Thursday, 8 December 2016

Lifestyle: Stocking Fillers & Secret Santa Gifts

inexpensive christmas gifts

The end of 2016 is here and everyone is excited about Christmas by now. With friends, colleagues and family to sort out with presents, the budget can very easily explode and before you know it, you've spent a little fortune during the pre-Christmas period. I've been on top of my gifting list for my friends and family and organised a few cute Secret Santa gifts and stocking fillers to give away. Inexpensive Christmas gifts can be found this year mainly in John Lewis. From small Christmas gifts to stocking fillers, there are some pretty items available in the current festive collection. I've bought a few things which are perfect to give away on their own or will apply that special finish for your wrapped presents. Furthermore, I've also discovered a tech brand at this year's Bloggers Festival that I'd like to introduce to you for today's post as they do the most stylish power packs for your smartphone and therefore would make a great gift.  

1. Monogram Tree Ornament, £5

Personalisation in fashion has been a huge trend and lots of lifestyle brands followed. From monogram letters for your bookcase to monogrammed travel tags, your initials have been seen on most everyday items throughout 2016. John Lewis follows the trend, too, and have released a monogrammed Christmas Tree ornament range. The letters in a deep festive red colour are powered by two AAA batteries so you can light up your ornament and let your initials, or a special Christmas message, shine from your tree. I love the idea as they make great presents for Secret Santa or can also be used to add that special finish to your Christmas wrapping. The change of batteries though is a bit tricky, as you'll need a mini screwdriver to open the battery compartment at the back of the ornament. Fiddly, but oh so cute when it is lit on.

monogram christmas tree ornament john lewis

2. Clock Ornament, £6

I have a thing for chronographs and watches, so this Victorian-inspired clock ornament was a must-have for me when I saw it. John Lewis seems to have these in their standard range of Christmas ornaments, as I remember missing out on buying those last year. Luckily they had them back and I bought two to use for my own tree and as decoration when I'm wrapping up presents. The clock resembles for me the magical midnight hour on Christmas eve and the moment of swapping gifts on December 24.

clock christmas tree ornament john lewis

3. Polka Dot Mugs, £5

Do you love Kate Spade? Then you'll be surprised to hear that these are John Lewis' own brand and cost a fraction of the price, the designer label charges for its china. I found those on the ground floor in the random gifts section of the department store and bought a few. They are very stylish and Kate Spade-like, perfect for when you love the label but don't want to fork out a fortune. Wrap these up in clear cellophane gift wrap and fill the mug with chocolates for a perfect small Christmas gift to treat friends or colleagues for Secret Santa.

christmas stocking fillers

4. PNY Power Pack*, £14

Hands up if you bagged yourself a new phone in the Black Friday sale *lifts hand* Yup, I got one, too to give to my mum. As it is her birthday and Christmas a few days later, I thought I should not only gift her the new phone but also all the accessories. Like all the standard essentials that you need to start out with your very first smartphone including phone case and power packs. This one is from PNY, a tech brand that I got introduced to at the Bloggers Festival in September. Not only do these rose coloured packs look super trendy, they also come in a very handy cardholder size. No excuse to not take them in your handbag! I've been using mine ever since I got it and it is so easy and uncomplicated to use. Unlike other packs, it doesn't get hot and has so far been very reliable.

PNY rose gold power pack

I'm really pleased with the small gifts and presents that I've got this year to give away. Rather than the usual scented candle or sweets, I feel these are practical, thoughtful and stylish. Plus I hope today's post on Christmas gift ideas has been proven that you can get some pretty inexpensive Christmas gifts and Stocking Fillers that won't break the bank. 

Thank you so much for checking out today's Christmas inspired lifestyle post.

Take care and till next time,
xx Carolin xx

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