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Poundland have a pretty awesome Christmas range which could be your savior this year if your budget is looking tight!
With less than two weeks to go until Christmas, I know some of you out there will really be feeling the pinch. While it’s easy to have the best intentions throughout the year with regards to saving and buying a few gifts here and there when you can, I do know it’s not always that easy. If you’re currently wondering how your going to stretch your December pay to buy everything you need, Poundland might genuinely be the answer.
I think people seem to have a bit of a love hate relationship with Poundland – there’s those that love it and can’t resist a wander round every time they go near one, and those who think that it’s full of cheap tat that’s not worth bothering with. And the latter couldn’t be more wrong. Yes, you do have to be a bit careful – sometimes the same items will be less in Wilkos, or will be smaller than usual supermarket size, but on the whole, there are plenty of bargains to be had.
In this post I’m going to share some of my favourites bits from this years Christmas collection – with price comparisons to other stores so you can see what a bargain you are getting. I’ve tried to pick items that most people pick up over the Christmas period – such as fancy tree decorations (I know a lot of people like to add one or two to their collection each year) Stocking fillers because almost everyone needs these and Retro sweets because they seem to be the in thing at the moment!
So let’s get started. .
Poundland Christmas Savings
Round One – The Tree Decs
First up these Tree Decorations. In all honesty there’s not a lot of difference. The Poundland one (I have the telephone box) feels quite heavy and is good quality. If you didn’t know which was which, I think it would be really hard to tell. The Marks and Spencer’s version of this is £4!!
Round Two – The Santa Sack
Secondly there are these Santa Sacks. Made of a hessian Type Material they are a perfect alternative to a Christmas stocking or ideal for wrapping large awkward shaped presents. They are also quite large and strong so great for transporting presents between houses over the Christmas period.
The next cheapest I could find was at the Card Factory for £2.99
Poundland Saving £1.99
Round Three – The Novelty Mug
There’s usually at least one person in our lives we end up buying a mug for at Christmas. Whether it’s the worlds biggest fan of coffee or a cheeky secret Santa present, Poundland have got you got covered. Personally I love this Merry Elfin Christmas Mug. Most other Novelty Mugs start at £2.99 for just the mug (not ones that come filled). Again the closest equivalent I could find was at card factory. Also, these are selling for as much as £15 on eBay – so do not buy them from there!
Poundland Saving £1.99.
Round Four – Stocking Fillers
Everyone needs stocking fillers – whether they’re for the kids or for big kids the cost of all those little bits can soon add up.
I love these multi-coloured lights from Poundland -they actually charge your phone or tablet (Samsung only) the closest gift type set of these I could find were these fairy light shaped ones from Amazon for £3.79 which plug into a USB port.
Poundland Saving £2.79.
These Pom Pom key chains seem to be all the range at the moment – perfect teen girl stocking filler. Now, I did actually find these cheaper on Amazon. BUT they came from China and there is no way they would be here in time for Christmas, with current deliver dates for China currently being about mid January. The next cheapest I found were 80p but with a £1.00 delivery charge.
Poundland Saving £0.80
Okay, so until I googled it I never realized what a big thing these phone stands are! Sites like Etsy are FULL of them – although those are much fancier than this basic Poundland version. However, the cheapest equivalent I could find was this one on amazon Costing £4.90.
Poundland Saving £3.90
Round Five – Home Decor
One of my favourite home decor items I’ve found in Poundland this year is the Reindeer cushion pictured below (other variants are available including a gorgeous stag!)
It may not be the plumpest cushion ever – but it looks stylish and is an absolute bargain at £1. The closest I could find online were £2.00 (eBay) for just the cover and an extra £1 minimum for the filling. Wilko’s also have similar stag cushion to the Poundland one for £7.
Poundland Saving £2.00
I also love these wooden Countdown Blocks – and a quick google tells me they usually sell for much, much more than £1. The cheapest elsewhere was an Elf themed count down at £4.25 (eBay) – I did find some others cheaper but they all had postage costs.
Poundland saving – £3.25
Round Six – Sweets
I have the worlds biggest sweet tooth and I love my sweets. However, I’m always astounded at how much the large retro jars cost in the shops in the run up to Christmas – especially in the big department store likes Debenhams. Poundland stock plastic jars of retro sweets with a choice of flavours including Rhubarb & Custard, Mint humbugs, Rosy Apples, Mocktails and Strawberries and Champagne. These are perfect for stocking fillers, hampers and general little top up gifts. The closet I could find was in Wilkos starting at £2.
Poundland Saving – £1.00
Round Seven – Hamper Baskets
Hampers are a great way to save and make lovely gifts at Christmas. I love filling mine with freebies from the shopping apps and of course items from Poundland. (Here’s one I made last year for less than £3 – the content RRP was almost £20)
The most expensive thing usually ends up being the basket they go in. Well no longer. This year Poundland has two amazing wooden hamper baskets one flat and one crate style (perfect for beer and spirits)
The closest I could find for a wooden beer crate was around £10 including delivery on both Amazon and eBay
Poundland saving – £9
While the next cheapest hamper basket I could find was at Wilkos for £2.60
Poundland Saving £1.60
Here’s a pic of of one mine in action – this is currently under the tree and cost just £5.58 to make – the biscuits were from Poundland the Jams from Iceland and the Sweets from Wilko’s.
TOTAL POUNDLAND SAVINGS: £31.50 ON JUST THESE 11 ITEMS
WOW. What a huge difference. Just think what you could do with that extra cash! And that’s if you’re just buying one of each item mentioned – there are definitely some I’d be buying more of (especially those retro sweets!). I’d love to hear about your best Poundland buys in the comments!
Disclaimer – Some items featured (but not all) were gifted to me by Poundland with no obligation to write about them – all opinions are my own. All prices correct as of 14/12/17.