Top 50 Christmas gifts you can buy for under $10

IF YOU have been down to the shops in the past couple of weeks, you'll have noticed that Christmas trees, cakes, decorations and fruit mince pies are already out in full force.

Christmas is the most expensive time of the year.

Many people put their whole Christmas bill on credit cards, and spend generally the whole year paying it off - insanity.

Today I thought I'd share my list of 100 items you can buy as Christmas gifts for less than $10. Here's 50 and you'll find the rest on our website.

Ready? Here we go.

1. Alarm clock

2. A paperback novel and bookmark

3. New coffee cup (stuffed with chocolates)

4. A board game

5. A pair of thongs, jiffies or slippers

6. Crossword puzzle book

7. Sudoku game book

8. Pack of playing cards

9. Set of nail polishes and nail polish remover

10. A shaving kit

11. Headband or bandana

12. Bath bombs (or make your own)

13. Set of lip balms

14. Nail care set

15. Bubble bath or bath salts

16. Goat's milk soaps or handmade soap

17. Hand moisturiser

18. Embroidered hanky

19. Make-up bag

20. Make-up brush set

21. A pedometer

22. A yoga mat

23. Aromatherapy oils

24. Eyelash curler

25. Fancy shower cap (one of my favourites)

26. Bottle of homemade jam with the recipe attached

27. Selection of herbal teas in a teacup

28. Packet of gourmet coffee in a coffee cup

29. Homemade gourmet coffee mixes

30. Candied popcorn

31. Coffee cup full of lollies

32. Homemade chutney

33. Tin of homemade biscuits

34. Homemade cookies in a jar

35. Handful of chocolate bars with a ribbon wrapped around them

36. Loaf of freshly baked bread wrapped in a tea towel with the recipe attached

37. Homemade salsa with a bag of corn chips

38. Homemade fudge - simple and easy

39. Homemade lemon butter or passionfruit butter

40. A pretty diary

41. A fountain pen

42. Packet of postcards from the recipient's favourite place (i.e. London or Rome)

43. Mini photo album

44. A travel mug

45. An address book

46. A wall calendar

47. Self-improvement book

48. Personalised Post it Notes (you can get them made up!)

49. Pair of gardening gloves and some seed packets

50. Help on Christmas Day so mums don't lose their minds.

Jody Allen is the founder of Stay At Home Mum: www.stayat

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