Stuck for cheap Christmas present ideas? Here are 23 gifts for under a fiver!

There are times when we want to buy someone a token Christmas gift. It could be for Secret Santa, a stocking filler, or to bulk out a gift you have already purchased.

But what can you actually buy for just five pounds? We set self-confessed expert gift-picker Nerissa Buckell of Crimson Tiger the challenge of finding out.

Christmas gift guide – 23 gifts for under a fiver!

And here’s the result – 23 ideas for gifts under a fiver. They’re all gifts you can purchase online, and we haven’t included the delivery costs in the £5. However, often there are deals and codes for Christmas or percentage off for new customers, which will help incorporate the delivery charge.

Or you may find that you order so many items from a particular website (and at less than a fiver ash, you can probably afford to splash out!) that you reach the free delivery rate.

1) Stack of books pin

Perfect for a book lover or a book group Secret Santa. Choose the stack of books lapel pin for £3.95. Or if they prefer a more quirky, modern look, pick the a typewriter pin for £5.00.

2) Engraved personalised wooden spoon

For just £4.00 you can have a personalised message engraved onto a wooden spoon for the baker in the family who has come over all Bake Off.

3) Thumb wrestling set

This will certainly keep a certain person entertained over Christmas. And I would not suggest the potential of turning this into a drinking game… Lakeland are selling the Thumb Wrestling Game for £4.99.

4) Unusual flavoured lip salves

Make mine a Mojito lip salve please! You can choose from some superb flavours – from Earl Grey Tea to a selection of cocktails. You can even get personalised lips salves. £3.50 each.

5) Personalised coaster

Have a favourite photograph from a special time or special place? Want to buy someone a gift they’ll remember forever (or at least every time they have a cuppa)?

Send your images to Crimson Tiger and they’ll convert them into an artistic style and print them on a coaster for just £2.60 each.

6) Doggy purse

You really need a doggy purse in your life, especially if you are saving up your pocket money up to buy a real dog. (Or really want a pet dog but your mean mummy and daddy won’t get one for you!) Firebox sell them for £4.50.

7) Bottle of wine

I am a little fussy about my wine. Being a big girl, I am not going to waste valuable calories on something I don’t think is worth it. I would not normally suggest buying someone a bottle of wine at this price, but Decanter voted La Moneda Reserva Malbec best in show, so I am breaking the £5 budget on this one by 98p from Asda.

8) Wooden rulers

Wooden rulers rule! Draw them (lines) cowgirl! Wooden rulers shaped like a gun or a giraffe make a great stocking filler for £3.50.

9) Mince spy game coaster

A great gift to help the flow of conversation during the digestion slump after the big Christmas meal. Lakeland are selling the game for £4.99.

10) Vintage tea cup bird feeder

A pretty gift for £5 on Etsy. A vintage tea cup upcycled into a bird seed feeder.

11) Personalised name and tipple coaster

Crimson Tiger make these to order for just £1.99, you can have the name and tipple personalised on these Make Mine A Refill coasters. Would make a lovely gift with a bottle of their favourite drink.

12) Black hand mirror

Rockett St George sell pretty, black, hand mirrors for £2.50, along with other matching items.

13) Lavender Earl Grey tea

Splash out £4.50 on a packet of Lavender and Earl Grey Tea. This is from a family-run, certified Organic Lavender Farm situated in the North Surrey Hills – less than 15 miles from Central London. Great to visit when the farm is open during the flowering period too.

14) Personalised name Sticker

Perfect for the teenager or pre-teen who is so hard to buy for. Treat them to a 30cm high name sticker for £3.50.

15) Set of three notebooks

For the list-lover or the stationery-lover, a set of three notebooks in a choice of two styles: funky animals by the talented Jamie Mitchell, and doodle, list notebooks for the organised one. £5 per set.

16) Tooth tin

Heart shaped tooth tins in blue or pink would make a lovely gift for a baby’s first Christmas, £2.00 each.

17) Petal owl ring dish

Buying for a jewellery-lover? Take a look at this ceramic petal design dish with an owl in the middle to guard their rings. £4.95 each.

18) Hankies

Hankies may seem old fashioned, but these are so pretty in a range of designs. £3.70 each.

19) Dog mint tins

A great range of gifts for the dog or cat lover. I particularly like the mint tins for £3.50.

20) Knitting Nancy set

For £5 you get the knitting doll, instructions, some yarn to start them off, all in a drawstring bag. Pinterest have some great ideas of what you can make out of the knitted snakes.

21) Hair bands and bracelets

You can buy online from this shop in Kent. Choose a triple wrap bracelet for £4.00 with interchangeable snaps – button like charms, starting from £1.

Or, if the bracelets are not your thing, you can buy hairbands for £1.50 and keyrings from £3.50, and then choose a couple of snaps to go with it.

22) Necklace

Looking for the perfect small gift for a traveller? Take a look at this origami paper plane charm on a chain for £4.50, from Etsy.

23) Personalised Christmas decoration

This personalised made-to-order hanging Christmas decoration with family members as penguins and their surname in a choice of shape is a cute small gift for a family. Or you can buy a romantic deer decoration with a couple’s initial on for £3.50.

Nerissa Buckell owns and runs online gifts, homewares and accessories website Crimson Tiger.