THESE days, you might struggle to find a small gift for a couple of pounds.

But in December 1975, we managed to compile a whole list of bargain buys for under £1 from all the local shops in town.

To give children some inspiration of what to spend their pocket money on, we hand-picked some gifts for grown-ups and others that would be perfect for stocking fillers.

Here's a selection of goodies on the list, with the shops you could buy from at the time.

Under-50p presents:

  • Pot plant holders, 40p, The Blind and Handicapped Shop, formerly of Woodstock Road
  • Three tablets soap, 40p, The Blind shop
  • Hand-painted face cloth, 35p, The Blind shop
  • Four table mats 12 x 18ins, 50p, The Blind shop
  • Jars of old-fashioned sweets, 40p, Usborne Household Stores, formerly of Dartington House
  • Mini printer for labels, 50p, W H Smith, Cornmarket Street
  • Magnetic insects, 28p, Usborne's

Under £1:

  • Indian pure silk scarf, 95p, Usborne's
  • Spice Garden (seeds for five unusual spices), 75p, Usborne's
  • Wooden salad serves, 85p, Boots, Cornmarket Street
  • Thirty felt tip pens in assorted colours and a case, 75p, W H Smiths
  • Christmas tree start to make up in red and gold, 75p, Science Studio, formerly of Little Clarendon Street
  • Lined rush shopping bags, 90p, Usborne's
  • Papermate 98 fountain pen, 75p, Ryman, formerly of George Street
  • Wine bottle containing Eau De Cologne, 70p, Selfridges, formerly of the Westgate Centre