Whether you’re looking for a birthday present, a ‘thank you’ or a ‘thinking of you’, we’ve put together this guide to help you find the perfect pocket-friendly present for any occasion.
A really useful tip is also to plan ahead. By listing everyone you need to buy for and when, you can buy gradually throughout the year; rather than last-minute shopping, which often leads to less-than-brilliant results!
1. Think thoughtful, not extravagant
Even if you’re not on a limited budget, a really thoughtful or personal present is often the most memorable. Choose a present that brings back happy memories, such as a framed picture, or is completely unique; such as a personalised poster, children’s book or keyring from notonthehighstreet.com.
2. Plan a day out
For those people who seem to have everything, an experience or day out is often the best present. This doesn’t have to be pricey; afternoon tea at a local bakery, a walk around some beautiful horticultural gardens or a day at the beach are three great, budget-friendly options. Explore the Visit England website or read our article on Family Days Out for useful day-trip inspiration.
3. Share a skill
Perhaps you’re a brilliant baker? A confident driver? Or you know your way around a computer? Sharing your skills is a great way to treat your friends and family; whether you’re offering baking classes, driving lessons or a relaxing night away without the kids! Download a free gift certificate template online for a smart finishing touch.
4. Make a personalised gift set
Instead of buying a pricey gift set from the shops, you could buy a sturdy decorated box from a stationery shop such as Paperchase, then fill it with a selection of personalised gifts and treats. Hard-working friends might appreciate a candle, bubble bath, face mask and a magazine; all wrapped up with a colourful ribbon for a fraction of the price.
5. Choose gift tokens
Gift tokens might seem like the easy option, but they’re a great way to contribute towards something more significant. All high-street shops offer gift tokens for as little as £5 (just enough for a new necklace) or visit notonthehighstreet.com for some really unique gift experience tokens, such as a Three Month Friday Night Curry subscription.
Note: Whilst we take care to ensure Hub content is accurate at the time of publication, individual circumstances can differ so please don’t rely on it when making financial decisions. OneFamily do not provide advice so it may be worth speaking to an independent financial advisor about your own circumstances.