Being a student is stressful enough without the looming pressures of the mission that is Christmas shopping. Tasked with finding the right gifts for your nearest and dearest is tough enough, but this time you’re on a tight, tight budget. Oh, and if you weren’t already sick of University deadlines, this one’s due December 25th.
So how exactly do you navigate your shopping this festive period while keeping on good terms with your bank balance? Here are a few top tips to help you on your way…
- Plan it out
Write a list of the people you need to get gifts for this Christmas. Once you’ve got your list of names, budget for the amount of people you have. This way you know you can keep on track and search for your specific price range. Be realistic- Don’t go crazy, you still need money for yourself!
- Start early
Christmas shopping doesn’t have to be done in a last minute rush. Keep an eye out for deals and ideas throughout the year. Let’s not kid ourselves, money is a lot tighter around Christmas than it is when your student loan comes in. This isn’t an excuse to go on a crazy spending spree, but it makes for a bit more of a relaxed shopping experience.
- Do It Yourself
Who says you have to buy presents? Whether you’re looking for a gift for friends or family, DIY often a whole lot cheaper, it’s also a whole lot of fun and you’re guaranteed a personal, thoughtful gift that they’re bound to love.
Here are a few examples of great DIY Christmas gifts:
- Be thoughtful
Good presents don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Sometimes the best gifts are the sentimental, personal ones. Websites such as notonthehighstreet.com and prezzybox.com offer cheap personalised gifts that are sure to bring a smile to their faces.
- Buy Online
High street shopping can be stressful at the best of times. There’s nothing worse than shuffling through crowds of people in the hunt for that perfect present. Online shopping means you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own home (or halls). What’s more, you can opt for home delivery, saving you precious space when you’re travelling home at the end of the Autumn term. Make use of those online vouchers, sales and Black Friday deals.