10 Christmas gifts that don’t cost a single thing, and 10 gifts that do – 2018/2019!!

10 Christmas gifts that don’t cost a single thing, and 10 gifts that do – 2018/2019!!

It’s never too late.

And I do so love winter!

It’s that great time of year.

Christmas & the New Year!

I love the crispness of the air, the early evenings, the freshness of the cold, and the darkness  when the lights come out.

I love it so, because December is my most favourite month ever, and also the month of my birth!

It was my birthday almost two weeks ago.

So what did I do?

Well, instead of having a huge birthday party, I decided to treat my family to an all-expenses-paid-entirely-by-me weekend away, to Prague!

Yay!

It was my birthday a few weeks ago – Happy Birthday to me! Victoria in Prague
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Czech Republic – December 2018
My birthday cake at Boris’ Apartments Prague Castle – Happy Birthday to me! Victoria in Prague
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Czech Republic – December 2018
Staroměstská – Old Town – Happy Birthday to me! Victoria in Prague
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner -Czech Republic – December 2018

The Czech Republic is one of my favourite countries.

Indeed, before I came to live in Germany as a British Expat, once upon a time, I lived in Prague!

On Charles Bridge – Karlův Most – Happy Birthday to me! Victoria in Prague
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Czech Republic – December 2018
In front of Charles Bridge – Karlův Most – Happy Birthday to me! Victoria in Prague
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Czech Republic – December 2018

Don’t I look happy?

I even managed to do some of my Christmas Shopping!

Speaking of Xmas Shopping.

Aaaaah!

The horror of Christmas shopping – Get me out of here!

You might not be excited about winter or the horror of Christmas shopping, but you are still liable to the festive season.

At least in Europe you are!

However of late, Christmas has been high-jacked by activities contrary to what this season is all about. Everywhere you look there’s some disaster or another, and afterwards, merriment galore, then huge bills!

Yikes!

Let’s figure out a way to make Christmas time as pain-free as possible!
10 Christmas gifts that don’t cost a single thing, and 10 gifts that do – 2018/2019!!

So let’s make a deal.

Instead of wasting a huge amount of money on things you either don’t need, or probably already have, making the issue of #firstworldproblems completely and utterly true.

Let’s figure out a way to make Christmas time as pain-free as possible.

So come with me as I feature 10 Christmas gifts that don’t cost a single thing if you’re broke, and don’t have a penny to your name. And 10 gifts that do, for those who have the dosh, and really want to spend it!

Please note that there are three affiliate link companies connected to this Christmas / New Year gift post! Every time one of these services is used, booked, and paid for via my link, I get a little percentage, but at no extra cost to yourself! A win-win for all!

10 CHRISTMAS GIFTS THAT DON’T COST A SINGLE THING, AND 10 GIFTS THAT DO!!

10 Christmas gifts that don’t cost a single thing, and 10 gifts that do – 2018/2019!!

Here we go!

1.  MAKE A PHOTOGRAPHY ALBUM

Photographs don't cost a single thing!
Photographs don’t cost a single thing!

IT DOESN’T COST A SINGLE THING!

In todays’ world, pretty much everyone and his mother has a mobile phone. In many cases, a smart phone too.

It doesn’t take a genius to take a photograph or two of yourself, your friends, and family, or even your hobby using stuff like postcards, ticket stubs, old T-shirts, money, etc, making your photography more than just a bunch of photos, but a scrapbook of your life. And theirs!

Then all you have to do is upload the photographs, edit as appropriate, then send off to your loved ones by Email.

IT DOES! IT’S CHRISTMAS!!

It does. It’s Christmas!!
The INSTAX Mini 90 Neo Classic Retro Camera!

If you’re looking for something different, why not get a retro camera for instant photographs with your friends and family. ‘Remember when this was a thing?

I recommend this fabulous INSTAX Mini 90 Neo Classic camera – because it’s a blend of stylish quality with a retro camera design that looks good, feels great, has a full range of camera functions, and performs beautifully!

It also comes in classic black!

