Buying presents is something I love doing any time of year but at Christmas it gives me even more joy. I would go as far to say that I enjoy giving them better than receiving them! Anyone else feel like that? Don’t get me wrong I love getting presents too. I do feel though that people feel pressured into buying evermore extravagant and expensive gifts year on year. And really its not about how much something costs, or how big it is but the thought behind the gift. So if you are struggling but still want to buy gifts I have a few ideas that wont break the bank.
If you go onto boots website then you can find some lovely gift sets for less than £5. You can filter by price and who you are buying for which is handy. Examples are sets from Soap & Glory, Baylis & Harding as well as Boots own brand. So if you can’t afford full size products or gift sets which can cost as much as £50 this is the perfect way of buying something really nice on a smaller scale.
There is normally someone who is a real bookworm (my brother-in-law in my case!) who will always ask for some books. The obvious choice is Waterstones but if you hunt around you can find bargains elsewhere. Sainsburys, Tescos or Asda often stock a lot more books at Christmas and not just new out books. I have seen book collections of Paddington Bear, Roald Dahl for kids for example. WHSmiths often have special offers on cookbooks for £5 from all the TV cooks. Amazon of course stock some books cheaper, although they are becoming less cheap as the years progress and you have to buy £10 worth of books to get free delivery.
Chocolates need not be expensive. You can get some really nice boxes in the supermarket or even in budget shops like poundland and 99p shop. Remember its the thought that counts!
Try getting clothes presents in the sales or when they have black friday offers and marked down prices. Tu Clothing at Sainsburys had a recent 25% sale and the return guarantee is still the same as long as you have the receipt. I bought something from H&M and have until end of January to return or exchange if it does not fit!
Throughout the year build up your points on your store cards. Boots, Sainsburys, Tesco, M&S etc I have been saving my Nectar points all year and had a large wedge to spend in there which has come in very handy. Use coupons for extra points, buy online to earn extra it all helps in the end. And you can use it towards the food shop too.
When all is said and done in Dickens day a stocking with some oranges and nuts in would be the main part of the present and kids were happy. Family and being with those you love is really what its all about isn’t it? But hopefully this post has given you some tips on helping you with present ideas if you are feeling the pinch.
Check out last weeks Christmas Blog here.