Christmas on a budget

Hi everyone

Not sure there is another thread like this (had a look but couldn't see any) but what I thought is to create this thread to give everyone an idea of what to buy for Christmas for the loved ones, not to break the bank and also grab some bargains.
So if you would like to share what are you buying as presents for your family and friends and from where (especially if you find a bargain) it would be great, it would give others ideas what to buy for Christmas ( I for one I'm rubbish at buying presents).
I haven't bought many presents as yet, all I've bought so far is:

A Light-up fury friend for my 4 month old from groupon - £10.99
A pair of leather shoes (more for work) from Amazon for my oh - £18
For my mother in law and her parents - Some lovely candles with sensors that change colours when they are lit from Aldi - £2.99 each
A talking cookie jar from Aldi - £14.99

That's all I have at the minute as I'm on SMP so trying to find some nice things but not too expensive.
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  • jodles16
    jodles16 Posts: 1,477 Forumite
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    Hello!

    I got the Thorntons hamper that Martin has on here, £22.50 instead of around £50! Also got hubby a second hand band hero for the Xbox, figured its got a warrenty from the shop and was £80 instead of over £100! Mostly I just shop around until I can find the lowest price item I can and keep an eye out on groupon and here as well!

    Love a good bargain!

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  • Smoosh
    Smoosh Posts: 1,629 Forumite
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    I try to just shop around.

    For my 13 year old niece I got some bath bits and hand cream in the half price gift set offer at Tesco.

    For my 10 year old niece I got another nice gift set (half price at Tesco) of bath bits.

    For my 7 year old nephew I got a transformers toy thing, lots of little pieces that you have to put together to make a transformer. Quite cheap from The Works.

    For my 4 year old niece I got a Disney princess story collection book. Again, cheaper than retail price from The Works.

    Still working on presents for everyone else!

    I got my wrapping paper from Primark, it's lovely with white and red stripes, looks a lot more expensive than it is (£1 per roll). And then I got some labels and other wrapping bits from Wilkos which had a great selection and a really good price :)
  • I tend to find for the kiddies that the poundshops, 99p stores, b&m Bargains, Home Bargains, Family Bargains etc. all stock the latest characters so I grab a few little bits here and there when I go past.

    So my niece for example has a Peppa Pig hamper made up with bubble bath, expandable sponge, a selection box, a colouring set (will add Peppa Pig free print-offs), a small box of chocolates in moulded Peppa shapes, a music set (very basic) and I'm sure other little bits and bobs that I've forgotten about. Total cost under £10.

    My Goddaughter is Monster High mad so I have made her a hamper containing a nail varnish set, hair clips/bands, toothbrush and toothpaste, necklace and bracelets, a drawstring bag (good size for her PE kit) and a few other bits and bobs that I am forgetting. Total Cost under £10.

    My Daughter is Frozen mad so I have made her a "beauty" hamper containing Bubble bath, shampoo, detangler, box of tissues, sponge, shower cap, chocolates, chocolate lollies, nail varnish set (was £2.99), brush and comb set, hair bands and probably a few other bits that I am forgetting. Total cost £13.

    I always buy through the year so it doesn't really 'hurt' my finances come November/December time- Hence me thinking that I have forgotten little bits :o
  • Oh and for adults that I usually buy for, this year they will be getting a 'household' present of either chocolates (tins of Roses etc.), biscuits, cheeses or the like. I have received chocolates from a relative for the last few years and have always loved having something treat-wise in for when unexpected visitors drop by :D
  • Kim_kim
    Kim_kim Posts: 3,726 Forumite
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    Ive only really got 4 presents to buy.
    I've bought my daughter a liz Earle gift set & a palette of bare minerals eye shadows.
    Bought my granddaughter clothes - she's a baby.
    Buying my grandson the elc farm, tractor & people - he has loads of animals.
    Buying my son in law an x box game & some socks/boxers
  • notanewuser
    notanewuser Posts: 8,499 Forumite
    Its easy. Don't buy stuff for the sake of it. I've not bought a xmas present for an adult for about 14 years.
    Trying to be a man is a waste of a woman
  • duloch
    duloch Posts: 396 Forumite
    Kim_kim wrote: »
    Ive only really got 4 presents to buy.
    I've bought my daughter a liz Earle gift set & a palette of bare minerals eye shadows.
    Bought my granddaughter clothes - she's a baby.
    Buying my grandson the elc farm, tractor & people - he has loads of animals.
    Buying my son in law an x box game & some socks/boxers

    Can I ask what tractor you bought for the farm, I have bought the wooden farm from elc bug wasn't sure which tractor would fit size wise. Tia
  • I got some stuff in Boots yesterday, as well as the 3 for 2 I got triple points on my purchases. I used a gift voucher from completing online surveys and I used a card to do with the Civil Service Motoring Association (a discount club for civil servants, gives 7% off at Boots when you purchase a prepaid Boots gift card) so feel like I got a great deal!
  • Kim_kim
    Kim_kim Posts: 3,726 Forumite
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    duloch wrote: »
    Can I ask what tractor you bought for the farm, I have bought the wooden farm from elc bug wasn't sure which tractor would fit size wise. Tia

    I haven't bought it yet, there are two that go with it, a green tractor & a logging type of tractor, they are £15 each.
  • I saved up all my survey vouchers and cashback to pay out in Amazon vouchers and have got almost everything for nothing so far.

    The only things i've paid out for are a catch Kidston bag on clearance £20 for my sister. Looking at buying the Prezzo meal for two for £23 for my parents and The last Fifty sheds of Grey book from the book people £3.99 for my Nan.

    Can't believe how cheap this year has been. But I am very pleased. I am also off to the Christmas Market in Belgium with my girls and my parents in a few weeks so have saved up for that incase we want anything.

    I have £35 vouchers for Morrisons for xmas dinner from surveys and offers so I think xmas this year will cost out of my pocket under £100!
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