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kids' gifts for £5 or under

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breadandhoney Wed 17-Oct-12 14:02:27

We are quite tight for money this year and so are keeping our budget for nieces and nephews to £5 or under. I've had a quick look around online but am struggling to find something that isn't tat.

Has anyone got any suggestions? I am open to a bit of crafting if necessary. However, I would prefer to keep this to a minimum this year as am due with dc2 in Dec.

breadandhoney Wed 17-Oct-12 14:04:53

I should've said we have 4 nephews aged 4mo, 2, 4 and 8. Our only niece is 6.

I have actually already cheated with 4mo nephew and put an M&S hat in my virtual basket. It costs £7 but it's just so darn cute . I can't cheat for all of them though or we will end up way over budget!

rhondajean Wed 17-Oct-12 14:05:43

What ages are they?

The book people are usually fab for cheap sets, you could split them up and give them a book or two and a selection box each.

rhondajean Wed 17-Oct-12 14:06:00

Sorry x post!

rhondajean Wed 17-Oct-12 14:07:30

There will also probably be a code on the Christmas bargains thread for t least free delivery from them.

newmum001 Wed 17-Oct-12 14:08:29

Tesco have some lovely book sets in for the younger ones.

snickers251 Wed 17-Oct-12 14:09:22

I've managed to do my dnieces 4 and 6 for under 5 each!

I found a craft kit in tescos reduced to 50p each build your own aquarium, some totes princess socks in the pound shop and a sticker activity book for 2.99 from the works

I'm determined to cut down my Xmas shopping this year!!

nannyof3 Wed 17-Oct-12 14:10:47

The entertainer (toy shop) do lots of really good stuff for under a fiver !

TheSurgeonsMate Wed 17-Oct-12 14:18:34

Waitrose had this science museum putty for a fiver when I was doing my online shopping the other day. I bought harmonicas in stylish retro packaging from Waitrose last year for a couple of kids, they were five pounds then.

breadandhoney Wed 17-Oct-12 14:20:11

Wow, thanks for the quick responses. It seems there are so many offers out there that I had no idea about! I hadn't even heard of the book people or the entertainer. There are some things reduced from £20 to £5 on that site! The only problem then is, what if it looks like I've spent £20 on one and a fiver on the other?!

I might put together a budget craft kit for my niece. She loves that sort of thing and it'll be easily picked up in tesco when I'm there anyway doing my food shopping.

Delivery charges really seem to be the killer when shopping online to a budget. However, I don't have the time or energy just now to trail through the shops.

breadandhoney Wed 17-Oct-12 14:21:08

Oh I like the harmonica idea (I won't be spending Christmas day with any of these kids!!) but no waitrose here.

breadandhoney Wed 17-Oct-12 14:23:29

I have a question about the book people. Is it really legitimate? I have just come across 10 Anita Jeram books for £9.99. RRP is £55!

Taffeta Wed 17-Oct-12 14:26:28

Lush bath bombs are fabulous. They cost around £2.50-£3.50 and are a one off bath extravaganza!

I have just bought a few dragon's eggs for mine for a Christmas Eve treat. You could buy one of those and a packet of sweets, would go down a storm with my kids anyway. smile

RubberNeckNibbler Wed 17-Oct-12 14:27:19

Book People are the bees knees, and deffo legitimate. There are a few free delivery codes kicking around too - look on the Great Christmas Bargains thread

Taffeta Wed 17-Oct-12 14:27:56

Book people is totally legit. They buy in bulk and only stock certain books for a certain timeframe which is how they do it so cheaply. Have bought loads from there and RedHouse over the years.

rhondajean Wed 17-Oct-12 14:28:10

Yep the book people is a well known site, lots of us including me shop there.

The p and p is usually £4.99 but if you go to the Xmas bargains thread and ask there have been a few codes floating about there recently for free p and p.

Runoutofideas Wed 17-Oct-12 14:28:53

Book people are definitely legitimate - and brilliant! If you order £25 worth you normally get free delivery...

breadandhoney Wed 17-Oct-12 14:38:22

I can't believe I've been wasting my money on Amazon all this time! Thank you.

manitz Wed 17-Oct-12 14:51:23

I love george luck puzzles. Some are a bit more expensive but rainbow frog etc are 4.75 and I think they can do them again and again. Here is a link

HappyTurquoise Wed 17-Oct-12 15:29:48

i am going to be really and truly cutting Christmas down to the bare bones this year. Buy wool (or acrylic yarn) in their favourite colours, learn to crochet or knit and make them a little/medium or big woolly hug!

HappyTurquoise Wed 17-Oct-12 15:31:11

wool is also cheaper to post than books (postage has gone up and up lately!)

milk Wed 17-Oct-12 15:33:13

Amazon is good and has free delivery smile

Purpletoes Wed 17-Oct-12 15:34:06

The book people are brilliant. Code for free delivery for orders over £15 is chilly till this evening have just done a bulk of my Xmas presents.

Good for birthday presents as well. grin

MissBeehivingUnderTheMistletoe Wed 17-Oct-12 15:44:42

What about this fro the 8 year old

RhiRhi123 Wed 17-Oct-12 16:13:02

This would be lovely for your niece.

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