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Five under £5 for December 2016 – #fiveunder5

Five under five festive edition 2016

Five under five festive edition 2016

Five under £5 this month can only mean one thing – festive five under a fiver! I love the challenge of finding these things that are little joy-givers on a budget, but I reckon this month will see a bit of competition going on between some of the regular and committed five under five gals, Hayley from Home and Let’s Talk Beauty!

I can’t wait to see what they and everyone else have picked for December, but reading their posts may need to come with a warning as it usually leads to mini shopping sprees. How about that for #stockingfillerproblems?

The first thing I bought in include this month nearly didn’t make it to the photography stage as Sam has been trying to eat it all week. This peanut butter chocolate form Nom Nom is handmade in a cow shed in Llanboidy, west Wales, and sounds like it might be a new favourite. It’s dark chocolate with peanut butter and sea salt – sounds like a home-grown and very delicious massive Reese’s, doesn’t it? I bought it from Wildwood deli for £3.95.

Peanut butter chocolate

This golden La La La hanger was £5 from Anthropologie, which I’ve been spending a lot of time in since it opened a store in Victoria Gate, Leeds. It made me laugh as Roger was from Liverpool and one of his friends, Simon, who read his eulogy, used to call him ‘La’. I’ll look at this on my tree and smile.

I know it’s a bit early for crackers but we haven’t been able to stop ourselves from pulling a few of these from Booths. They were £5 for a box of 10, but I really love the nutcracker design – and one of them came with a fortune telling fish, which is the ultimate cracker gift, don’t you think?

There’s a new shop which has opened in Ilkley called Fig and Willow, and I popped in there for a look round with Flo the other day. We left with a few bits including this sweet fairy dust tree decoration bottle, which was £1.99 by Sass and Belle.

Fairy dust

For your £5 this month you can do something good – you can sponsor a light on Oxford Street by buying a light in the NSPCC Little Stars campaign. I was so touched when one of my best friends Rachel bought three lights for Roger, Sam and Flo and emailed me a little video of them twinkling in the sky. 

We always say daddy is the brightest star in the sky, so it was just thinking there was one twinkling for him over London’s shoppers. The NSPCC says by sponsoring a light we can help keep children safe this Christmas, as each donation goes towards the cost of running Childline.

The little star pin badges like this one are on sale in Matalan for £1 donation, as another way of helping a child at risk from abuse. 

NSPCC Little Stars pin

So these are my five things under £5 for December – if you’d like to join in, either in a blog post or photograph on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, please feel free to add your link below. That way we can all see each other’s top picks. If you could comment on a few that would be lovely – and don’t forget to use #fiveunder5 so I can find you! 

X Julia

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    Lizzie Woodman
    December 5, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Lovely finds! I bet that chocolate is really moreish! x
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    Claire - Life, Love and Dirty Dishes
    December 5, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Love the idea of sponsoring a Christmas light. I will be linking up 3 posts tomorrow. I got a bit carried away with five under £5 this month!!!
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    Jules
    December 6, 2016 at 10:34 am

    You always manage to find five lovely items Julia. The Christmas light idea is beautiful. I smiled at the cracker from Booths. I am always grateful for Booths at this time of year. X
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    Hayley @hayleyfromhome
    December 6, 2016 at 10:43 am

    I’ve just got mine up…phew, bet Vicki’s will be good as I know she’s been in Edinburgh this week! You’ve got an amazing five this month, the little sign from Anthropologie is my favourite, so cute and even better that it makes you think of Rog. I wish there was a shop near here. The chocolate sounds so, so good!! Can’t beat peanut butter and chocolate. Haha, the fortune telling fish!! That is the ultimate cracker gift, always makes me think of my Grandad, he loved them. Such a lovely thing of your friend to sponsor the lights, a nice way to donate too xxx #fiveunder5
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    Notmyyearoff
    December 7, 2016 at 9:34 am

    I love fortune telling fish….I think I need to introduce it to Z!! 🙂 He’s never had his fotune told yet. Love those little stars. I’ll have to look out for those on my next Matalan trip. Which reminds me, I need to buy PJs!
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    Sarah Chrsitie
    December 20, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    A its fab and I love the star I am going to look out for that. Have a lovely Christmas Julia xxxx

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    Megan - Truly Madly Kids
    December 20, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    Love those stars and your hanger is great! X

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    babyfoote
    December 20, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    I do miss Booths, now I live in the north east where there are no stores 🙁
    These are really lovely finds. And you’ve prompted me that I need to buy crackers. Thanks!

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