Keep your Wallet as Fat as the Goose this Christmas

Keep your wallet as fat as the goose this Christmas with our money saving present ideas


Christmas is fast approaching; the geese are getting fat... our thoughts turn to presents... Arrrgghh where to begin??!

As we all know Christmas can be hard on a tight budget and trying to find the right gift can be a headache and a large expense.

Hampers are a good way of tailoring the gift to the individual without breaking the bank. Especially if you plan them around supermarket BOGOF ( buy one get one free) offers, you get two presents for the price of one.

We have put together some ideas below - but you can be as creative as you like!! Share your ideas with us via the forum.

  • A selection of speciality coffees with a personal coffee cup
  • Teacup with a selection of herbal teas for the hippy chick
  • A selection of special sparkling ciders (try saying that after a couple)
  • Basket filled with deli cheese and homemade chutney for uncle Dave
  • Homemade bread in a pretty basket filled with special jams - ideal for Gran
  • An assortment of chocolate bars tied with a ribbon for the chocoholic
  • Packets of muffin mixes with chocolate chips and a muffin baking tray
  • A basket filled with a bottle of wine and glasses for the connoisseur
  • Deck of cards and magic book to keep the family entertained on Boxing day
  • Gel pens and pretty stationery
  • Decorative napkins and napkin rings
  • Decorative glass filled with sweets
  • Nail manicure set
  • Pretty box for keepsakes
  • Special soaps
  • Make up gift set
  • Car polishing set for dad
  • Herbs and Spices for the master chef
  • Homemade sauces and chutneys
  • Pepper mill and fresh peppercorns or - not for the faint hearted, you could include some hot chilli oils!

It you are a little artier, try something more creative. Be careful though, because if you’re no Van Gogh or Jamie Oliver it could go horribly wrong and turn into a primary school project!

  • Craft supplies
  • Photo album, hand decorated is even better
  • Favourite quote embroidered on a nice handkerchief
  • Baking cookies
  • Picture frames with that favourite photo
  • Make your own Christmas tipple - Wines, Beers or Cider

If none of the above hit the spot don’t forget there are always the good old vouchers, this time with a twist

  • Cinema and theatre vouchers
  • Magazine subscription
  • Family Vouchers - for example you could design and make a voucher exchangable for babysitting, dog walking, gardening
  • i-tunes Voucher
  • High street store vouchers
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