Best 50 stocking fillers under £5 from Aldi to Wilko and B&M

CHRISTMAS is the time for giving and we’ve rounded up the best 50 stocking fillers for under £5 to help keep costs down.

The average family spends £719 on their Christmas shopping, with £500 of that blown in December alone, according to the Bank of England.

So we’ve found some cheap presents that don’t cost the Earth to help you cope financially over the festive season.

Whether it’s for your little one, or for your significant other, we’ve got you covered with presents for kids, men and women.

We've scoured the likes of B&M and Wilko, as well as some of the UK's top supermarkets including Tesco and Aldi.

You should still always compare prices to make sure you've found the cheapest price for what you're looking for.

Here's our favourite picks of this year's Christmas gifts under £5.

For kids

Beauty and the Beast mug bag – £1 (B&M in store only)

Perfect for Disney fans, this cute bag features Chip the cup from Beauty and the Beast.

Chip is held by a metal chain strap and there's space inside to store a few small essentials.

The cheapest Chip mug we found being sold elsewhere was on eBay for £6.

Disney Princess bath bombs – £2 each (B&M in store only)

Another one for Disney lovers, there are three different Princesses bath bombs to choose from.

You'll find Snow White, Jasmine from Aladdin and Princess Anna from Frozen.

Boots is also selling Disney bath bombs but these ones cost £5.

Polka dot fluffy unicorn socks – £2 (Asda)

These fluffy unicorn socks will keep little toes warm during the winter months.

They feature a cute unicorn complete with a red Santa hat and pink scarf.

M&S sell these unicorn socks for the same price but they're not as Christmassy.

Frozen 2 lovely lips and jewels gift set – £2.50 (Tesco)

Frozen 2 hits cinemas this November so we're sure excited little ones will adore this stocking filler.

It comes with lip balm and a jewel-themed bracelet.

We couldn't find another major retailer selling this exact Frozen set but Boots do this similar nail varnish pack for £4.

Walls ice cream nail polish four-pack – £2.99 (B&M in store only)

This nail polish collection has four different scents, all based on retro ice creams.

There's Split (strawberry), Starship (blueberry), Solero (orange) and Feast (chocolate).
The same set is currently being sold on eBay for £9.99.

Joker watch – £2.99 (Aldi)

We have no doubt there'll be a few new Joker fans this Christmas with the release of the new DC film.

The watch features the face of the iconic villain along with "ha ha ha ha" written on the front.

This is the cheapest we found a Joker watch being sold for with the next closest price being one from LEGO which costs £12.49.

Jurassic World volcano bath fizzer – £3 (B&M in store only)

B&M has fans of Jurassic World covered with this volcano bath fizzer.

It's orange in colour with black lava gushing out and comes with a surprise charm inside.

The same bath fizzer is being sold by JTF Home and Garden but you'll need to pay £4.29 for delivery.

Gimmiz poo stress ball – £3 (Wilko)

Go on, try not to laugh at this one – we definitely did.

This stress ball is based on the now-famous smiling poo emoji and it's guarantee to make your little one smile.

We found this similar £1.99 sticky stress ball on eBay.

Hatchimals colleggtible blind egg – £3 (Wilko)

Hatchimals were THE present to have last Christmas so it's good that we've found this colleggtible set for under a fiver.

There's 70 Hatchimals to collect and to get them out, you just need to rub the heart on the egg.

When we searched around, we spotted this similar Hatchimals colleggtible two-egg set for £2.50 on The Entertainer but you'll need to pay £3.99 delivery.

Bedroom star light projector – £3 (B&M in store only)

Fill your child's bedroom with twinkly stars with this light projector.

Simply switch it on and be amazed by the stunning projection it casts around the room.

The cheapest star night light we found is this one selling for £2.48 on CPC with delivery of £4.20.

Disney Toy Story coin purse – £3.50 (Asda)

This Toy Story purse features all the gang from the fourth film, which was released in June.

You'll find Buzz, Woody, Jessie as well as some new faces.

This is the best price we found for a Toy Story purse with the next closest price being this one on eBay for £6.49.

LOL Surprise! puzzle ball – £3.75 (B&M in store only)

LOL Surprise! has taken the world by storm and we've found this present for under £5.

Complete this 60-piece jigsaw to reveal one of the LOL Babies.
The same LOL Surprise! puzzle ball is being sold for £9.95 on BP Sales Direct.

