Cheap Christmas gifts they will love

Cheap Christmas gifts they will love

My kids have statred mentioning Tinkerbell and Lego a lot. Santa letters and catalogues keep appearing on my desk. relatives have started asking me what the kids want. MONEY is a constant feature in my head. It got me thinking about peresents and how a whether or not money made a difference to how loved a present would be.

My most prized Christmas present was my Tiny Tears dolll…she cost a lot  for my parents and I still have her. She was mended for my daughter at a dolly hospital last year and she is now 35!

But apart from that what do I remember being my best, inexpensive Christmas gift? Well I remember 2 things. My mums good friend Mary knitted Tiny Tears some clothes…fabulous! And my sister Tricia made me a cardboard dolls house. These 2 really stand out.  Intersting that they are homemade…even though I was very young I wonder if I realise they had been infused with love?

I have done a little survey and here’s what my friends remember as their best inexpensive gift ( it might give you some ideas)

  • Top trumps
  • Polystyrene plane kits
  • Snap cards
  • Playing Cards
  • My own felt tips, crayons and a ream of paper that I didn’t have to share
  • A kite
  • The magic Farawaty tree book (my mum read it to me first , the n I read then I read it to my kids)
  • A Jewellry box with a ballet dancer in
  • A whoopee cushion!
  • My first football sticker album
  • My very own little tape recorder

What a brilliant list . Thanks to everyone who shared. It just shows magical gifts are finding out what kids love and making sure there is long life in it. It doesn’t need to be about money. I hope it has inspired you.

What was your best, inexpensive gift?



  1. Fiona Erlandsen
    December 6, 2010 / 10:15 pm

    a tiny tears doll, I remember that one too. I remember losing my teddy bear on holiday in (former yugoslavia) just before Christmas. It was a pink and white bear, and I was less than 3. I was mortified, but I got a new teddy for xmas, that had a wind up tune inside him. My mum knitted him some blue and white dungarees and jumper and a red coat. I loved him so much. We still have him, and he still plays his tune. Probably not the cheapest toy, but the most loved.

  2. Fiona Erlandsen
    December 6, 2010 / 10:16 pm

    I am loving the snow flakes 🙂

  3. Heather
    December 7, 2010 / 2:06 pm

    A torch, I remember feeling that I could have nighttime adventures (I never did) but it was an adventure brushing my teeth by torch light

  4. Becky
    December 7, 2010 / 2:08 pm

    Oh i agree torches were fab. i would write my diary under the covers and read my famous five books after lights out!

  5. December 9, 2010 / 6:33 am

    I always looked forward to the chocolate selection box! It felt so indulgent as our intake of sweets was normally limited to a quick dip in our sweetie jars after school. So to have these huge bars of chocolate felt amazing!

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