There are many different kinds of Christmas shoppers. I saw them all when I used to work in a shop. There’s the standard categories of shoppers such as the ‘bargain hunters’, the ‘whatever’s convenient’ buyers and the ‘I’ve left this to the last minute’ kinda people, but it goes way deeper than that. My personal favourite type of shopper that I used to see was the ‘panic dad’ – a guy who came in on Christmas Eve and overcompensated for his poor planning by purchasing some of the most expensive things in the shop.
No matter what kind of shopper you are, though, you’re going to need to get some Christmas presents soon (if you haven’t already). But, as we all know, sometimes the holiday season can be a bit too costly. So here’s a few gift ideas that won’t break the bank:
- Baked goods. Everyone loves something homemade! Just get yourself a festive looking tin for a pound or two, and fill it up with whatever Christmas treat you want. Maybe even check out the recipes page for some ideas – there will be one for gingerbread going up in a couple of days!
- Stuff in a mug. This makes such a good gift, and everybody seems to appreciate it. All you need to get is a mug (you can find holiday themed ones in pretty much any supermarket or high street store – even poundland!) and a handful of treats to fill it with. Chocolate coins, candy canes, little bags of Haribo – anything. Much more fun than a box of shortbread.
- A knitted scarf. Admittedly, if you want to finish a scarf before Christmas, you’d have to be a pretty experienced knitter already. But, with a ball of wool and a pair of needles, you can create a personalised, unique gift for only a few quid.
- Promise vouchers. No, I’m not talking about the kind that you spend in shops. This is something I’ve always enjoyed doing for friends and family – make little personalised cards that say things like, “I promise you one home-cooked meal” or, “I promise to clean up after Christmas dinner”. They might not seem much, but they’re really sweet and they show that you care even if you can’t afford a lot.
- Socks/gloves. It’s the thing that kids always complain about, but anybody over the age of about 14 will always appreciate. I don’t know what it is, but as soon as December hits, all of my socks either break or get lost, and my gloves end up full of holes. It’s like they know they’re going to be replaced.
- Food hamper. Usually, these kinds of things can be expensive. But, if you make up something yourself, it doesn’t come to much. Even if it’s just a few jams and a box of tea, or some cheese and pickle, or even some treats to share on Christmas day, it’ll always be put to good use and appreciated.
Personally, I’d be happy to receive any of these gifts. So, if anyone knows me personally and wants to leave something under the tree for me, you know what to do!
Yesterday’s post: Crappy Crackers
Tomorrow’s Post: Chewy Gingerbread Recipe