Fill up those stockings with thoughtful and useful gifts without breaking the bank with our round-up of the best gifts available for under a tenner. You’re welcome.
1. Vintage Style Bicycle Multi Tool Set: £7.50, notonthehighstreet.com
Give this to the cyclist in your life and, with six Allen keys, five ring spanners, two screwdrivers and a socket wrench, they’ll be happily fiddling all day. Plus you no longer have to worry about them breaking down on the way to work.
2. 3D Layered Short Drop Earrings: £8, uk.accessorize.com
We just can’t get enough of the contrast between the modern, bold-coloured plastic and classic, party-appropriate sparkle of these earrings; ideal for that tricky day-to-night transition.
3. Happy Socks Faded Diamonds Socks: £8, selfridges.com
Whether you wear them with your slippers or just peeking out from your suit trouser, these bright diamond-pattern socks will bring a little joy to your outfit. We can just picture Jon Snow reading the news in them.
4. Make Your Own Wind Up Tyrannosaurus Rex: £3.95, dotcomgiftshop.com
A great gift for any budding palaeontologist, this flat-pack dinosaur comes with simple instructions and a wind-up motor so T-Rex will be stomping around the living round in no time. Throw in the Camarasaurus and Triceratops you’re well on the way to your very own Jurassic Park.
5. L’Oreal Color Riche Carat Collection Nail Polish in Sequin Explosion: £4.99, boots.com
This is your New Year nails sorted, plus the mini bottle means it won’t go gloopy before you use it all. If you don’t want to go full-on glitter, try painting your nails your usual colour underneath and running this over the tips for a fade effect.
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6. Secret Message Writing Set: £5, oliverbonas.com
Entertain the kids, relive your school days or complain about the in-laws, incognito, with invisible ink pens and message-revealing blacklights. A step-up from writing in lemon juice, we reckon.
7. Montezuma’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Snowballs: £5, moonpig.com
Bite through the sweet white chocolate shell of a ‘snowball’ to find a delicious lightly-salted chocolate peanut butter truffle inside. They’re so rich and moreish that you’ll find yourself professing that you couldn’t possibly eat more than one, before promptly consuming the entire box.
8. Lush ‘Joy to the World’ Gift Set: £8.50, lush.co.uk
Get two of Lush’s most popular Christmas products in one beautifully wrapped package. Lather up with the gold marzipan-scented soap and revitalise dull winter skin with Dream Cream body lotion; the perfect way to unwind after the family, food and booze onslaught.
9. Etsy Lino Print Mug: £7, etsy.com/uk
Etsy is packed full of innovative designs from independent designers. This mug, with a striking lino-print design – available in four bold colours – will ensure your cups stand out from the crowd.
10. Wild and Wolf Playing Cards: £9.95, selfridges.com
Christmas is a time for games, and cards offer countless options. The bright, retro-looking geometric print on these ones will mean the recipient will never lose them in the puzzle drawer.
For the perfect little something to keep lively kids occupied while the adults relax, we recommend the make your own dino, but for gifts that will stand the test of time without breaking the bank, try Accessorize’s drop earrings or the handy bicycle multi-tool.
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