Cheap and Cheerful Christmas

It’s no secret that Christmas is expensive.  Even so, we still conform to society’s tradition of spending vast amounts of money on gifts. Gifts that will ultimately be played with for five minutes or end up in the recipients cupboard, never to be glanced at again.

That sounded a bit negative, but its true. I am extremely guilty of overspending at Chris gets so mad at me for overspending. All the time… Such a penny pincher he is. Ha!

As we get older, and have our own families, the focus of Christmas shifts. Our concern isn’t so much about receiving gifts but about spending time with family.

My sister and I decided this year that we wouldn’t be getting gifts for each other, choosing only to buy gifts for the children. We don’t need anything from each other so we don’t see the point in wasting money when we could spend it on something more important.

We stuck to this plan for all of five minutes before deciding we would get each other a gift. But.. it would be more of a joke gift. We would get each other something from the pound shop. Every other shop seems to be a pound shop these days so it shouldn’t be so hard, right?

After discussing it (in way too much detail and getting way too excited about the idea) we came up with the final ‘rules’.

Rules: Buy five gifts for five pounds

  • We could spend one pound on each gift, or
  • We could buy things for more or less than a pound as long as we made sure we bought five different gifts for five pounds

I haven’t bought the gifts yet but I have been having a browse around the pound shops and local markets and you can actually get some pretty decent things for a pound if you look around.

I might see if I can get my sister some gifts that are nice and useful but honestly, I think the more ridiculous the better really… How about a bottle of washing up liquid, a gigantic lighter thing, or a packet of crumpets… She would hate me. I would laugh my head off…

It sounds stupid but these gifts are the ones I am looking forward to buying the most. And I cannot wait to see what gifts I receive. It’s just about the laugh we will have and it hasn’t cost us a fortune. Something as simple as this will give us memories for years to come.

So what do you think? Do you think you would have as much fun as us buying joke gifts like this or are we just getting a bit silly with it all? We have been told we are weird a few times in the past. I can’t think why..!

You should try it and see what you can get… Honestly, its such a laugh.

Merry cheap and cheerful Christmas everyone..!

Sam x

Two Tiny Hands


  • Pamela

    Ahh you are so right, I am a classic “just one more” present buyer… My family are quite good at sticking to the rules (e.g. just a fiver) but it’s hard when you involve in-laws because they have their totally different family traditions! My husband’s family suggested capping each gift £100. £100!!! Great to “meet” you 🙂 #familyfun

    • stressymama

      Even though we’ve agreed to this I’m now wondering if my sister will get me a ‘normal’ present alongside the 5 gifts for 5 pound… and if I should get her something decent too.. may need to clarify it with her ha. My OH’s family. Don’t usually buy us much so we don’t in turn but they seem to have gone all out this year to our surprise. More shopping to do for them now. Not that I mind haha

  • Lucy At Home

    Hehe such a fun idea!

    When hubby and I were students (aka skint!), we set ourselves a challenge to buy the other person a present for £3. It really made us think and be more creative 🙂

    Have a lovely (cheap!) Christmas #FamilyFun

    • stressymama

      It would be so much easier to just run to Pandora or pick up some perfume but I’m actually really looking forward to the challenge of seeing what I can get her. We’ll see how well I can on tomorrow..

  • Karen | TwoTinyHands

    Couldn’t agree more! I’d much rather receive a jar of pickled onions than something over the top expensive. I like how you went from no presents to one pound shop one to a there must be 5 presents for £5!! Hilarious! I just buy everyone socks! Thanks for linking up to #familyfun

    • stressymama

      Haha. I know. I don’t even know how we went from the one gift to 5.. My OH looks forward to receiving socks every year. If think if he didn’t get any he would be really disappointed! 😂

  • Tammymum

    I think that’s a brilliant idea. I am so guilty of spending too much and just keep adding oit what I’ve already got. It’s ridiculous really. This though is a brilliant idea to keep the fun there and cost down! I look forward to hearing what you got, and gave. Have a wonderful Christmas and thanks for joining us at #familyfun xx

    • stressymama

      I definitely spend too much. I don’t know how many times I said I’ve finished getting presents for Molly but even yesterday I bought a few more toys for her, none of which she needs! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year x