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29 November 2012

Cheap Christmas gift ideas

Looking for some Christmas toys and gift ideas that won't blow your single parent budget? Check out these Top 10 Chrissy gifts for under $50!
But be warned - some of these great items are going to sell-out in the lead-up to Christmas, and others will require some postage time - so get your skates on, they're not going to last forever...

Christmas gifts under $50 - Big W quad bike

Mini Quad

Big W
This budget-priced little ride-on is sure to bring yells of "awesome" from any little dude or dude-ette (yep, it comes in pink too) on Christmas morning! Available in-store or online, you can also layby online if you wish, and delivery is free! Christmas order-by dates can vary, so to get it in time for Christmas, check your postcode here or you can view this toy online here

Price: $40 in-store or online with free delivery

Christmas gifts under $50 - Bellababy Box

bellababy Box

The bellababy Box delivers a handpicked selection of relevant products from some of the most loved brands on the market for both parent and baby - for a relaxing at-home discovery service! You can purchase a bellababy Box as a one-off Christmas gift or treat for $29.95 including delivery, or you can subscribe to bellababy Box for just $24.95 a month to regularly receive a little box of treasures! bellabox also offer a womens box that is packed full of pampering goodies you'll just love to try. Or, become the flavour of the month with your best friend, sister or mum and buy them a three month subscription gift voucher for Christmas at just $45!. You can learn more about bellaboxes at their website here

Price: $29.95 online including delivery - for a limited time

Christmas gifts under $50 - Water and sand play table

Water Wheel Play Table
Get this for your toddler and you'll be on a winner - after all, what little kid doesn't love playing with sand and water? The kids will love the bright colours and multiple toy accessories, and it even converts to a play table! Best of all, you'll love the price. View this toy online here

Price: $37.95 online plus $8.24 delivery

Christmas gifts under $50 - fluro watches

Fluro Watches


Check out these new on-trend fluro and pastel watches from Kmart. Your teen will love using these as a fashion pop of fluro colour - plus it might remind them to get home on time! All these bold and beautiful models are as cheap as chips, ranging from just $9 to $19 dollars, available in store now

Price: $9-19 in-store

Christmas gifts under $50 - retro skateboard

Retro skateboard + Backyard Pole Tennis

Okay, so strictly speaking this is not one gift - but two! However these two classic toys are as cheap as you'll ever find them, and together they STILL come in under fifty bucks! Just $15 for the retro skateboard (four colours), and only $12 for the height-adjustable backyard (totem) tennis set - now that's a bunch of Chrissy fun for not much cash! Both items are suited to children 5 years and over

Prices: Skateboard $15 & Pole Tennis $12 in-store

Christmas gifts under $50 - Shop toy

Noshery - Kitchen & Fast Food Shop with Accessories
Playing shop was never so accessorised..this price-slashed toy set is bound to please on Christmas morning! Pretend play fun that will also help your little ones with their numbers - perfect! View this toy online here

Price: $25.95 + $9.95 postage

Christmas gifts under $50 - Personalised rag doll

Personalised Rag Doll

Identity Direct
She's pink and pretty, and with your little girls name embroidered on her dress, she's personalised too! This cute-as-a-button Rag Doll would be just the thing to surprise your daughter with this Christmas! (Teddys for the boys are also on the website, and are the same price and postage)
Allow up to 16 days for delivery, so get ordering for this one for pre-Christmas delivery! View this toy online here

Price: $39.99 + $9.95 postage

Christmas gifts under $50 - microscope


Australian Geographic
Sure, it may look a little bit nerdy at first, but get your inquisitive older child or teen this microscope, and it will keep them entranced for hours! This microscope kit comes with everything they need to get investigating life - in miniature! There is a large selection of budding-scientist-kits in store under $50 too
View this toy online here

Price: $39.95 in store

Christmas gifts under $50 - Sewing kit in a suitcase

Sewing Craft Kit In Tin Suitcase

My Wooden Toys
Do you have crafty kids? Perhaps a budding fashion designer? Have we got a toy for you! This little craft kit has more than enough bits and bobs to keep your little girl or boy busy creating - well, whatever their crafty little heart desires! If the boys aren't into pink craft, then you can always get them the Adventure Pirate Kit, Wooden Train Kit or Knitting Kit in a tin suitcase - each coming in under $30 + postage.
View this toy online here

Price: $23.95 + $8.80 postage

Christmas gifts under $50 - Gold skull money box

Gold Skull Money Box
So cool it just has to be a teen (or tween) winner! A shiny gold skull money box that almost certainly none of their friends will already have. Translation = Cool! Not only that, but this individual piece of art may even encourage your teen to save! (Well, that may just be too much to hope for - but we can dream!).
View this toy online here

Price: $29.95 + $9.95 postage

Happy Shopping! Staff

Do YOU know any great Christmas present bargains under $50? Post them here!

This article contains only general information, correct at the date of publication. Advertised prices may change, postage rates may change and vary. For advice regarding your own personal circumstances, always seek individual advice from a qualified professional. Read the full Disclaimer here

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