While it might be too late to save those extra pennies for the festive season, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a Christmas to remember.
We share our six top tips on how to have a holly, jolly time without money worries putting a damper on festive spirits.
Avoid unnecessary purchases
It’s easy to get carried away at Christmas, and this year many parents may feel they need to make this year’s festivities extra special after a tough few months. However, that doesn’t mean we need to lavish kids with extra gifts.
Focus on having the best Christmas you can comfortably afford, and how you can make it special through the things you do together as a family, rather than what you buy.
Get clever with stocking fillers for the kids
When it comes to filling up the stocking, the costs can add up for all those little bits and how much of it ends up discarded in a toy box or drawer? Why not think about what the kids might need for school?
Whether it’s a new pair of warm gloves for January break times or a water bottle to keep them hydrated throughout the day, check out these great value school accessories, all of which make great stocking fillers.
Spread festive cheer for free
We don’t love Christmas because of the presents – we love it for that fuzzy feeling it gives us. And there’s loads of ways we spread festive cheer without it costing the earth.
From having classic Christmas film day, complete with hot chocolates on the sofa to cutting out paper snowflakes, making mince pies to coming up with imaginative ways to set up your household’s Elf on the Shelf, you can make sure your kids feel the magic this season at a low cost.
Don’t feel bad about regifting
There’s always those presents that you have every intention to use but then end up gathering dust in a cupboard. And there’s occasionally those gifts which make you wonder what was going through their mind.
Whichever way, there’s a great opportunity here for you to save your cash and free up some storage space at the same time. Just make sure you don’t accidentally gift it back to the original sender!
Make your own pressies
If you’re looking for things to do with the family and want to tick some bits off the gift list, this tip is for you. There are plenty of home-made treats that will delight – and you can get the kids involved in your very own Santa’s Workshop.
Buy some large bars of supermarket milk and white chocolate, melt them down and swirl them together in a clean baking tray. Top with sprinkles or sweets and then chill in the fridge for your very own chocolate slab. Slice and wrap in cellophane then finish with a ribbon for a scrumptious stocking filler.
Or create an exfoliating scrub, using cupboard staples including sugar, oil and a little bit of food colouring, sealing in a clean jam jar and designed your own labels.
Bring out your child’s inner artist
It’s lovely when our kids want to return the favour and buy us parents a gift, but that normally means we end up footing the bill.
Why not suggest they make you a photobook using an app like FreePrints? It’s a win-win – they can get their creative juices flowing and you get a great keepsake which will always bring a smile to your face. And all for the low cost of post and packaging!