What kind of Christmas shopper are you? Are you an avid Christmas planner who buys their gifts throughout the year? Or are you a last-minute mad dash kind of shopper? Whichever camp you fall into, at this most expensive time of year we all want the best value for money gifts we can find to keep the whole family happy.
Let’s be honest, buying the family gifts usually falls to us mums, doesn’t it? And we already have quite enough on our plates without spending hours online or trudging through the shopping malls looking for something different, extra special – and, dare I say it, even a little adventurous?
We were recently challenged to ‘gift different’ by TK Maxx to see what designer gifts we could find at prices that won’t blow the budget. They have an ever-changing range of wOoOah/big gifts at oOoOh/small prices!
After getting some great ideas online, I let the kids loose to choose some gifts for the family. Here’s how they got on.
You’ll find a great range of kids gifts and gifts for babies but when you have tweens, it’s always a little more difficult to find something to hold their interest in between bouts of gaming and texting.
Ieuan found a Retro Mini Arcade Machine including 240 games for £14.99 (RRP £24.99)
and a Radio Control Ferrari for £12.99 (RRP £19.99). Great gifts for dads and uncles too.
This Super Mario Question Block Mug for £3.99 (RRP 11.99) would suit any gamer and cheer up a dreary Monday morning.
And what about this collection of 100 brain-teasing puzzles for £12.99 (RRP £19.99)? Great for playing after Christmas dinner, assuming you haven’t succumbed to ‘resting your eyes’ as the husband refers to napping.
You don’t need to schlep around the shops in your quest for something unusual or quirky. TK Maxx sells a huge assortment of big names and designers, up-and-coming labels and one-off gems and always at up to 60% less than the recommended retail price (RRP).
And, you don’t have to wait for Black Friday or Cyber Monday because you’ll find low prices all year round!
Caitlin found some great gifts for her cousins and aunts – and me!
She found a lovely Black & White Panda Gift Set with an eye mask, socks and hot water bottle for £12.99 (RRP £22).
and a gorgeous boxed set of 3 eyeshadow palettes for £9.99 (RRP £24) which any girl would love.
Lastly, she found this gorgeous cross-body leopard print bag at £29.99 (RRP £69) which I have my eye on.
It’s not just clothes, bag and shoes, either. If you love your skincare, you’ll know that TK Maxx is the destination for high-end skincare purchases at affordable prices and is adored by fans of skincare guru Caroline Hirons (including me!) You’ll find plenty of homeware and gifts too and the kids usually vanish to check out the toys on offer when we visit our local store.
You’ll find the same range of bargains on TK Maxx’s website which is great for those of us who love to browse online but make our purchases in person.
A visit to TK Maxx is like a treasure hunt. You don’t know what you’re going to find next – and, as stock is replenished several times a week and styles and items vary across the stores and on the website, there’s a surprise every time you visit. (We are lucky enough to have two TK Maxx stores close by, in the centre of Cardiff and near Wenvoe).
Personally, I find it a fun way to shop and a great way to lose yourself for a little while and I know that I won’t have to worry about someone else giving the same gift as me – as mine will always be unique.
Just remember though, grab those special gifts while you see them because when they’re gone, they’re gone! Happy treasure hunting.
This post is a paid partnership with TK Maxx.