THE UNDER £10 GIFT GUIDE
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by Alexandra Stedman
14h ago
This post contains some affiliate links. All prices correct at time of publication. 1. Cushion: £9.80, Dunelm 2. Hair clips: £6.50, Rockahula 3. Glitter socks: £6.40, Hush at John Lewis 4. Colander: £10, Dunelm 5. Tin of coffee: £6.75, Grind 6. Hand cream: £10, Cissy Wears 7. Enamel baking tray: £10, Dunelm 8. Glass: £3, Dunelm 9. Set of 3 mini matches: £10, The Frugality Shop 10. Cable storage case: £2.95, Muji 11. Stoneware mug: £6.99, H&M Home 12. Polaroid photo box: £8, Urban Outfitters 13. Bike/scooter streamers, £3, Halfords 14. Set of 2 mini candles: £7.20, H&M Home ..read more
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CHRISTMAS GIFTGUIDE 2023
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by Alexandra Stedman
14h ago
The Christmas hub is live! Everything is under £60 and as usual, we will be updating it consistently – and for now, please enjoy our frist ‘official’ gift guide! I will focus on themes later on but for now I just compiled things I love…. This post contains some affiliate links. All prices correct at time at posting. 1. Candlestick holders: £9, Ikea 2. Candlesticks (2-pack): £7.99, H&M 3. Wool balaclava: £35, Damson Madder 4. Moisturiser: £10.19, Byoma via Boots 5. Yoto Mini: £59.99, Yoto (use code AFF-ALEX10 for 10% discount – not in conjunction with other offers) 6. Glitter socks: £7, Co ..read more
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WALLPAPERING A SMALL, AWKWARD CORNER IN OUR HOME
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by Alexandra Stedman
14h ago
I never do things by halves, do I?! This area of our hall is lovely, but I felt it could be more lovely. It was originally an under stairs cupboard, but had such lovely tiles underneath we decided to show them off. I don’t regret this decision but it did mean we had a) less storage in a hall that already lacked storage (!) and b) it is quite dark under here.  I added this Dunelm light last year but it still needed something, and I love the idea of wallpaper in small spaces (see our downstairs loo here) to add texture to a space. Realistically, to buy the quality of paper I wanted to, I ..read more
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A QUICK GUIDE TO AMSTERDAM
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by Alexandra Stedman
14h ago
I travelled to Amsterdam for work, I paid to stay an extra night to capture more footage and have more time to research this article. Amsterdam: we did a city guide back in 2016, so it was about time I revisited. Weirdly, I visited the same time of year and I can highly recommend November to visit (it’s so twinkly!), but obviously spring is the city’s true time to shine (one word: tulips). HOW TO GET THERE This is the first time I’d caught the train to Amsterdam. I went via Eurostar and it was delightful! I live near King’s Cross so for me, the journey was super smooth and I love that you ..read more
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THE CHARITY GIFT GUIDE
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by Alexandra Stedman
14h ago
Obviously there are lots of different ways to give back: Lidl have their instore toy-bank service, local Food Banks are doing collections (check their Instagrams for items they need), you can save your stamps for local charities (a list of charities that collect them are here) as well as monetary donations. Here at The Frugality HQ we ask our team to nominate 3 charities of their choosing for us to donate to at this time of year. Prices and stock levels accurate at the time of publishing 1. ‘Dance Beneath The Stars’ A3 print: £20, The Big Issue Shop 2. Water mister: £8, RNLI 3. Miles Davis vi ..read more
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‘TIS THE SEASON
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by Alex Lunt
14h ago
Party season has once again come around and another year brings even more choice for the Christmas calendar. Whether you’re a full-on sparkle lover or a low-key dresser we’ve got your covered. But an easy sustainable step you can make this season is to step away from sequins. Quite a few brands are making a move away from using them this season due to the fact they’re not biodegradable. Still love them? Try secondhand to give items a new lease of life, or look for post-consumer recycled options. Boden is one brand that is driving this initiative – their team tells us, “The festive season ha ..read more
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THE INDEPENDENT GIFT GUIDE
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by Alexandra Stedman
14h ago
One of my favourites to compile! You might recognise a few of these items from my own collections (edit what you know, right?). My son has the Cissy Wears purse for his coins, I bought Afropop socks for Chris (don’t worry, he helped me pick the styles so I’m not ruining a surprise), my dad loves Nina Parker’s sauces (ended up repurchasing himself!) and I bought the patch for a flamingo loving niece! Hope you find something for your loved ones from this list of amazing small businesses (and everything is under £35). 1. Kaleidoscope: £3.95, Smallkind 2. Socks: £11.99, Afropop Socks 3. 2024 dia ..read more
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UNDER £20 GIFT GUIDE
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by Alexandra Stedman
14h ago
The under £20 guide! See more of our edit on the Christmas Hub here. This post contains some affiliate links. All prices correct at time of publication. 1. Beanie hat: £14.90, Uniqlo x Anya Hindmarch (available from Thursday 23rd November) 2. Frill cushion: £14, Dunelm 3. Kids ear muffs: £14, Rockahula Kids 4. Candle: £14, Anthropologie 5. Art print: from £15, fy! 6. Guest towel: £20, Dyke & Dean 7. Chargeable lamp: £20, Dunelm 8. The Beatles music card: £11.99, Yoto 9. Candlestick holder: £12.50, Oliver Bonas 10. Cashmere blend gloves: £19.99, H&M 11. Kids pyjamas: £14, Marks & S ..read more
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THE WINTER PYJAMA EDIT
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by Alexandra Stedman
4M ago
Image: Mango I love a good pair of pyjamas. Lately, I’ve been partial to a nightie but in the winter, I’m a pyjama wearer through and through and slip into them at the earliest opportunity. I made a vow a few years ago to invest in a decent drawer of pyjamas and it has made a difference to how I feel at home. I’ve rounded up my edit of the best ones around, to suit a variety of budgets. And where I can I have picked ones with pockets (because we always talk about dresses with pockets, but pyjamas with pockets are the golden ticket)! First up, this Uniqlo pair I was so close to buying! They ha ..read more
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THE BEST (AFFORDABLE) HANDHELD STEAMER, ACCORDING TO ME
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by Alexandra Stedman
4M ago
And according to my pal, Hannah Rochell (sign up to her ‘Slowette’ newsletter here). Homeasy steamer: currently £29.99, Amazon. This post contains affiliate links. As far as steamers go, I have used a far few in my time. I have spent countless nights on work shoots in my stylist days steaming rails and rails and rails of clothes, from one suitcase to hotel room , to location vans to the beach. I have steamed ultra fine cashmere that has sat flatpacked for weeks (those arm creases are a special type of hell) for photo shoots – it is fair to say I know what you/I need from a steamer. And althou ..read more
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