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IS COMING!! Have you all bought your chrissy pressies yet or are you like me and totally unorganised? What are you thinking of buying for your loved ones? Need pressie ideas!! Read More
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7y, 6m agoPosted 7 years, 6 months ago
IS COMING!!

Have you all bought your chrissy pressies yet or are you like me and totally unorganised?

What are you thinking of buying for your loved ones?

Need pressie ideas!!
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7y, 6m agoPosted 7 years, 6 months ago
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#1
We are being bah humbug this year... told everyone we aint buying Xmas prezzies and don't want anything, We're still doing the Xmas dinner and the alcohol thought lol! Getting Married next year so need to save as much money as we can... Everyone has been really understanding and alot have said they are going to do the same and not splashing out as much this year for Xmas.... Think everyone is feeling the pinch!
#2
its only nov 3rd, No xmas till dec 1st please.
#3
Hya Clarity i'm just starting today,,,, I'm going shopping with a friend ,,,, I hope to get some ideas while i'm out,,,, good luck with your present searching,,,:)
#4
Presents all bought and wrapped.

I try to get finished by the end of October as I have a big family to buy for (32 people), then I can concentrate on all the other stuff that goes on before Christmas like school plays, parties, pantos, Christmas Fairs etc.

Would hate to leave it to the last minute, I get stressed as it is!!!
#5
Xmas shopping is all planned, chicken feet slippers, Omega Seamaster watch and the Beatles CD box set for the missus,26 boxs of Thorntons chocolates to dish out to assorted rellies/friends.
Shouldn't take longer than an hour.
#6
I keep buying stuff for my wee girl. She has now found 3 & opened them! Every year i think i am organised then remember i have forgot someone!!:?
banned#7
more lego to buy yet
#8
DKLS
Xmas shopping is all planned, chicken feet slippers, Omega Seamaster watch and the Beatles CD box set for the missus,26 boxs of Thorntons chocolates to dish out to assorted rellies/friends.
Shouldn't take longer than an hour.


chicken feet slippers :w00t:
#9
i am nearly there i have been buying throughout the year, i have got the usuall smellys, chocs,perfume etc i have just done 2 hampers for my partners mum and his stepmum i bought the hampers in january from the tesco sale they was reduced to about £20 odd from £100 and odd we used the bits and pieces out of them and i have just refilled them up i am well chuffed with my little self lol.
#10
KazzyD
chicken feet slippers :w00t:


Thats my wee joke, the watch will be tucked into one of the slippers. :)
#11
i haven't even bought one yet, we have only just got over the expense of her 1st birthday so were having to wait until a five week pay packet (which is Decembers) so its going to be madness around the second/third week of December, getting everything at once, but i honestly think were going to have to dip into our savings this year, which is not good :-(
#12
Ella'sMummy
i haven't even bought one yet, we have only just got over the expense of her 1st birthday so were having to wait until a five week pay packet (which is Decembers) so its going to be madness around the second/third week of December, getting everything at once, but i honestly think were going to have to dip into our savings this year, which is not good :-(


well i am going to do the park christmas savings for next year and just pay them a bit each week as i can no longer afford to find the money any other way and i know if i put it in a savings account i will dip into it when times get hard so if i pay it to them i cant dip into it and they are now protected so if anything was to happen my money would be safe and even my mums joined them as well as she is in the same position as me.
#13
Nearly all mine done now Yay!!!! Not wraped yet though, can't find any nice paper :D Either that or can't buy it when the kids are there. :D
#14
Ella'sMummy
i haven't even bought one yet, we have only just got over the expense of her 1st birthday so were having to wait until a five week pay packet (which is Decembers) so its going to be madness around the second/third week of December, getting everything at once, but i honestly think were going to have to dip into our savings this year, which is not good :-(


I try to spread the cost and actually start at the January sales, then add bits and pieces each month or when I see a deal on here thats too good to miss.

The only one I leave til late is my sons main present cos kids have a habit of changing their minds. Anyway this year he asked to games for his Wii and PS3 so have got them and Christmas shopping is all done and dusted.
#15
greyparrot
well i am going to do the park christmas savings for next year and just pay them a bit each week as i can no longer afford to find the money any other way and i know if i put it in a savings account i will dip into it when times get hard so if i pay it to them i cant dip into it and they are now protected so if anything was to happen my money would be safe and even my mums joined them as well as she is in the same position as me.