And get this.

It’s under £120.00 / €120.00 / $120.00!

How fun is that!

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Instant Film Camera!

If you want one:

  • Buy your loved ones a fun retro camera via Amazon UK here!
  • If you’re in the US, buy this fun retro camera via Amazon.com here!
  • If you’re in Germany, buy this fun retro camera via Amazon.de hier!

2.  MAKE MUSIC

A personalised mixed tape doesn't cost a single thing!
A personalised mixed tape doesn’t cost a single thing!

IT DOESN’T COST A SINGLE THING!

Ha! Ha! Not a measuring tape.

I mean tape cassette!?

Tape?!&%!!

When was the last time that you actually saw a good ‘ol cassette player?

Like never!

Nevertheless, the sentiment remains the same. Why not make a customised mixed playlist from your huge collection on iTunes or Spotify, and make a CD! You can even sing on it….!

IT DOES! IT’S CHRISTMAS!!

It does. It’s Christmas!!
What a really cool RockJam Full Size Electric Guitar Superkit!

On the other hand, if you’ve ever wanted to be in your own rock band, and make your own style of music, now you can!

I recommend this really cool RockJam Full Size Electric Guitar Superkit. It even comes with it’s own amp, strings, tuner, strap, case and cable, as well as an association of colours – black, red, brown, and sunburst!

Perfect for the aspiring beginner!

And get this.

It’s under $120.00 / £120.00 / €100.00!

Move over Eric Clapton!

Move over Eric Clapton!

If you want one:

  • Buy this electric guitar superkit via Amazon UK here!
  • If you’re in the US, buy this electric guitar superkit via Amazon.com here!
  • If you’re in Germany, buy this electric guitar superkit via Amazon.de hier!

3.  MAKE YOUR OWN COOKBOOK

Making your very own cook and recipe book, doesn’t cost a single thing!

IT DOESN’T COST A SINGLE THING!

I’m not the best of cooks.

Even though I love eating wonderful food, and I have a whole bookshelf of cookery books.

I SIMPLY CAN’T COOK!

But if you can, why not make your very own cook and recipe book for your friends and family?

Add personalised notes and extra information about why you chose that particular recipe, ‘cos who doesn’t like something delicious. Or even the secret to making a good cup of tea!

IT DOES! IT’S CHRISTMAS!!

Croatian food is most delicious!

If you fear that you might kill people, leave it to the experts, and buy your loved ones a cookery book instead, so that they can make it like mummy used to.

Properly!

If the pressure is far too much, why not try out some fun cook books, to remind you of your obsession in 2018 instead…

It does. It’s Christmas!!
The Walking Bread!

From the creators of Baking Bad comes the ghoulishly funny spoof cookbook The Walking Bread, inspired by the hit television series that viewers have been hungrily devouring for the past eight years.

Fans of the show will be dying to get their hands, on this new pun-tastic, post-apocalyptic book!

It does. It’s Christmas!!
Game of Scones – All Men Must Die!

And of course, if you’re as obsessed with Game of Thrones as I am, you simply must get Game of Scones: All Men Must Dine!

Inspired by the hit television series, this Game of Thrones baking book is the struggle for the Iron Scone where chaos reigns throughout the Seven Kingdoms!

Kings, queens, knights, and honest men, battle it out as they play the Game of Scones while Jammy Lannister, by right of birth, blood and dough, lays claim to the Iron Scone of Westeros!

Join him as he fights his way through the kitchen, via desserts such as Unsullied Soldiers (without nuts), Brienne of Tart, Jaime and Cersei’s Family Mess, and Tyrion’s Shortbread!

 

I highly recommend both books, and the Blu-Ray / DVD!

And get this.

Each book is under £10.00 / €10.00 / $10.00!

So what are you waiting for?

If you want one:

  • Buy your loved ones The Walking Bread here. And the Game of Scones via Amazon UK here!
  • If you’re in the US, buy this hilarious cookbook The Walking Bread here. And the Game of Scones via Amazon.com here!
  • If you’re in Germany, buy this hilarious cookbook The Walking Bread: (Englisch) hier. And the Game of Scones: Das witzige Backbuch zur Kultserie via Amazon.de hier!

