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Saving Money Over Christmas

Saving Money at Christmas

Welcome to Christmas 2016. Well, we’re almost there anyway. Either way it feels like Christmas is in full swing with people filling the streets and Christmas markets, all spending money on the perfect Christmas presents, or on other Christmas things. (Mulled Wine anyone?) Christmas is an expensive time, and unless you’re a politician, banker, or former UKIP leader*, I wouldn’t be surprised if you are also trying to find ways to save money.

I thought I would share some ways we’ve thought of saving money at Christmas.

  1. Recycle Centre Shops. Do you have a recycling centre near by? It might be worth checking if they have a shop attached to it, where they sell off items that people have dropped in for really cheap. Like 20p for a dvd cheap. Some of the items there may be questionable in quality or stock, but if you treat them as places that might have something decent, you may find a treasure – and find a cheap Christmas present! (In fact it was on one visit that I was inspired to write this)
  2. Reuse old cards. Have you cards on hand from last year, or know anyone who might have? Get arty and repurpose some old cards!
  3. Check out Freecycle… there might be someone there giving away a Christmas jumper? If so jump on it like you’ve got the plague, and you’re trying to infect someone.
  4. Are you on O2? Check out the priority app for cheap / free stuff!
  5. Limit gifts! Got a partner? Decide on a limit of how much money you’re going to spend on each other, at worse you might find this challenges your imagination a little bit!
  6. Plan for next year. Is your Christmas tree on its way out? Take advantage of the sales, just be warned if you buy something broken – I doubt you’d get away with taking it back 11 months afterwards. (But don’t quote me on this)

Are there any you would add? 

*Other massively way paid jobs are available.

Great Christmas Present Ideas For Kids, When You Hate The Parents

I’m sure you’ve noticed, but we’re slowly moving into Christmas. That time of year when we all run around finding presents for each other. Some people are easy to buy for… if you dont have kids, buying Christmas presents for kids can be difficult.  Are you looking for Christmas present ideas for kids? If you are, this is the list for you! Be warned, the parents involved might hate you if you get any of these…

(As a side note… If any of the “uncles” happen to read this blog post – DONT THINK OF IT!!!)

Here is the Dads Sofa list of Christmas present ideas for kids – when you hate parents….

Monkey Present?

Great Christmas Present Ideas For Kids, When You Hate The ParentsIts a monkey.

You can play catch!

It screams!

For the ultimate noise and destruction check out the Screaming Monkey from Amazon!

A Singing Peppa Pig.

Great Christmas Present Ideas For Kids, When You Hate The Parents

Question. Which parent doesn’t want an oversized singing peppa pig toy in their house?

Answer. NONE. And they dont want you to find it here either.

Work THAT ENERGY OUT!

Know a kid with lots of energy?

Does that kid have untapped musical talent?

Help the kids parents unleash that talent by getting this from Amazon

Great Christmas Present Ideas For Kids, When You Hate The Parents

Encourage The Dalek

Are you shopping for a little dalek?

The Dad a fan of Doctor Who?

Happy with forcing kids to confront nightmares?

Get them something for their bedroom….

Great Christmas Present Ideas For Kids, When You Hate The Parents

Found at Amazon.

Encourage Cuddles

Because who doesn’t like a giant teddy that the parents don’t have room for?

Great Christmas Present Ideas For Kids, When You Hate The Parents

Find this cuddle monster here. 

 

I’m sure there are many worse ideas out there. Have you got any?

Warning. If you buy a kid any of the above, and NOT check with the parent first. You deserve to be woken up with the said toy for the next month. (Uncles – this also means you!)

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Mission Mindfulness

A Message To Brands Who Want To Make Dads Their New Friends

Love this from @DBTHSocialPR on The Huffington Post:

… as Dad 2.0, we’re not only expected to but are proud to do more than our fair share of bum and tear-wiping because being a dad is quite possibly the best job in the world. We’re the Grange Hill generation that came of age while raving and Britpoppin’ in the 90s. Imagine the date when New Lad became New Dad, and you will be halfway there.

Now as responsible child-rearing grown-ups with careers and mortgages, we expect more out of family life and we want to look good and have fun while we are doing it.

Unfortunately, the marketing world has yet to catch up with the reality of modern parenting. In advertising, dad is still the hapless sap who simply can’t get anything right. He burns any foodstuff that dares venture close to the oven, stares blankly at the mere mention of putting the washing on as if he had never visited his own utility room and returns from the supermarket with 15 pomegranates and a party pack of Twiglets when he was supposed to have hunter-gathered the Christmas dinner. That is, of course, when he is not encamped on his sofa, lounging in a cloud of his flatulence and barking orders at his put-upon spouse.

It reads as a wake up call to brands to engage better with Dads. Read the rest of it over at The Huffington Post.

Christmas Card featuring Exeter Cathedral in Devon

Christmas time is just around the corner. Sorry to point it out, but Christmas is nearly here. Have you brought Christmas Cards yet? If not, can I suggest* this card featuring Exeter Cathedral in a rare wintery moment.

As well as supporting a local Devon photographer, you’d also be helping to keep the Dad Sofa running smoothly!

This card is available from redbubble.com

<end of plug>

*When I say suggest, what I mean is that I made a Christmas card**

**And this is a really blatant plug. (I think I’m) Sorry about that. 

Random Ways to Show Love and Acceptance.

So, lets face it. 2016 is an interesting year. With arguably negative political campaigns held on either side of the Atlantic, leading to negativity spilling out of the newspapers and impacting people in a real way. It feels like the world is leaving 2016 in a far more negative place then when it entered it.

I’m not going to write a full discourse looking at why this may be the case, instead I’m going to look at a few ideas of what could be done to improve matters. (There’s no way of phrasing the next sentence without being cheesy) How can we spread more love in 2016?

Read The Gruffalo…

Kids books are awesome, and the world needs more awesome. Try The Gruffalo for a flavour of awesome. Actually try anything from Julia Donaldson.

Volunteer For A Local Charity / Organization.

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Because volunteers are awesome, and there’s probably something out there you’d like doing. (I personally know of opportunities to cook, and build lego.*) If nothing else, doing something good might help to improve your CV.

Write A Love Letter To A Stranger.

Like these guys…

 

Abundance redefined. ?? #LL2S

A photo posted by Love Letters 2 Strangers (@loveletters2strangers) on

Cook Your Neighbour A Meal.

Because who doesn’t love free food?

(Doesn’t have to look this nice)

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Offer Free Hugs

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Like EVERYTHING

 

Step 1. Order loads of these stickers from Amazon.facebook-like-sticker

Step 2. PUT THEM EVERYWHERE!!!!

 

Any other suggestions you’d like to share?

*These are two separate volunteer positions, at different places. There isn’t a magical place where you cook AND play with lego…. I dont think.

This post has also appeared on The Church Sofa.