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14 August 2018, 12:13
A proud mum has boasted about how she has already got her Christmas pressies sorted.
Organised mother of two Paige Ridlings, 21, started buying gifts for two-year-old Oscar and 11-month-old Rogan-Leigh, from the beginning of the year to avoid the last minute rush.
She has spent a huge £600 on 40 items for her little boys, including a £120 trampoline, a £95 tricycle for babies, a small bicycle costing £40 and a toy dog which helps children learn to read for £30.
Other presents included two bean bags and various small toys which cost between £15 and £20.
Paige, who lives in Oldham, Greater Manchester told Metro: "I find it so much easier to shop like this because there’s no rushing around – and I can make sure my boys have stuff they have asked for.
"I used to leave Christmas shopping to the last minute. It was so stressful because it would be hard to find some toys because they’d be out of stock and near Christmas time shops are always busy – buying early doesn’t have that stress."
Paige said she was unhappy when she wasn't able to buy her son many presents as a baby, and is now determined to give him an amazing Christmas to remember. Even though he's two and will definitely not remember it.
She added: "Two years ago I wasn’t able to get my first son much – he only had five presents and I felt awful. It didn’t help that we just moved into our new home so were tight on cash – but with now I can get stuff online for my two boys.
"I didn’t realise how much I’d spent this year until I added it all up but I don’t have a problem with it. The children won’t have loads spent on them for birthdays – which is why I spend more at Christmas.
"If people say I spend to much then it’s their opinion – every year I go through my kids toys and give a lot to charity so when it comes to Christmas I have room for new toys. "It’s such a relief – I’m all done and set for the day."