘Again another failing I’ve been trying to buy it for over a month!!’ wrote a third. 

‘Just 18 Pound?’ Is it possible to ship to Germany?’ questioned one. 

‘I’ve given up, been going in everyday for a week,’ another wrote. 

M&S say the drink is the UK’s first light up bottle of gin liqueur includes 23 carat edible gold leaf. 

It’s part of their  indulgent festive range on more intimate ‘mini-mas’ celebrations, as many people are expected to celebrate in smaller groups due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The range has more vegan food than ever before, as well as Christmas classics including an oven-ready turkey crown, and indulgent golden profiteroles.  

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