Consumers buy more savings stamps

stacks of golden coins  euros

%VIRTUAL-SkimlinksPromo%Sales of savings stamps have increased this year, suggesting that consumers are reverting to old-fashioned ways of spreading the cost of Christmas, according to a new report.

The Co-operative Food said it had seen a 40% increase in savings stamps sales this year.
The company said the return to savings stamps, which were commonplace in the 1960s, showed that consumers are again feeling the financial strain.

10 PHOTOS
Budget Christmas presents for family and friends
See Gallery
Consumers buy more savings stamps
Is your man the back-to-nature type? This firestick from Hunter Gatherer will mean he can dump the lighter. Just strike the blade down the firestick, and a shower of sparks will start his camp fire - with a bit of patience and the right kindling, that is. It costs £14 from Not On The High Street; and for another £16 you could add a chestnut roasting pan for a romantic evening by the fire.
From Not On The High Street comes this selection of four of the world's hottest chilli powders - including the current world champion, Scorpion Moruga. Each comes in a tiny corked glass bottle, all contained in a standard sized matchbox. The quantities may be tiny - but with this level of heat, that's all you'll need. £6.
So you can't stretch to a day at a luxury spa? Never mind. These pretty lights will turn bathtime into a real pampering experience. Attach the waterproof spa lights to the side of the bath, or simply float them on the surface; add bubble bath, put on some relaxing music - and ask if there's room for two. Spa lights £6.95 from Prezzybox.
Bath bombs can cost a fortune to buy, but they're cheap and very easy to make. Just mix together three parts sodium bicarbonate, one part each of citric acid and Epsom salts and a few drops of essential oil such as rose or lavender. Add a little almond oil drop by drop until the mixture is still a bit powdery but clumps together when squeezed. Use a plastic mould to shape your bombs. Or buy a kit - Bee Beautiful's includes everything needed to make a dozen bath bombs for £19.99.
It's too late to gather your own this year, but dried lavender is widely available online. And turning it into a scented sachet or even pillow couldn't be easier. Just sew a little bag from any scrap of pretty material - vintage handkerchiefs look stunning and don't need hemming - and pop the lavender inside. It's easy to personalise the bag with a little embroidery.
From just £10, Photobox will help you create a personalised calendar with a different happy memory for each month. Just upload a dozen family photos and some captions, and the company will get the finished calendar to you in as little as four days. There are plenty of different formats to choose from.

Even a simple wooden doll's house can cost well over £100 - and that's before you've bought the furniture and the dolls themselves. But this charming two-storey castle dolls house from Tesco comes with 5 pieces of furniture & the princess' vanity set two dolls, two sets of stairs and eleven pieces of furniture for just £36.99 - even less using Clubcard Boost.

Small boys everywhere love ice cream and space, so this Astronaut Ice Cream should go down a storm. Originally developed for the Apollo space missions, it's made by the same company that still supplies NASA. Freeze dried and vacuum packed, it comes in three flavours and literally melts in the mouth. It costs £5 from the Great Gift Company.
These plastic animal toys are perfect for the little ones this Christmas. They're very durable and perfect for encouraging mobility and learning with animals sounds and music included. The set costs £19.97.
Drawn your worst enemy in the Secret Santa? Here's how to put the boot in while maintaining the moral high ground. Oxfam's gifts of goats and sheep - which of course actually go to a worthy recipient in the developing world - have been very popular in recent years. But did you know the charity also offers £9 loads of manure for farmers? Just hand over the gift card to the recipient, and smirk.
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE


Read Full Story

FROM OUR PARTNERS