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It's November, and for a lot of people, this means it's time to start thinking about Christmas presents. Christmas can be a financially stressful time of year, so we have dedicated this month to providing tips for navigating the holiday season on a budget.

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Everyone loves a good DIY gift. It's personal, one of a kind, and completely customisable. Have a look on Pinterest for hundreds and thousands of ideas for homemade gifts. You can do anything from a photo album or scrapbook, to homemade pottery or hangable art. If you have little ones, this can be a great idea to get them involved in the present-giving experience.


Everybody from your grandma to your favourite cafe is decorating with plants this year. It is said that greenery is good for promoting both productivity, and relaxation - the perfect gift for your recipient to either bring to the office or set up at home. Give the gift of a life this Christmas with a succulent or indoor plant in a nice pot. You could also decorate the pot with some paints, ribbons, or fabric.

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An Experience

If you have a friend or loved one who is difficult to buy for, why not take them on an adventure? An experience is the perfect gift for the person who has everything or wants nothing. You can find surprisingly affordable experiences for everyone and anyone on Red Balloon. For the daredevil, a few laps in a race car. For someone who prefers something a little more relaxed, a picnic-style lunch for two. Keep an eye out on the website, as they often have sales!


Everybody loves food, so if you're stuck for gift ideas, keep this one in your back pocket. For the friend you don't see enough, grab a voucher for the two of you to go out for a meal and a few drinks. For your family, perhaps you could do some baking or chocolate making! There's no need to make it boring, you can find the perfect edible gift for anyone.

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Frame a Photo

The perfect gift for grandparents is, of course, some nice pictures of their family to proudly hand in their home for all to see. Framing can be an investment, so you might prefer to pick one up yourself and print out a photo in a department store. These days, our phones have the capability to take such high quality pictures, that you may be surprised how big you can blow them up!

Take Them Out

Often, people will prefer to spend some one on one time with you rather than receive a tangible gift. Allot a day to take a loved one on a picnic, to the markets, or on a dinner cruise, and give the gift of some quality time.

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