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Don't break the bank this Christmas - here's how to celebrate and save your pennies

13th December 2014
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Christmas: it’s the most magical time of year... but it can soon feel like a bit of a glitter-strewn nightmare when the amount of money it costs is taken into consideration.

We’re fully aware that the cost of decorations, gift wrap, gift bags, cards, stocking fillers and fairy lights (and so on) can put a heavy weight on the student coffers, but luckily there is an answer that will mean you don’t have to spend the whole of December challenging Mr Ebenezer Scrooge and can instead focus on the more important things – namely, the Christmas parties.

By following our tips and heading down to your friendly neighbourhood Poundland, you can do Christmas on a tenner (well, almost...)

Here’s how to get everything you need for Christmas, aside from, you know, the actual turkey.*

Stocking fillers

If you’ve got small siblings/cousins/other generic family members to entertain, Poundland has a whole load of gifts that you (ahem, sorry – Santa) can load up their festive stockings with. Think Hello Kitty hair and beauty products, Peppa Pig gloves and hats to keep sticky mitts snugly all winter, classic board games in Ludo and Snakes and Ladders, make-your-own sock monsters, and a whole load of gifts from the seasonally-appropriate Frozen range.

Poundland also sell whoopee cushions, but we’ll leave it up to you whether you risk toilet humour related faux humiliation for the entire festive season by purchasing one of those.

Eating & Treating

On the subject of your small relatives, you can stock up on stocking-filling Christmas confectionary tubes (standard classics include Milky Bar, Dairy Milk, Smarties, Kinder, etc), as well as festive essentials for the grow-ups – Milk Tray, After Eights, Mint and Orange Matchmakers, Guylian Seashells, Toblerone and Just Brazils, amongst others.

Also, you can pick up your crackers, gravy and OXO cubes for a whole lot less than you would in the supermarket. Because you can’t live off mince pies, eggnog and After Eights for the whole of December (no, really – you can’t.)


Decor-wise, it’s probably already time to start thinking about how you’re going to festivally jazz up your shared house/halls corridor. Poundland has five themes for you to choose from when it comes to Christmas decor. You can pick from the Jewelled Yule range, which contains orchids, glass baubles, mini presents, acrylic jewels and beaded garlands for your tree, Festive Frost (pictured above), which offers a traditional white/silver and teal/mint green theme, including lanterns for your dinner table, Merry Berry (including giant bows and crackers), Cosy Christmas (garlands, tree decorations and owls, all in super-cosy fabrics), and Classic Christmas, which promises to evoke Dickensian Yule with a tartan theme (not a Scrooge in sight, we might add.)

Wraps, bags and tags

Gone are the days of spending £5+ on a packet of Christmas cards – Poundland has stacks of 20, 12 or six in stock, plus a three for two offer on packs of ten in aid of Macmillan, where an 8% donation on every pack sold will go to the charity. There are also top offers on gift wrap, gift tags and ribbon, all of which are coordinated – so there’s really no excuse for your presents not to be the best looking when they debut under the (extremely sparkly and cost-effective) tree on Christmas Eve. Challenge set!

Get your Christmas party started at Poundland here.

*You won’t find stuffing or a Christmas tree here either, but honesty – how much can you expect for a solitary quid? Happy Christmas!

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