Xmas Presents 2016

So we all know that the biggest expense in the holiday season is the dreaded presents. This is why it’s best to be prepared.

First of all create a list, similar to the one below, which will allow you to set a budget for each person and ensure you don’t go over it. Also, you can mark when you’ve bought it, wrapped it and written their card, it’ll  save you a lot of stress.

Source: Emma Murphy (me)

Less than a fiver

Secret Santa: If you have a big group of friends or classmates or colleagues then it’s likely to be cheaper to do a secret Santa. Set a cheap limit, like £5/£10 and stick to it. Also, despite the money-saving aspects, it saves on the amount of presents you have to buy and wrap. I count that as a win.



An IOU: Handwrite or print off a voucher that can be redeemed by the other person. Give your mum a voucher for one hour’s worth of washing-up (although this will probably be redeemed just after The Queen’s Speech), give your girlfriend an IOU for a home-cooked romantic meal. I personally would like a voucher for one hour’s ironing if anyone’s interested…



Lottery Ticket: These beauties only cost a pound and you could make someone a millionaire. Just make sure you stay friends with them, they might feel like getting you a brilliant birthday present.

In the end, I don’t feel that Christmas is about the gifts. It about spending time with loved ones, curling up in front of the fire with a full belly and drinking too much eggnog. If you are feeling the pinch, be honest with your friends. They won’t mind getting a cheaper gift, or no gift at all from you so long as they can do the same. At the end of the day, they’d rather see you than receive a present

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