Smart Christmas Gifting

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Setting a budget for Christmas gifting is an important part of the Christmas gifting process. I love Christmas but I do not like the stress of Christmas. I will not be stressed this year. A big stress for a lot of people at Christmas is the pressure to spend beyond their means. I have fallen into this trap myself but not this year, this year I am setting myself a £25.00 limited for each family member and I will stick to it. £25.00 is a lot of money and I was really surprised with the options available for under £25.00 so I wanted to share some of them with you.


Every year I ask my mum if she wants anything for Christmas, and every year she says she doesn’t need anything and I should save my money. My Mum doesn’t buy things she wants, she only buys things she needs and I know she would not appreciate an extravagant, “out of the box” gift idea. This year I am opting for a good pair of gloves. You can never go wrong with a pair of gloves for Christmas, especially if they are a really nice pair that will go with anything. And from what I am hearing, we are going to need gloves this winter.


My dad is the most difficult man in the world to buy for. He does not enjoy shopping and so all his clothes are either 10 years old or have been bought for him over the years as Christmas and Birthday presents. This is the only time of the year we can buy him new clothes without him thinking we are insulting his “much loved” old clothes. For under £25.00 you can pick up a really nice Jumper or shirt. And if you get a great bargain like I did, you might want to throw in the compulsory Christmas socks.


I have a younger sister who, even though she graduated university many years ago, still lives like a student. When Christmas comes around I get a long list of possible gifts to buy her. She is easy to buy for as she knows exactly what she wants and she knows who she wants to buy it for her. I always get the clothing list as we are a similar size. This year I was tasked with the job of buying her a Party Dress. It’s easy to fall into the trap when given a specific gift for someone, to forget about the budget but I did some shopping around. ASOS have a fantastic selection of Christmas Party Dresses that fall into my price range and with the added benefit of free returns if it doesn’t fit, it’s a win win situation.


It’s always a good idea to get some ideas from the girlfriends or significant others of your siblings. My brother’s girlfriend was very quick to suggest I buy him clothes. He must get his hatred of shopping from my Dad. This again required some shopping around in order to find something within the budget but I decided on a shirt. A good quality, fashionable button down shirt, I think the girlfriend will approve.


My boyfriend is a sporting nut. All sports, all of the time. He plays football, golf, hockey, tennis, squash and runs so you would think when it comes to Christmas, the options would be endless but no. He buys sports equipment when he wants it. He had bought a new hockey stick, a golf glove, a pair of trainers, all in the last month while I have been trying to plan my Christmas gift for him. So I have steered away from sporting gifts and looked more conventional, something he could use every day, that he is not likely to think of himself. I settled on a new pair of work shoes. He will spend all the money in the world on the perfect pair of Golf Shoes with bio-technology and super special spikes but he is walking around in a pair of 5 year old work shoes Monday to Friday, this will not do. A good pair of  men’s shoes can cost you the same price as your monthly mortgage repayments but with a budget, all you have to do it shop around and you will find something perfect.

Best Friend

Buying a gift for my best friend is always the most fun present of all. We have similar tastes so I pick the gift I would want to get. I decided a few months ago that I was going to get her a watch, before I settled on a budget. With a little research I was able to find a really nice watch within my £25.00 budget, one that I would be happy to wear on my wrist if she decides she doesn’t need it.

And finally…….Me

And because I was so good this year with my budget and got gifts for all my family for £25.00 or less, I thought I would treat myself to a new party dress from ASOS. I can’t have my younger sister looking better than me this Christmas.




  1. Trisha
    December 4, 2012 / 19:11

    Our best Christmas gifting happened in a house exchange in New Zealand. We made homemade gifts for each other. My kids made teddy bear pajamas from an old pillowcase, a wooden heart carving, homemade board games, and portraits. And I made my son a tiny toothpick log house for his trainset. These were truly treasures and reminders of a great experience. This year my hudband and I are shopping for useful second hand items at great prices. You’re right, you don’t need to spend a lot to find the perfect gift.

    • Becky
      December 5, 2012 / 06:22

      Oh I LOVE your gift wonderful!!!

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