Kids unicorn slippers (sizes three to eight) – £3.99 (B&M in store only)

Perfect for the little unicorn lover in your life, these slippers look warm and fluffy for cold winter days.

They come in a funky multicoloured pastel hue.

We found similar unicorn slippers being sold for the same price on XS-Stock but with a delivery cost of £3.99 if you're spending under £35.

Harry Potter PJ set – £3.99 (Aldi)

Harry Potter fans will go nuts for this pyjama set.

The only question is, which Hogwarts house do you belong in?

Character.com is also selling Harry Potter PJs for the same price but delivery is £3.95 for orders under £25.

Mermaid scales temporary tattoos – £4 (Tesco)

If your little one doesn't stop talking about mermaids, this could be the perfect present.

The scales come in two tattoo sheets and are shiny pink and blue in colour.

However, you can get cheaper temporary tattoo sets on eBay for as little as 99p.

Nerf bath and shower set – £4 (B&M in store only)

Make bath time fun again with this Nerf bath and shower gel set.

It comes complete with a toy crossbow and bolts for maximum entertainment.

The same set is currently being sold on eBay for £10.89.

Play-Doh colour cans four-set – £4 (Sainsbury's)

Play-Doh creates hours of fun for kids and this set is only £4.

Better yet, you get four different colours for your money: purple, green, pink and blue.

Tesco are also selling Play-Doh sets, but in different shades of colours, for 50p less at £3.50.

Audi touch and go car – £4.99 (Aldi)

Modelled on the Audi R8 LMS, this red and black Audi touch and go car would make an ideal gift for car enthusiasts.

Touch the windscreen to make the car go forward, then touch the rear screen to put it into reverse.

The cheapest touch and go car we found being sold elsewhere was this Ferrari toy on eBay for £12.99.

For her

Diamond gin and tonic bath fizzer – £1 (B&M in store only)

If you love gin and tonic then you'll be thrilled to know your favourite tipple has been turned into a bath fizzer.

The bath bomb is shaped like a diamond and only costs £1.

New Look sells these gin and tonic bath fizzers for £1.50 but they're shaped as miniature balls as opposed to a diamond.

Prosecco cocktail toppers – £1.99 (Aldi)

This cocktail toppers pack contains four different flavoured syrups, plus decorative sugar.
There's grapefruit, mango, raspberry and mandarin.

Tesco currently stocks a similar set but at £5, it's more than double the price of the Aldi version.

Calcot spa bath salts pamper cracker – £2 (Tesco)

These Calcot Spa pamper crackers contain bath salts for the "ultimate de-stress" after a busy Christmas.

Sprinkle into a warm bath for an unwinding scent.

For a slightly cheaper alternative, eBay is selling an elderflower bath salts cracker for £1.50 but you'll need to pay £2.90 postage.

Born to Sparkle blending sponge in a bauble – £2 (Wilko)

The Born to Sparkle bauble comes with a pink and black blending sponge to help make-up application.

It can be used dry or damp.

We couldn't find another blending sponge in a bauble but alternatively, you can buy single blending sponges for £1 in Superdrug if you're making your own pamper set present.

Born to Sparkle nail polish in a bauble – £2 (Wilko)

Another one from the Born to Sparkle range at Wilko, this time there's a bottle of glittery nail polish in the bauble.

Wilko says its long lasting, fast-drying and easy to apply and remove.

If you're not interested in the bauble, single pots of sparkly nail varnish can be bought for £1.25 on Fragrance Direct.

Santa Squad socks – £2 (Asda)

It's almost an unwritten rule that at some point, you'll get a new pair of socks at Christmas.

These ones are pink and red and contain the words: "Santa Squad."

We found these similar Christmas socks being sold by Outdoor Gear for £1.99, so roughly the same price.

Bubbly Like Champagne glitter mug gift set with marshmallows – £3 (B&M in store only)

As well as a glittery cup, you'll also get a bag of mini marshmallows and hot chocolate with this B&M set.

It features the words "Bubbly like champagne" on the front of the cup.

If you're nearest and dearest is into llamas, Dunelm sell a llama cup and hot chocolate set for £5.

Glow Pink fizz and bubbles bath set – £3 (Wilko)

This pamper set comes with a bottle of body lotion and body wash for maximum "me" time.

It's scented with notes of jasmine and rose.

