Newest Review: ... I normally purchase my wrapping paper and cards in the January sales. I had some great sets this year from BHS, there packs of bow... more
Do you want to save money this Christmas? Read on.................... ....
Christmas Gift Ideas for Women
Member Name: SusanLesley
Christmas Gift Ideas for Women
Advantages: Money can be saved - good fun
Before I begin this review I will just tell you that I am not going to give you a list of things that you could be buying as this will obviously be different for each person and budget but what I will attempt to do is to tell you how to get the best value for your hard earned cash.
In our house, as in many more across the country, there isn't much spare money around this year. Having said that we still all love to give and receive Christmas presents so I'll share our money saving ideas with you. Before I start I will just say that we are all adults now (although you wouldn't think so when we are opening Christmas presents!) as all the children in our family have long since grown up.
Each person collects a bag (we keep the present bags and reuse them until they drop to pieces) full of presents for every other person and for the last few years the total spend per person must not exceed £25 although you can obviously chose your own limits.
What we do is make sure that we buy something that the recipient is going to love, need and want. We do ask one another for ideas for this part of the present - for example this year my sister's ideas included an angle poise lamp for her desk at home, some lavender fragrance sticks, a folding stool for their boat and a few other things.
I then choose a couple of things from the list, which will be a bit of a surprise as she won't know which I have chosen, but then I make up a bag full of presents by buying things that she would use regularly such as tissues, shower gel, deodorant, notepad, pen etc. This means that she gets of lots of fun opening all the gifts and she saves money because she doesn't have to go out and buy these things for herself. The same thing is true for all of us; in fact my bathroom cabinet usually looks like a branch of Boots in the New Year!
We also try and think of silly presents that don't cost much, get a good laugh on the big day and are actually useful. The best example that I can think of along these lines is this.
One year I received a freebie of about half a dozen dishwasher tablets attached to a piece of card. At the time my sister had a dishwasher so I wrapped them up for her as one of her extra presents. On Christmas Eve we were all together and we decided to allow one another the chance to 'feel' one of their wrapped presents to try and guess what it was. The recipient could ask questions but only ones that could be answered 'yes' or 'no'. These caused a great laugh especially when I was asked things like 'can you eat them?' I had to answer 'yes' as it would be possible to eat them even though they would make you very ill! LOL! You should have heard the indignant protests when she opened them on Christmas Day and finally found out what the gift actually contained!
The other thing that we do is that we look out for special offers and savings and we then tell one another about them as the presents are opened. We have had people join us for Christmas who have been very surprised to hear us saying things like - Oh I got that as a freebie or they were buy one get one free - but we all agree that the presents feel even better when we know that the buyer hasn't spent a fortune especially when they don't have a lot of money to begin with.
This year I have already bought a couple of presents using accumulated Boots Advantage points, I will be buying three more using accumulated Nectar points spendable at Argos and I bought two boxes of Thornton's Continental from Tesco's and not only got Clubcard points but also got a 10p off per litre of petrol with each one! Incidentally the Nectar points have been accrued with British Gas - they give me points every time that I read my meters - so I haven't even had to spend anything to get the points in the first place! Result!
I also keep separate any money that I earn from the Internet during the year - Dooyoo, YouGov, Emysteryshopper etc. - as this means that I don't have to find the money for presents out of my already overstretched monthly budget.
I know that I haven't offered you any gift ideas in this review but I do hope that I have helped you save a bit of cash this year.
Summary: Get great presents without breaking the bank