Christmas Gift Ideas for Broke Students

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…unless you’re an embarrassingly broke college student. The season of gift-giving takes a toll on the best of us, more so if you’re currently surviving on pot noodles and your parents’ generosity. This is why we have a list of fool-proof Christmas gift ideas to spread some festive cheer without breaking the bank. It’s time to get creative!

1. Get Crafty

There’s nothing that a sprinkle of glitter won’t solve. Whip out your craft supplies to create homemade presents that are personal to the people in your life. You can create photo albums of your favourite moments throughout the year or even design them digitally for free. It may sound cheesy now, but in a few years, this will be the perfect time capsule to look back on. You can also learn the basics of knitting to create a pretty scarf or blanket that will keep them warm through winter. Knitting is supposed to be therapeutic, so it’s a bonus for you as well!

2. Luxe it Up

Who doesn’t enjoy using something fancy on the regular? Buy luxurious versions of everyday tools that your friends and family are known to use. Nothing is off the table here – from an engraved letter opener or table coaster to a luxe tea infuser or personalized earphones, it can be anything that makes the person think of you each time they reach for it. As far as Christmas gift ideas go, this is both thoughtful and practical and is sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face!

3. Bake It ‘Til You Make It

Nothing spells Christmas like some delicious, homemade treats. Even if you’re not Martha Stewart in the kitchen, look up video tutorials on basic Christmas recipes for free. You can even buy the supplies in bulk to get the lowest prices! Whip up a batch of cookies, brownies or even loaf cakes in festive flavours like ginger and cinnamon or chocolate and plum. You can pack them in mason jars and tie ribbons around them for a pretty little present that looks perfect under the tree!

4. Plan it Out

Not every Christmas gift needs to come in wrapping. Why not plan an event that your friends and family will remember for years to come? You can set up a Christmas movie marathon with eggnog and pudding or create a Christmas playlist for an epic dance party. You can string up fairy lights and tinsel to set the mood and whip a batch of mulled wine to keep your guests company. Take lots of pictures to send out afterwards with personalized messages for each guest. They’ll be raving about it for years!

We hope you draw inspiration from these Christmas gift ideas to make something that’s truly unique and special. If you’d love to hear more from us, sign up here for a free copy of our special Christmas newsletter!

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