Perfume Plus sell a similar  champagne bath set for £3.99, so this one from Wilko is almost £1 cheaper.

Bucks Fizz 20cl and truffles gift set – £3 (Tesco)

Bucks Fizz teamed with truffle chocolates sounds like a winning combination to us.

Each set contains 20cl of Bucks Fizz plus two chocolates.

This is the cheapest Bucks Fizz gift set we found although Tesco also does a range of four mini bottles of booze for £6.

Champers sparkle shower gel four-pack – £3 (B&M in store only)

This sparkly shower gel set comes in four different bottles that look just like champagne.

They come in two fragrances, peach and pear.

We couldn't find a similar set selling for less money with the next alternative being this champagne sorbet bath collection from Fragrance Direct.

Gordon’s pink gin mini and berry truffle gift set – £3.50 (Tesco)

The gin craze isn't going anywhere and we were thrilled to find this Gordon's alcohol gift set for under £5.

It also comes with cocoa dusted truffles with raspberry flavour popping candy.

Tesco also sell this glass gift set, also with Gordon's pink gin, but this one costs £6.

Echo Falls rose fruit fusion and glass gift set – £3.99 (B&M in store only)

If gin isn't you thing, B&M is selling this Echo Falls wine and glass set.

There's a 187ml bottle of  Echo Falls rose fruit fusion along with a specially decorated glass.

Alternatively, if you just want a miniature Echo Falls without the glass, Asda sell 18.5cl bottles for £1.50.

Hot chocolate gift box set nine-pack – £3.99 (B&M in store only)

Long winter nights call for a glass of hot chocolate and this set contains seven different flavours, mini gingerbread men and marshmallows.
You'll get: Vanilla, cinnamon, peppermint, orange, caramel, dark chocolate and white chocolate.

This is the cheapest hot chocolate set we've seen with the next lowest price coming from Matalan at £6.

Ladies' bear shorty PJS – £3.99 (Aldi)

These bear pyjamas are adorable and ideal for those who are grizzly first thing.

They come with tiny bears on the shorts and the slogan: "I've bearly slept a wink."
The cheapest bear PJs we found elsewhere are being sold by Fruugo for £9.59.

Hangover kit – £4 (B&M in store only)

Know someone who has had one too many over Christmas? Then this kit could be the perfect present.

It comes with a bobble, emery board, eyemask, emergency underwear and a badge.

JOY sells this similar hangover kit for double the price at £8.

Baylis & Harding beauticology unicorn mini two-bottle set – £4.50 (Sainsbury's)

Unicorns aren't just for kids and this beauty set by Baylis & Harding would make the perfect stocking filler for someone older.

There's a body wash and body lotion that smells of ice cream sundaes and vanilla.
The same Baylis & Harding kit is being sold by Temptation Gifts for £4.99.

For him

Reinbeer socks – £2 (Asda)

If you're gonna buy Christmas socks, why not buy ones that feature BEER.

These socks feature a cute bottle with a reindeer nose and horns.

Similar reinbeer socks are being sold on eBay for £4.57.

Bath bomb for men – £2 (Asda)

We found way too many bath bombs marketed just for women during our search for cheap stocking fillers.

But Asda is selling this bath bomb for men for just £2.

There's similar bath bombs for men stocked on the Candles Direct website but this one is shaped like a grenade.

Pub quiz cards – £2.50 (Tesco)

This pub quiz pack comes with over 100 questions to keep you entertained over the festive period.

However, we can't guarantee no rows will break out over who is the brainiest.

If you'd rather by a pub quiz book, Hive.co.uk is selling this paperback for £2.99.

The Kraken Black Spiced rum 5cl mini – £3 (Sainsbury's)

Sainsbury's is selling a miniature version of The Kraken Black Spiced Rum for Christmas.

It's an imported rum blended with spice, caramel and other natural flavors.

We did find this mini Kraken rum being sold for £2.39 on Drink Supermarket but there's a £4.95 delivery charge.

Duff Beer toiletries bag – £3 (B&M in store only)

It's Homer Simpson's favourite beer in the form of a toiletries bag.

The bag is ideal for holding travel shampoo, deodorant, shower gel and more.
The same Duff bag is currently being sold on eBay for £9.94.

Monkey Shoulder whisky 5cl – £3 (Sainsbury's)

If you know someone who drinks whisky, this miniature bottle of Monkey Shoulder could make an ideal present.

It comes in a 5cl bottle for £3.