4.  GO ON A WALKING TOUR

Me being a tourist in trendy Ximending, in Taiwan! 16 brilliant reasons why you should visit Taiwan!
Me being a tourist in trendy Ximending, in Taiwan
16 brilliant reasons why you should visit Taiwan!

IT DOESN’T COST A SINGLE THING!

You’re broke and you can’t afford to travel the world.

Not to worry. Let the world travel to you!

Join a walking tour in a major city near you. Completely and utterly free (except for the tips of course.)

We said save money, not steal it!

IT DOES! IT’S CHRISTMAS!!

Me in the Philippines, but could this be a James Bond moment! ©Scott Herder - BoboandChiChi.com
Me in the Philippines, but could this be a James Bond moment!
©Scott Herder – BoboandChiChi.com

On the other hand, you’ve got holiday time due to you, or you want to surprise a loved one, then don’t be shy take the next train, or flight, and book a hotel to anywhere in the world.

Go on. You deserve it!

  • If you’re in Britain, book a hotel room via Booking.com. here!
  • If you’re in the US, book a hotel room via Booking.com. here!
  • Wenn Sie in Deutschland sind, sie können ein Hotelzimmer über Booking.com auf Deutsch, hier buchen!

5.  GROW YOUR OWN FOOD

Pickles, in many cases, don’t cost a single thing!

IT DOESN’T COST A SINGLE THING!

We all eat far too much!

Using the fruit and vegetables from your garden, your terrace, or even your window sill, can give you pickles and jams galore!

Food should be a delight, but most people eat far too much!

Instead of throwing out your excess fruit, make jam and give them to your friends and family.

Instead of throwing out your excess vegetables, make chutney and give them to your neighbours.

And if you’re worried about the effects of dry summers and warms winters, then by all means, go ahead and make your own pickles!

My garden. Notice the bunting in the background!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner
One of the apples from our garden!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner

We have a plum-tree, an apple tree, a blackberry tree, and hundreds of home-grown vegetables.

We even have our own wormery and compost box!

Fresh produce doesn’t do itself justice, bearing in mind that there are no added chemicals.

In fact, no added anything at all!

Just put in a little sunshine, a bit of water, some basic pruning from time-to-time, a couple of old teabags, crushed eggshells, and dried coffee granules, and you’ve got yourself a vegetable patch, and freshness to last you through the winter!

IT DOES! IT’S CHRISTMAS!!

It does. It’s Christmas!!
How to Grow: A guide for gardeners who can’t garden yet

I’m a very bad cook, but I do actually know how to grow my own food!

Yes, I do!

And in this day and age of chemicals, fertilisers, horse-meat, and who knows  what in our food, isn’t it about time that you get yourself a garden book and learn how to find fruit and vegetables that is simply all around us?

So why not buy your loved ones inspiring books that show you how to choose good food. Use good food. And eat good food, while at the same time encouraging a degree of self-sufficiency.

How to Grow: A Guide for Gardeners Who Can’t Garden Yet is not only a useful book, but a jolly good read!

This is a gardening book for people who want to learn how to grow things, but haven’t got a clue where to start!

It does. It’s Christmas!!
Hippie Lane: The Cookbook

And for the vegans out there.

How about a book that is extremely attractive to vegans who are not only serious about wholesome food, but also people who might like to try out a few recipes too! Check out Hippie Lane: The Cookbook!

Yes, you too can go meat free. For a day or two with Hippie Lane: The Cookbook!

I utterly recommend both books!

And get this. Each book is under $25.00 / £15.00 / €20.00!

So what are you waiting for?

If you want one:

  • Buy your loved ones How to Grow: A guide for gardeners who can’t garden yet here. And Hippie Lane: The Cookbook via Amazon UK here!
  • If you’re in the US, buy this inspiring How to Grow: A guide for gardeners who can’t garden yet here. And Hippie Lane: The Cookbook via Amazon.com here!
  • If you’re in Germany, buy this inspiring How to Grow: A guide for gardeners who can’t garden yet (Englisch) hier. And Hippie Lane: The Cookbook (Englisch) via Amazon.de hier!

