I always buy gifts throughout the year and most of them I get in the sales, this really helps keeps cost down during the most expensive time of the year. Since having Poppy I've saved us over £200 each year on gifts. I also save money purchasing wrapping paper, ribbon, tags and Xmas cards on Boxing day, when it's practically given away.
Stick to a budget
Hubby and I stick to the same amount of money each month for food, which works out really well for us. During Christmas month, we only add an extra £20/£30 to our food budget for the Christmas dinner and Boxing Day munchies but that's it. We don't go over the top because we don't like to throw away our money.
We all know kids clothes can be expensive especially if your buying in bulk for a new season. I tend to buy all of Poppy's during the big clothing sales like next, mother care, h&m, etc... I find these shops are the best ones for quality and huge 50-70% off. Honestly stock up for the following year, you will regret it if you don't.
This year Poppy was invited to her daddy's work place for a party. They hold a kids Christmas party each year, hubby also played the role of Father Christmas Poppy had no idea that he was her dad! We are waiting for the pictures. All this was free but we are still taking her to see Santa at one of the festive markets soon. Some only cost £5 but they really get you at the cost of the photo... if you can get someone to sneakily take a photo on your phone then great! Sshhhh
Babies 1st Christmas
Don't buy loads of gifts! Against my hubby's advice, I made the huge mistake of doing this then you have the rest of the family and friends buy your child loads more! It can become overwhelming so stick to just buying your child one gift for their 1st Christmas as your home will soon become like a toy shop.
Hand made gifts
I have started to become more creative with gifts over the last few years, I make bunting, toy bags, Poppy's hand print reindeers, etc... it's so nice and easy especially when gifting them you know who appreciates it!
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