Shopping online offers many advantages such as finding the best deals and avoiding crowds. With the holidays upon us, many retailers are also offering sales and shipping discounts to take advantage of the prime shopping season. The best part is that finding gifts for the entire family for under £20 can be done in an afternoon. Here are some ideas for your loved ones that won’t break the bank:
For the little ones
Who needs high-tech gadgets when you have the gift of imagination? Help children explore their creativity with these Animal Masks by Mitik (£16). Each kit contains eight masks which can be detached, assembled and painted (paints not included). Best for children ages four and up. Buy online at http://www.littlescout.co.uk/ Try a fun jigsaw puzzle for a treat the entire family can enjoy together. Toyella offers a number of quality toys including this wild Monster Jigsaw Puzzle by Mudpuppy (£13.99) at very affordable prices. This puzzle features vibrant original illustrations by Michael Slack, is printed with nontoxic inks, and uses up to 90% recycled paper. Toyella offers free UK delivery on all orders. Buy online at http://www.toyella.com/
For the fitness enthusiast
Help the active person in your life keep their important items handy while exercising with the Nike Running Arm Wallet for £7.99. It’s constructed with a lightweight neoprene fabric, velcro flap for secure storage, and a hook and loop closure system. Different colors available at http://www.sportsdirect.com/ It’s important to stay hydrated when active, but carrying a water bottle can be bulky. Try the Adidas Bottle Belt (£14.40) which includes a 500ml bottle. This practical alternative to a backpack is a great choice for short hikes and includes a small pocket to fit keys or a phone in. Buy online at http://www.wiggle.co.uk/.
For the spa lover
Creating a spa experience is easy with this Lavender Bath Salt Kit (£12.95). Each kit includes materials to make two large jars of soothing bath salts with natural lavender and sea salt. Other available scents include Rose and Chamomile. Buy online at http://www.thehomemadecompany.com/
Experience natural skincare made in the British countryside with this lovely Limited Edition Revitalising Gift Set (£14.50) from Green & Spring. Featuring an invigorating blend of peppermint, dandelion and fennel, this kit is a great introduction to the Green & Spring Line. This gift set includes a shower & bath foam (50ml), exfoliating body wash (50ml) and body lotion (50ml). Buy online at https://greenandspring.com/
A word of caution for parents looking for affordable toys for their children: the Internet is being flooded with surprisingly cheap toys, most of which are made of toxic materials and could harm your children. In most cases, these dangerous toys are made in China and Korea. This doesn’t mean that you can not import toys from these countries, but if you find a massive doll house for £8, a video game console for £20 or expensive-looking jewels for £10, then I suggest that you try to find out where these products were made and whether they comply with European and US quality standards.