WHEN I’m stuck looking for inspiration, putting together a Christmas barricade is always a great backup gift that still has a personal touch.
A luxury handbag from Fortnum & Mason will set you back £130, but you can create a DIY version for £10 to £20 simply by picking up much cheaper items.
CASE OF HOLDING: Instead of buying a basket yourself, you’ll save by purchasing a kit that includes the filling, clear plastic wrap, and bow.
Wilko has these for £6 with a 45cm x 30cm silver basket.
The Works has a two-£10 deal for hamper kits with similarly sized baskets, priced at £7 when sold separately. It also has a small kit with a small round basket for £3.
ASSIST: £4 when you buy two kits at The Works
CLICK THE TOPIC: It will be more coherent if you choose a theme.
For example, a movie night gift might include plush popcorn, sweets, a mini bottle of fizz, and movie puzzle cards.
Or order a cocktail kit with ingredients for a recipe, an instruction card, some pretty glasses, and a shaker from a discount store like Poundland.
At-home spa kits can include face masks, scented candles, bath oils, and other relaxing treatments.
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CHEESE AND WINE: Another timeless theme is cheese and wine.
Tesco Clubcard members can get the Five Cheese Selection, down from £5 to £3.79, but you’ll have to store it in the fridge and wrap it up in a crossbody bag at the last minute.
Asda has one-third luxury and sparkling wines. You can get its more special Chateauneuf-du-Pape for just £9.99, down from £15.
ASSIST: £5.01 on Asda . wine deal
BEAUTY TREATMENT: Mix and match deals are perfect for filling in beauty obstacles.
Boots has three of two across a wide range of items including body wash and lotion from The White Collection, Ted Baker Lipstick & Liner and No7 nail polish duo – each for under £10.
Look for discounted beauty calendars this time of year, or buy a few gift sets and divide the contents between compartments.
- All prices on this page are correct at the time of publication. Offers and offers are subject to availability.
Deals of the day
FANCY some champagne suitable for less than a tenner? Asda’s Louvel Fontaine Champagne Brut costs just £9.99, down from £18.
ASSIST: £ 8.01
Let’s take a bite out of this. Morrisons The Best Speculoos Chocolate Slab, made from Belgian chocolate with spiced caramel biscuits, is £3, down from £4.
GET free children’s tickets to Legoland Discovery Center for the December issue of CBeebies magazine for £3.99, on sale until January 4.
Offer valid in conjunction with a paying adult. You can also get a coupon in Andy’s Amazing Adventures magazine.
Go modern and minimalist with this Premier Housewares Nostra combo of two side tables from £106.98 manomano.co.ukor match the look with these slightly smaller gray Bjorn tables from B&M for £20, down from £25.
Shop and save
BRIGHT with Fabulosa household cleaners and sprays on Tuesday. Bucks Fizz Spray & Wear Fabric Refresh is 77p, down from £1.15 and has free shipping at myfabulosa.co.uk.
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BUY a Dormeo Classic memory foam mattress (£249 for a pair) and you can get two free memory foam pillows plus a care set worth a total of £119 at dormeo.co.uk.
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