Lifestyle

Last Minute/Budget Gift Ideas

Hey everyone!

Today I thought I’d provide those of you who are like me (either forgetful or on a budget) with some last minute Christmas gift ideas. Sometimes it’s hard to know what to get somebody, especially if they’re already receiving all of the materialistic items they want.

The gift ideas below are set as a rough guide and are completely free to interpretation!

1 – A Hamper

This might seem obvious, but a mini Christmas hamper can mean so much to somebody and is a perfect gift that you can keep under budget while showing someone you care. You can design this hamper however you want – for example, you can place the items in a box or a basket, or you can put as many or as little items in as suits you.

For example, for someone who enjoys bath and body products, these small items wrapped in a basket with some strips of coloured tissue or bows would be super cute:

  • bath bombs
  • face mask
  • hand cream
  • body lotion
  • body spray
  • maybe even a tiny bottle of wine (eg the one glass bottles)

You could create this hamper easily for under £15, but the decoration and style of the whole present adds so much more than just giving some bath bombs individually.

Food hampers also go down a treat at Christmas! Filling a little basket with Christmas condiments and cheeses is a perfect gift for the foodies in your life.

You can literally create a hamper out of tons of small items that you know the person you’re giving it to loves.

Image result for bath bomb christmas hamper

2 – Framed Images

Now, I know this might seem cringe or a little year 9, but for those who are sentimental, this could be a lovely gift.

You can get photos printed for free using the freeprints app, or you could go into any store such as boots and print them off directly from your phone or camera. These images can then be inserted into frames or made into a collage to represent how much someone means to you. 

3 – Specialised Sweet Jars

If you have someone in your family or life who loves sweets (like my mum) you can buy clear glass jars and fill them with that person’s favourite sweets. This is a little more sentimental than just buying someone a pack of sweets and giving them to someone in their original packaging.

You can also make fruit and nut jars as a healthier option – both of which can be added into a hamper. 

4 – Body Scrubs

For those of you who are a little more creative, or just simply have more time, homemade body scrubs are quite literally delicious. 

All you need for these is a glass container, raw cane sugar, coconut oil and some essential oils. It’s that simple! By doing this, you can make a body scrub in any scent whatsoever, making it the perfect gift for those who love to exfoliate. 

One example of this is a festive gingerbread scrub, where cane sugar, coconut oil, peppermint essential oil and cinnamon essential oils are mixed. 

body-scrubs

5 –  Other Ideas

Remember – you can get almost anything personalised. Think of a funny t-shirt to create or a jumper with someones favourite logo on! 

Homemade goods are also very appreciated. You can make some Christmas cookies, some mulled wine, chocolate, anything! It’s also very easy to add cute little personalised tags onto these items as well with a little bit of ribbon or string and it’s bound to make someones Christmas!

Remember, Christmas isn’t all about the materialistic things. Spend time with your friends and family, give love and happiness and enjoy the holiday season! You shouldn’t have to spend loads for your loved ones to feel appreciated, and if you do, they’ve clearly missed the point.

-Shannon x 

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