is anyone else seriously struggling for crimbo????

god this year is awful im running around my house looking for things to wack on ebay!!
theres only 8 shopping days left i get paid on friday my whole £60 of income support god this years gonna be a tough one!!!

someone tell me their circumstances make me feel bit better :-) xx

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awww hugs to u hun .... keep it simple and personal and u will be fine

yeah im the same, i had to sell my beloved red ipod nano 16gb to raise funds this year, and ive also sold a few dvd boxsets to CEX just to make it a little easier... i am rather disliking christmas atm

And e bay take so much money off what u sell too. drives me mad! fiancee lost £600 that was in his wallet last month and on friday he crashed my car!.... Into a lorry! Least we all together and alive very unlucky and yet very lucky! Hope you enjoy it and dont worry too much, its only a day, people always buy too much food and regret how much they spent on presents. Just enjoy your loved ones!

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thnx guys!!!

don't worry too much about it,just try to enjoy spending time together with the family.xxx

How about a few homemade gifts, funny IOU's etc, like I will wash your car, cook dinner, babysit etc? Personal, quirky and free!

or bake a batch of mincepies and take them as presents people would be touched youd made the effort. better than yet another next voucher or smelly set

Just read all the posts, I am glad that there are people out there who care now thats what Christmas is all about people havin time for other people everyone is finding it hard think everyone is going to understand that is thought that was put in2 gifts this year like to wish use all a peaceful and happy Christmas:santa:

And to you If we all together for another christmas then I count myself lucky and this year im pregnant so I get to eat for two! Bonus! Have a good one guys xxx

Banana79;3771260

How about a few homemade gifts, funny IOU's etc, like I will wash your … How about a few homemade gifts, funny IOU's etc, like I will wash your car, cook dinner, babysit etc? Personal, quirky and free!



What a great idea.:thumbsup: I reckon the OPs friends/family must know their circumstances and your suggestion would go down really well. I know I would feel really guilty if my family were short of cash and splashed out on me leaving themselves short.:oops:

Great post Banana. Rep added!

People seem to lose sight of what the season is truly about. Assisting, aiding and just being there is just as valuable a gift as all these monetary items. It is so sad that so much pressure is put upon people. It also seems that it is those less able to afford it that gets drawn into it.

Hi all, it's great to see that the festive spirit is live and well and the ideas are great i personally prefer to see the look of my family when i give well thought of presents that don't cost a lot.

Merry Christmas and love to all:santa:

I was like that last crimbo, ppl will understand, took 10 months to get back into work, I hope you soon get sorted.
Its hard, but try to think of it as a long break over Christmas, then renew your efforts for the new year, good luck :thumbsup:

:santa:

hi yes same for us my partner was made redundant in june and he has just started working for his self but not much coming our way and with the morgage etc to pay its a struggle.

Could try making some gifts
Just been looking here and some lovely recipies for cakes and things on the site
asdamagazine.com/pag…/6/

I'm sure you can find lots of others as well

The year I had AM we made baskets of 'goodies' for everyone. shortbread,truffels,sausage rolls that kinda thing. They were well chuffed and it cost practically nowt!!

Banana79;3771260

How about a few homemade gifts, funny IOU's etc, like I will wash your … How about a few homemade gifts, funny IOU's etc, like I will wash your car, cook dinner, babysit etc? Personal, quirky and free!



tis a good idea if ur family are understanding...if my mum wrapped up pieces of paper with the writing "iou"...id b sending a few headbutts her way....sorry to here bout ur funds problem op and others.

acecatcher3;3773747

tis a good idea if ur family are understanding...if my mum wrapped up … tis a good idea if ur family are understanding...if my mum wrapped up pieces of paper with the writing "iou"...id b sending a few headbutts her way....sorry to here bout ur funds problem op and others.



I find it hard to believe that someone that cares for another would want them to get into debt though just so a present could be provided on a set date. From banana's idea, could take a photo of a potential prezzie and put in a card with an iou to buy in the sales or when finances improve.

Banned

We all go over the top at Christmas. There's nothing wrong with Christmas it's just that we've made it this way, full of want and greed. Whatever happened to, it's the thought that counts, at Christmas?

