I'm sorry, try as I might we still shop at Tesco. One beneficial side effect of this is their double your points offers (part of their reward scheme). This year I took full advantage and bought some toys and alcohol direct in the store - with vouchers that during a specified period of time can be exchanged for double the face value. I do think you need an A level or something in how to redeem vouchers, but I was on a mission and nothing would deter me from it.
Although I was pleased with myself, I had to go back and buy a toy I didn't really want as I was one penny short of my voucher sum - and you have to spend equal to or more than the total value. (I was informed of this by someone who took rather too much pleasure at the prospect of making me stand at the back of the five mile queue again).
I bought quite a few gifts at local craft fairs. Good value for money, locally made. Result.
I thought about culling the card writing... but still can't bring myself to do it. We've many visitors over December so all cards and gifts that can be handed out, are being. Just to save on the postage.
I received a few items ordered from Amazon. Unfortunately a smashed nail varnish in one parcel ruined the packaging of the other items contained therein. Amazon replaced immediately and did not want the originals returned. Of course this is great service and they now have a loyal customer who will continue buying from them. I have re-packed the affected items myself though and they are still going to be gifted - albeit smelling pungently of ethyl acetate.
G10 is looking to wrap up some pre-loved books to share this Christmas.
If I could I would make beautiful things... but I am just not talented enough.
I try to buy thoughtful presents. But they will not be expensive things I'm afraid. J and I rarely buy much for each other - just a small gift so G10 can see us giving and receiving. This saves us money. If there is something we particularly need or want we can always treat ourselves in the January sales and pay half the price for it.
We've never bought much for G10 either. She asks for little. She is always pleased with whatever she gets. Certainly until she was 7 or 8 we could have given her a cardboard box and she'd have been happy with that. We try to save for her regularly though instead. And of course she has grandparents and a large family that spoil her. She does OK. I also think that it's important not to get everything handed to you on a plate just because you asked for it. Santa has limits. (Perhaps I'm a cruel mummy).
I refuse to go into debt over Christmas.
Ahh the Christmas tree. Now they have become expensive. But really it's our only decoration. We have a few other bits and bobs around. But the tree is predominantly it. OK I splurged here - but it's a gift to all of us and our friends and family visiting over December and the festive period.
Nadolig Llawen i pawb.
|Our Christmas treat.|