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Health & Fitness: This Morning viewers fume at Vanessa Feltz’s ‘patronising’ advice to woman who can't afford her kid's Christmas presents

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This Morning viewers were left fuming at Vanessa Feltz's "patronising" advice to a caller who said they couldn't afford to buy their child any Christmas presents this year. Media personality Vanessa appeared on the ITV show today (December 5) to answer callers' Christmas concerns alongside presenters Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield.

This Morning viewers were critical of a segment giving Christmas advice © ITV This Morning viewers were critical of a segment giving Christmas advice

The caller, named only as Fiona, revealed to the panel that she only had 45p in her bank account and wasn't sure how to break it to her five-year-old that they wouldn't be able to get any Christmas gifts this year. However, viewers were left unimpressed by Vanessa's suggestions, which included buying a fun cereal to eat on the special day instead.

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A number of watchers took to Twitter in disbelief, with one writing "Five year old goes back to school telling his friends he had fancy cereal for Christmas. FFS Vanessa. How much are you spending on your family?"

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Another viewer wrote: "Vanessa has a net worth of £38 million. Lady with 45p at the end of her tether.. you dont understand vanessa one bit. How could you?" They then added "@[email protected] is it really suitable millionaires giving financial solutions to people on universal credit at the end of their tether ?"

A third Tweeted: "Woman writes in to #ThisMorning saying she’s down to her last 45p and can’t afford to have the gas on to cook for her 5 year old on Xmas day. Vanessa Feltz’s advice? Change your breakfast cereal and make a popcorn string for the Xmas tree."

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Others called the segment "out of touch" or "patronising", with one writing "It’s easy to say it’s not about what you’ve got when you’re not in that position. I guarantee none of these will be eating cereal for xmas dinner." Another said: "I’m sure Holly, Phil & Vanessa mean well with their advice but we are all not in the same boat."

Vanessa said: "Children don't have a map of expectations. They certainly don't have a list you have to check off... You don't need to sit your five-year-old down and say, 'Look, it's going to be a very tough Christmas' - of course, you don't. You make it fun."

She continued: "So, for example, just something really small: you change the breakfast cereal and you get maybe one of the really zingy ones, with different coloured cereal bits in it or a really nice little gift in it or something - and it's like 'Ah gosh, Christmas cereal, look what Santa got', and you just shake it up in tiny bits that the five-year-old thinks are marvellous."

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A spending plan can ensure you stick to your budget without missing out on the fun."Financial stress is one of the most common causes of poor mental health in the UK, according to the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute," said Shaq. "Celebrating Christmas within your means is an effective way to reduce financial stress at this time of the year.

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