WITH less than two weeks to Christmas, it’s time to stock up on stocking fillers.
There are scores of affordable deals on great value gifts this week, so here’s my ten top picks of the pressies under a tenner.
£1 – Succulent and Flower Head, £1 at Poundland
£2 – Marvel Avengers Series 2 Puzzle Palz, £1.19 at Morrisons
£3 – Morrisons Paint Your Own Magnets, £2.35 at Morrisons
£4 – Mono Metal Mini Mirror, £4 at Morrisons
£5 – Wellness Journal, was £6 now £4.50 at Sainsburys
£6 – Gadget Man Bike Multi Tool, £6 at Morrisons
£7 – Gordon's Pink Gin & Scented Candle, £7 at Morrisons
£8 – Superfly Three Vegan Lip Balms Gift Bag, was £11 now £8 at superflysoap.com
£9 – Retro Sweet Mix, £8.99 at The Range
£10 – Brewdog Punk IPA & Hazy Jane Gift Set, £10 at Moonpig.com
Prices correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.
CRUNCH DOWN THE COSTS
· Bake your own cookies or fudge as a homemade stocking filler. Follow the no-cook fudge recipe at here
· Create your own stocking filler hamper. Pad out a decorative box with tissue paper and arrange your gifts, then finish with cellophane and a ribbon
· Ask your local beauty counter for samples and bag together as a single gift.
· Seek out superdeals. Lots of stores are offering bogofs or ‘buy two and the third is free’ on stocking fillers.
· Buying for the kids? Add bit they need and you’ll have to buy anyway like books, PJs or pencil sets.
WEBSITE OF THE WEEK
Dreaming of a green Christmas? Then check out new shopping platform Dayrize. As the UK’s largest sustainable marketplace, the site offers products across home, beauty and fashion with every item assessed for its impact on the planet.
Each purchase is awarded an expert-developed ‘Dayrize Score’ showing its environmental impact, allowing you to compare products quickly and simply before you buy. Top products scoring 100 have a neutral or positive impact on the planet, are non-hazardous, responsibly sourced and fully recyclable.
Chief Operating Officer, Austin Simms explains: “We can all reduce our footprint on the planet by choosing quality sustainable products, but, actually doing that can be difficult and time-consuming: after all, how do you really know if something you’re buying is truly sustainable? Dayrize solves that by bringing together the best sustainable products on the planet, so you don’t have to spend time scouring the internet.”
Austin’s Top Tips for Families on a Budget
1. Ask yourself three questions before buying something; Do I love it? Who made it? And What is the lifespan of it? This will help keep a rein on your spending and ensure you are not buying on impulse.
2. Don’t buy into fast fashion. Pick items that can transition through trends and are durable, well-made and sustainable. Repair, re-use, and pass down wardrobe items to extend their life. Consider buying vintage clothing.
3. When it comes to Christmas, gift smart! Think about whether the recipient actually needs the product and if it will enhance their life somehow.
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