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Jetcatisback Tue 01-Dec-15 12:11:38

After some serious scrimping and saving the past few weeks, and a backpayment of tax credits owed, I have approx £250 for Christmas pressies for DD1 (18) and DD2 (9). My health issues have resurfaced, and I am majorly struggling into organising myself into preparing lists for shopping. I have one day planned next week with a friend to get the majority, but have no idea what to get. My original idea of just online ordering at Argos then going to collect seems to be an expensive way of doing it, but I am not sure that I am up to aimlessly wandering around the shops hoping for inspiration blush

All I know so far is that DD2 would like a bike, which is going to be the most expensive option. She has never had a brand new bike (always second hand) so if possible I would like to get her that with just a couple of extra pieces and stocking fillers - and that is as far as I get. I then have the additional worry/stress over assembling the bike as I am not very good with things like that.

DD1 is more complex - she is 18 but has additional needs, so not into usual teenage stuff. SHe cant have bath smellies (allergic), doesn't wear make up, isn't interested in clothes (but desperately needs some!) and doesn't go out anywhere. She does like Big Bang Theory, Once Upon A Time, Sam and Cat etc on the television, and is really into her gymnastics and cheerleading coaching. Oh just remembered, she has asked for a new memory stick.

As money is always tight, I need to also get them things they need as well as things they would like, so things like new bedding could be added.

Would anyone have the time to help me work out a list from there please? flowers

olbas Tue 01-Dec-15 13:28:39

Halfords do a bike assembly service which is free. Have a look on their website, they usually have some good offers on bikes this time of year.
If you shop online using one store (Argos/Amazon etc) their delivery charge sometimes works out cheaper than paying for transport/parking/time so consider that If you possibly can.

TheHouseOnTheLane Tue 01-Dec-15 13:34:53

this bike on Amazon is good value at 89 pounds...but if DD is on the tall side, it might not last long.

Have you thought about what size bike she needs?

I've ordered bikes on Amazon with no issues in the past...just have a look around and check the seller's country...make sure they're in the UK.

IF you do that big purchase online then you have some money left to do smaller bits in person or in one whamo order on Argos...

For your older DD you could go for lovely pyjamas and dressing gown, DVDs on gymnastics and cheerleading and what about some nice cushions and fairy lights for her room?

TheHouseOnTheLane Tue 01-Dec-15 13:36:11

Was also going to suggest

this bike from Halfords. There's a size chart there too.

Jetcatisback Tue 01-Dec-15 14:18:27

Olbas I was thinking of Halfords for that very reason!

TheHouse DD is quite small for her age, so I'm not too sure she would actually be able to ride a 24 size bike, but I've already checked the size chart and apparently she should be fine... There is actually an Apollo bike on ebay for half price (Buy it Now) not too far from me, but it does have a couple of scratches. All her previous bikes have been freebies, and she's been through a lot lately so would love to treat her. Means less smaller pressies, but I am happy with that trade off smile

Hmmm, will check out Amazon as well, didn't think of them for bikes!

I like the cushions and fairy lights idea for DD1, DD2 has them in her room and DD1 comments on them, but has never actually asked for any. Her old bedroom was all black and grey, so fairy lights wouldn't have cut it, but things have changed somewhat since then bastard epilepsy

Jetcatisback Tue 01-Dec-15 14:20:04

Oh, I should add that they do both have a Sainsburys Mog and book set, thanks to a very kind MN'etter who sent them a Mog each flowers

TheHouseOnTheLane Tue 01-Dec-15 14:30:24

I wouldn't worry about a couple of scratches OP. It will have more than one by the time she's ridden it twice! grin

Jetcatisback Tue 01-Dec-15 14:32:04


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