While it’s definitely the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas is also the most expensive.
I am all about saving money lately, and have become addicted to seeing that number in my savings account grow larger every month. So in order to make the most of the festive season without blowing my budget, I came up with a list of cheap (or free!) things that are guaranteed to get me in the Christmas spirit.
If you’re more interested in saving than spending this year, read on for a little seasonal motivation!
Decorate your home
We decorated on December 1st this year, which is actually pretty late for us! Even if you don’t own a ton of decorations, a string of twinkly fairy lights can add a festive and cosy touch to any home.
Get a Christmas-themed manicure
I’ve been extra-busy these past few weeks, so I made sure to treat myself to a manicure. When it comes to festive designs I prefer to keep things simple, so I opted for a deep burgundy red. It looks so pretty with my new engagement ring!
Wear a Christmas jumper
I’ve been wearing the same Christmas jumper for the past four years, and I love it! I always have an extra spring in my step when I put it on, and it makes a simple pair of jeans look extra festive and cute.
Eat too many mince pies
So many stores are now bringing out vegan mince pies, and I couldn’t be happier about it. I’ve been loving Oggs Luxury Handmade Mince Pies, which are completely vegan and completely delicious!
Bake Christmas cookies
I’ve been busy perfecting my recipe for macadamia and white chocolate cookies, and can’t wait to serve them as a sweet treat on Christmas Day. I find baking to be one of the cosiest winter activities – plus, you get to eat the results!
Watch Christmas movies
It goes without saying that my absolute favourite Christmas movie is Elf. It’s become a tradition to watch it every year! But I’m also partial to a few of the newer offerings on Netflix, such as The Princess Switch. They give me all the warm fuzzies!
Drink peppermint hot chocolate
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a mug of peppermint hot chocolate topped with marshmallows. Bonus points if you use a candy cane as a stirrer!
Go Christmas shopping
I do most of my shopping online these days, but I always make sure to pop into town and pick up a couple of items. Sure, it’s way too busy, but I love hearing the Christmas songs in all the shops and seeing the high street decorated with twinkling lights.
There’s nothing better than sitting down with a pile of presents and getting a little creative. This year I’m incorporating fresh green foliage from our garden (and praying that it doesn’t wilt before Christmas!)
Listen to Christmas songs
This month I’ve replaced my BLACKPINK playlist with a selection of my favourite Christmas songs, featuring classics such as ‘Merry Christmas Everyone‘ by Shakin’ Stevens and ‘Last Christmas‘ by Wham. My daily walks have become a lot more festive!
See the Christmas lights in London (or wherever you live!)
I always feel extra lucky to live in London during the Christmas season. The light displays on Oxford Street and Carnaby Street never fail to fill me with festive cheer, and the entire city looks like a Christmas movie. Now we just need a little snow…
Drink seasonal tea
I always make sure to have a small selection of Christmas-themed herbal teas at this time of year. My current favourites are apple and cinnamon, gingerbread and the classic spiced ginger!
Visit the Christmas house
This may be oddly specific, but it’s really more about the tradition. We live fairly close to a house that always goes all-out for Christmas – think hundreds of lights, an insane amount of decorations and even a mini ferris wheel! If you have something similar near your home, make sure to pay a visit – it could become a cute Christmas tradition for years to come.
Light a Christmas candle
The best antidote to this cold, rainy weather is a festive-themed candle. I’m not a huge fan of overly sweet Christmas scents (keep your Yankee Candles away from me!) My personal favourite is The White Company’s Winter Signature Candle, which smells like a mixture of cinnamon and orange. Heaven.
Go out for dinner on Christmas Eve
Again, this one is more about the tradition. We always make a habit of going out for a nice dinner on Christmas Eve – everyone is extra cheerful and festive, and it’s a lovely break before the frenzy of cooking on Christmas Day!
It’s not too late to make December the most wonderful time of the year with these simple, budget-friendly activities. Which one will you tick off first?