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if you friends and family expect knowing your position then they really wouldn't deserve a gift even if you could afford it

WoolyM;3773832

I find it hard to believe that someone that cares for another would want … I find it hard to believe that someone that cares for another would want them to get into debt though just so a present could be provided on a set date. From banana's idea, could take a photo of a potential prezzie and put in a card with an iou to buy in the sales or when finances improve.



yeah i understand, just think id b more gutted seeing what im gonna get, but not having it now.....im selfish i know...but im lucky that my family and myself have never been tight for money.

thing is for me i find christmas is all about money these days whats wrong with just a couple of present and spending a day with the family which is really whats its all about

Ive got a 14 year old daughter, who has plenty of stuff she has never used - a size 10 hooch coat in as new condition, a pair of pink nike shox trainers, never used size 5. They are literally just sitting in a cupboard. If you have a daughter they would fit, they are yours. I have also got lof duty for a psp that a boy would probably like.

adz thats really sweet of u. christmas spirit is still alive and kicking then

Bit different for me this year as loads of overtime so richest i've been for years. Have a :gift: :santa: + some rep & wishes for a lovely new year:-D

nikkib123;3777188

That is sooooooooooooo nice - repped :-D


Yes indeed it is. Also repped :-D

Some great 'free-ish' gifts ideas!

Don't pan them all, some may work perfectly while some are not so appropriate to your situations!

You can be very constructive and use your words carefully.

So begin by tell people / family ( or in their cards ) that you intend to make a contribution to charity(s) on their (your) behalf and you would like them to know that. Something like 'At this time many people & familys are finding life very difficult (or) feeling the financial pinch at the moment and you would like to help as may people as possible so you have nominated 3 charities to help ( for example ) Red cross, Unicef & Great Ormond Street.

Tell the person who will be getting the card / present that you would like that person to decide which charity to help. At this point you will not be disclosing exactly how much you will contribute but it could be as little as £1 Remember every single £1 helps.

In return you will be giving that person a gift that you will do for them:

1) How about offering to do babysitting one night for a couple who have a child / children.
2) Offer to watch a pet when they next go on holiday.
3) Tidy their garden on the first day of spring.
4) Any special skill you may have ( keep it clean!) like Hairdressing, Manicure, servicing their car, making them a special dinner, offering to do their weekly washing / ironing, decorating, washing their car, repair computer, diy job, a painting, etc. - you know what i mean!

I personally would love someone to offer to do my wash my car or make me a nice meal, It can be simple things that mean much more, as i said, not everything will work or be appropriate but it may give you an idea about something else!

Good luck!

someone tell me their circumstances make me feel bit better




circumstances:

Loaded
Sat at desk getting paid to do xmas shopping.
Hard graft got me here.
Collect underpants.
?????????
$$$$$$$$$

kungfu;3777855

circumstances:LoadedSat at desk getting paid to do xmas shopping.Hard … circumstances:LoadedSat at desk getting paid to do xmas shopping.Hard graft got me here.Collect underpants.?????????$$$$$$$$$



:-D .....rotten git ....:-D

ADZ1478;3774818

Ive got a 14 year old daughter, who has plenty of stuff she has never … Ive got a 14 year old daughter, who has plenty of stuff she has never used - a size 10 hooch coat in as new condition, a pair of pink nike shox trainers, never used size 5. They are literally just sitting in a cupboard. If you have a daughter they would fit, they are yours. I have also got lof duty for a psp that a boy would probably like.



Thats a lovely gesture, have repped you for being so nice

ADZ1478;3774818

Ive got a 14 year old daughter, who has plenty of stuff she has never … Ive got a 14 year old daughter, who has plenty of stuff she has never used - a size 10 hooch coat in as new condition, a pair of pink nike shox trainers, never used size 5. They are literally just sitting in a cupboard. If you have a daughter they would fit, they are yours. I have also got lof duty for a psp that a boy would probably like.



suze;3778505

Thats a lovely gesture, have repped you for being so nice


Agreeing with this and lots of other helpful comments.

Don't forget about Freecycle - you never know what might be available !!

[QUOTE=Banana79;3771260]How about a few homemade gifts, funny IOU's etc, like I will wash your car, cook dinner, babysit etc? Personal, quirky and free![/QUOTe

i did this one year on mothers day when i was totally skint, i made a load of promise slips and put them in her card, and she was made up, she said it was a great idea and has wanted a load more ever since :santa:

jennybubbles;3773696

The year I had AM we made baskets of 'goodies' for everyone. … The year I had AM we made baskets of 'goodies' for everyone. shortbread,truffels,sausage rolls that kinda thing. They were well chuffed and it cost practically nowt!!



i also did this one, went to pound land and they sell nice wicker baskets, with gingham cloth in them, then got some of the christmas cds, candles, chocs, they also had sets of 2 christmas mugs for a pound, and then made some mince pies and cookies it worked out for 4 baskets full of goodies £15, and my family was made up with them, so was i when i seen similar ones for sale online for £20-£25 each.
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