Bags of Joy

Boots' enchanting Christmas campaign establishes Boots as the leading gifting destination for the season, with something special for everyone and every occasion.

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Bags of Joy reignites the magic of the holiday season. It brings into focus the happiness of spending time with friends and family and the wonderful feeling of gifting joy to them, after a year where so many were unable to spend time together.

Pete Markey, Chief Marketing Officer at Boots UK said “This year, we wanted to celebrate the heart-warming memories that families will once again be able to make and cherish. To reach our customers wherever they may be, we have a full marketing plan to ensure they can experience that Christmas magic across every touchpoint. Whether they are scrolling for festive inspiration on Instagram, flicking through a magazine or relaxing in front of the television, we want people to feel joy at every opportunity.”

In the film, we see Joy receive a special gift from her nan, a bag that she discovers wields the power to make her Christmas truly magical. When Joy reaches into the bag, it delivers the perfect gift at every opportunity. Some surprising, others touching, but the gifts are always wonderfully fitting to the situation and the recipient, even when that happens to be Joy herself.

The extraordinary protagonist of the campaign, the bag itself, serves as a clever metaphor for Boots stores up and down the country, inspiring shoppers to fill their own bags of joy with a choice of thousands of wonderful gifts and to immerse themselves in the spirit of Christmas.

“With so many people unable to spend the holidays with their loved ones last year, we wanted to encapsulate the pure joy that people will feel this year as we reclaim lost time. Boots is a brand baked into the fabric of British culture, and it has been an exhilarating journey to bring their Christmas campaign to life with such incredible talent behind us,” said Laurent Simon, Chief Creative Officer at VMLY&R London.

In addition to the hero film, Boots will be running a media-first partnership with Sky Media. The campaign will feature product-led shoppable TVCs with QR codes, driving viewers to and enabling Boots to attribute online sales directly to its partnership activity. Using the combination of AdSmart targeting and Boots’ 1st party data to target current and lapsed customers through the Advantage Card loyalty scheme, the campaign will provide a seamless and immediate experience for shoppers to browse and buy from the comfort of their sofas.

With a reach of over 18 million adults, the unified end-to-end Bags of Joy campaign will feature activations across TVC, Online, Radio, DOOH, Print, PR, Social and In-Store. Boots will be using intelligent geo-location to target its digital out of home and drive people in-store as well as personalisation elements in its creative.

To drive further awareness of the campaign, Boots is running an ITV hub takeover on 8th November and working with Channel 4’s collection lounge to provide viewers with curated programme playlists based on the theme of the campaign.

VMLY&R London

VMLY&R is a global brand and customer experience agency that harnesses creativity, technology, and culture to create connected brands. Named a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Global Marketing Agencies for five consecutive years, VMLY&R is made up of more than 12,000 employees worldwide with principal offices in Lodnon, Kansas City, New York, Detroit, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore and Sydney. The agency is behind award-winning campaigns for blue chip client partners including Colgate-Palmolive, Danone, Dell, Ford, Intel, New Balance, Pfizer and Wendy's.