6.  MAKE A HOME-MADE MOVIE

A home-made film doesn’t cost a single thing!

IT DOESN’T COST A SINGLE THING!

If you have a smart phone, a camera, or a selfie stick, you can start making your very own-home movie, starring YOU.

 

 

Produced by you, and directed and scripted, completely and utterly by you.

Boy, but what a thrill!

I’m not going to show you any of my own home-movies. I’m not mad you know!

But if you want to see some of my professional ones, click here!

IT DOES! IT’S CHRISTMAS!!

It does. It’s Christmas!!
If you’re serious, register at the Met Film School!

If you’re serious about movies and films, and want to take making a movie to the next level, why not go to film festivals for inspiration, pile on the pressure by joining a how-to-make-a-film workshop hosted by the University of Bedfordshire (UK), where you have to make an independent film project in just 48 hours!

And not only that, you get to show your film via Open Screenings and free entrance to the public at the British Shorts Film Festival, or enrol at a film school nearby.

I’m constantly being asked to make some sort of film production, made and produced by myself.

Er. Nope!

I love watching films. I love being in films, but I’m not skilled enough to actually make the film!

And nor do I want to.

Me being thoughtful during a Live TV broadcast in Germany, and looking as if I’m about to sing!
©Pascale Scerbo Sarro

I love being in front of the camera, rather than behind it!

Last year, I was asked by the BBC to take part in a creative art make-your-own-digital-film project, but I turned it down!

The BBC!

I know!!

However, they were kind of enough to invite me for a BBC4 London radio show instead.

I readily accepted!

Having said that, I love learning stuff which is why I’m always at one workshop or another, and there’s nothing wrong with adding to the skills that one already has. So I might book one of the MET practical filmmaking world-renowned weekend courses after all.

And certainly, if you’re serious about this stuff, you should do the same, or get one of your grannies to pay for it!

7.  READ A BOOK

Reading a book doesn't cost a single thing!
Reading a book doesn’t cost a single thing!

IT DOESN’T COST A SINGLE THING!

If you’re clever, getting a book for free is as easy as getting a slice of bread!

All you had to do is search for a classic book online, or go to the free openlibrary.org or your local library, and the book is yours!

Certainly the Berlin Central and Regional Library (ZLB), yearly library membership cost between just €5.00 – €10.00 a year, and includes being able to borrow DVDs, Videos, Music CDs, Booklets, Audio books, Art related items, and up to 60 books at a time!

On top of that, you have access to every other public library in the city.

All pretty much free of charge.

Gosh!

IT DOES! IT’S CHRISTMAS!!

It does. It’s Christmas!!
Gifts for Children & Millennials – The next generation Kindle Fire HD 8!

Why waste time?

Buy your loved ones a kindle, and they can have a book for life!

Kindles are on special offer right now, and they’re much cheaper than an iPad!

I have Kindle on my iPad, and Kindle on my Samsung Galaxy 8+ phone, and a few years ago we bought The Tall Young Gentleman a Kindle Fire Tablet, and he’s still using it!

For children, teenagers and Millennials, Kindle Fire HD 8 Tablet with Alexa, is your man! It also comes in canary yellow, marine blue, and punch red!

And get this. It’s under $50.00/ £80.00 / €90.00!

I really don’t think you can get cheaper than this, with all the extra features!

If you want one:

  • Buy your loved ones the next generation Kindle Fire HD 8, via Amazon UK here!
  • If you’re in the US, buy your loved ones the next generation Kindle Fire HD 8, via Amazon.com here!
  • If you’re in Germany, buy your loved ones the next generation Kindle Fire HD 8, via Amazon.de hier!
It does. It’s Christmas!!
The All-New Kindle Paperwhite – Now waterproof!

