Stocking fillers and secret Santa gifts under £5:
Le Creuset – silicone muffin cups
Just because your budget’s tight it doesn’t mean you can’t afford to treat someone to a bit of baking luxury. A must for any keen-cupcaker, these reusable cases are easy to clean and come in four different colours. Stylish AND sustainable.
£5, from lecreuset.co.uk
Delicious though it may be, how many times have you thrown uneaten panettone out come January (or been forced to eat a stale slice when visiting waste-conscious relatives)? Carluccio’s single portion of chocolate or classic Italian cake is the perfect treat and gets round this Christmas conundrum.
£3.95, from carluccios.com
Not on the highstreet – gourmet spice rack in a matchbox
This little spice gift is ideal for budding chefs who perhaps aren’t quite au fait with their flavours. Including four of the most expensive spices in the world, cardamom, cinnamon, saffron and vanilla powder, you’ll encourage their creativity with this nifty gift.
£4.99, from, notonthehighstreet.com
If you thought the fun factor of boiled eggs was limited then think again. These cute egg moulds would make lovely stocking fillers for children but big kids will get a kick out of them too.
£4.50, from souschef.co.uk
Joseph Joseph – magnetic measuring spoon
Who doesn’t need a magnetic measuring spoon? This little gadget from cookware connoisseurs Joseph Joseph comes in an array of colours and sticks to any metal surface so it’s always in easy reach.
£3.50, from josephjoseph.com
No ordinary truffles, these sea salt treats from ancient chocolate purveyors Charbonnel et Walker may be small in number but make up for it in taste.
£4.25, from houseoffraser.co.uk
Jamie’s Italian – little dipping dish
With your £5 budget you may only be able to afford two of these cute dishes from everyone’s favourite pukka chef but that’s the perfect number for dainty salt & pepper pinchers.
£2.50 each, from jamiesitalian.com
Perfect for the cautious cook, the festive tipple is even easier to stir up with these little spice pouches. There’s even a whisky toddy version for the hardier souls.
£4, from johnlewis.com
Whittards – praline hot chocolate stacking tin
Decadent hot chocolate with a praline edge – this Whittards offering in an attractive Christmassy tin will please any chocolholic. So delicious they might even make you a cup.
£5, from whittard.co.uk
Packing a hamper?
We have lots of great suggestions for creating your own homemade hamper, but if your hard work isn’t quite padding out the wicker there’s no shame in purchasing a few extras. Here are a handful of our favourites…
Mason Cash – pudding basin
This white earthenware is a little bland on its own, but pop it in a hamper and fill with cupcake or gingerbread kit goodies and you’ve got a delightful and down right useful gift.
£4.99, from robertdyas.co.uk
If you’re planning to pack up some home-baked biscuits this year, why not complete the experience with some luxury tea treats. We love this spiced winter red tea from Teapigs.
£4.49 for 15 tea temples, from teapigs.co.uk
The Fine Cheese Company
To sit alongside the crackers and chutney, you’re definitely going to need a nice bit of Brie or a punchy blue. While you’re looking at well over £5 for a selection of cheeses, The Fine Cheese Company have some individual delights that will come in under budget.
From £3.95, finecheese.co.uk
If your hamper includes a figgy Christmas pudding, Harrod’s decadent brandy butter is just the thing to add a touch of luxury – lather on generously, it’s Christmas afterall.
£4.50, from harrods.com
How will you be filling out hampers and stuffing stuffings this year? Let us know your tips and ideas below…