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Sometimes in all the fuss around presents, we can forget the little extras that really make for the full festive package.
Good wrapping paper and the perfect Christmas cards aren’t always easy to find yet, every single year, we leave it to the last minute to look for them.
But not this year. Oh no, this year we’re putting a stop to last minute purchases of over-priced wrapping and after-thought cards from the corner shop.
We’ve put together an action plan of the best places to shop for these items at affordable prices and, in the spirit of Christmas, we thought we’d share it with you.
So, below, you’ll find seven of the best places to buy affordable Christmas cards and wrapping online.
Now, if only we could find someone who would wrap all the presents and write all the cards once they arrive... any ideas?
Card Factory | Shop here
From personalised Christmas cards to sets where a portion of the proceeds go to charity, the Card Factory is the place to go if you’re looking to buy lots of cards in one go, for less than £5.
And the range of gift wrap includes wrapping paper, gift bags, gift boxes and all the accessories you need to add that perfect finishing touch – including ribbons, tissue paper and more.
Our top pick: 20 Dog-Themed Charity Christmas Cards | £1.99
Amazon | Shop here
Predictably, Amazon had to make the list of the best places to go for affordable cards and wrapping paper. With hundreds of options to choose from, Prime members can shop safe in the knowledge that their purchases will arrive in just 24-hours.
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Our top pick: 4 x 5M Rolls Of Tartan Christmas Wrapping Paper 20 Matching Tags | £17.31 from Amazon
John Lewis | Shop here
For affordable wrapping paper with a premium finish, look no further than John Lewis. Selling a range of intricately patterned and gorgeously printed papers, any present wrapped with JL paper is sure to take pride of place under the tree.
Our top pick: Sara Miller Bird Wrapping Paper - 3m | £4.50
Argos | Shop here
You might not find Christmas cards at Argos, but what you will find are beautiful bundles of wrapping paper to ensure you’ve got enough to wrap the oddest shaped, largest boxed presents money can buy - and all at a predictably affordable price.
Take the below wrapping paper set, for example, that works out at just £2 per roll - and means you needn’t worry about running out.
Our top pick: 4 Traditional Christmas Wrapping Paper - 4 x 4m | £8
Marks & Spencer | Shop here
With a gorgeous range of cards to suit all ages, tastes and celebration-styles, our trusty M&S always pulls through on the affordable Christmas extras.
When it comes to wrapping paper, M&S has got you sorted too. Choose from metallic gift boxes or sturdy, subtle wrapping paper, and make sure that the packaging does justice to the pressie inside.
Our top pick: Winter Wonderland Charity Christmas Cards - Pack of 15 - 3 Designs | £5
Scribbler | Shop here
While Scribbler’s cards aren’t the cheapest on our list, they certainly gain points for the range of hysterical, topical and adorably illustrated options (just like the card below).
With hundreds of unique designs to choose from, browse the selection of funny, rude and yes, some family friendly Christmas cards, there’s also a glorious range of wrapping paper to match.
Our top pick: We're Elf-Isolating | £3.19
Paperchase | Shop here
Paperchase is currently offering 3-for-2 across all wrapping paper and Christmas cards, which is a good job, because their selection is so good, we can’t narrow it down.
The stationary shop sells absolutely everything you need to beautifully wrap a present - from name tags to festive bows and everything in between - and a gorgeous range of cards to match.
Our top pick: Kraft white trees Christmas wrapping paper - 5m | £5
Matalan | Shop here
Matalan has a great selections of Christmas cards and wrapping accessories this year. Plus, with 3-for-2 across the whole range, you could even stock up for next Christmas, too.