If you’re a dedicated reader, then the All-New Kindle Paperwhite is probably more useful!

If you want one:

  • Buy your loved ones the Kindle bestseller – the All-New Kindle Paperwhite, via Amazon UK here!
  • If you’re in the US, buy your loved ones the Kindle bestseller – the All-New Kindle Paperwhite, via Amazon.com here!
  • If you’re in Germany, buy your loved ones the Kindle bestseller – the All-New Kindle Paperwhite, via Amazon.de hier!

Whatever.

Buy a Kindle!

8.  CHARITABLE GIFTS THAT YOU CAN SEE!

Donating an old toy, doesn't cost a single thing!
Donating an old toy, doesn’t cost a single thing!

IT DOESN’T COST A SINGLE THING!

I personally like to donate clothes, books and toys.

I’ve also donated my time by teaching for free, or offering some other service.

At one point, I was a Charitable Director of a Woman’s Shelter in London, and a civilian sergeant in the Engineering Unit of the Territorial Army!

IT DOES! IT’S CHRISTMAS!!

It does. It’s Christmas!!
Most people are charitable and want to help others, but are we really helping others?

Most people by their very nature are charitable and want to help others, but sometimes there’s a nagging feeling if you’re really doing what you can?

Is your money going to the people who need it most, or some administrative office in Switzerland?

Some organizations offer more tangible ways to do this.

I’ve donated to UNESCO for children and natural disasters. I’ve also given money to start-up organisations in Berlin, as I like to support up and coming talent in various ways!

I was first introduced to a company called Kiva.org via my previous company who made a donation of $25 on my behalf, promising to double whatever I donated myself.

Kiva is a non-profit organisation that allows people to lend money via the internet to low-income entrepreneurs, to alleviate poverty.

It does. It’s Christmas!!
I prefer to lend money to women on low-incomes in developing countries, who are setting up local businesses to get themselves & their families out of poverty.

I donated another $25 and got to choose who I would give this loan to.

I chose the female owner of a small corner shop in South America.

She paid me $2.00 every month and paid back the loan.

But not to worry, I didn’t keep the money!

I’ve donated to countries in Samoa and Columbia.

And Tajikistan!

I know!

I didn’t know where Tajikistan was either!

But that’s beside the point!

Once the loan is repaid, the money is put back into your account where you can donate it or loan it out again!

Well-known charities like Oxfam, allow you to donate a specific animal – a goat or llama – or other basic items needed by the village.  You can also “adopt” endangered animals through animal conservation organisations such as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Whichever you look at it, at least it’s a tangible effort to help others, less fortunate than ourselves, in a more sustainable way.

9.  FAMILY HISTORY 

Researching your family history doesn't cost a single thing!
Researching your family history doesn’t cost a single thing!

IT DOESN’T COST A SINGLE THING!

Research your family history  and ask your grandparents about your ancestry, your roots, and your family history.

You can also go to the local library, local burial grounds, church, place of worship, the town hall or failing that, go online and do some digging via Ancestry.com!

You’ll be surprised at what you find!

Via an old newspaper article, I found out that my dad was the first engineer and person of colour, in his Northern England unit!

He’s in his 70’s now, so you can imagine what an achievement that was at the time!

IT DOES! IT’S CHRISTMAS!!

It does. It’s Christmas!!
Hire an expert historian who will dig up your genealogical tree!

You can hire an expert historian who will do the digging for you and make your genealogical tree, or you can get your family tested for DNA.

After all how do you think I know that I’m descended from royalty. I always tell people that I’m related to the other Queen Victoria.

I’m not. It’s different royalty.

But I might be!

Should I be British or European? Can’t I be both!

Failing that why not come to Europe and find out.

Many of you are descended from people in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia.

Don’t you think it’s time you took a plane and found out!

If you need any help, click here!

10.  WRITE YOUR OWN BOOK or START YOUR OWN BLOG

How to write & publish a book! I prefer paper or hard back!
How to write & publish a book!
I prefer paper or hard back!

IT DOESN’T COST A SINGLE THING!

