Pound shop gift sets worth having

xmas pound shop gift ideasI’ll freely admit that not everything in your average pound shop is worth having, but if you look carefully there are loads of items that you can group together to make some great themed gift baskets. Use a creative eye and make it really personal to the recipient, and you’ll be able to put together a very nice little present for someone.

Don’t believe me? Well, here are loads of ideas for you, each on a different theme. All you have to do is pick them out and package them up in a basket or gift bag. Hey presto! Oh, and these ideas all come in at a fiver or less for the whole set, so you can scale them up or down to suit your budget.

Mega manicure

  • Mini manicure set (clippers, scissors etc)
  • Emery boards or pack of nail buffers
  • Hand cream
  • Cotton beauty gloves (usually 2 pairs for £1)
  • Nail polish (Sally Hansen, Revlon, OPI)

Happy feet

  • Foot file
  • Foot cream
  • Cotton beauty socks (usually 2 pairs for £1)
  • Foot or shoe spray
  • Memory foam insoles

Home entertainer

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Glasses (tumbler, highball or martini)
  • Ice cube tray
  • Pair of mini serving dishes
  • Olives, roasted peanuts, cashews or pistachios

Chilli head

  • Jar of jalapenos
  • Jar of salsa or dip
  • Bottle of sweet chilli sauce
  • Bottle of hot sauce (Tabasco-style)
  • Chilli flavour crisps, nuts or crackers

Glam on the go

  • Makeup bag
  • Compact mirror
  • Travel makeup brush set
  • Travel mints or tissues
  • Tinted lip balm

Groomed gents

  • Shower gel
  • Nail clippers
  • Shave gel, cream or oil
  • Post-shave balm / moisturiser
  • Mini hair clipper

Super busy person

  • Diary (pocket or desk)
  • Wall calendar or planner
  • Notebook and pen
  • Mini magnetic fridge whiteboard
  • Storage box / letter rack


  • Sachets / tub of hot chocolate
  • Mug or large cup
  • Marshmallows (Poundland has snowman ones)
  • Truffle bar (Guylian, Bailey’s, Guinness, whisky)
  • Small box/bag of chocolates (Thornton’s, Cadbury)

Lovely locks

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Hair masque
  • Microfibre hair towel / turban
  • Hair accessory (clip, band, brush)

Tech lover

  • iPad stand
  • Phone, e-reader or tablet case
  • USB cables, HDMI cables
  • Decorative laptop skins / stickers
  • Toy robot

Curry fiend

  • Pickle dishes
  • Poppadoms or papads
  • Metal balti dishes
  • Jar of chutney or pickle
  • Spice paste, mix or sauce

Soak in the tub

  • Bathing gift set (matching gel, lotion, bath fizzers)
  • Bubble bath
  • Back brush
  • Body sponge or puff (usually 3 for £1)
  • Pumice stone or shower cap

Winter warmer

  • Beanie hat
  • Fleece scarf
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Mini hand warmer or hot water bottle
  • Socks or slipper socks

Cupcake crazy

  • Paper cupcake cases
  • Brightly coloured silicone cupcake moulds
  • Brightly coloured baking utensils set
  • Piping bags or piping kit
  • Cake decorations or toppers

Perfect pastry

  • Rolling pin
  • Pastry brush
  • Sieve set
  • Pie dish or bun tray
  • Set of cutters


  • Apron
  • Kitchen timer
  • Spice jars or storage jars
  • Chopping board
  • Wooden utensil set

Host / hostess 

  • Coasters
  • Serving tray
  • Serviettes or napkins
  • Mugs or glasses
  • Serving plate

Celebrity fan

  • Trashy biography or annual
  • Fake eyelashes
  • Fake tan lotion or wipes
  • False nails
  • Bling-y smartphone case

Favourite flavours (mango, coconut, strawberry etc)

  • Shower gel
  • Body lotion / body butter
  • Soft drink
  • Sweets
  • Scented candle / room spray

Retro fun

  • Board game
  • Card game or activity book
  • Popping candy, candy canes, choc coins
  • Tube of Lovehearts, Refreshers or Drumsticks
  • Xmas CD or DVD

Shoe fanatic

  • Mini shoe care kit (polish, brush etc)
  • Easyshine sponge or buffer cloth
  • Trainer wipes
  • Additional polish or spray
  • Insoles or storage box

Keep it personal 

  • 2 or 3 photo frames
  • Photographic printer paper
  • Print-your-own calendar
  • Initial keyring

Fashion fiend

  • Flock, padded or wood clothes hangers
  • Tie/scarf/belt hanger
  • Clothes storage bag
  • Delicates washing machine bag
  • Clothes brush or lint roller

Boy / girl racer

  • De-icer spray or liquid
  • Ice scraper or cleaning cloth
  • Wash and wax cleaning product
  • Car air freshener
  • LED torch keyring

Tiki style

  • Flower garlands
  • Drinks umbrellas
  • Decorated straws
  • Cocktail stirrers
  • Tacky ornaments

Party recovery kit

  • Eye mask
  • Sports / rehydration drink
  • Effervescent vitamin tablets
  • Bath soak

Holiday heaven

  • Passport holder or travel wallet
  • Hand held fan
  • After sun lotion
  • Mini first aid kit or travel bottle set
  • Inflatable pillow

Getting creative

  • Card sheets or sketch book
  • Coloured pens, pencils or modelling clay
  • Glitter, glue, gems, or sequins
  • Ribbon, fancy tape, felt or stickers
  • Craft kit or pack, stamping set etc

Any other gift sets you can dream up?


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