Oh... they are protected now? In what way, not that i have ever bought from them or the ne who went bust. I remeber when i was a child my nan always got a hamper from the catalogue for xmas but they were always very exspensive, do you not find once you have saved up the money with them that the presents are well over rrp anyway?
#16
superskilly
Oh... they are protected now? In what way, not that i have ever bought from them or the ne who went bust. I remeber when i was a child my nan always got a hamper from the catalogue for xmas but they were always very exspensive, do you not find once you have saved up the money with them that the presents are well over rrp anyway?
#17
got all the youngest daughters stuff in sainsburys toy sale-every single sylvanian families item in the world-lol.

oldest daughter hasnt indicated what she wants yet. 15 year old wants an xbox so easy enough to pick that up-17 year old-no clue what he wants.

mrs barky-never ever asks for anything so have booked us new year in paris-she doesnt know yet-will tell her on christmas day.
banned#18
catheter for the youngest
camera for the eldest
#19
superskilly
Oh... they are protected now? In what way, not that i have ever bought from them or the ne who went bust. I remeber when i was a child my nan always got a hamper from the catalogue for xmas but they were always very exspensive, do you not find once you have saved up the money with them that the presents are well over rrp anyway?


they have a money protection company that your money goes through so no matter what if they went bust your money is not lost. i buy the love to shop vouchers so say if i bought a £1000 worth i would only pay them a £1000 plus in your booklets of vouchers you have offer like spend £50 at boots and get 500 extra points and i usually do that when they have there special nights where you get 1200 points per £50 spent so works out really good plus i use them at argos as well when they have there spend £100 and get a free £10 gift voucher.
#20
Hi yes i'm well prepared lol. I have got my 4 yr old son an old style ds, power ranger bike, miley cyrus concert ticket. my 5 yr old daughter an old style ds and a bratz bike, miley cyrus concert ticket. and my 11 year old son a dsi and a bmx, sims 3 and expansion pack. Just got to get the stocking fillers for them lot now (dolls, games, dvds, computer games, cds, clothes pyjamas etc).
For the hubby up to now i have 2 aftershave sets ckin2u and cool water.
For my 10 yr old neice i have bought a watch set with changeable straps and a fitted nike t shirt
For my 10 year old nephew i will buy a tracksuit (maybe!)
For my 6 month old nephew i have bought a g unit outfit
For my sis and her hubby i have bought a new light for their living room
For my mum i wait to see what she tells me to buy
For my dad i have bought a UB40 ticket
For my nan i get a photo of the grandkids framed and some chocs
For my other nan same as above!
For my grandad some slippers/ dvd/ sweets
Auntie and uncle- Not saying incase uncle reads this!
cousin- prob some beer!
2nd cousin- some pjs/toy
Friend- some socks and summat from avon!
Great uncle- socks!

well thats everyone in my family!

I love christmas, especially the build up:santa:
#21
dont you mean WINTER FESTIVAL :whistling:
#22
superskilly
you save cash and get back vouchers to spend in high street stores, they have always been protected but became more publicised when the last lot went bust. You get back exactly what you pay in and do not have to spend them on there overpriced gifts. It's a great way to save for christmas, having 7 kids always used to do it myself but hated being restricted to the stores that except them and of course you cant use them online, I buy premium bonds throughout the year now then cash them in october to shop for christmas.
#23
greyparrot
well i am going to do the park christmas savings for next year and just pay them a bit each week as i can no longer afford to find the money any other way and i know if i put it in a savings account i will dip into it when times get hard so if i pay it to them i cant dip into it and they are now protected so if anything was to happen my money would be safe and even my mums joined them as well as she is in the same position as me.


I have used park for the past couple of year. I pay so much for 40 weeks and then i get high street vouchers. For every £2.50 you pay per week you get £100. so if you pay £10 A week you get £400 at the end in vouchers. its well worth doing . im just gutted woolies isnt about anymore because i used to spend loads in there
#24
sassie
catheter for the youngest
camera for the eldest


Just read your thread lol, don't you mean a litter tray:thumbsup:
#25
I've made a start on mine. My daughters birthday is 4th Dec, so I've bought everything for that and done all of my sons christmas shopping, but still need to do my daughters, my 2 sisters, mum, stepdad, 2 nieces, nephew plus new niece or nephew that will have arrived by then, my nan, brother in law and something for the ex-outlaws.

