Christmas Shopping on a Budget

I used to get very overwhelmed with the thought of Christmas Shopping and those 'helpful' countdown reminders did me no favours! Finding the perfect gifts for my loved ones that were also within my budget was a difficult task but now I know exactly where to shop and I am able to focus on the joy of giving. With the wide variety of retailers at Ocean Keys Shopping Centre I am able to find a gift for everyone on my list and it’s easy to stick to my budget.  

I visited Perth’s shopping centre Ocean Keys to start my Christmas shopping with 6 family members in mind and a budget of $300. With zilch preparation or ideas it could have been a failed mission but I had triumph and I am delighted with the thoughtful gifts I found.
For the nap queen of the family I selected
  • A nightie from Bras and Things  - Price paid $44.95
  • Slippers from Cotton On - Price paid $24.95
  • Plus The Body Shop had an offer too good to pass up. I bought a Peppermint Candy Cane Soap for $6 and got the Strawberry Delights Bag for $12, normally $20.
These items will make a lovely hamper and each individual item wrapped with a chocolate or 2 would make a suitable gift idea.
Totalling $87.90

For the guy who is so proud of his man pad I bought home d├ęcor to help him achieve that homely feel in a masculine way.
  • I selected an artificial pot plant from Adairs - Price paid $19.99 (original $24.95, Linen lovers special)
  • These vintage lamps from Smokemart and Gift Box were the bargain of the day! They scanned up at $5 so rather than buying the single one as planned at $24.95 I bought the 4 that were available for $20. 
Totalling $39.99

For the tech savy 10 year old boy
  • I bought a Sphero Mini Robotic Ball from JB HI-FI. - Price $62.30 (originally $89, 30% off offer)

For the young girl with a colourful personality and big dreams I bought
  • a water proof Cactus watch from City of Gold Jewellers. - Price paid $36 (originally $59.95, store promotion)
  • A Jojo unicorn bow from Priceline Pharmacy. - Price paid $11.99
  • A unicorn notebook and pen from Priceline Pharmacy. - Price paid $8
  • A rainbow pony Beanie Boo from Newsxpress. - Price paid $8.99
Totalling $64.98

For the grandparents who appreciate the simple comforts
  • I chose 2 therapeutic pillows with natural satchels of chamomile and jasmine from The Australian Pillow Factory. This retailer was a pop up shop in the middle of the centre and I am glad I took notice of their stand as I always try to find a gift worth buying and these pillows make a quality gift without the huge price tag. - Price paid $50.

I allowed myself time to go from store to get see what was on offer and to gather ideas. On my travels I took photos of items and reviewed my options over lunch and a coffee. I found this to be a stress free way to manage having no predetermined purchases and I felt confident in my final decisions.

My Christmas shopping for my 6 loved ones came under budget at a total of $289.17. Ocean Key offers affordable gifts for the whole family making it the ideal place to do my Christmas shopping on a budget. I am proud of my efforts and know each loved one will appreciate the thought that went into their gift.
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.
  • Allow yourself plenty of time to browse the shopping centre so you don’t feel rushed.
  • Read the signs in-stores for current promotions.
  • Before heading to the check-out perform a filter search of your emails for any discounts you can present. 

Happy Christmas Shopping on a Budget!