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Christmas on a Budget | by Raquel Taylor

Christmas is a time of joy and giving, a time for families to gather and love but let’s face it, it can be a very expensive time of the year! This Christmas I have a very tight budget but I want to make sure the magic and gift sharing traditions remain the same. With that in mind I went to Ocean Keys Shopping Centre to do my Christmas shopping knowing there is a wide range of retailer stores for the entire family. It was the ideal place to go as I stuck to my budget and found gifts I am proud off.

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On this shop I had 4 family members in mind, 2 kids and 2 adults, with a budget of $150. I aimed to find suitable gifts for the kids around $30 and $40 for each adult relative.
When I shop for a loved one I have a hierarchy of intentions in what I seek. Even on a budget these aims remain the same.
  1. A thoughtful gift | I try to find a gift that is aligned with their interests and hobbies.
  2. The latest popular item | It’ recognisable, has popularity and is highly likely to impress.
  3. A special too good to miss | A gift that is substantial in value and is at bargain price.
  4. Gift cards | This option can be my preferred choice for certain family members but for others this is the backup if I'm in doubt with what to gift them.
As the saying goes, it's the thought that counts and if you take the time to think about who you are buying for, it's possible to find something they will value without the need to give a lavish gift.



I easily found the perfect gifts for my family members at Ocean Keys and was able to stick to my budget. The total of the 4 gifts was $147 and I feel I did a fantastic job finding gifts everyone will appreciate. At the risk of ruining the surprise for my family this year I share what I bought.

For the jokester tween I selected the board game Watch Ya’ Mouth from Games World.
Price paid $29.99 (originally $39.99, store special)
Gift type | The latest popular Item

For the adventurous, young mighty girl who loves to play pretend I selected a metallic lantern from Smiggle. 
Price paid $34.95.
Gift type | A thoughtful gift / The latest popular Item

For the tech savvy gentleman who has everything except enough hands to hold it all I selected a brown portable organiser from Typo. 
Price paid $39.95 (RRP $49.95, 20% off promotion for new newsletter subscribers)
Gift type ‘A thoughtful gift’

 For the well presented lady who has an appreciation for quality garments I selected a cardigan from W-Lane.
Price paid $41.95 (RRP $59.95, 30% off promotion)
Gift type ‘A thoughtful gift’

Total $146.84
Within Budget? Yes


The presents are wrapped and have been placed under the Christmas tree thanks to the wonderful ladies from Soroptimist International Joondalup at the gift wrapping services. I'm smiling as I think of all that time saved, no last minute wrapping rush and I have that feeling of completion! It was absolutely worth the gold coin donations.




The centre is giving a free gift when you purchase an Ocean Keys Gift Card valued at $50 or more. If I was stuck for present ideas I had planned to purchase a gift card and try my luck on the mystery free gift.  I was told that the presents under the tree each have a number on them. You select one randomly and the staff at the information desk will reveal your prize. It's an option that simplifies gift giving and the free gift is definitely a bonus.



Tips for Christmas Shopping on a Budget

•Set a budget and make a list of people you are buying for.
•Look through catalogues for specials and to get familiar with the latest popular items.
•Read the signs in-stores for current promotions.
•Perform a filter search of your emails for discounts you can present before making your purchase.



Happy shopping & have a Merry Christmas!

xoxo

Raquel

Check out Raquel's blog; My Clothes Raq