£5 Amazon Discount via A Promotion
I was anti buying lots from Amazon whilst Christmas shopping in Lockdown 2.0 but for the items I wanted to buy people they were actually cheaper from Amazon than other places I checked. Just for downloading the Prime Video app and signing in I was given a £5 off £20 spend. I remembered this as my basket total hit £16+ so it actually worked out cheaper for me to get an extra item to gift and use the promo code. I picked up 4 items for different people to add to their presents with obviously, no delivery charge thanks to my Prime Account.
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Yes, it takes a bit of time browsing online but is definitely worth it. I managed to get one very specific gift that was requested for half the RRP just by having a thorough hunt online. I generally check outlet sites like TK Maxx or Brand Alley when gift shopping for this reason too.
Not Paying For Any Wrapping
This year I’m using up some old recyclable paper supplies. When these run out I’ve forewarned my family they’ll be getting presents wrapped in magazine pages, packaging paper and newsprint. The amount of waste generated from Christmas wrapping paper scared me hence deciding to do this. I’ve saved up gift bags, nice paper bags from stores and ribbons all year to pop gifts in too. I’ve made gift tags out of old cards or any white packaging card and just decorating very quickly.
Not Paying For Postage
I find buying from places like department stores which sell a wide range of products helpful to dodge the postage costs. Many websites will offer free delivery if you sign up as a new customer. There’s also the option to order and collect generally with much lower spend thresholds. A favourite place to order online for me to dodge postage is Superdrug as they offer free home delivery for their loyalty card members if you spend over £10 which is such an amazingly low threshold. The only bulk order I’ve placed has been from ASOS as I was able to combine things I needed and items specifically asked for. By getting it all in one place I saved about £8 if you add up 2 separate delivery costs.
Not Giving Cards
Instead I’ve hand written personal notes and decorated them and attached these inside people’s gift boxes or bags. I’d rather do that over buying a multipack of impersonal cards that are ultimately only going to end up in the recycling bin.
Making Hampers Over One Big Gift
I’ve been able to make these my most impressive ones to date via collecting free sweet treats on cashback apps like Shopmium and adding lots of the beauty samples I’ve been claiming all year. Savers was a great port of call for large, well priced, items like big bottles of bubble bath in friends’ favourite colours for £1 etc. Poundland also had some great candles and branded sweet treats. Please note I add all these freebies and mega bargains as extras to bulk out presents and they’re always heavily personalised – I’m not being a total cheapskate! Using freebies like this also means I’m able to gift extra presents to people I wouldn’t usually buy for without overspending.
Buying In Person
I appreciate in lockdown this isn’t easy but I’ve managed to pick up bits and pieces when out an about in shops I was visiting anyway such as supermarket superstores, Poundland and Aldi. Larger supermarkets have a great collection of homewares, clothing and gift ideas which I found worth a browse.
Keeping An Eye Out For Gifts With Purchase
I paid less than £4 to get £12+ worth of items from L’Occitane via promotions and spent £5.50 on Estee Lauder to receive everything in the images below. I really love gifts with purchase options for getting high quality branded items for a low price so gifts look luxurious without breaking the bank.