We couldn't find a mini version of Monkey Shoulder being sold for less with the next closest being for £4.95 on 31Dover.

Lynx Africa deodorant and shower gel set – £3.49 (B&M in store only)

We're pretty certain all boys and men expect at least one Lynx shower gel set at Christmas.

For £3.49, you get a body spray and body wash.

The same set is being sold on Groupon for £6.98.

Chilli oil devil mini – £3.50 (Tesco)

Do you know someone who loves to chow down on the spiciest food?

This miniature devil-shaped glass bottle is filled with 45ml of fiery chilli infused oil.

A similar chilli sauce is currently retailing for £11.99 on eBay.

Nivea Men essential shave kit – £3.99 (B&M in store only)

Another festive essential that always comes in handy.

Complete with everything you need for a shave, this kit comes with after shave balm, shaving foam and shower gel.

Sainsbury's sell a Nivea Men shave master set but it's £3.01 more expensive at £7.

Nivea Men game on gift set – £4 (Asda)

Football fans will be shower-fresh by the pitch with this Nivea gift set.

There's four mini toiletries including two shower gel, a lip balm and a creme, plus a table top football game with a ball.

Wilko sell the exact same Nivea game on set for £5.50 – so £1.50 more expensive.

Hype keyring – £4 (Sainsbury's)

Know someone who's forever losing their keys?

The Hype keyring lets you attach them to your back pack or clothing.

Other Hype keyrings sell for £4.99 on the brand's official website.

Peaky Blinders toiletries duo gift set – £4 (B&M in store only)

One for all the Peaky Blinders fans out there.
By orders of the men themselves, this gift set has a body wash and two in one shampoo and conditioner.
The exact same toiletries set is currently listed for £8.99 on eBay.

Winner winner Christmas dinner t-shirt – £4 (Asda)

This t-shirt is fun and festive and perfect for those who wait all year to scoff down a Christmas dinner.

It comes in a funky green and red design with turkeys and snowflakes decorating the words.

The next cheapest winner winner t-shirt we spotted online was on eBay for £11.99.

Dove men+care mini tin gift set – £4 (Asda)

The Dove men+care gift set contains the perfect Christmas gifts for him in a handy reusable tin.

Inside there's a deodorant and two face washes.

Cherry Lane sell the same tin for the slightly lower price of £3.49 but you'll need to pay £4.95 delivery.

Brut aftershave 100ml – £4.50 (Wilko)

Wilko says this Brut aftershave has an "irresistible distinctive scent".

Not as strong as the cologne, the store says it has just enough scent to be noticeable when in close.

Park Cosmetics sell anther version of Brut after shave £2.99 with a £2 delivery fee.

Visage three-in-one trimmer – £4.99 (Aldi)

This three-in-one trimmer comes with three different attachments to shave your beard, sideburns and eyebrows.

It can also be used for your ears and nose and is operated by batteries.

The cheapest three-in-one shaver we found elsewhere was on Argos for £7.99.

The last posting dates for Christmas 2019 have been revealed – here's when are they and if the Royal Mail strike affect them.

While here's where you can find the best Christmas markets around the UK.

And you can save £2,500 on Christmas presents at Currys, House of Fraser and Next as prices are slashed by up to 90 per cent.

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Jennifer Aniston And Reese Witherspoon Reenact Famous ‘Friends’ Exchange

Reese Witherspoon was there for Jennifer Aniston when the “Friends” star recently forgot her line from their iconic exchange in the hit sitcom.

In an “Access Hollywood” interview this week, the co-stars of the new Apple TV Plus dramedy “The Morning Show” were tasked with commenting on throwback fashion photographs of themselves together over the years.

It included a snap of them in Central Perk as on-screen sisters Rachel (Aniston) and Jill Green (Witherspoon, who had a cameo in the show).

“Is this where you say the line that you love so much?” asked Aniston, who broke a world record this week after joining Instagram.

“Yes. This is, well, we can say the line. Do you remember your line?” replied Witherspoon, who had to whisper it into Aniston’s ear ― allowing them to recreate the iconic “can’t have?” exchange.

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Hundreds Flood Brooklyn Nets Game In ‘Stand With Hong Kong’ T-Shirts

Hundreds of protesters in black “Stand With Hong Kong” T-shirts filled seats at a Brooklyn Nets game Friday to protest the National Basketball Association’s failure to stand up for anti-government Hong Kong demonstrators because of business concerns.

