I’m not afraid to admit that I’m pretty stingy. It’s not that I don’t want to give people lots of nice presents and I always pay my share if we order pizza or something, it’s just I don’t like spending money. This is why I’m such a rubbish shopper – I would rather have money in the bank and know that if something goes wrong, I’ll have money to sort it out and I take comfort in the fact that I have money set back for the future. I would rather take pride in the fact that I paid for my car’s MOT and service last month than buy myself something pretty. This is why I’m having so much of a dilemma at the moment.
Four of my friends from uni have birthdays in July or August, which is doubly annoying because we’re not at uni in those months so whatever I buy them, I have to send in the post. The problem is, my friends like to spend quite a lot on gifts for other people and my stinginess along with the cost of delivery is making it very hard to find a suitable gift. My first idea was to send a bunch of flowers to each, an idea I got from Rachel receiving some for her birthday, but after looking at the prices that idea is definitely off the list – £22 for a simple bouquet plus postage? No thanks!
I’ve already sorted one of the presents out by buying the Hunger Games series, but I don’t know the others as well as I know this friend and I don’t know what kind of books they’d like. My next idea was to get cupcakes delivered to them, and some of the prices were actually ok until I realised there was an £8 postage charge, or they didn’t deliver to the right area. I love the idea though, so I might use that one for future birthday presents.
My current idea is to get a box of Thorntons chocolates delivered. There are a few good offers there at the moment, but you can’t pre-order and the first birthday is on the 14th of July so I’m hoping the offers won’t run out before then.
So seeing as I’ve got a while before I need to order anything, I thought I’d come on here for some advice – any ideas on good presents that can be delivered easily and cheaply? I don’t want to spend any more than £15 overall on each present and postage is usually about £3-£4. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated as I’m so rubbish at this spending money thing!