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The festive season is often painted as a magical picture perfect time where we're all having the most wonderful time of the year. But for many it's not like that we can all feel the pressure of society to pay out hundreds of pounds on gifts for our loved ones. It can turn into an incredibly stressful time if we can't afford to do that and it can be easy to forget that we make our own rules when it comes to Christmas.
For the past two years, I've barely had any money to spend on gifts so I've had to do things a little differently. There isn't a one size fits all way to do the festive season, but it's all too easy to get caught up in the hype of it all. There are so many things out there that we can do that don't have a catastrophic effect on your bank balance. Here are a few idea's of how to do Christmas on a budget;
- Set a £10 limit for each person you're buying for.
- DIY the gifts.
- Create a secret santa game between your loved ones.
- Buy only what somebody truly needs.
- Save your money for the sales so that you can get more for your budget and have your own Christmas at a later date.
- Have a day out with your loved ones at a later date and pay towards that.
Sticking to a small budget doesn't have to mean that the gifts can't be special to a loved one and here are some of my favourite present suggestions all under the £20 mark:
House Of Fraser's campaign for Christmas this year is #YourRules which I think is absolutely perfect. Like I've mentioned the festive season will never look the same for any two people so it's important not feel like you need to play by the rules that are set by society. Sometimes you don't have to spend a ton of money to gift somebody something special that they will adore. It can be the smallest item and it can still have huge sentimental meaning.
How are you doing Christmas this year?