The fans waved signs and chanted at Barclays Center, where the Nets lost  to the Toronto Raptors 107-123 in the preseason game.

It was the first opportunity for fans to vent since the Nets returned this week after playing exhibition games against the Los Angeles Lakers in Shanghai and Shenzhen. 

The games were not televised in China and several events were cancelled because of simmering tension between the nation and the NBA. Houston Rockets’ General Manager Daryl Morey posted a tweet early this month in support of Hong Kong protesters — then deleted it and apologized — when it angered Chinese officials. China’s state broadcaster nevertheless said it would stop showing Rockets games, and sponsors began suspending their contracts with the NBA.

Nets owner Taiwanese-born Joe Tsai, co-founder of the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, wrote a long criticism of Morey’s tweet. 

But a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers called it “outrageous that the NBA has caved to Chinese government demands for contrition.”

Nets star guard Kyrie Irving was sympathetic to the protesters Friday. “The reality is that as individuals it’s our job to stand up for what we believe in,” he told The Associated Press.

The protesters also include a “Free Tibet” faction.

One of the protesters was Nathan Law, a Hong Kong politician and activist, and former chairman of pro-democracy political party, Demosisto, which he co-founded with activist Joshua Wong. The two were jailed last year for participating in an illegal protest.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James earlier this week insisted that Morey wasn’t “educated” about the issues in the ongoing Hong Kong protests. “And so many people could have been harmed not only financially, physically, emotionally, spiritually,” he added.

Hong Kong protesters burned James’ jersey in the streets a short time later.

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'Transphobic' porn star refused sex with model because she has a penis

A transgender woman says she is a victim of ‘transphobic’ discrimination after being snubbed for job as a female porn star – because she still has a penis

Ria Cooper, 25, who became Britain’s youngest trans person when she transitioned 10 years ago, encountered the photographer after deciding to embark on a career in the sex industry.

She says the anonymous individual messaged her saying he wanted to have sex on camera then sell the resulting porno to make some quick cash.

But little did he know Ria was transgender and when he found out she still has male reproductive organs he immediately retracted the offer.

In messages exchanged over WhatsApp, the photographer bluntly proclaimed he couldn’t work with her because ‘she has a c**k’.


Ria has hit out at the ‘transphobic behaviour’ and says she’s being unfairly discriminated against in her pursuit of a modelling career.

The woman from Hull, East Yorks, has reported the comments to Humberside Police, which is investigating the incident as a hate crime.

Ria says the man got in touch with her over WhatsApp after she released her new glamour modelling portfolio online.

He apparently told her the industry was like a ‘family’ and vowed to help her make her way to the top of it.

Then the photographer told Ria he had just been informed by a friend that she is transgender, before saying ‘Playboy won’t accept that’.


After making the discovery the man cut all contact with Ria, who says her social media profiles clearly state she is a ‘ladyboy’.

She thought the photographer knew what he was doing.

Ria has described the comments as ‘discriminatory’ and ‘appalling’, comparing the abuse to that of a racist.

She is speaking out about the abuse because she want to help other transgender people suffering abuse.

The fully qualified beauty therapist said: ‘When I first changed I found it really scary and very confusing.


‘I had no one to lean on for support it was such a massive change. But, now I’m comfortable and confident in my own skin I wanted to help others.’

Humberside Police has confirmed officers are currently investigating the allegation.

A spokeswoman for the force said: ‘We received a report of a hate incident yesterday, on Wednesday, October 16. The report has been logged and will be investigated.’

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Lady Gaga jokes over entire body X-ray as fan speaks out after Vegas fall

Lady Gaga has joked she’s had to X-ray her entire body after suffering a nasty fall off stage during one of her Las Vegas shows.

Gaga was dancing with a fan on stage, after inviting them up to join her to mark the return of her Vegas residency.

She had wrapped her legs around his waist, but he accidentally lost his footing and sent the pair brutally crashing down into the pit below, with the fan accidentally landing on top of poor Gaga.

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Footage of the fall was caught on camera and if that wasn’t proof alone that it had been pretty rough, Gaga took to Instagram to joke she’s had to have her entire body X-rayed.

Sharing a mock X-ray of a hand making an OK sign, she wrote: ‘When they have to X-Ray almost your entire body…Just Dance. Gonna be ok.’

