Frugal Christmas gifts for kids
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Keeping the cost of Christmas to a minimum? Then don't miss our round up of the best budget Christmas gifts for the children in your life.
Toys and board games
There are plenty of toys for under a fiver at Home Bargains (use the store locator). Get Hello Kitty Memory Cards for £2.99 (RRP £6.99), the WowWee Light Strike Rapid Fire System for £2.99 (RRP £9.99), Bizu Style Studio Twist-on Beads for £3.99 (RRP £21.99), this Light Fever Red Motion Lamp for £4.99 and ZhuZhu Babies Newborn Nursery for £4.99 (RRP £22.99).
Dolls are a tricky one and the biggest sellers this year are eye-wateringly expensive, but beyond the big brands, you can find some good prices at the supermarkets. At Tesco it’s 3 for 2 on Emmi dolls and accessories so you could buy this My First Baby for £3.50, a stroller for £4.97 and get a nappy change pack for free!
Halfords also has some decent toys for kids under £10 including the Nebulus Scooter (available in both pink and blue) for £9.99 – buy a Scootrix Sticker pack for £2.99 in-store so they can customise it too!
Interactive toys can cost an arm and a leg but Argos is a safe bet for some of this year’s popular toys including the Talking Ben Animation Talk Back, costing £19.99, and the Singalongz, now £24.99 (RRP £29.99). You can also save 25% on Sesame Street Tickle Elmo, now £22.49 (RRP £29.99), get £3 off this Jiggle 'n' Dance Flufflings Soft Toy, now £19.99 (RRP £22.99) and save £6 on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Bedtime Rocket, now £18.99 (RRP £24.99).
Bits ‘n’ Bobs
Don’t miss out on the offers at Lidl this week. From Thursday 20th December, check your local store for kids’ Heroes and Princesses with a Spider-Man Knitted Set and Pink Minnie Mouse Knitted Set, both with hat, scarf and gloves for £4.99, Kids’ Fleece Blankets (Spider-Man or Disney Princess) also for £4.99 and in the same range, you can buy a Kids’ Wall Clock (four characters to choose from) for just £3.49!
Buy your Mooshi Monsters and Hello Kitty for less Co-operative Pharmacy (find a nearby branch here). This Hello Kitty sleeved fleece is £5 and the alarm clock is £4, while the Moshi Monsters 5 Day Bubbles Gift Set 50ml is only £3. Other gifts for kids include a Cozy Plush Microwavable Bagpuss for £8, Spiderman 3D Bubble Bath 300ml for £4 and a Jelly Belly Assorted Tin Set for £5.
Argos has knocked £10 off Trunki suitcases, now from £24.99 and available in a variety of funky colour. A great way to get the kids pulling their own weight, or just give them something fun to ride on!
Arts, crafts and dress up!
John Lewis has come up trumps for cheaper Play-Doh – buy a set of four mini tubs for £2, some Super Tools for £2.95 and while you’re there, take your pick of dozens of sticker packs for £1 each, buy this Magic Sketcher for £1.25, six glitter glue pens for £3, a mask kit containing 5 wild animal designs for £4 and a pack of six finger paint pots for £5!
For young teens who love to primp and preen, both these floral mini hair straighteners and pink mini travel hairdryer have £3 off and are now £7 each at Matalan. And at Sainsbury’s (check if you can click and collect) buy the Creations Nail Deco Set for £7.99 and the Aqua Beads New Starter Set for £9.99.
And if you want to stir up some talent, save up to a third on various musical toys at Argos including this pink Chad Valley Singalong Keyboard, Stand and Stool, now £19.99 (RRP £29.99), this Chad Valley Beat Box and this LeapFrog Touch Magic Guitar, both now £14.99 (RRP £19.99) and this WowWee Paper Jamz Guitar, now £7.48 (RRP £9.97).