My mum and youngest sister always fly back here for christmas, so this year in total there'll be 15 of us round the table for christmas dinner. The tradition for my kids is having 3 christmases - christmas day (obviously), we always spend boxing day round their other nannys house and we do more pressies and have another christmas dinner there, then the day after that, just me and the kids stay at home and spend the day opening any left over pressies that they didn't get round to opening and playing with everything they got. They get to choose the dinner for that day too, and they always pick yet another roast dinner and more crackers :-D
banned#26
greyparrot
well i am going to do the park christmas savings for next year and just pay them a bit each week as i can no longer afford to find the money any other way and i know if i put it in a savings account i will dip into it when times get hard so if i pay it to them i cant dip into it and they are now protected so if anything was to happen my money would be safe and even my mums joined them as well as she is in the same position as me.


why dont you just buy the vouchers youself, say like £10 per week, from boots, argos, etc,etc why pay someone else to do this
#27
juiceblaster
superskilly
you save cash and get back vouchers to spend in high street stores, they have always been protected but became more publicised when the last lot went bust. You get back exactly what you pay in and do not have to spend them on there overpriced gifts. It's a great way to save for christmas, having 7 kids always used to do it myself but hated being restricted to the stores that except them and of course you cant use them online, I buy premium bonds throughout the year now then cash them in october to shop for christmas.


oh how do the premium bonds work could you do that online if you can would you put a link on so i can take a look. yeah the problem is with vouchers you cant use them at every store going but they are adding more all the time like debenhams is new for this year which suits me as they have a good selection of gifts to buy.
#28
Got most of the things for the kids, and a lot of bits and pieces for other folks too. I don't have too much more to get. I hate the big mad rush before xmas to go out to the busy shops and join the mad rush :roll:
banned#29
sassie
why dont you just buy the vouchers youself, say like £10 per week, from boots, argos, etc,etc why pay someone else to do this


thrift club .. I`ve done a standing order each month to a BS account and seems much safer .. started in jan , got a few hundred quid for crimbo ... those park type thingys hamper affairs seem iffy
#30
gemmar26
I have used park for the past couple of year. I pay so much for 40 weeks and then i get high street vouchers. For every £2.50 you pay per week you get £100. so if you pay £10 A week you get £400 at the end in vouchers. its well worth doing . im just gutted woolies isnt about anymore because i used to spend loads in there


yeah i know me too woolies was great for the kids presents so i now have to switch over to argos lol:thumbsup:
banned#31
sassie
catheter for the youngest
camera for the eldest


and mop and bucket for mum :p
banned#32
dog_cop
thrift club .. I`ve done a standing order each month to a BS account and seems much safer .. started in jan , got a few hundred quid for crimbo ... those park type thingys hamper affairs seem iffy


i would never pay into something i got less back from :oops:
#33
sassie
why dont you just buy the vouchers youself, say like £10 per week, from boots, argos, etc,etc why pay someone else to do this


they dont charge you anything extra for them infact you get commistion off them so end up with more than you have paid out.
banned#34
sassie
i would never pay into something i got less back from :oops:


that's why the building society is best for me .. them vouchers .. limits where you have to buy and like someone mentioned some stuff is over priced .. cant beat some hard earned cash in your pocket
#35
sassie
i would never pay into something i got less back from :oops:


you dont get less sassie if you ordered £1000 worth of vouchers you only pay them £1000 plus you will get a bonus of extra so you actually get more.
#36
dog_cop
that's why the building society is best for me .. them vouchers .. limits where you have to buy and like someone mentioned some stuff is over priced .. cant beat some hard earned cash in your pocket


i do agree if you buy the gifts from the park catalogue they are overpriced thats why i do the vouchers so i can go on the highstreet and spend.
banned#37
greyparrot
i do agree if you buy the gifts from the park catalogue they are overpriced thats why i do the vouchers so i can go on the highstreet and spend.


I think more and more people are getting savvy, but its still down to individual preference and value for your money.. I found the standing order works well for moi
banned#38
greyparrot
you dont get less sassie if you ordered £1000 worth of vouchers you only pay them £1000 plus you will get a bonus of extra so you actually get more.


yes but they get your interest, and after what happened a few years ago i wouldnt give them my business anyway, put it somewhere you cant dip into, premium bonds would be good as you have to send off to cash them in, all in all can take a couple of weeks, but if you dip into saved money for xmas you will dip into this, only way is to buy vouchers, make a list of who tyou buy for and how much, then buy the vouchers each week
banned#39
sassie
yes but they get your interest, and after what happened a few years ago i wouldnt give them my business anyway, put it somewhere you cant dip into, premium bonds would be good as you have to send off to cash them in, all in all can take a couple of weeks, but if you dip into saved money for xmas you will dip into this, only way is to buy vouchers, make a list of who tyou buy for and how much, then buy the vouchers each week


will power :thumbsup:
#40
Started the kids stuff, havnt got a clue to get OH as he has everything!! Luckily we have little family to buy for :) So wont be long until we are done.

I am holding out hoping one of the supermarkets may do half price toys again.

Cant wait for xmas this year :)

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