This time last year I decided to take advantage of the great sales there were around the town and go buy gifts, as many as I could afford, for birthdays throughout the year and for the following December. Well, it turned out to be a great success because as the year progressed, instead of trying to find the money and buying presents, or worse, forgetting about the birthday until the last minute and having nothing, I just went upstairs to the bag I had hidden away in one of the wardrobes, found the gift, wrapped it and gave it!Easons last year, I have REALLY ENJOYED shopping and snapping up any good deals I could. I am delighted with my booty and enjoyed going through them this evening. I took some photos, so here they are...
I got Sarah a small Dora bag full of pencils, erasers, copies etc. I also picked up a pencil case along with a special pen that lights up when you write. The total cost was €11.97 but I paid €3.82
Kerri will be getting a Princess poster art set, pencil case, set of erasers and a light up princess pen. Total cost was €8.47 and I paid €1.74
For Cara I got a mad pink make-up bag, nail varnish, two Bratz books and a light-up pen. Total cost €15.18. I paid €2.48.
Cillian is getting two books and a fancy Ben 10 pen. One of the books (a jigsaw book) isn't in the photo. Total cost €32.20 I paid €3.32
For next December I got Mary O's family a gift of tableware. A tablecloth, table runner, place mats, napkins and napkin rings totalled €42.00 and I paid €12.50. I got the silver box for €1.50!
Little Sarah gets a set of bed clothes and a nice quilt. I hope to buy a nice cushion too. Bed clothes and blanket were €14.00 I paid €6.
For Lucy I picked up a beautiful soft red dressing gown, red socks and a set of 2 pairs of pj's. Total cost was €17.00 and I paid €8.50.
I picked up some cloth napkins and lovely napkin rings. The set of 8 napkins and 8 rings were €18.00. I got them for €4.00.
I also got these notepads and pens for Seán's Russian teacher Lisa and for Kate, our teacher who comes to see us every once in a while to see how we are doing with the home schooling. The books and pens were only €3.90 per set!
These fun NOISY animals will go to two good homes next December! € 8.00 each but I paid €1.00 for them.
This gold table cloth and candle rings are for Anne. I have to buy two nice candles to finish the gift off. The table cloth and rings came in at €17.00 but I paid €5.00 I picked up the same table cloth and rings for my own table :o) I plan to use them on Valentine's Day for Niall's birthday.
And for Easter...
These very cute bunny slippers will be for Sarah and Lucy. They cost €4.00 each and I paid €1.00!
I have teamed one pair of these slippers up with books and drinking bottles that I bought during the sales last year for a family with 5 young children for Easter (instead of Easter eggs). I think the total was about €45.00 and I got them all for about €9.50.
One last thing. I have started to pick up small gifts that I can group together to give to somebody who's not well. A 'get well' gift. I have bought things like bath pillows for 99c each, slippers for €1.00, 2 x face mittens for 50c, mugs that say 'take it easy' for 50c, face wipes etc. All I need to get are a couple of face masks and then I will have two gifts to give somebody during the year as a 'pick-me-up' :o) I might gather them together and ask a florist to wrap them to finsih it off.
This is a photo of the things I have bought this month. I hope they are well received during the year and that they bring others as much enjoyment as they have given me!
So, the final tally is... 20 gifts priced at €245.82, I bought for €74.02, saving €171.78!
So... That works out at less than €4.00 per set of gifts (as in dressing gown, socks & pj's)
I did spend about another €20 on bits and bobs that may come in handy during the year, or next year.
Ahhhhh, I enjoyed that!