I’m a big fan of TK Maxx. I have two really close to my home. One in the Walthamstow Mall, which is around 10 minutes walk and one at the Tottenham Hale Retail Park, which is around 10 minutes drive. I don’t go in regularly, which is a good thing because I never come out empty handed, but it is my go to place for last minute gifts. They have such an amazing range that I can always find what I want, no matter who I am shopping for.
I also love to go there with my son. He is five now and loves shopping (I have no idea where he gets that from?!) and buying gifts for people. If we go into Central London or to Westfield, it starts off fun but he soon gets bored of going from shop to shop and being told that he is choosing items that are too expensive.
I find that if I take him to TK Maxx, I can pretty much set him free and, of the items he comes back with, there is always plenty that is within budget and suitable. I think there’s something quite lovely about the recipient knowing that he chose the presents himself and it definitely helps that everything is such great value, up to 60% of RRP.
When TK Maxx offered me a £50 voucher a to shop for great value gifts in store, I jumped at the chance. On this occasion, I went to the Walthstow store on my own. There was so much to choose from, as always, but I decided to focus on homeware and kids clothes. I stuck to the budget (although I did go back the next day with my son and we went a bit wild in the toy section choosing things for friends) and this is what I bought:
New pyjamas for Christmas is a tradition in our house and I think this shark pattern is really unique and cool. These are 100% cotton, lightweight and slim fit, which is perfect for my boy. I know he will love them. They were also excellent value, only £9.99 instead of £29.99 RRP.
I wanted something a bit thicker and more snuggly for my daughter, who is still a toddler. I love the sleepy moon pattern on this pair that I found. They are super soft, fair-trade and organic cotton. An excellent find. I really should look in TK Maxx for their nightware more often, these were also only £9.99 with an RRP of £29.99.
I found this amazing jug for my gran. It has a William Morris design which is lovely but also very special to us as Willam Morris lived and worked in Walthamstow for many years and the William Morris Gallery is on our doorstep. This was only £5.99, with RRP £15.99 and a really lovely present, I think.
I picked up this pair of hand painted bowls for my sister-in-law. To be honest, I am tempted to keep them myself. They were only £3.99 each which I think is amazing value and will work great as ornaments or for crisps and nibbles in front of the tv.
These lovely frames will be great for my son to put his mini school photos in for Christmas presents. They were only £2.99 each. If I wasn’t within my £50 budget, I would have got more.
Last but not least, I chose this glorious plant pot for a friend. It is a nice big sturdy pot, made in Portugal and was great value at only £9.99. I am a plant addict and think plants brighten up any home. Big pots are expensive to come by, especially ones like this, great for a housewarming gift.
So there you have it. Here they are, all my goodies together. All for under £50! I think I did a great job, what do you reckon?