It’s that time of year again! Here’s my pick of (relatively) affordable last minute Christmas gift ideas.
Some Etsy Picks
Katie’s shop is beautiful! You can immediately see that she takes such a great deal of care and attention in making every product on offer. I’ve purchased a few prints, some stationery, and a few other bits and bobs from her over the years – and I’ve never been remotely disappointed.
Find Katie’s shop here.
Described as ‘positive things for proud weirdos’, Katie’s shop has become incredibly successful over the past few years. Katie’s a fellow Derbyshire lass and she’s even been able to branch out and open a couple of brick and mortar shops locally. Her fantastic illustration-based products would make a great gift for anyone. She’s got coasters, keyrings, socks, pins and so many other bright and colourful items.
Find Katie’s shop here.
Peak District Candle Co.
In all honesty, I can’t wait to sneak one of Anna’s candles into my basket as a little treat for myself… The Peak District Candle Company is a great new Ashbourne-based Etsy shop that’s got some really lovely sounding scents on offer. (Granted, right now she’s a little low in stock, but that’s the run up to Christmas for you, isn’t it?) They’re hand-poured soy candles, and so affordable for saying that they’re handmade!
Find the Peak District Candle Co’s shop here.
Philip Jones Jewellery
Stunning jewellery at a really low price. Without giving too much away, I recently bought a little Christmas gift for someone from this jewellery shop and I was so impressed. Despite such an affordable price, the quality is fantastic and it arrived surprising quickly too.
Find the Philip Jones Jewellery shop here.
Lovely Little Poppet
Full disclosure, this is my own Etsy shop. (You’re under no obligation to buy anything just because you’re reading my blog!) I started my own Etsy shop a couple of months ago, mainly selling digital prints.
Buying a digital print means that you don’t have to wait for the postman, and also that they’re lower in price too! It enables you to quickly print it off yourself at home and then give it to someone special this Christmas without worrying about whether it’ll arrive in time. (I’m also offering 20% off if you buy three or more items before 30th December.)
Find Lovely Little Poppet here.
A seriously affordable candle
(that you can pick up with your weekly shop!)
If you have a candle lover in your life, Aldi have been doing some fantastic Jo Malone candle dupes for a (very) reasonable £3.49! I recently wrote about their Lime, Basil & Mandarin candle, and it’s definitely worth bearing in mind as a little stocking filler for someone special – plus, you can pick it up with your weekly shop!
Yesterday, I published a round-up of my top 5 affordable fragrances. Most of them are under £20, some are well under £10! So, if you’re on a budget but looking for a lovely scent for someone special this Christmas, you might find something ideal there.
Find that post here.
Something with a personal touch
Something that I’ve done as a present this year is getting a photo album and then getting lots of old photos printed to put into it. You can get 50 free prints a month from FreePrints, Photobox Free Prints, and Snapfish. You only have to pay for the delivery which is capped at £3.99 for the former two and £3.49 for the latter.
It gives your gift the personal touch, and it’s a more special present than some last minute petrol station flowers, isn’t it?
Take in a (virtual) show
Theatres need our support now more than ever, and some of them are coming up with really ingenious ways to stay afloat.
Nottingham Playhouse, for instance, are allowing you to watch this year’s pantomime online if you can’t or don’t want to venture out to the theatre itself. You can find more about renting Cinderella here.
The National Theatre have also recently started their own streaming service! Why not gift the theatre fan in your life a subscription to National Theatre at Home? It isn’t exactly the cheapest present on this list but it’s certainly special. Find NT at Home here.
For little ones, Derby Theatre have got their online screening of The Little Mermaid, which is available until 2nd January. Find The Little Mermaid on the Derby Theatre website here.
Leicester’s Curve Theatre are streaming Sunset Boulevard until early January too. You can find more information about the show on their website here.