Mother buys ALL children's Christmas presents from charity shops

Mother-of-two reveals she’s spent £35 on her children’s Christmas presents after buying them all from charity shops to teach them the value of money

  • Amelia Kennard, 26, of Northampton, will spend around £35 on her two sons
  • Only buys second hand gifts and bought husband’s on Facebook Marketplace
  • Is called ‘frugal’ but hopes it’ll teach her children to understand value of money
  • Admits her parents used to spend £1,600 each on her and her sister growing up 

A mother-of-two has revealed she buys all her children’s Christmas presents from charity shops in the hope it will teach them the value of money.

Amelia Kennard, 26, of Northampton, has spent around £35 in total on her sons AJ, five, and Forrest, one, this year, admitting she refuses to ‘splash out on disposable tat’.

Even her husband Joel, 26, is receiving second-hand presents – underwear which she found on Facebook Marketplace, a new frying pan and a pair of headphones.

Speaking to Fabulous Digital, Amelia admitted she’s been branded ‘very frugal’, but is proud of her thrifty ways which helped her buy her first house at the age of 20.

Amelia Kennard, 26, of Northampton, has spent around £35 in total on her sons AJ, five, and Forrest, one, this year, admitting she refuses to ‘splash out on disposable tat’. Pictured with husband Joel, who’s also in line for second-hand gifts

‘It might sound tight but I want my children to know the value of money,’ she explained.

‘If they want something I want them to learn how to save up for it. We aren’t poor but that doesn’t matter. They need to understand that money doesn’t grow on trees.’

Growing up, Amelia told how her own parents would spend up to £1,600 each on 300 matching gifts for her and her sister Karis, 29, every year.

While it was ‘good fun’ being presented with a huge sack of goodies on Christmas morning, Amelia said opening all the presents was hugely time-consuming and she isn’t convinced it made her ‘happier’.

Now the stay-at-home mother thinks it’s ‘bonkers’ that parents spend so much on their children because she doesn’t think it’s worth it.

Amelia admitted she’s been branded ‘very frugal’, but is proud of her thrifty ways which helped her buy her first house at the age of 20

This year AJ will receive a small selection of gifts – a second-hand electric Thomas the Tank Engine train set, a box of Lego, a pile of books and a dinosaur toy.

For Forrest, Amelia found a Thomas the Tank Engine pop-up tunnel and tent, which costs £75 new, for just £10. 

While browsing Facebook Marketplace, Amelia also picked up a selection of presents for husband Joel, who works in HR. 

These include brand new underwear that usually retails at £40 for just £5, which the person is selling because they bought the wrong size. 

Pointing out the sustainability element of her buying habits, Amelia claimed it’s pointless buying new when you can recycle so easily

‘People have called me “very frugal” but I don’t care,’ Amelia added. ‘We managed to buy my first house at 20 and I am so proud of that.

‘I’m proof that spending more money doesn’t always make kids happier.’ 

Pointing out the sustainability element of her buying habits, Amelia claimed it’s pointless buying new when you can recycle so easily, especially when children rarely notice the difference.

‘In their entire life I don’t think the kids have received much new and I am pleased about that,’ she said. 

‘There will only be a few [presents] under the tree but it doesn’t matter to me.’  

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