I LOVE Christmas, but it can be an expensive time for many. That’s why I’m very excited to share with you my favourite way to save money on presents by gifting freebies in this post. Keep reading to find out more!
How do I find free stuff to include my Christmas hamper?
Ok, first things first. You’ll need freebies to include in your free hamper. Some people think getting freebies is too good to be true. Just take a sneaky peak at my Instagram page to see just some of things I’ve bagged without spending a penny over the years.
Freebie sites are a great place to start if you’re new to the world of freebies! They do all the hard work and find free stuff to post on their site every day. They also send a daily newsletter with all the latest free stuff you can claim.
Check out my top 30 freebie sites to check daily for free stuff. These are all genuine and ones I use myself.
Supermarket cashback apps
You simply sign up for free, browse the free offers, buy in store as normal and snap a pic of your receipt on the app. They will then refund you for 100% of your purchase. Amazing!
Psst… if you sign up to Shopmium using my referral code: KHKCYCEN you’ll get a free tub of Pringles, perfect for a Christmas hamper!
If you’re a regular Facebook and Instagram user, it’s always worth following your favourite brands. Once you start doing this, you’ll notice ‘sponsored posts’ appearing in your feed offering free samples. I’ve scored so many beauty freebies doing this! For reference, they look like this:
The best part about these is they post them directly to your front door. Winning!
Did you know that some brands give you freebies on your birthday every year? You can get free Hobbs candles, Space NK beauty gift bags, M&S vouchers, plus loads more. Check out my list of 60+ birthday freebies to sign up to once to get freebies every year!
If you’re feeling generous, you can put these aside for Christmas and save them for your friends and family 🙂
Free trial subscription boxes
Lots of companies, especially new ones, often tempt you in with a free trial box. Graze offer a free box and Simply Cook also have a free trial kit, both of which are perfect to include in any gift hampers for foodie lovers.
Visit beauty counters
This one is quite cheeky but you can score free beauty samples just by visiting beauty counters and asking to try their latest products. This is one of my favourite ways to try free perfume samples and you can build quite an impressive collection of beauty samples to make a thoughtful hamper.
Use loyalty scheme points
Around Christmas, shops and supermarkets with loyalty schemes get pretty generous with their loyalty points and offers. If you have any points saved up, you can use these to buy smaller gifts or wrapping to put towards your free Christmas hamper.
Related: 60+ best loyalty schemes in the UK
Mobile networks like O2 and Vodafone have their own loyalty apps where they offer regular freebies exclusively to their customers. I’ve seen quite a few sweet hampers and chocolate treats up for grabs, which would be great to add to your gift box or hamper!
Enter free competitions
I would also recommend entering free competitions online to bag free stuff for your hamper. You could even win a completely free Christmas hamper already packed full of goodies! Use sites like UK Prize Finder to find daily competitions to enter and check Twitter hashtags e.g. #winitwednesday.
There are loads of competitions running in the lead up to Christmas, especially lots of Advent style daily win ones, so make sure you check daily for your chance to win!
How to save money on wrapping
Now we’ve covered how to get free stuff for your hamper, you’re probably wondering if there’s a way to get the actual hamper materials for free – am I right?
While I can’t promise you’ll get your supplies 100% free, here are some of the ways I save money on this each year:
- Looking on local selling sites like Facebook Marketplace for people giving away free or dirt cheap baskets, boxes, and hampers
- Asking friends, familys, and neighbours to save their recycling
- Buying cheap supplies in January sales and putting them away for Christmas
- Looking in places like Poundland that sell super cheap hamper gift sets around Christmas time
- Saving any boxes or hampers you come across yourself throughout the year
- Looking in charity shops and going to car boots to find cheap baskets and gifts
So there you go! I hope I’ve inspired you to start making your own freebie hampers this Christmas. P.S. for 30 days-worth of freebies and deals, don’t forget to sign up to my 30 day freebie challenge!
For more inspiration, check out this post featuring 20+ free Christmas gift ideas