Christmas Gifts On A Budget

Article by Jemma-Louise Gardner December 13, 2016

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Gift buying can be stressful and we all know it. Pushing your way through crowds to packed shelves or endlessly clicking past adverts online isn’t quite what Christmas is about. It’s an opportunity to give thanks, to show people you care for them. If you’re looking for some Christmas gift inspiration, then look no further. Here are ten gift ideas for under £20, featuring items from the best of Bath’s independent shops and some popular online and high-street stores.

Notebooks, start at £11.95,

Notebooks, start at £11.95. ©


Do you know someone who likes to stay organised, or someone that probably should? Stationery is a great and practical gift for students, busy parents and even as a secret santa present. You can’t go wrong! For some quirky and original designs, check out

Glass Hanging Frame, £11.95, from All Things Brighton Beautiful on

Glass Hanging Frame, £11.95. © All Things Brighton Beautiful on


Gifts with a personal touch are always winners. Get your hands on an interesting, stylish frame and add your favourite photo with that special person for an easy but thoughtful present. If you’re struggling to find a photo, get creative and use a card or quote that reminds you of the recipient to make an art print. Try for something a bit different.

 Bath Breakfast Tea Gift Tube, £3.55, from Tea House Emporium, 22 New Bond Street, Bath.

Bath Breakfast Tea Gift Tube, £3.55. © Tea House Emporium: 22 New Bond Street, Bath.


The Tea House Emporium has over 170 teas to choose from, including special Christmas blends that are simply delicious. Their gift tubes make a great little present for anyone who loves a good cuppa and as they’re unique to Bath, you won’t find them anywhere else.

Electric Socks Black, £8.00, from Found, 17 Argyle Street, Bath.

Electric Socks Black, £8.00. © Found: 17 Argyle Street, Bath.

Happy Socks

We all know someone who’s ridiculously difficult to buy for, but who doesn’t need socks? Happy Socks are guaranteed to brighten anybody’s day; with their vibrant and fun designs, they’re a practical gift with some added personality. Find them in Bath’s Found – according to Vogue and The Telegraph, it’s one of the best boutique stores outside London. 

Ladybird books £6.99, Listography books £12.99, Festive Colouring book £9.99 from

Ladybird books £6.99, Listography books £12.99, Festive Colouring book £9.99. ©


If you know the person well you can tailor your choice to their likes, hobbies or subject of study into an extra special gift. Why not head to Waterstones’ gift section for a wonderful selection of non-fiction books. Top choices include Lisa Nola’s Listography series, the Ladybird Books for Grown Ups and a beautiful selection of Adult colouring books.

 (Authors own) The Little Theatre Cinema, St Michael’s Place, Bath.

The Little Theatre Cinema: St Michael’s Place, Bath. © Jemma-Louise Gardner

Cinema Gift Card

Treat a friend to a night out at their local Picturehouse cinema. The Little Theatre Cinema in the centre of Bath is a small vintage theatre that shows a variety of old and new films. Inside there are two screens, with velvet seats and a balcony full of comfy sofas. It’s a perfect gift for film-lovers! A £15 gift card will buy a student ticket and a snack. Check out what milk have to say. 

Silk Mini Flower Scarf Purple £19.95, Faux Fur Pom Hat £11.95 from French Grey, 1 Burton Street, Bath.

Silk Mini Flower Scarf Purple £19.95, Faux Fur Pom Hat £11.95. © French Grey, 1 Burton Street, Bath.

Winter Accessories

French Grey in Burton Street offers a wide variety of gifts and homeware with a luxury feel. Their fashion accessories are beautifully designed and a good quality. Surprise Mum with a gorgeous silk scarf that she’ll never want to take off, or keep someone warm with a stylish and cosy faux-fur pom hat.

Potted Poinsettia £3.50 from

Potted Poinsettia, £3.50. © Ikea

Potted Plants

It’s becoming more and more popular to fill your home with plants; an easy way to bring some life and colour into a room. Festive Poinsettia’s are great for Mum, try indestructible succulents for people who always manage to kill their plants, or a ‘Grow Your Own’ herb kit for cooking and gardening enthusiasts. For pretty plants at low prices, Ikea is your friend.

Ted Baker Bathroom Mug £8.00, Jack Wills Body Spray Trio £15.00, Soap & Glory Zingle Belles £16.00 from

Ted Baker Bathroom Mug £8.00, Jack Wills Body Spray Trio £15.00, Soap & Glory Zingle Belles £16.00. ©


Beauty, fragrance or grooming sets are a standard Christmas gift that everyone will appreciate. Boots have a huge variety of gift sets for both guys and girls, and with great offers with three for two Mix and Match, you’re sure to bag yourself a bargain! Look out for popular brands such as Ted Baker, Jack Wills and Soap and Glory.


Festive Fragranced Gel Candle £6.00, New York Luxury Reed Diffuser £15.00 from

Festive Fragranced Gel Candle, £6.00. © Next


Everyone loves candles, especially at this time of year. stock a huge range of candles, from festive scents to luxury floral collections, you’ll be spoilt for choice. For students who can’t burn candles at home, opt for a reed diffuser instead, they smell just as great and are far less likely to cause angry landlords knocking on your door.


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