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Amber-Louise Large & Amber O'Connor

'I went Christmas shopping in Aldi with £10 - and I found the perfect Secret Santa gift'

Aldi's middle aisle is a treasure trove of weird and wonderful goods, many of which could make perfect Christmas gifts. With this in mind, MyLondon's resident Aldi -lover Amber-Louise Large set herself a challenge.

The shopper wanted to see how many Christmas presents she could buy in the supermarket for £10 - and she was amazed by the result. Amber-Louise went in armed with a tenner and found several options, including the perfect Secret Santa gift any Jo Malone fan is sure to love.

She even spotted a present she would love to receive herself, which just goes to prove Aldi really does have it all.

The shopper found lots of chocolates among the goodies perfect for Christmas gifting (MyLondon WS)

The shopper says: "I don't usually enter Aldi's middle aisle armed with a purpose. I let the aisle speak to me, like some sort of supermarket medium, and tell me what I need - whether it's a sausage roll maker or a candle twice the size of my head.

"Every week is something different and it can be a bit of a gamble as to what you will face in Aldi's mystical middle aisle. One week it could be power tools. The next week it could be beauty dupes. The following week it might as well be magic beans.

"I'm in need of a bit of magic right now. It is Secret Santa season and I've got £10 to buy the perfect present and no idea where to start looking. So for once in my life I head to the middle aisle with a purpose. Maybe, like the room of requirements, it will listen to my wishes and magically produce the ideal budget present."

Amber-Louise first spots a wide array of candles and it's here she finds a great gift for Jo Malone fans.

Amber-Louise called the candle gift set her 'top find' (MyLondon WS)

"The hotel collection looks over at me as if to say: 'Why are you considering anything else?' This is the range inspired by (or smelling very, very similar to) popular luxury perfumes. Many of them Jo Malone.

"Jo Malone candles start at £55 each. Aldi's Hotel Collection candles start at £4.99 for a set of four mini candles. This set includes Lime, Basil & Mandarin, Pomegranate, Sweet Almond & Macaroon, and Rose Noir. Some of the most popular dupe scents at Aldi.

"I would definitely be happy with this set. I would also be happy with one of the larger wooden wick candles in the Hotel Collection. One of them is even called Amber Woods. I could pretend it was named after me."

She continues: "Just when I think Aldi must have run out of wax I see them: the mammoth candles. These are almost twice the size of my head and more than twice my budget. Yet oh, how I am tempted. The Hotel Collection Hurricane candle has four wicks and must take about ten years to burn through.

"Now I might be a tad over-exaggerating there but I doubt you'll find anyone who has ever actually finished one of these. So £24 is a lot, yes, but it might be worth it. Just not today. Today I only have £10. The mini set it is!

"Still with £5 .01 (let's not forget that all-important penny) to spend I traverse the aisle for something, anything, other than a candle."

Other items of interest include a £3.99 Calm puzzle for someone who is into games, meanwhile a Disney lover might appreciate Lion King or 101 Dalmatian socks for £2.99. There's also plenty of chocolate to gift, such as a £3.49 sharing bag of quality street.

Amber-Louise adds: "They are all good options and anyone would make for a nice stocking filler. Candles, chocolates and socks might seem like basic gifts but the middle aisle does not do boring. The candles are designer dupes, the socks feature childhood favourite characters, and the chocolate... well, it's chocolate. Who would complain about receiving a big bag of chocolate?

"The middle aisle has spoken and I have listened. It would not usually be my go-to for gift giving season but Aldi always seems to have something up its sleeve. My Secret Santa is going to be very happy."

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