Christmas is expensive. And Mother Mary herself understands that we’d much rather be spending our pennies on cocktails and January holidays than expensive gifts that no one wants. That’s why the best broke girls, know how to get creative when choosing presents. Not only does this help them to save money, but it also means their family get a little more thought and effort into their gifts – a win, win situation.

Because who really wants to spend the cost of a small car on one day, when the real part of Christmas is about eating too much, recuperating from the year’s work and spending time with loved ones. Unfortunately, spending too much has become part and parcel (excuse the pun) of the Christmas experience and as a result, many of us enter the New Year in debt and feeling down.

So in order to help you stay debt and stress-free this Festive season, we’ve put together The Broke Girl’s Guide To Christmas Part 1 and 2.

In Part 1 this week we’ve rounded up 10 gift ideas that cost less than £15 but appear to be so much more. Enjoy…..

Presents For Women

1. Mini Lip Duo Bullet Set – Topshop £10

As Lipstick’s cooler little sister, these lip pencils are an ‘on-the-go’ essential. Adding a dash of colour, they are the ideal way to freshen up a look without the hassle of lipstick and for that reason they make the perfect present for the beauty-obssesed friend or family member in your life. As an added bonus, they come nested in a cute pastel pink and white box, ready to lay under the tree.

Beauty product present ideas for women

2. Patisserie De Bain Fragranced Candle in Rasberries and Rose – Amazon £8.87

Sweet and subtle, this gorgeous Patisserie candle will bring an air of Parisian Springtime into even the deepest, darkest Winter. Hand-created by a Mother and Daughter duo, the story behind the brand is almost as lovely as the gift itself!

cheap Christmas present ideas for women

3. Jane Eyre Birdcage Necklace – Not On The Highstreet £14.50

This dainty necklace makes for the prettiest of accessories and comes wrapped up with an inspiring quote, in brown paper and string, ready for giving.

cheap Christmas present ideas for women necklace

4.  Tipsy Wine Glasses – IWOOT £8.99 for two

A modern twist on standard wine glasses, these tipsy glasses will make a gorgeous gift for your favourite wine drinker.

wine glasses christmas gift

5. Vogue 100 Postcards – Handpicked Collection £18.95

For the fashion lover in your life, this tear out book contains over 100 postcards that show how fashion has evolved over the ages. For inspirational fridge notes, postcards and thank you letters it’s the perfect present for less than £15.

Vogue 100 Postcards for women


Presents For Men

1. Favourite Lyrics Print – Not On The Highstreet £16.95

Far from your average Christmas gift, this personalised print allows you to create favourite lyrics, an inspirational quote or even a description of the person you’re sending it to, into a great wall print. Add a cheap frame which you can pick up from any type of homeware store and you have the perfect present for that hard-to-buy-for family member.

Unique christmas gift idea

2. Beer Pong Set – Tesco £4.50

Have you ever met someone who doesn’t like Beer Pong? This gift idea is a good night in six cups and a ball, perfect for the fun-lover in your life.

Beer pong gift set

3. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window and Disappeared – Amazon £6.29

This international bestseller is a great gift idea that every man in your life will love. Full of humour, eccentric characters and bizzareness, it’s a book they won’t just chuck on the shelf.

Gifts for men

4. Heisenberg Ceramic Coffee Cup – £9.99

Know a Breaking Bad fan? Then this coffee cup is all you need. They’ll know about the man in the hat.

Heisenberg Coffee Cup


5. Dove For Men Total Care Travel Tin – Ocado £5

No doubt this travel tin will be resused as a box for nails at some point, but before that it contains three of Dove’s best products, all perfect size for chucking in an overnight bad and heading out. It has ‘man’ written all over it.


Dove for men total care mini tin


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Beth Gladstone

Beth is a Writer and Digital Marketer who founded The Full Agenda as a place to talk about the things that kept her and her friends up at night. Currently working as a Marketing consultant to various SMEs she is a big fan of the startup market and loves technology, apps and anything social media related. When not obsessively checking Google Analytics, she can be found reading, writing or relaxing with a glass of Prosecco.

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