Thanks sashh, went to aldi, m&s and sainsburys yesterday to get a few things, and when I got home realised I had more than filled the 2 boxes I had bought (from poundland )
I have included mini bottles of wine (250ml are 3 for £5 at sainsburys) and got a mix of practical (tinned veg etc) and festive treats from aldi (excellent choice there).
I also plan to put in each box a couple of mince pies, a few Florentines and a bit of homemade fudge (each wrapped in cellophane as you suggest, as have already bought some for other gifts) as I'll be making all these things anyway for teacher gifts etc.
I'm really happy with how it's looking and it hasn't cost that much, and at least I know th stuff will get used.
Haha geranium, I'm v happy to say that not only am I not him but I don't even know who he is, as I gave up watching X factor years ago due to the ridiculous sob stories and pantomime characterisation of which you speak!
Thanks ouryve. I think I'll go for a combination of everyday items in small sizes (tinned fruit, meat, fish, veg) and a few m&s treats like jam and biscuits, plus a few homemade mince pies. Also need to find a cheap box or basket to put them in, which I'm sure I'll find in el cheapo B&M Bargains!
We always do a hamper for MIL/FIL and include things like tinned curries and stewed steak (a 400g tin is a good portion for 2 not particularly hungry people and half of it can be put in the fridge for later), potted salmon or beef, little individual christmas puddings and things like nice jam and chutney, which MIL enjoys, but doesn't routinely buy. I usually grab the stuff from M&S. They do little tins of cooked meat, too, and i usually put a couple of those in. The 3 for 2 on christmas groceries makes it quite cheap to put a really big hamper together. I also put some nice biccies and chocolates in, but not too many because FIL tends to overindulge and is glucose intolerant.
Yes tinned pies and soup also good. My mum has suggested small tins if veg too.
They can both afford to get these things themselves but hopefully it'll be nice for them to have someone search out son different things/brands for them. I'm also going to put some small pieces of cheese and packs if crackers in, plus make some mince pies and give them 3 or 4 each. It's such a related to have thought if something they might actually appreciate, as have done gloves/scarves/smelliest far too many times!
Thanks everyone, these are all good suggestions. Was just in booths and they do those small tins of red salmon there too. If anyone has any more suggestions they'd be gladly received then I'll try to work out which supermarkets I need to visit (might get away with going to one if the main ones, plus lidl and maybe m&s or waitrose (not sure why but I feel compelled to include some posher stuff, I guess it seems like a treat compared to morrisons where they normally shop, although they're perfectly happy with practical, everyday stuff!). !
Ooh, in Lidl, you can get packs of 5 40g bars of chocolate. I may be addicted to them, as they stop me troughing a whole giant bar. There is packs of milk, dark, white etc. It's nice chocolate but it's also Lidl so not too 'posh' for them!
I'm putting together hampers for my nana and great aunt for Christmas and am looking for recommendations. They each live alone and hate waste so I want to get things that come in small portions, eg small tins of fruit cocktail or pink salmon. They'd prefer things which aren't 'fancy' (hence thinking along the lines of fruit cocktail and tinned salmon!). Re tinned stuff, I'm aiming for extra small tins, as they don't eat a lot and the while point if this is to search out items which will serve one portion without having to eat up leftovers/leave waste.
I can go to any supermarket/m&s as have completed the rest of my xmas shopping and have time to spare. Rather avoid the hell that is Tesco if possible though!