Christmas Countdown: Ten Top Deals

Miss Thrifty6 November 22, 2012

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Well, I’m about halfway through my Christmas shopping now – and my thrifty plan to spend no more than £180 on gifts for 16 people is on track (punches air).

Unfortunately, because so many members of my family read this blog now, I can’t set out what I have bought and how without ruining all the surprises. But let’s just say that, buried in the middle of this list of the latest and greatest Christmas discounts and offers, are a few deals of which I have taken full and shameless advantage…



The Body Shop – the website can be a pain to use, but The Body Shop is really pushing its online delivery arm, with plenty of good offers at the moment.

  • If you are a new customer, you’ll get a 25% discount code emailed to your inbox when you sign up.
  • Enter the code SAVOO2040 at the checkout to get £10 off a spend of £20+.
  • Enter the code SECRET for 35% off a spend of £5+.
  • Fancy ‘hand caddies’ (those hand soap and hand lotion duos, in little stands) are half price, reduced from £18 to £9, if you enter the code CADDY at the checkout.


If you belong to Quidco and visit The Body Shop Online via the link on the Quidco site, you will also get 18% cashback on any purchase. Which is pretty good!


Cheap Smells – this discount online perfume emporium has some great offers on at the moment. These include half-price Burberry perfume and a 68% discount on Calvin Klein Secret Obsession Eau de Parfum. If you are time-starved or ham-fisted, there is also a gift wrap service for 95p per item.


SpaceNK – take my advice and visit the SpaceNK website only if your wallet is tightly CLOSED or you are immune to the charms of lovely but pricey cosmetics. That said, if you are a make-up fan or you are buying for someone who is, it’s worth checking out the website’s sale sectionJemma Kidd make-up is going for half-price, probably as a result of her cosmetics company going into administration last month – a shame, because the products are good. There are also a couple of Chantecaille skincare products, reduced from £47 to £10.



Argos 2 toys for £15 when you follow this link. The stock levels suck though. I went to make a couple of purchases last week and abandoned my basket because so few of the items in it were in stock or in-store. It may have improved since then though.

IWOOT 30% off selected toys when you follow this link.

Mothercare – You can save up to half price on infant toys by following this link. If you go for broke and spend £75 or more on toys, you can get a 20% discount by entering the code E4HD at the checkout. I like the Mothercare site because you can group sale items by price bracket, which saves time and effort when you are trying to stick to a strict Christmas budget.



Thorntons – a box of 50 chocolates is currently reduced from £19.99 to £9.99.

Marks & Spencer – large boxes of chocolates reduced from £10 to £5 (in-store).



Atterley Road is giving customers 20% off until 4 December – just enter the code FRIENDS20 in ‘My Bag’ to redeem.

Debenhams has discounted all women’s dresses, girls’ dresses and men’s suits by 25%.


I don’t want to bombard you with deals, but there are some great ones out there at the moment so I thought I’d squash them all together. I’ll compile another round-up next week. See: you don’t have to be super-organised and buy all your Christmas presents in March in order to get the best deals. There is hope for us all. 😉

Image credit: George Eastman House.

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6 Responses to “Christmas Countdown: Ten Top Deals

Sheila says:

If you have friends or relatives in Australia who you have to send Christmas gifts to – go to Marks and Spencers website right now and find some of their truly great offers on gifts … choose whatever you like and have it send with a gift card all the way to Australia FOR FREE! M&S are (at the moment) offering FREE DELIVERY to Aus on all things on their website . However – there are some items which cannot be sent – usually foody type things – but I think that’s more down to Customs restrictions. There are some really fabulous half price bargains to be had on some gifts there right now. I bought over forty pounds worth of gifts – which included heavy candles – for just over £20 – these were things I would never have bought normally because they were all heavy items and the cost of postage would have been extortionate – but with the free postage offer it made complete sense to buy from them!

November 22, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Miss Thrifty says:

Great tip-off – thanks Sheila! 🙂

November 22, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Laura George (@lmgeorge92) says:

ENJOY apparently gets you 40% off at The Body Shop

November 22, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Johnny Debt says:

Miss Thrifty – Maybe you could make it a family tradition as to who gives the thriftiest and most imaginative gift? I think that doing something like this could turn it into a great fun family event. You might even be amazed an what some people can create?

November 23, 2012 at 11:40 am

Elizabeth says:

Great post. We went to the body shop on Friday and by purchasing a Love Your Body card for £5 we got 30% off and a free £20 gift (to be regifted!). This was in addition to buying two gift packs that were already offering nearly 50% off the products. I must work out the exact saving, but we definitely came out on top!

November 25, 2012 at 10:07 am

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