IF YOU have been down to the shops in the past couple of weeks, you'll have noticed that Christmas trees, cakes, decorations and fruit mince pies are already out in full force.
Christmas is the most expensive time of the year.
Many people put their whole Christmas bill on credit cards, and spend generally the whole year paying it off - insanity.
Today I thought I'd share my list of 100 items you can buy as Christmas gifts for less than $10. Here's 50 and you'll find the rest on our website.
Ready? Here we go.
1. Alarm clock
2. A paperback novel and bookmark
3. New coffee cup (stuffed with chocolates)
4. A board game
5. A pair of thongs, jiffies or slippers
6. Crossword puzzle book
7. Sudoku game book
8. Pack of playing cards
9. Set of nail polishes and nail polish remover
10. A shaving kit
11. Headband or bandana
12. Bath bombs (or make your own)
13. Set of lip balms
14. Nail care set
15. Bubble bath or bath salts
16. Goat's milk soaps or handmade soap
17. Hand moisturiser
18. Embroidered hanky
19. Make-up bag
20. Make-up brush set
21. A pedometer
22. A yoga mat
23. Aromatherapy oils
24. Eyelash curler
25. Fancy shower cap (one of my favourites)
26. Bottle of homemade jam with the recipe attached
27. Selection of herbal teas in a teacup
28. Packet of gourmet coffee in a coffee cup
29. Homemade gourmet coffee mixes
30. Candied popcorn
31. Coffee cup full of lollies
32. Homemade chutney
33. Tin of homemade biscuits
34. Homemade cookies in a jar
35. Handful of chocolate bars with a ribbon wrapped around them
36. Loaf of freshly baked bread wrapped in a tea towel with the recipe attached
37. Homemade salsa with a bag of corn chips
38. Homemade fudge - simple and easy
39. Homemade lemon butter or passionfruit butter
40. A pretty diary
41. A fountain pen
42. Packet of postcards from the recipient's favourite place (i.e. London or Rome)
43. Mini photo album
44. A travel mug
45. An address book
46. A wall calendar
47. Self-improvement book
48. Personalised Post it Notes (you can get them made up!)
49. Pair of gardening gloves and some seed packets
50. Help on Christmas Day so mums don't lose their minds.
Jody Allen is the founder of Stay At Home Mum: www.stayat homemum.com.au
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