Christmas tips: keeping presents cheap but meaningful

With stores filled with lavish gifts and adverts constantly promoting the latest must-haves, it is sometimes hard to not worry about how you will be able to afford to buy lots of presents at Christmas. 

Especially if you have young children, or a partner who earns more than you, there may be an underlying guilt that you can't afford to splash out on them.  

However, there are cheaper solutions which still show your loved ones just how much you care about them, without costing you the earth.

Make something

One of the best things you can do at Christmas if you don't have much money is to make your friends and family homemade gifts. This can be yummy treats such as cakes, biscuits, sweetie jars or homemade marmalade, which are sure to put a smile on their face. Or, if you don't fancy yourself as much of a baker, why not create a photo album filled with pictures of your favourite memories with the person that you're giving it to. This will show real thought and the receiver will no doubt appreciate how much time and effort you have put into their gift. 

Set a limit

If you are worried that someone will buy you more than you can afford to buy them, then why not set a limit for each other. This will make sure that you don't feel embarrassed or guilty when swapping presents. Having a small limit, such as