According to a new survey in the Express and Star, British consumers are expected to spend £16 billion this Christmas – up 2.7% on last year. The poll of 2,000 consumers by WebLoyalty found the average shopper will spend £443 and around 10 hours preparing for Christmas.
It’s safe to say this time of year can be expensive for everyone but contrary to what advertisers will tell you, you don’t have to spend a fortune to find the right present. Sometimes it’s the small and inexpensive yet thoughtful gifts that mean the most.
Below are some affordable and unique gift ideas for your loved ones this Christmas:
A photo collage or album
Making a friend or family member a personalised photo collage or album is a great way of documenting all the events that have happened over the last year. For example, if you’ve all been on holiday together you can collate all of the best photographs and add them to a big picture frame and include a postcard of the destination in the middle. If there has been a marriage in the family or the arrival of a newborn baby, you can include photos and add important dates and names too. If you’re making a photo album for grandparents, you could put together lots of photos of the kids as they have grown up and include heart-warming quotes between each page.
A stylish new watch
You can never have too many watches; not only do you need your everyday watch for work/casual, you need the ones for when you have a special occasion, and of course they need to compliment each outfit! Show someone special how much they mean to you with a brand new watch from Tic Watches.
Event tickets or a day trip out
According to The Express, 45 per cent of Brits confessed to feeling down last January, mainly due to festive over-spending, holiday weight gain and cold weather. Why not give your loved ones something to look forward to when the excitement of Christmas has passed? Buy them tickets to see their favourite band, artist or comedian perform live, or why not treat them to a day out or weekend away? It’s also a great excuse to meet up again if you only ever get to see each other at Christmas time.
A handmade Christmas hamper
If you are handy in the kitchen or love the sewing machine, you might like to have a go at putting together a handmade hamper full of festive goodies. If you’re a baker, make some mince pies, gingerbread men and Christmas cake, and get the kids involved too.
Alternatively, make some jam and include crackers, a variety of cheeses and a bottle of wine. You can never have too much cheese and wine over Christmas! If craft is your thing, get started on tree hangings, Christmas bunting and festive cushions and throws. Your family will love the homemade touch as it shows you’ve gone to a lot of trouble rather than simply picking something off the store shelf.
Disclaimer:- This is a featured posts, but some great ideas. I think the hamper ones are fab.
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