By Ivana Kitova, Staff Writer

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and with that I know that your nearest and dearest are undoubtedly deserving of all the love, affection, and gifts you have to offer. 

However, buying presents doesn’t have to break your piggy banks in order to match your enthusiasm. Wait no more for a Christmas miracle, because I have done the work for you. Here are some ideas of gifts that are not only under 40 pounds, but are packed with love, and can warm your heart like a hot chocolate on a snowy day.  

During the holiday season Brighton offers a magical shopping experience at the annual Christmas market and the Artists Open Houses events. And don’t get me wrong, the Christmas market offers a vibrant selection of unique gifts, but they tend to be a tad pricey. If you still want to buy something local and handmade, I suggest that you take a walk along the colourful narrow streets of The Lanes instead. There, you will find hundreds of artsy independent shops that sell unique pieces and will be supporting a local business.  

Now, don’t worry if you prefer to avoid the crowded streets and stay at home. I have something in my stocking for you, too. With the pricing starting from 15.99, Google gives you an opportunity to choose your favourite photos from your phone, tablet, or computer, and create a unique photo album made from responsibly sourced materials and delivered to your house.  

For all the fantasy book lovers out there (and Bridgerton fans), what if I tell you that you can become a Lord or a Lady by buying a souvenir plot of Scottish land from Highland Titles? The Digital Gift Pack they offer is eco-friendly, instantly downloadable, and truly unique!  

Furthermore, through the Wildlife Trust or World Wild Fund you can adopt an animal for your loved ones. In return, you will receive a gift box with a plush toy of your chosen animal and will help them to restore precious habitats and protect the wildlife. 

If you are a fan of arts and crafts, I would suggest making a “Challenge Jar”. All you will need is a mason jar, some colourful paper, and your imagination. Try to think of challenges (e.g., Wear your shirt backwards today!) and write them down to put in the jar. You can then decorate it and add a scrapbook to complete the present. The person can then take a picture every time they complete a task and put it in the scrapbook to remember the moment forever.   

Last, but not least, take the time to think of what you are good at and use that to create a one-of-a-kind gift. You can write a song or choreograph a dance and record yourself performing it, draw a painting or write a poem, you name it! No matter what you choose, do it with love and remember to think outside the gift box, because this will make your presents unique and meaningful.  

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