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    • FrugalShaz
    • By FrugalShaz 13th Oct 18, 6:58 PM
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    Surviving Christmas without Breaking the Bank!
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    • 13th Oct 18, 6:58 PM
    Surviving Christmas without Breaking the Bank! 13th Oct 18 at 6:58 PM
    Hope I've posted in the right place....

    Im looking for ideas

    Would like some ideas from you lovely lot that would be considered thoughtful but not breaking the bank! I have a budget but I am struggling for ideas for christmas presents with a £10 budget each for my nieces and nephews....I have 10 all teenage age....any ideas would be much appreciated!! I would rather give them something rather than money!
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    • sheepy21
    • By sheepy21 13th Oct 18, 7:24 PM
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    Short of a gift card I can’t think what you can get a teenager for £10 that won’t be something they just chuck out
    • Goldensnitch
    • By Goldensnitch 13th Oct 18, 7:44 PM
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    • 13th Oct 18, 7:44 PM
    It can be done
    Try and get some ideas what they are into
    Hair products go down well with my nephews
    Niece likes Harry Potter got bracelet for under £1 on amazon
    Get creative with the packaging or
    Could you buy the family one present like a family board game and tub of sweets
    • D_M_E
    • By D_M_E 13th Oct 18, 7:50 PM
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    Make it a challenge - ask each one to make up a list of say 5 or 10 items that he or she would like and stipulate that each item has a maximum cost of £10, then buy one item from the list.

    Shows you give them a bit of choice and shows that the event is not about spending money.

    Did this for a few years when times were not so good and some of them have carried it forwards with their own birthdays and christmas purchases.
    • buythedip
    • By buythedip 13th Oct 18, 8:29 PM
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    A tenner in a card is tidy as a teenager if thatís your budget! Simples!
    • cuddlymarm
    • By cuddlymarm 13th Oct 18, 8:38 PM
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    Our littlies get a gift but our older kids definitely prefer money or a voucher. Bear in mind that firms are going under all over the place so if a voucher make sure itís a safe(ish) firm.
    • venison
    • By venison 13th Oct 18, 9:42 PM
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    Toiletries from Avon? You would get some decent stuff for a tenner.
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    • By -taff 14th Oct 18, 8:47 AM
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    Tenner in a card. They can get what they like then.
    • poppy10
    • By poppy10 14th Oct 18, 10:28 AM
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    • 14th Oct 18, 10:28 AM
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    Just give them the cash. Anything you buy them for that amount won't be something they have any interest in
    • poppasmurf_bewdley
    • By poppasmurf_bewdley 14th Oct 18, 10:46 AM
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    Teenagers would much prefer the tenner in a card, rather than something they don't want. And they much prefer Boots No7 than Avon, which they regard as what Granny uses.
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    • Debtnomoreplease
    • By Debtnomoreplease 14th Oct 18, 10:56 AM
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    Could you not put all the money together and take them Ice-Skating or somewhere as a Christmas treat that won't break the bank? Do any of them have hobbies etc? For example if one liked art, you could make a cute little hamper full of art things from cheap shops. Or if they are into makeup, get a little basket and put some nail varnish, bits of make etc that's cheap and cellophane it all up to look nice.
    Or a nice piece of jewerlly from Warren James or someone in expensive and put in a nice gift box.
    Perfume offers are on at the moment, savers has Ted Baker for £10-really nice too.
    Boys, smelly sets are under £5 etc.
    Or if you are really struggling for ideas, maybe just put the £10 in a Christmas card then they can get what they want.

    Hope you get something sorted
    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 14th Oct 18, 11:07 AM
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    £10 in a card, job done, no stress
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    • Mnd
    • By Mnd 14th Oct 18, 11:34 AM
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    Yes, Go for the cash option
    • Ilona
    • By Ilona 14th Oct 18, 12:15 PM
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    Save yourself all the stress and bother of buying them tat which they won't want, stick a tenner in a card, job done.

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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 14th Oct 18, 12:26 PM
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    Just give them a £10 note. It costs more money to go out and try to buy a gift, plus the cost of wrapping paper!

    You'd be spending time and money to choose something most of them would simply put to one side and think "why'd she think I wanted that?". A £10 note is just the job.

    Although .... do you have to give them anything? It wasn't a thing in my family to do that. At Xmas, the best we got from aunts/uncles was a pair of tights from the market, or small selection box of chocolate assortments.
    • armouredbeast
    • By armouredbeast 14th Oct 18, 12:52 PM
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    No christmas for me this year with £6779.00 debt


    I agree with the answers above. Don't stress yourself out.
    Last edited by armouredbeast; 14-10-2018 at 12:55 PM.
    • humptydumptybits
    • By humptydumptybits 14th Oct 18, 2:25 PM
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    Teenagers would much prefer the tenner in a card, rather than something they don't want. And they much prefer Boots No7 than Avon, which they regard as what Granny uses.
    Originally posted by poppasmurf_bewdley

    I think granny is as likely to use No 7 as Avon to be honest. Don't they like stuff like Benefit?
    • GaleSF63
    • By GaleSF63 14th Oct 18, 10:38 PM
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    Toiletries from Avon? You would get some decent stuff for a tenner.
    Originally posted by venison
    Teenagers would much prefer the tenner in a card, rather than something they don't want. And they much prefer Boots No7 than Avon, which they regard as what Granny uses.
    Originally posted by poppasmurf_bewdley
    I think granny is as likely to use No 7 as Avon to be honest. Don't they like stuff like Benefit?
    Originally posted by humptydumptybits
    Three more reasons to give them the money - i.e. who knows what they prefer!
    • tealady
    • By tealady 15th Oct 18, 5:09 AM
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    Another vote for the cash.
    Also you can encourage them to be money saving by including a note about this site.
    I am sure that many teens will either be saving for driving lessons or the latest must have gadget.
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    • tlc678910
    • By tlc678910 15th Oct 18, 8:21 AM
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    Hi,
    You could do a (slightly over budget) £10 cinema voucher each with popcorn or sweets or even a supermarket pick and mix cup. If you have a local ice skating or roller venue you could get a voucher for there instead.

    For younger teenage girls a toiletries selection with fruity shower gel, lip balm, face masks and hair products would usually go down well. Just supermarket/ chemists products from £1 each.

    For younger teenage boys perhaps a novelty t-shirt with their interest (if affordable) and chocolate.

    If you can get photos together (e.g. off Facebook) and an offer code you may be able to make a little photo book or photo calendar in budget.

    Tlc
    Last edited by tlc678910; 15-10-2018 at 8:24 AM.
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