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Gift ideas for the people in your life you need/want to give a token gift to, without investing a fortune

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Earlybird Sat 01-Nov-14 16:05:32

I always have half a dozen people I need/want to get a gift for, but don't want to spend much on (maybe £20 or so?) - you know the people i mean: kind neighbours, a special cousin or two, a nice gesture to a friend, etc.

Anyone have ideas about some nice 'thinking-about-you-during-the-holiday-season' sort of gifts that will be lovely to give/receive that don't cost significant ££?

Well, tbh, I'd only pay about a fiver for those kind of gifts and it would generally be some 'naice' biscuits, or a pot plant, or some cupcakes.

feelingmellow Sat 01-Nov-14 16:09:48

Tin of biscuit; lovely Christmas tree ornament.

Mrsgrumble Sat 01-Nov-14 16:10:03

Prossecco is a fiver in asda and I would add some shortbread. It's plenty I think.

InvasionOfTheBodyShatners Sat 01-Nov-14 16:12:26

I think a fancy tree ornament is a lovely present. You don't need to find a permanent home for it and it doesn't add to the massive pile of edible goodies that everyone ends up with at Christmas.

Guitargirl Sat 01-Nov-14 16:17:49

Tbh I tend to regift for token pressies. We don't drink white wine in our house as neither DP nor I actually like it. So any bottles of white given to us get saved up and regifted at Christmas. Our neighbours who always take in parcels for us have been given quite nice bottles of champagne and prosecco from us over the years as we just don't drink it.

chanie44 Sat 01-Nov-14 18:48:37

My go to gifts are;

Body shop hand cream
Travel mug/water bottle

MsAspreyDiamonds Sat 01-Nov-14 19:43:38

I buy nice biscuits in fancy tins from M&S when they are reduced & save them for the present drawer.

marne2 Sat 01-Nov-14 21:24:46

Yankee candles
Hand cream
Posh chocolates

I try and spend £5-£10 on these sort of people.

M&s have their half price biscuit tins ( this week it's the light up Christmas house with gingerbread ), they are £5.

Roomsdoom Sat 01-Nov-14 21:51:56

Oh blimey not a Yankee candle!

I personally also steer clear of biscuits and chocs as there is usually a huge abundance of stuff in the house at Xmas anyway.
Booze feels a bit generic.
But food wise a bottle of decent olive oil is good. Maybe some good quality spices?

Non food I think the tree decoration can be nice. But ideally can you go for something that shows you have thought specifically of the person? I think that makes any gift feel so much more special. It doesn't have to be complicated. So gardening gloves or hand cream for the neighbour you know loves her garden, sports socks for the runner friend, wool for the knitter, latest best seller for the babysitter who likes to read etc.

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Earlybird Fri 07-Nov-14 21:22:25

Sorry to be slow in responding to these excellent suggestions. Will give some thought to what has been posted. Much appreciated.

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