Tickets for the musical Wicked were £90 when I last looked. Ever since Nigella first exhorted us to be domestic goddesses, even my most laid-back friends have become control freaks in their Christmas kitchens, feeling pressured to make their own stuffing and cranberry sauce — all organic, of course.Following in her footsteps, I used to buy ribbons from VV Rouleaux — now their price of £50 for velvet and silk ribbons seems truly shocking. So I was thrilled to spot a six-pack of gold twine at Tesco for £2, and I’m hoping that will do the trick.I have made it a golden rule not to spend more than £5 on a stocking present, and am horrified by how many items like window stickers, sets of crayons, colouring books, little plastic puppies and so on cost well over that.Even Silly Bandz just squeak in at £4.99, depending on where you buy them. There are the time-honoured rituals, like the annual visit to the local pantomime or to a London show, that are now out of the question.One friend has not stopped thanking me since I told her about a local charity shop that sells quite good children’s clothes.And another tried to save money by buying her son cheap trainers, only to be advised by her daughter that he would not be seen dead in anything other than the latest Nikes.I discovered excellent deals like giant Toblerones for under £1 — but still, it was not the place to fill an entire stocking.Yet even the most reasonable of places, like Asda, no longer seem that cheap.
The first Quiznos restaurant was opened in Denver, Colorado, by founder Jimmy Lambatos.
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According to a recent survey, more than half (53 per cent) of mums are planning to cut back on the cost of Christmas presents this year, looking for better-value options and discounted items, while 42 per cent just plan to buy fewer presents.
But I have a six-year-old daughter and a 12-year-old step-daughter — not to mention six godchildren and about a dozen other children, ranging from teenagers to toddlers — who I need to buy presents for.