Great gifts for £5

Now my birthday is passed and Matt's birthday is out of the way I can fully turn my attention to Christmas! I like to be organised and so have already started prepping gift lists and buying presents when I can (or when they're on offer) but now we've hit November I feel like I can finally start browsing for all the little extras.

Sometimes it can be difficult to find thoughtful but inexpensive gifts. Not only are we on tight budget but we don't really believe on spending excessively on Christmas just for the sake of it. So it is nice to shop around and pick up presents, especially for the kids, that don't break the bank.

And this month, I was re-introduced to Sports Direct. is not just football boots and inexpensive trainers. It features fashion brands, leisurewear and more! Because of its buying power, is able to get products you’d expect to pay more for elsewhere. Their range of £5 gifts for Christmas means you can shop for family, friends, teachers even your book-club buddies for less!

The website is easy to navigate, with options to filter products by popularity, price, sport, age and gender. I was sent a voucher to spend on the site and was pleasantly surprised by the range of gifts available and bargain prices.

The challenge was to buy perfect Christmas gifts for family and friends for just £5. I wasn't sure what to expect but there was loads to choose from. Most of the items I found were for the kids but there were also some that would be wonderful for Matt, for close family friends and for work colleagues. If you're stuck for a Secret Santa gift this year then I would recommend taking a look.

What did I buy?

To show you the range of items you can buy for £5 I picked up gifts for Lily and Ollie, a little something for Matt and something for all the family.

Character Bath Puzzles
Every year I try and pick up some new bath toys for the kids and these will definitely be fun bath time additions. For Lily I picked the Disney Ariel set and for Ollie the Pixar Cars. Unintentionally, my children fall typically into gender stereotypes and Lily loves all things princess. She also loves space and animals but they didn't have any of those so The Little Mermaid it was!

These are great as small presents from Santa and come ready in their own little bags, perfect for storage. Bonus!

Ollie is crazy about the emergency services and loves anything with wheels so this was a definite for him. Of all the purchases I made, this is my favourite because it looks like really good quality and has loads included - and is still only £5.

There are three cars, a helicopter and a crane in the set, as well as loads of road signs and traffic cones. The cars look like they'll stand up to a good deal of crashing, good when Ollie's rescue attempts tend to be made up of crashing emergency vehicles into the whatever he is trying to save...

Pierre Cardin Socks

Maybe I'm boring. But every year Matt gets socks for Christmas. Not just socks (obviously I buy him other gifts as well) but getting enough nice ones at Christmas means he has plenty to open in his stocking (which is annoyingly thin and hard to fit bigger gifts in) and we don't have to buy any later in the year! It also means he gets 'posh' ones like this instead of the budget multi-packs with no pattern on them.

Monkey Tree Game

Who doesn't like to play games at Christmas? I thought this one, which reminds of one I had when I was little, would be a good one for all the family. Growing up, Matt's family would celebrate like they do in Germany and open their gifts to each other on Christmas Eve. Now we're creating traditions of our own we compromise by opening a couple after we get back from the afternoon church service.

The Monkey Tree Game will be a family gift for us all to open on Christmas Eve so we can snuggle in our pyjamas, play some games and read some stories before setting out mince pies for Santa's impending visit!

What else caught my eye?

For just a little bit more spending money you can find a lot more toys and gifts, here a just a few of my favourites and some that I'll be going back for on payday! These are branded toys or items that I've seen priced more expensively elsewhere, I would never have thought to look for them in Sports Direct before but there are some bargains to be found.

If I had one teeny-tiny hesitation it would be the cost of delivery. At £4.99 for standard delivery it is a tad higher than other online retailers and it wouldn't make sense if you only wanted to buy one very cheap stocking filler online. However, if you've already saved money on your purchases and/or are buying a few then it is worth paying the delivery or trying Click and Collect from store. Delivery itself was quick and you are sent regular updates via email so you can track your parcel and be in for when it arrives.

With so many recognisable brand names some good discounts I'm surprised that I haven't taken much notice of Sports Direct before and will be checking back in the run up to Christmas to see what other potential bargains may be lurking behind the sportswear and trainers!

If you haven't checked them out in a while then make sure you take a quick look online and see what bargains you can grab for a fiver or less.

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