Friday, November 30, 2012

$5 and under Christmas gifts from the supermarket

You've done all your Christmas shopping, you're feeling pretty smug with yourself, you've stupidly ducked into the supermarket to get a few things with the kids in tow after school pick up and they tell you they need a gift for Tom, Dick or Harry. You know that feeling? Or Mrs Smith from up the road has so thoughtfully given you a gift and you just feel obliged to give her something in return? Or the Mum's group decide on a Secret Santa (Kris Kringle) the day before you're meeting for lunch? Happens to me all the time. I tend to just bake a batch of biscuits or sweets but sometimes you just can't be bothered or have absolutely no time on your hands. Look no further than the supermarket for a cheap gift.

And at this crazy time of the year, there's always online supermarket shopping and you can throw these extra few things in your order should you need them.

  • block of chocolate (sometimes they're on special 2 for $6 or less)
  • small box of chocolates/lollies/candy bars/biscuits
  • box of cereal
  • book or cheap toy
  • crazy drinking straws
  • popcorn
  • can of soda or 4 pack of soda/juice
  • box of breakfast bars/roll ups/jellies etc that you don't normally buy
  • stationery
  • kid's magazine
  • licensed character toothbrush and/or toothpaste or shampoo/bubble bath/body wash
  • licensed pocket tissue packets
  • chocolate/candy bars/biscuits/nuts
  • toiletries
  • magazine
  • batteries
  • scented candles
  • gardening products
  • Christmas decorations or packet of greeting cards
  • car care products
  • fruit or vegie basket or 2 for $5 mangoes for example
  • gourmet food products like jars of olives, salad dressings, roasted vegetables, curry pastes etc
  • fruit cake or other Christmas baked product
  • Non perishable cheese and crackers
  • Jam/honey/relish/pickles
  • Packet baking mix
  • Cupcake papers/decorating sprinkles etc
  • Kitchen utensil or tea towel/linen
  • Coffee cup filled with candy
  • Fancy cordials or soft drinks
  • dog treats
  • bird seed treats
  • whatever cats might be interested (I'm not a cat person, sorry)
  • bird cage toy
  • grooming products
Just look at basic supermarket items in a different light. Everybody uses them. Buy them something that they wouldn't normally buy for themselves. My Nanna used to give us a cake of soap when we were in our mid to late teens. I used to screw my nose up at it and just laugh at her silly ways but now I'd be more than happy with a cake of soap. It's definitely the thought that counts.



  1. These are great ideas! I was just asking my teen what I can give teen boys that is inexpensive. She suggested candy or soda. Teen boys are always hungry!

  2. We call them happies.

  3. Great ideas! I've been doing the same thing and keeping my eye out for gifts while I shop. Just simple things can be really lovely for people. For ladies another good one is a nice nail polish and a pack of emery boards - instant manicure!

  4. Super ideas! Oh you can't go wrong with a magazine (all flavors; Home and Garden, Teen Magazine, Comic books and Outdoor life!) Stick a bow on it or a candy bar and you've got a great personalized gift!
    Great idea! Love it.

    via FNF, Pat

  5. Anne, great ideas! I love how you included everyone on my list...even the dogs! :D

  6. Excellent post Anne! Lots of great ideas, thanks x

  7. Heaps of great ideas here Anne! I might have to show My Man the Muso the list for grown ups... he gets too overwhelmed when it comes to picking gifts for me from him and the girls :-/ lol

  8. Great ideas! I would love to have you link up to Fall Into the Holidays (open Saturday through Thursday)-

    Katie @ Horrific Knits

  9. awesome post! thanks for the ideas xxx

    New follower here

    lots a blog love

    Amanda from Amanda's Mummy Jeans

  10. This is the nicest post I have ever seen in my entire life. Thanks for sharing such good ideas.

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