And while Gaga seems to be brushing off the mishap, the fan in question is urging people to stop blaming him for hurting the Shallow singer.


Taking to Twitter, the fan who goes by the handle @jackandrewx, wrote: ‘for people dm’ing me, i’ll say it again…THE FALL WAS NEITHER MINE NOR GAGA’S FAULT. It was an accident, please stop.’

He attempted to clear up the confusion about the incident and explained he lost his footing, as the stage had been wet.

Explaining that Gaga had jumped on him, Jack wrote: ‘My foot slipped. As we fell, I tried to make sure I took the brunt of the fall and if you could see my leg, you’d see that I kinda did.’

‘Lady Gaga herself has told people to stop with the negative comments,’ he claimed. ‘After the show Lady Gaga herself personally sent her security to come and find me so we could meet and chat and she told me herself I was not to blame and so did multiple members of [her] team.’

He finished by pointing out: ‘I WASN’T DRUNK OR ANYTHING ELSE PEOPLE ARE ACCUSING ME OF.

‘I WASN’T ANYTHING BUT IN AWE OF HER.

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Fight which led to teen being brutally stabbed to death in the street

This is the vicious doorway fight which led to a teenage youth mentor being brutally stabbed to death in the street.

Hamed Hussein, now 19, repeatedly stabbed Jordan Moazami in Harborne, Birmingham, after a row over drugs and money sparked at the home of a mutual friend.

Police have released CCTV footage, shown during the court trial, of the moment the disagreement broke out between the 18-year-old victim and his friend on Blandford Road on April 23 this year.

Witnesses recall seeing the group fight – shown above – erupt a short time later, with Mr Moazami and Moshood Giwa scrapping with others in the front garden.

The brawl spills into the street as Jordan throws off his shirt.


He then flees in a Vauxhall Corsa, but violence then flares in Tennal Road, Harborne – where the 18-year-old was knifed in the hand while trying to defend himself from the killer.

He ran for his life, but was chased to his death and stabbed fatally four times in the back. His mother and members of the public rushed to his aid and medics tried to save his life, but he was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

Hussein and Giwa were captured running across a junction on a driver's dashcam and moments later, the callous killer was filmed calmly walking into an Indian restaurant at the end of the street.

With Jordan's blood still on his trainers, Hussein is seen heading inside Vaibhavam and speaking to a member of staff, but he appears to be turned away.

Hussein, who was 18 at the time of the murder, has today been caged following a trial by jury at Birmingham Crown Court .

He was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life with a minimum term of 19 years.

As he was escorted down to his cell, Jordan's family and friends hurled abuse at the killer, screaming: "Ugly, evil murdering c***" , "scum", "murderer" and "ugly b***".

Judge Melbourne Inman QC said in passing sentence: "Jordan Moazami was only 18 when he died, he had his life before him. Sadly this is another case where the carrying of knives by young men has escalated violence to murder.

"This was a Wednesday evening in a residential road. There was a dispute between Giwa and Moazami which was a drugs dispute.

"It is clear that Mr Moazami pursued you in a car. You were prepared for violence and willing to fight. The knife has never been recovered. It was clearly a formidable knife.

"You chased and attacked Mr Moazami. You struck at least five blows with a knife. The fatal blow was properly described as brutal. The sentence is fixed by law and is one of custody for life.

"Although you have a relevant conviction you do not have any previous convictions for serious violence.

"You come from a good family. You were not the initial aggressor. There is a degree of provocation.

"You responded to violence. To that extent it was not premeditated.


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Beyoncé Has Enjoyed a Wildly Successful Year . . . Even by Beyoncé Standards

Beyoncé Has Enjoyed a Wildly Successful Year . . . Even by Beyoncé Standards

We thought Beyoncé’s year of success in 2018 was unbeatable — that is, until 2019 rolled around. Not only did she bless our Netflix queues with a documentary, but she also dropped some of the year’s most inspirational songs and returned from a red carpet hiatus to promote her role in Disney’s The Lion King. Away from the spotlight, she enjoyed living carefree with friends and family at fun get-togethers. Look ahead to reflect on some of Bey’s best moments and accomplishments of the year!

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Billy Bob Thornton Reveals He 'Was Drunk' While Filming an Iconic Bad Santa Scene

Billy Bob Thornton took a method style approach to his 2003 holiday classic Bad Santa.

