Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Discounts and Sales!

It's getting much nearer to that time of year again... yes. Christmas is coming. We can't deny it anymore. The Argos advert is on, Next has it's Christmas display up and the Christmas candles are out in force. There's just 10 short weeks to go until it's present swapping time, and we all know how much pain Christmas causes our bank accounts. After about 5 years of panic buying the week before Christmas, this year, I am starting my shopping early.

So, for this reason, I have be traipsing the internet all afternoon to find you guys as many discount codes, offers and sales as I can to make the present buying experience a little less painful and a little more organised.

But, first things first, before you go and buy anything for anyone, make yourself a list of some ideas for what to get people. I do this every year (I rarely stick to it, but I have the right intentions...) and, to make that a little less of a headache, I like to make mine pretty and festive, to put me in the spirit of things when I start my shopping. Also, set a budget for each person. If you're doing secret santa, keep it to a £5- £10 limit and try and make this the only novelty gift you buy! (I struggle with that every!) Personally, I tend to do £30 per parent and sibling, £10- £20 for my best friend and per grandparent and about £10 per housemate. Obviously, if you can get the perfect present for less then don't just buy loads of extra things, they won't know it was in the sale! Boring, but important stuff there!

So, to the fun bit. I'm going to pick a selection of gifts "For Him" and "For Her", all on offer, with a discount (not student, not all of you have that) or are in the sale. All items will be under £30.

I shall start with "For Him". I don't know about you guys, but buying for men is the baine of my life. I struggle so much!

1. Remote Control Helicopter, £29.99 £19.99, Menkind (sale)
2. Grey Hooded Onesie, £34.00 £18.00, Topman (sale) also, free delivery on orders over £50!
3. Jongleurs Comedy Pass for Two, £20.00 £15.00, buyagift.co.uk (sale)
4. Paintballing for 8, £20.00, £10.00, buyagift.co.uk (sale)
5. Howick Leather Belt, £30.00 £18.00 £12.00, House of Fraser (sale) also, free delivery on orders over £50!
6. Mixed Yarn Scarf (Blue), £10.00, BooHoo 20% off Menswear code: 20BOOHOOMAN or, 20% off winter essentials using WINTER20
7. Ring of Fire Game, £5.00, Debenhams 3 for 2 Stocking Fillers
8. Head Massager, £5.00, Debanhams 3 for 2 Stocking Fillers 
9. Lacoste Noir Eau de Toilette Gift Set, £28.00, Boots £5 off when you spend £40 or more online on selected fragrances (Code: FRST40) and/or a free gift

I hope that gives you a few ideas for the dreaded man presents and you make the most of any of the offers/sales/codes I've listed- some of them only have a few days left so be quick!
I always find buying "For Her" so much easier than buying for boys!

1. Mono Stud Frame Bag, £35.00 £20.00, Miss Selfridge (sale)
2. Anna Sui 'Forbidden Affair' Eau de Toilette, £36.00 £18.00, Superdrug, Half Price Fragrance (Online Only)
3. Slipper Boots, £12.00, BooHoo, 20% off Winter Essentials, Code: WINTER20
4. Nails Inc A/W 2013 Collection, £25.00 £20.25, beautybay.com (sale) Free Delivery
5. Family Photoshoot with £50 Gift Voucher, £69.00 £10.00, buyagift.co.uk (sale)
6. Afternoon Tea & Prosecco for 2 in Bloomsbury, £28.00, Travelzoo Massively Discounted
7. Benefit Eyeliner Trio, £14.00 £9.33, Debanhams (save a third)
8. Revlon Freedom Make Up Mirror, £23.00 £20.70 £18.00, Debanhams (sale)
9. Gold Drop Earrings, £39.99 £29.99, H Samuel (sale)
10. Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, £18.99 £9.49, Waterstones, Special Offer

So hopefully these two lists have given you a little bit of inspiration. I've tried to ensure there is a good mix of possibilities for your teenage brother/sister, as well as your mum/dad/nan/grandad. 

I've also just received an email from Boux Avenue- their cosy pj's in a bag are on buy one get one free and they're £30 each! Alas, it is too late to show a picture but go go go! 

Another little addition- Amber and Silver jewellery specialists Henryka have a great sale on at the moment so check that out too!

Happy Christmas shopping! 

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