This is my first Christmas post of 2017, and I don’t know about you, but I think that’s kind of exciting! (Unless you’re a bit like the other side of me who thinks Christmas doesn’t start until the 1st of December… Christmas music is only allowed to be played from then onwards!)
So today, I thought I’d write a quick post about some of my top tips for Christmas shopping, especially if you’re a student and on a student budget, because we all know how hard it can be at this time of year to try and buy a little gift for everyone with a relatively short amount of time. So, let’s get started.
1: Start thinking about gift ideas early!
Even if you’re the biggest Scroodge on the planet, you can’t deny that once the shops start stocking up on Christmas goodies, you always see little things that you think a certain someone might like. They may have said that they want a certain thing (if it was me, it would be the Wonder Woman DVD) so keep in mind things that they have already said they would like for Christmas, or things they would love to have generally. You don’t have to buy it there and then, but have a good look around and see what is available, and when the time is right, go in and get that perfect gift!
2: Have a spending limit/Secret Santa!
I’ve put these two in the same point, just because they link really well together. If you’re a student living with several other students at university, Secret Santa is probably the best way to buy a present for someone that doesn’t have to be too expensive. In my experience, the maximum has always been about £10, but it’s entirely up to you and your flatmates. Obviously being on a student budget, you can’t always splash the cash, so having a spending limit is always a good idea no matter who you’re buying for- I’m sure the person receiving the gift will appreciate it all the same.
3: Don’t leave it to the last minute!
I’m sure we’ve all heard horror stories of people trying to get the perfect gift for someone on Christmas Eve, and I know I would hate to be in that position. That’s why, since I’ve been at university, I try and get my family’s Christmas presents before I go home, because this year I’ll be going home around the 20th December, and it would be a bit manic for me to try and get just the right thing for everyone. It also means it’s one less thing for me to worry about amongst all my other uni deadlines as well. (I’m unlucky enough to have one essay due in the week after term finishes, and another essay as well as my dissertation to write over the Christmas holiday!) So definitely don’t leave it to the last minute, because you may just leave someone a bit disappointed.
So those are three of my top tips for getting Christmas presents for friends, family and other loved ones! Let me know in the comments if you have any other expert tips!