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Save on selection boxes this Christmas with top tips on making your own for less

CHOCS away! The Covid woes have made me think outside the box for 2020 Christmas gifts.

I’m hoping doing so will save me money, keep me occupied and bring a smile to someone’s face.

While kids love selection boxes, you often don’t get that much in them and end up paying a premium for the festive box the chocolates come in.

But, if you DIY one, you can pack it “choc” full (geddit?).

Here’s what you’ll need . . . 

BOX OF TRICKS: Card Factory has a large Christmas box for £4.99, but B&M has a range of Christmas boxes starting at just £1.49.

I like the large polar bear & penguin box for £2. It even comes with a bow and tag.

Another option is wrapping Christmas paper around an old shoebox.

SAVE: £2.99

BOW-TIFUL: To make it feel more like a gift, poke two holes in the box lid and tie a ribbon through it. The cheapest I have found is £1 at Hobbycraft.

But you can make your own by cutting up an old tie or hair scarf.

SAVE: £1 on ribbon

CHOC STARS: Shop around for chocolate. Cadbury’s 200g Dairy Milk bar is £1.50 at Sainsbury’s. Asda and B&M have 110g Galaxy bars for £1 and Poundland’s £1 Twin Peaks is a great dupe for Toblerone, £3.50 at Sainsbury’s.

Don’t forget chocolate coins! At 50p a bag, Wilko has the cheapest I’ve found.

SAVE: £2.50 on Toblerone

SWEET DEAL: I’ll also be shopping at Tesco — its own-brand fruit pastilles are 75p for 250g. The Rowntree’s ones are £1 for 150g.

SAVE: 28p on Swizzels sweets

JUST GLUE IT: For a professional look, stick your goodies to the inside of the box. Wilko has glue dots for £1, and a pack of four double-sided tape from The Works is £1, down from £2.49.

SAVE: £1.49 on tape

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FILL the freezer for a fiver at The Co-Op with Birds Eye crispy chicken, chicken burgers, crispy fish fingers, Alphabites, mixed vegetables and a box of Rowntree’s fruit pastille ice lollies all for £5.

SAVE: £4.90

Cheap treat

TESCO Clubcard holders can get Quality Street Praline Truffles for £2.50 – that is half-price – when scanning their card at the checkout.

SAVE: £2.50

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RATHER than paying £12 for this pink velvet cushion from Matalan, buy the similar cushion from Primark for just £2.50.

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