Wanting to show that Christmas doesn’t have to bankrupt you and leave you out of pocket until that January pay cheque, our second challenge as Poundland Ambassadors was to spend £20 in store to stock up on all of those Christmas essentials.
I love everything about Christmas, including all of the preparations so this was a challenge that got me all excited. Armed with my list and a budget we took a trip to our nearest Poundland store with the aim of making our £20 go as far as possible. I didn’t take my camera to the store so had to utilise the camera on my phone instead.
My first stop in the store was the wrapping paper, bags and labels, every year I always forget about the actually wrapping of presents which results in my buys what’s left. Poundland had a fab selection of paper, especially for the children, I was able to pick up Disney wrapping paper for Isabelle’s presents and it’s very good quality to. Not only the paper, but I picked up some large adorable Winnie the Pooh gift bags. I was actually surprised at the selection and the quality of the gift wrapping items, everything was covered from bows, cards, paper and bags. I was rather glad that I didn’t have to spend an arm and a leg on gift wrap items this year.Next came the decorations, I know from experience that decorations can be an expensive purchase so it was quite nice to see some attractive decorations that didn’t break the bank. Christmas tree baubles and fancy decorations, bells, tinsel and beads all costing just £1 to make your tree sparkle. Not only tree decorations but decorations for the home to, I picked up some lovely table decorations as well as a table cloth for our evening buffet style dinner on Christmas day. For Christmas dinner I picked up a pack of Christmas crackers, everyone loves a Christmas cracker and for a pack of 8 I couldn’t turn them down. There is something to match every colour scheme possible from the traditional red,gold and green to glittering frosted baubles and tinsel. Stocking signs for the children and wreathes for your door there really is something for everyone to create your perfect Christmas scene.
One thing I always forget to buy is the tinfoil for the turkey, I do it every year, but not this year. I made a bee line for the 3m Baco Turkey Foil and a rather large foil tray for my turkey this year.
Not stopping there, if I could get my decorations and gift wrap from here then why not the gifts themselves.
They are the perfect place for purchasing the office secret Santa gift and those stocking fillers for the little ones? My mission stepped up a gear and I had my family members helping out in search of gifts. There were gift for him and gifts for her, even gift for the furry members of your family. I picked up a Come Dine With Me DVD, some crafting items for Isabelle’s stocking and festive children’s books. Then I went a little crazy buying gift sets and boxes of chocolates for the neighbours.
Every Christmas brings the festive party season, from nights out with friends to the work’s Christmas party, and no Christmas party is complete without the novelty Santa hat. Poundland has covered the party items, of course I picked up a Santa hat and an elf hat to wear around the house. I also purchased some party poppers and bubbles (ok they are technically for New Years Eve)
My last stop in store was to the Christmas sweets collection where I picked up some of the favourites which included Thornton’s chocolates in little bags, Ferrero Roche, Haribo and the classic After Eights. ( I must add that the After Eights were in an impressive 3 for £2 offer!) Traditional Candy Canes and a Toblerone also made there way into my basket that the little lady was happily pulling along.
In the true spirit of Christmas you have the chance to win £250 in vouchers with Poundland this Christmas with their Pin it to WIN it! Competition.