By Penny Goldstone
There’s always a bit of pressure to go all out at Christmas and spend lots on presents, and if you have a big family, it ends up costing a small fortune. While it is true that it’s the thought that counts, there’s no reason you shouldn’t find the perfect gift if you’re on a budget either. From beauty to fashion, food to eco-conscious gifts, Oxford Street has got you covered with these Christmas gifts starting from as little as £2, and all under £50.
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Christmas gifts under £10
At the newly opened MINISO store on Oxford Street, you’ll find a treasure trove of stocking fillers and affordable gifts across all categories. The Christmas diffuser, aptly named Winter Fairytale, is a great festive option. Likewise, at Flying Tiger you’ll find cute homeware including these festive mugs for £6. For fashion gifts, try Primark. The Rita Ora collection has some great gender-neutral pieces like this denim cap.
Christmas gifts under £25
More and more of my friends are doing Secret Santa with their families at Christmas, and £25 seems to be the sweet spot when it comes to budgets, so here are some suggestions for you. For beauty addicts, Lush has lots of affordable gift sets like this Sleepy Bear box, containing everything you need to pamper and wind down before bed. Foodies will love the M&S Christmas Afternoon Tea box which fits in the letterbox, so ideal for relatives you aren’t spending the holidays with. A chunky scarf is a safe gift option for both men and women.
Christmas gifts under £50
If you have a slightly higher budget, then Rituals have some lovely eco-friendly (they are a Certified B Corp) beauty gifts, like this set featuring their best-selling Sakura range. For him, why not try a massage gun for Boots, which does wonders for tight muscles and knots. A knitted dressing gown is the perfect cosy gift for female relatives.
Best stocking fillers
You don’t want to spend much more than a fiver on stocking fillers, but you can still get nice ones for that price. Case in point: MINISO’s nail polish, which costs just £2 and comes in an array of gorgeous colours. You can get a pretty incense holder and incense for under £5 at Superdrug. For those constantly dropping their iPhones, they can never have too many cases.
Budget gifts for men
Fashion gifts for men can be tricky to get right, however you can never go wrong with a pair of chic and comfy slippers. Whether he’s into sports or not, a comfie hoodie is perfect for lounging at home or going for a run. For that retro touch, try this cassette player from Urban Outfitters.
Budget gifts for women
If in doubt, opt for a beauty gift. The Body Shop has some great cruelty-free beauty sets like the Comfort & Cheer body butter trio. Mango’s leather effect bag comes in cream and black, and is not only stylish, but it’ll fit a lot in it too. A metallic sweater is the perfect finishing touch to a Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve look.
Budget gifts for kids
There is so much choice when it comes to kids, from clothing to toys and tech. This Up pencil holder and pencils will add a cheerful touch to any boy’s or girl’s desk. At Matalan, you can pick up matching Alder Hey pyjama sets, with all proceeds going to help children in need of healthcare. Stop off at Next for a plethora of board games and toys including this digital pet.