Budget Friendly Christmas Gift Guide (Part 1 £5 – £15)

Alright my little Christmas pudding? It is officially December and I know a lot of you refuse to start your Christmas shopping until now. So here at A Thrifty Mrs, I’ve put together two budget friendly Christmas gift guides to give you pointers and ideas. This one is in the price bracket of £5 – £15 and the second (which will be out in a couple of days) will be the under £5 bracket.

Gift guide

1. The Little Paris Kitchen by Rachel Khoo
RRP £20 – Cheapest I could find was here £10.86
This book spurned a BBC TV series and is not only beautiful but a great read and a useful book for a cook to have in their weaponry.
2. Brow Perfect Kit by Look Beauty
Look Beauty and Superdrug £11.99
There are lots and lots of fab brow kits around from high street brands at the moment but this has to be my favourite. The design is fantastic, the fixing gel is comparable to expensive high end products and the 7 eyebrow shades are just fantastic and easy to work with.
3. Lego cufflinks by Kitschen Sink*
These cufflinks come in a tiny little gift box made with vintage comic strips which as a starting point is a great one. Mr Thrifty has to wear a shirt and tie most days to work and I know he can find it a bit limiting so these a perfect little addition to this workwear. These Lego cufflinks are super strong because the industrial glue goes all the way into the brick to stop the silver plated cufflink from budging, they’re not just a superglue jobbie. They don’t just come in the white you see here, check the Kitschen Sink site to see the other colours they come in.
4. Fox Peter Pan collar necklace by Polka Dot Dreams*
Ohmagawd, look, look. A Peter Pan collar with necklace attachment and a sweet little fox in the centre. This is both creative and sweet and not to mention just about the most perfect addition to any dress or top I have ever seen. Ever.
Thrifty gift guide

5. Brachiosaurus Dinosaur brooch

Designosaur, around £6 
I’m a huge dinosaur geek so not only did I bag one for friend but I snatched one up for myself. These come in a variety of different dinosaur designs not to mention in different colours (mine is cherry wood).
6. The Simple Things magazine subscription
The Simple Things – starting at 3 issues for £5
Ummm someone seems to have burrowed into my head and made my version of the most perfect magazine ever. The cover price is £4.99 but if you subscribe it works out that you get the first three issues for £5 as some kind of trial.
7. Pink clutch bag
I know someone who likes pink, I know someone who likes glitter and that same person likes bags too so when I spotted this at £7 I just knew I had to snap it up. Peacocks actually have some really nice bits and bobs in at the moment so I’ve been in an out to find some great bargains in the run up to Christmas this year.
8. MUA Artiste Collection
MUA or Superdrug, £6
This palette features 6 eyeshadows, 2 blushers, a bronzer and a highlighter all at the always surprisingly amazing quality, MUA provide at a low cost, time and again.
9. Anchor necklace*
Random Quirks, £8
This necklace is kitsch, fun and quirky and perfect for a number of my kitsch fanatic friends. I like that the chain is black rather than silver or something because it really allows the fun plastic details to pop.

10. Hand dyed bracelet with charm*
Pookledo, £5
These bracelets are made with reclaimed bangles and wrapped with hand dyed thread which gives them great eco credentials to go with their pretty side. They complete with a silver tone charm (pick from a selection), I really love the old fashioned Singer sewing machine.

11 & 12. Reindeer Games earrings* and Falling Star Earrings*
Benita Blue, £7 per pair
I’m not really the kind of person to wear tinsel Christmas earrings and neither are my friends so both of these pairs are the perfect compromise of Christmassy and pretty. The dainty little silver reindeer earrings are just so sweet and unusual and then falling star earrings are perfect for Christmas but can still be worn throughout the year.
By the way Benita Blue are giving A Thrifty Mrs readers 15% off with the code THRIFTYMRS until 24/12/12.

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I really hope you’ve found some of that useful and helpful for your Christmas shopping.
P.S. The Rio Sonicleanse giveaway winner has been announced here.
P.P.S. The items marked with a star (*) were kindly provided with no obligation for me to feature them. All opinions are my own.

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  1. There are some really lovely ideas here – particularly loving the cookbook, bag and cufflinks! x

  2. Thanks, you’ve reminded me my husband would love that Rachel Khoo book so I’ve just ordered it! x

  3. What a great guide!I loveee designosaur,I met them at our local craft fair and bought half their stock on the spot,I love it all so much!Plus they were lovely!xxx

  4. Great guide, i love the clutch and the hand-dyed bracelets with charms, so cute :)

    Sophierosehearts x

  5. Really good ideas, I love the clutch! You should do a post about secret santa ideas! xo

  6. Great ‘different’ guide that won’t make my purse cry…or the purses of others, as I have fallen in love with a lot of things myself *selfishly*, especially those reindeer earrings…Xx

  7. OOOOOH I’m so glad Peacocks website is back up and running again! I love Peacocks for baragins!

  8. What a great idea, I love the foxy collar !
    Twiggy x

  9. Love all these ideas!

  10. Love the clutch you picked out!


  11. I can’t believe those cufflinks are £15!! :O I made some exactly like that for my dad for his birthday this year! All you need are some cufflink blanks which you can pick up cheap on places like ebay, a hot glue gun and some lego (which surely you must have! 😛 or you can always find cheap). Plus those boxes are simple to make!

    I think my next project will be lego earrings! Maybe I could sell them and fund my degree that way instead!

  12. looove that brow kit! you gets lots in there for £11.

  13. cute items!

  14. I love your ideas. We set a tight budget for gifts this year as we’re in that hateful saving-for-a-deposit cycle. So these are really helpful!

    We’ve been making jam for a lot of relatives this year in an attempt to be extra thrifty!

  15. Yay! Great post, I’ll be buying some myself – love that Peter Pan collar!

  16. Great finds. I am also a thrifty Mrs. I like the brow kit. I want it for myself.

  17. Hooray for bargain presents! Thanks to your blog I discovered MUA and my make up bag is now bursting with fabulous low cost makeup & I can now skip back there for lovely stocking fillers! Woop! x

  18. this is full of great ideas! x

  19. Thank you for this post, some perfect presents here for friends and family!

    Maria xxx

  20. Loving the Dino badge! I am a bit of a dinosaur geek too! :)

  21. I love the brooch! Wish I could afford to buy one for myself!

  22. Such a brilliant and helpful post Thrifty, I know for a fact I’ll be picking up the adorable fox collar for a friend :) Thanks! x

  23. I agree about Simple Magazine…I have only the first issue…it’s really hard to find in the U.S.!?!?!

    Ergo – Blog

  24. Ahh I’m so glad you posted this! Definitely getting my mum the Rachel Khoo book for Christmas! x

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