The actor, 64, opened up about the making of the film during a sit-down interview on Entertainment Weekly‘s Couch Surfing. Thornton played Willie T. Stokes who reunites with his friend every year for a holiday con.

Posing as a Santa Claus at a mall, Stokes arrives drunk during a photocall with children looking to tell Santa about their Christmas lists. Thornton admitted he “was drunk” during the scene as a way to get into character.

“It’s so obvious. I drank about three glasses of red wine for breakfast. That was just an appetizer,” he said. “Then I switched over to vodka and cranberry juice and then I had a few Bud Lights.”

He continued, “By the time I got to that scene there I barely knew I was in a movie.”

Bad Santa

“The fact of the matter is I was supposed to be standing on the escalator. It dumps me out and it literally woke me up and that’s what’s in the movie,” Thornton explained. “And I get up, standing around because I thought I woke up in my house. And then I remembered what I was supposed to do. I was supposed to go there and fall down in all those gifts and be horrible in front of the kids.”

“At least it wasn’t a monologue,” he added.

The movie also starred Tony Cox, Lauren Graham, Brett Kelly, Bernie Mac and John Ritter.

It was Ritter’s final film appearance before his death in September 2003; the movie was dedicated to his memory.

Bad Santa was a box office success, earning $76.5 million at the box office against a $23 million budget.

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Mark Zuckerberg: 'I Understand' Why Conservatives Think We're Biased

Facebook chief tells Fox News he wants to “be a platform for all ideas”

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, during a wide ranging interview with Fox News host Dana Perino on Friday, doubled down on his recent argument the company is better served by taking a hands-off approach to political ads. Zuckerberg also weighed in on the perception major tech companies carry a strong liberal bias.

“Do you believe that there is a bias against conservatives in Silicon Valley?” Perino asked midway through the interview.

Zuckerberg said the answer “depends.” Conservative media, he pointed out, typically performs well on Facebook and other social platforms. On the other hand, he said “California is an overwhelmingly left-leaning place,” where about 90% of political donations in Silicon Valley go towards Democratic candidates.

“I understand why people would ask the question of ‘are my ideas getting a fair shake?’” Zuckerberg said. “And all that I can say on this is, this is something I care about. I want to make sure we can be a platform for all ideas. I think that giving everyone a voice is important and that’s how we make progress.”

In recent years, Facebook has been criticized by both pundits on the left and the right over who and what it allows on its platform. In May, Facebook banned several prominent right-wing commentators, including Alex Jones and Milo Yiannopoulos, as well as Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. The company pointed to a vague policy against “dangerous individuals and organizations” as the reason for its purge. Weeks later, The White House rolled out a tool for reporting “political bias” on social media.

“Social media platforms should advance Free speech. Yet too many Americans have seen their accounts suspended, banned, or fraudulently reported for unclear “violations” of user policies,” read the tool’s welcome message.

Earlier this month, Zuckerberg was criticized by some on the left after Politico reported he’d had several off-the-record meetings with conservative commentators this year. In response, Zuckerberg said these dinners were “part of learning” from people with “a wide range of viewpoints.”

On Thursday — one day after giving a speech on the topic at Georgetown University — Zuckerberg reiterated his belief Facebook should take a laissez-faire stance on policing its platform, including whether politicians lie in political ads.

Overall, Facebook has a “responsibility” to protect its users from harm, Zuckerberg said, and he boasted the company’s security budget now exceeds the $5.1 billion it made in 2012, its first year as a public company. He added this can be accomplished “in a way that still protects freedom of expression.”

He continued: “I think it’s our responsibility to address the issues, but also push back on broadening the definition of what people consider dangerous online, beyond what is absolutely necessary.”

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Hailee Steinfeld Sports Snakeskin-Print Outfit During ‘Dickinson’ Premiere

Hailee Steinfeld keeps it fierce in another look at the premiere of her new show Dickinson!

The Pitch Perfect 3 star attended the event held on Thursday (October 17) in Brooklyn, New York.

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She was joined by her co-stars Anna Baryshnikov, Jane Krakowski, and Ella Hunt.

Hailee rocked a snakeskin-print crop top with matching pants and heeled boots.

Before that, Hailee shimmered in a sheer dress.

Dickinson – an inside look at the world of writer Emily Dickinson – debuts on Apple TV+, the first all-original video subscription service, on November 1. Watch the trailer!

FYI: Hailee Steinfeld is wearing a Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini top and pants.

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