With just 2 paydays until Christmas… the top 3 shops with the best deals and where you can get new Squishmallows | The Sun

CHRISTMAS is creeping up on us – in fact, for many parents there is only two paydays left until the big day.

It might be tempting to get out and spend hundreds while in a flurry of panic – but we've got you covered.

Money-saving mum of two Beth Turbutt-Rodgers, 27, has done the hard work for you and knows exactly the best places to bag Christmas presents this year.

Speaking to Fabulous, she says: "There’s so much pressure for parents to be spending hundreds on Christmas this year, but with the cost of living crisis still very much apparent, parents just aren’t in the position to do so.

"I think it’s so easy to forget that the magic of Christmas isn’t about what money you spend so finding a bargain is essential for me."

Here she reveals the best shops to grab bargains for the kids this festive season that they won't put down.



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Aldi & Lidl

The two budget German retailers have both released collections of wooden toys suitable for kids under ten this year.

If you have a younger tot to buy for the collection of wooden toys is perfect.

Of course, you need to get to stores quickly as once they're gone, they're gone.

Some favourites include a wooden castle building blocks set for £8.99 from Aldi or an adorable wooden kitchen for £49.99 from Lidl.

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Aldi and Lidl both have a range of wooden toys perfect for younger kidsCredit: Beth Turbutt-Rodgers


B&M is always a go-to spot for parents looking for toys – but especially now.

The bargain store currently has a two for £20 sale on toys and there are hundreds of goodies to pick from.

Heading down to B&M, Beth spotted kid-favourites like Hot Wheels, Peppa Pig, Barbie, Paw Patrol and Squishmallows included in the deal.

B&M has a huge range of Squishmallows, from 5" plushies to 16", as well as key rings and the Squishmallows Ultimate Activity Pack for £15.

Beth added: "Home bargains & B&M are great for stocking fillersas well," if you're looking for smaller goodies to hide away for Christmas Eve.

The Works

If you're little ones love arts and crafts, or reading, then The Works is a great place to start stocking up on Christmas gifts.

They currently have a 2 for £12 or 3 for £15 offer on all sorts of presents that cost £7 each (saving you £6 if you got for the three gift offer.)

You can find all sorts of weird and wonderful gifts to keep them entertained throughout the Christmas holidays – from wacky science experiments to jewellery making kits.

Black Friday

We're all a fan of Black Friday and the sales that come about.

Beth recommends putting off buying any tech related goodies for until then to make sure you get the best deal.

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However, she warns that you should definitley look around to make sure you are getting a good deal.

An investigation revealed that many places hike up prices before Black Friday – meaning you aren't always getting the saving you think you are.

Beth’s Top Tips

Multipack savings

If you are buying for lots of children consider buying multipacks to save money. For example, if you wanted to get a bath bomb for a stocking, it’s cheaper to split a multipack than buy them all individually wrapped.

Cashback apps

Make sure you get cashback on everything! This time of year we’re spending more than ever so make sure you’re taking advantage of all the cashback sites to get as much money back in your pocket at you can. I use Jam Doughnut, Cheddar and Top Cashback.

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