Gift guide time again!
For the past month or so I have been purchasing and receiving lots of lovely products for upcoming gift guides. As this year I want to ensure I bring you some savvy guides that will give you gift ideas and hopefully tips along the way.
Under £5 may seem like quite a budget but I have to say I found this quite a breeze! Some of the gifts below are whole gifts, gifts that can go along side something else and also cheaper stocking fillers. Really hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed putting it together!
Creating a framed print under £5...
This is a gift idea I have created a few times now and is probably my favourite 'under £5' gift. Generally framed prints are quite pricey however if you are looking to give a A5 sized print then a card instead of a print will do the job just as well for a fraction of the price! Here I have used an Ohh Deer 'All We Need is Love' card from ASOS - £2.50 here, placed onto a black pieces of card then framed in a lovely ornate frame which I picked up from the clearance section of Homesense for £2.00!
This can also be achieved with postcards (Paperchase is my favourite place for amazing postcard prints) and frames can be found in charity shops... generally a lick of white paint (a sample pot will do) turns any frame in to something aesthetically pleasing.
A cosy, pretty scarf...
Scarfs can be found in so many shops and can be a lovely gift along side something else or even used to wrap up another gift - especially body products! This particular check print scarf is from ASOS - £4.50 here, and feels very festive!
ASOS, Matalan, Primark would be my favourite ports of call for nice scarves.
Nice jewellery under £5 really doesn't seem that realistic however if you know the right places to look and make sure you present it in a nice gift box it can become a lovely gift for someone.
Above is a beautiful Gogo Philips necklace that was under £5 in the ASOS sale, this is sadly now sold out however you can find quite a few Gogo pieces from only £3.00 here. Another brand on ASOS that I love that has so many pieces under £5 is Designsix which you can find here. On the high street Claire's and New Look are worth a look but also Topshop sale pieces can be surprisingly cheap, plus they also stock Orelia which is incrediblyly delicate and dainty. If jewellery doesn't come boxed you can find nice festive appropriate or simple gift boxes from Argos starting from £1.50.
Winter mug & hot chocolate...
Nice mugs can be picked up anywhere and from as cheap as £1.00 (I spotted a lovely red and white star mug in Tesco recently for only 99p). Then paired with some interesting tea or coffee or hot chocolate and mini marshmallows becomes a nice gift. This lovely large mug can be found in Asda stores for only £2.50 - available in red or grey.
Gift boxed Candle...
Candles ares another cheap but nice gift that can be gifted alone or with a book or even some bath time products. Again my favourite place to buy all sorts of different candles from is Homesense/TK Maxx as they come nicely presented in a box most of the time and you can definitely find a scent that will suit the recipient. The candle above is another product I picked up from ASOS for only £4.00 here and comes with an initial on the front to make it feel that bit more personal. It is also a lovely Vanilla Soy wax candle, so no nasty fumes.
I kind of feel nail art is more of a stocking fillers however so many products can be picked up for £1 from Pound shops and eBay that you could easily create a nail art gift set for £5.00.
This nail art wheel is a few more pounds but so worth it for all the looks that can be achieved. You can find this Rock Chic set from £3.99 on Amazon here... though NPW nail art sets are sold in select Topshop and New Look stores.
Splitting gift sets...
Another great idea especially if you have lots of friends to buy for is to split up a larger gift set. Above is one of the Ciate Tree Trinkets that come in a set of 6 for £20 from Selfridges here, making a single bauble with mini Ciate nail polish only £3.33!
Other sets that are worth splitting up are Benefitt gift sets, Stila Lip trios and of course nail polish sets, my favourites being from China Glaze and Kiko.
Pamper gift set...
More of complete gift here that really can be customised for any age! Everything above, except for the magazine which is on sale for £2 this month, is £1... a complete I think. Face masks can be found in so many places and in all different scents for £1, Terry's Chocolate Orange is currently on sale at Tesco for £1 (I have been converted to the White chocolate one this year... it's sooooo yummy!) and finally the China Glaze nail polish was an amazing 99p for 3... yes, you read that correctly, from 99p Stores which are up and down the UK. Though £1 nail polishes can always be found in Poundland/Poundworld.
Cheap Nail Polish Trios...
I'm talking £1 nail polishes here. Trust me Pound shops are your friend! In the past year I have picked up so many amazing nail polishes by Revlon, Salon Hansen, Rimmel and even OPI from Poundland and Poundworld. Poundland is always my first port of call especially for Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure nail polishes which normally cost £6.99 each from Boots. Select Poundlands are also currently stocking Revlon Chameleon nail polishes that just look amazing.
To give your trio a bit more of a gift set appearance you may want to try to go with a theme
with the shades like I have done above. This could be 3 brights, 3 metallics, 3 glitters. As an added extra you could pick up a Glass Nail File for £1 and some Caviar Nail Beads or Sequins, also £1 from Poundland.
Hope this has given you a few ideas for nice gifts on a budget!
Labels: Christmas , Christmas 2013 , Christmas Gift Guide 2013