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Top tips for saving money on last-minute Christmas essentials

Making sure everything is perfect for Christmas can be confusing.

But even if you’ve left it to the last minute, you don’t need to increase your stress levels by overpaying.

Making sure everything is perfect for Christmas can be confusing

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Making sure everything is perfect for Christmas can be confusingCredit: Shutterstock

Our savings guide can help ease festive worries.

CHRISTMAS EVE BOX: Some parents spend a fortune on a gift box for their children on Christmas Eve.

For a super cheap version, decorate the box with wrapping paper and fill it with Christmas activity boards from free-for-kids.com or Twinkl, with some crayons and crayons thrown in.

For a bit more fun, add a Christmas scratch art set for £2 from The Works and some chocolate coins from Asda for 59p. Spend up to £5

GET GIFTS: Include a gift receipt with your gift so the person you’re sending it to can exchange it if that’s not true.

The average cost of an unwanted gift is £41, according to comparison site finder.com.

GOLDEN STAMP HUNTING: Last year, shoppers posted photos online of bargains with yellow stickers on Christmas Eve.

They include an M&S shrimp cocktail down to £2.25 from £15 and a turkey crown that serves six to eight people for £7.50, down from £50.

Read ours Christmas Live Blog 2021 for the latest news and updates

See if you can get your entire festive meal off with a few quids.

CLEVER BOX: Don’t let the kids tear the packaging of new toys.

Open them carefully and put the boxes away so you can one day sell them for more.

On eBay last month, a Lego Monster Jam Grave Digger truck with the original box sold for £10.49, while one without the box went for £4.99.

HAVE YOUR PIN? Be prepared for some sort of fully charged rechargeable or Aldi sells packs of ten AA and AAA for £2.19.

SAVE ACTIVITIES: Take advantage of free Christmas fun online, such as by noradsanta.org Follow Santa and a personalized video from him at portablenorthpole.com.

Or why not take a walk to appreciate the best Christmas lights in the neighborhood?

  • Price is correct at time of pressing. Offers and offers are subject to availability.

Deals of the day

Save £92.99 on this kid's Mercedes Benz G350 ride

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Save £92.99 on this kid’s Mercedes Benz G350 ride

THIS Mercedes Benz G350 kids’ ride is £37, down from £129.99 at The Original Factory Shop.

ASSIST: £92.99

Cheap treatment

Save £2.50 on Quality Street at Sainsbury's

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Save £2.50 on Quality Street at Sainsbury’s

LOVE Quality Sugar “Purple”? A box is half the price at Sainsbury’s, £2.50.

ASSIST: £2.50

What’s new

JOIN Pets At Home’s VIP club to receive a 10% discount code when spending online. Then, once you’ve used the code, shopped online or in-store, you’ll receive a welcome pack with another 10% off. You’ll also get the store’s quarterly magazine with tips and advice on pet care.

Top Swap

Why shell out £395 for this luxurious round golden bamboo drink cart by Oliver Bonas...

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Why shell out £395 for this luxurious round golden bamboo drink cart by Oliver Bonas…
...when Tesco's version is just £40

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…when Tesco’s version is just £40

Serve drinks in Christmas style this year with Oliver Bonas’ luxury round golden bamboo drink cart, £395.

Or trade it in for Tesco’s version only available in store, for £40.

ASSIST: £355

Leah’s Little Helper

REGISTER for the Government’s Home Charging Scheme (EVHS) to get help with the cost of installing a charging point at home.

The grant offers a 75% contribution – up to £350 – towards the cost of a charging point and its installation. See gov.uk.

Shop and save

It is three of two for Clubcard holders on selected Tesco Finest bakery products

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It is three of two for Clubcard holders on selected Tesco Finest bakery products

THIS are three for Clubcard holders on select Tesco Finest bakery products, including these Speculoos tarts.

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SAINSBURY’S has slashed the price of Christmas veggies, with carrots, turnips, sprouts and other root vegetables to 19p each – matching Aldi and Lidl.

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Bobby Allyn

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