It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas. Stores have the garlands ready and UK supermarkets are about to drop off their festive sandwiches.
It is the most wonderful time of the year. But it can also be very expensive. Between buying gifts for your family and friends, Christmas drinks, and Santa’s secret gatherings on what seems to be every weekend from mid-November, we all feel the pinch on our cords. in January.
But finding the perfect gift someone will love doesn’t have to be expensive, and bigger certainly doesn’t mean better. Tactically shop for understated gifts that make sense, and you’re sure to have everyone smiling from your twice third cousin taken to your office, Secret Santa Claus.
Whatever your budget, we’ve got the job done for you. Our selection of brilliant freebies is £ 30 or less. From gadgets and games to keep kids occupied for hours on end, to timeless, contemporary housewares that will look great on the fireplace until 2022. There’s something for everyone, and with every item costing less than one. weekly travel card, you might even have enough left over to treat yourself too.
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Bosch Tassimo Coffee Machine
Want to impress someone this year but can’t afford a very expensive gift? Then look no further than this Bosch coffee machine. It sounds a lot more expensive than it is and will definitely put you in their good books.
We all know at least one coffee addict who will appreciate this nifty little machine. The available coffee brewing functions are espresso, cappuccino, latte and latte macchiato. It’s easy to use with a one-touch automatic system that ensures a quick and delicious cup of the good stuff. Tassimo T disc pods are fully recyclable and are readily available in most major supermarkets.
Buy now £ 29.99, Argos
Make your own neon
The smart person in your life will love creating their own personalized wall art with this neon light. The Make Your Own Neon Sign set includes three meters of flexible battery-powered cable that you can bend into any shape. It also comes with a shaping thread.
The best thing about buying gifts that people can personalize on their own is that they are sure to love the end result. Something difficult to achieve when buying a gift for someone. It’s a personal, thoughtful option that’s suitable for teens and adults alike. And at less than twenty pounds, that won’t break the bank.
Buy Now £ 15.00, Oliver Bonas
Provide x Osman Yousefzada Print Woven Scarf
We love this geometric print scarf from Provide, in collaboration with artist Osman Yousefzada. Bright, colorful and deceptively looking, the fashionista with high-end taste will not be disappointed.
Available exclusively from Selfridges, it is made in England by a family-owned factory with over 30 years of knitting experience.
Buy Now £ 28.00, Selfridges
Spy X Lazor trap alarm
Stealthy kids (and maybe a few adults) will definitely appreciate this tech trap. Much like a real spy movie (or Britney Spears in Toxic), this Spy X Lazer trap alarm uses invisible lasers to set up a barrier that will trigger a loud, flashing alarm if breached.
Whether it’s a secret lair or a stash of chocolate filling, this trap will keep these valuables safe from thieves and intruders!
Batteries Required: Six AAA (not included)
Buy Now £ 18.00, Argos
Kaye Swirl Pink & Blue Candle Set
Enhance someone’s table, fireplace or dresser with this set of candles. Available in pink and blue or yellow and blue baby sets. The contemporary swirl design enhances the traditionally dull candle and makes a trendy gift that will be loved by many.
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Buy Now £ 20.00, Oliver Bonas
Porcelain plate Versace
It’s kitsch, it’s outside, it’s … Versace. Okay, £ 30 for a saucer might be considered by some to be the wrong sort of thing to put on a low budget Christmas gift list, but we all know a designer demon who covets the top of range and luxury. It’s also a perfect niche gift to put a smile on the face of the person who has everything.
It could also work beautifully placed on a nightstand to display Donatella-style trinkets.
Buy Now £ 30.00, Match Fashion
One Line A Day Canvas Five Year Memory Book
A small but meaningful gift for the nostalgic and sentimental. This canvas-covered journal is a five-year memory book, the idea is to write one line a day. Keeping it brief will make what you choose to write or say more meaningful, and it’s pretty easy to remember. This will end up being the perfect time capsule to remember.
Buy Now £ 14.99, Oliver Bonas
Sparkle Science Chemistry Set
For children who are going through sparkling madness. This scintillating chemistry set by John Adams is both educational and fun. Kids can measure and mix their way through 10 different chemistry experiments to make their own bath jellies, crystals, a sparkling lava lamp, and a mystical ball.
Each set comes with clear instructions that highlight the method and science behind the experiments. A great way to spend one of those afternoons between Boxing Day and New Years Eve.
All the ingredients in the set are safe and non-toxic.
Buy Now £ 21.00, Argos
Blue Luster gin cups
Christmas calls for a goblet filled with ice cream and gin. This pair from Oliver Bonas will look great in any kitchen or drink cart, and is guaranteed to be filled over and over again. We love the way the blue stem and gold design elements enhance these tumblers, making them a great inexpensive gift that feels a bit special.
Buy Now £ 22.50, Oliver Bonas
Nars Eyeshadow Palette
This festive palette from premium makeup brand Nars is exclusive to Space NK. The mini eyeshadow set includes six pigmented shades and finishes to create makeup suitable for any occasion. Shades can be mixed and versatile enough to flatter all tastes, styles and skin tones. The compact packaging, besides being gloriously festive with its limited edition design, will fit into the smallest of handbags to take you effortlessly from day to night.
Buy Now £ 26.00, Espace NK