Christmas is coming!! It’s such an exciting time of year; we get to celebrate our saviour, eat great food, watch heart-warming TV & show our love through giving gifts. I wanted to share my top tips for festive & thrifty purchases so you don’t have to stretch your budget too far!
Shops are enticing us as customers at this time of year, so many stores will already be holding sales or reductions (I’m glad you survived the Black Friday madness). This is a good time to have a look at what’s on offer. Generally, I always try to find the reduced or sale section of a shop anytime of year for cheaper items, my favourites are Boots & Topshop for jewellery.
It pays to be loyal!
If the majority of your purse is filled with loyalty cards, you’re on to a winner! These are great to use to get money off your purchases and some stores like Superdrug and Boots will give you extra discounts in vouchers for next time. Also, why not use up any spare pounds or pennies on gift cards towards presents? You may have forgotten all about those points or money stored up on the cards which can go a long way.
You don’t have to be a pro with a glue gun to do DIY gifts. Think about the presents you see in shops; is there a way you can make this yourself instead of paying the full price? Some of the easiest gift ideas to replicate are food or beauty gift sets: hot chocolate sets (with mugs, marshmallows & hot chocolate sachets) or beauty bundles. You can put the recipient’s favourite items together in pretty wrapping. Search Pinterest for loads of DIY gift ideas.
Second-hand doesn’t mean second-best
When people hear the words “second-hand” it can conjure up thoughts of old or tatty items, but it’s not the truth! There are shops, apps and websites dedicated to selling technology, clothes, accessories and more! You can find someone a gift that is recycled and lower in cost. Use sites like Ebay, Gumtree, search your local charity shops & download apps like DePop.
To show your love and appreciation for someone at Christmas, it doesn’t have to cost the earth!
Some of the most thoughtful and creative presents I have received have been when people have thought about my personality or memories we’ve shared and thought outside what’s on the shelves in the shops.