Get yourself a glass of wine, grab some plain  white paper or your laptop, and get writing!

IT DOES! IT’S CHRISTMAS!!

The Bee Hive by Simon Adepetun.
The Bee Hive by Simon Adepetun.
Buy on Amazon
Buy on Amazon

Buy the book of someone else.

An ordinary person.

Just like you.

And represented by the London publishing house – Austin Macauley Publishers.

Someone like my very own brother, who wrote a children’s book called THE BEEHIVE.

In just three (3) months!

If you want a copy of the book just in time for Xmas or the New Year…

  • Buy your loved ones The Bee Hive, via Amazon UK here!
  • If you’re in the US, buy your loved ones The Bee Hive, via Amazon.com here!
  • If you’re in Germany, buy your loved ones The Bee Hive. It’s only available in English so buy via Amazon.uk here oder Amazon.de hier!
How to start a blog in just a mere 10 minutes: A simple guide!

If you want to be like me when you grow up – a well-respected smart British – German blogger, all you have to do is to get yourself a website host such as Blue Host, and open up the website of wordpress.com.

It’s really easy and can be done in all of 10 minutes!

Here’s a simple guide I wrote, about how to start a blog!

WordPress.com

Not only that, if you start a new blog before the year runs out and 2019 begins, there’s an exclusive sale for 20% off WordPress.com!

For the 20% discount, use the coupon code. Click here!

  • Dates: Monday, December 17th – Monday, December 31st
  • Coupon Code: HOLIDAYS20
  • Can be used for: WordPress.com, WooCommerce.com & Jetpack

If you’re still having problems or would prefer a step-by-step live guide, I offer a personal consultancy which can be done in either English or German!

Speaking of languages, have you seen my language tab at the top of the page?

Now you can switch my post to any language you desire!

Nifty!

Me just walking down the road. Thrown into the spotlight LOL!
© Pascale Scerbo Sarro

So what are you waiting for, Xmas & the New Year is just around the corner.

Get to work!

And good luck!

10 CHRISTMAS GIFTS THAT DON’T COST A SINGLE THING, AND 10 GIFTS THAT DO!!

10 Christmas gifts that don’t cost a single thing, and 10 gifts that do – 2018/2019!!

This article isn’t sponsored and all opinions and amazing gifts, are my very own!

I have so much to share with you.

I’ll tell you all about it next year!

If you’re not in Berlin in winter, you’re not going to have any sausages!

Yay!

10 Christmas gifts that don’t cost a single thing, and 10 gifts that do – 2018/2019!!

Watch this space!

Please note that there are five affiliate link companies connected to this Christmas / New Year gift post! Every time one of these services is used, booked, and paid for via my link, I get a little percentage, but at no extra cost to yourself!

A win-win for all!

Let’s get ready for Christmas & New Year!

Note! I never travel without insurance as you never know what might happen.

I learnt my lesson in Spain. And obviously, in countries like Qatar, where technically the risk is higher, I can’t imagine going that far beyond WITHOUT INSURANCE. No siree! You can get yours here, at World Nomads!

A win-win for all!

Thanks a million!

10 Christmas gifts that don’t cost a single thing, and 10 gifts that do – 2018/2019!!

Which of these gifts do you like? Would you buy them for yourself? Let me know in the comments below!

See you in Berlin.

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3 thoughts on “10 Christmas gifts that don’t cost a single thing, and 10 gifts that do – 2018/2019!!

    1. Hi Sandeep!
      Thank you for your message.
      Yes, I remember you well. How are you?
      We loved your guide services. 😀
      I still have so much to write about India, but here’s the first few if you like:
      https://thebritishberliner.wordpress.com/2018/11/05/im-going-to-india-incredible-india/
      https://thebritishberliner.wordpress.com/2018/11/18/when-the-airline-lost-my-luggage-on-the-flight-to-india-incredible-india/
      https://thebritishberliner.wordpress.com/2018/12/03/lost-and-trapped-in-delhi-incredible-india/

      ‘Hope you like it?

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