Being Santa Baby on a £20 budget

I know, it's not even mid November yet, but Christmas is well and truly on it's way. Most cities seem to have the lights up and there's only one payday left for most of us (except for those of you that do the Christmas eve shelf sweep!) The internet is a great resource for ideas and provides a fab chance to support small businesses and charities. Not to mention the fact that you can do your shopping from your desk. Win win really!

I had the original idea for this post whilst  browsing through the shop in London's Imperial War Museum but I've decided to expand it to include some other fabulous gift ideas. So to inspire you with your Christmas shopping or perhaps your own wish list.........  here are some gorgeous goodies under £20.

Sugar and Hatter Etsy store

Sugar and Hatter 'Le Fay' fascinator. £12.50 plus £2 postage. I actually have this in black. It's completely gorgeous and uber glam. These designers have other styles in their online shop that will come in under £20 including postage, so do pop over and check them out.


Poppy Valentine iphone case £10 plus £3.50 postage. Made with vintage fabric. This shop also has gorgeous make up bags  - these also come in at under £20 so this site is well worth a browse.

Abilu Creations dice cufflinks £6 plus £2.50 postage. There's a big selection of goodies for ladies and gents over on this site including necklaces, earrings and all the loveliness you might need to accessorise your wardrobe.

Amazon currently have this book pried at £7.19 postage is free depending on the delivery option chosen. I'm a huge fan of Gil Elvgren, many of the pin ups I use on my blog are from this artist. This is a really substantial book that is jam packed with pin up beauties.

Rockalily lipstick £14 plus £2.50 postage. If the picture looks familiar, it may be because you've read my review. Lipstick for Christmas?? Why not? It's an ideal present for your friend, sister, girlfriend etc. There's a small range of shades but they include perfect reds and pinks for all skin tones. I think mums can sometimes think twice about spending £14 on a lipstick, when we have so many other things to juggle. I know I did, but I love it. It's long lasting so it's brilliant when you are constantly on the go as you don't need to keep reapplying. It would be a gorgeous gift to receive...... I'd have one as a gift any day of the week! (Did you hear that Santa?!)
Truffleshuffle.co.uk have this Ted Baker camera case £15 plus £1.95 postage. This is quite a quirky site, with a huge selection of various gifts and homewares.
Past Times lunch tin £12 plus £4.95 postage. This store has some *fabulous* items for all age ranges. They offer a 'click and collect' service, so you can order online and pick up instore and save some pennies.

So wrapping up (see what I did there?) let's have a look at what you can buy via the online shop on The Imperial War Museum website.
£9.99 - Also available in green and brown

£15.99 Union Jack bunting

Poster £6.99

Delivery charges are based on weight and they do ship world wide. Shopping with the museum is a great way to show some support and they have a huge range for all ages groups, so make a cup of tea and have a browse.

If you can get to the London Imperial Museum then do. They have an amazing exhibition on at the moment - The Children's War and there's also a life size 1940's house to walk round. I've written about my recent visit and you can read about it HERE

Happy shopping!

*Postage can vary on the sites linked in this post as there may be offers/promotions/changes to terms and conditions.


  1. What gorgeous present ideas! I'll certainly have a look at these things!

  2. You're so clever finding all these fab things. Would you like to be my personal Xmas shopper? (Maxine - anon!) x

  3. Poppy Valentine has some great stuff! I got quite a few nice gifts in there recently.

  4. Oooh, I have the Gil Elvgren book and it's beautiful. That price is a bargain! I also have the Rockalily lippy in a few shades and would be most happy to find another in my stocking x


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