Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year; but it can also be the most expensive. If you’re relying on your student loan or sticking to a strict budget, Christmas present shopping can feel a little stressful. Luckily, we’ve got some great present ideas and tips that won’t break the bank this year.
Tips for sticking within budget
Budget may not be the word you want to hear; it’s often met with an eyeroll and a deep exhale. However, if you’re trying to keep Christmas cheap, it’s a word you’ll need to keep in mind. After Christmas party drinks and trips to the Christmas market, your budget might be looking a little strained for all the presents you want to buy.
Make a spreadsheet
Create a list of all the people you need to buy presents for. Whether it’s your Secret Santa or your Mum, make sure you include everyone so you can work out how much you can spend on each person. Once you’ve added everyone to your list, write the amount you’d like to spend on them and try to not exceed it. Google Sheets is a great app you can use on your phone to track your budget using a spreadsheet format.
Shopping online? Google a promo code for the website
If you’re shopping for your presents online, check Google to see if there is a promo code for the website, it could save you around 20% on the price of your purchase.
Make your own presents
If you’ve got a big family or a ridiculous amount of people to buy presents for, it might be worth trying your hand at crafting or baking something for them. Hobbycraft have a whole section of their website dedicated to ‘Making Your Own Christmas’ – ranging from blank decorations to Cross Stitch. Even if it looks terrible, it’s the thought that counts right?
Christmas present ideas to suit every budget
It’s hard to think of creative or thoughtful Christmas presents for everyone on your list on a budget. From Game of Thrones fans to messy eaters, there’s something for everyone on our list.
For cat lovers (and Harry Potter fans) – Hairy Pawter cushion, £16.54, Red Bubble
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For art enthusiasts - 34 Piece Sketching Set, £12.99, TK Maxx
For guitar players – Personalised Plectrums, £12, Not On The High Street
Photo credit: Etsy
For football fans – Personalised Football Quiz Book, £19.99, Getting Personal
For film fanatics - 100 Movies Scratch Off Poster, £11.99, Uncommon Goods
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For cheese lovers - The Cheese Lover's Gift Box, £19.99, Not On The High Street
For beauty enthusiasts – Birchbox 3-month giftcard, £31.08, Birchbox
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For gym obsessives - Chocolate Dumbbells, £8.50, Not On The High Street
For Friends fans - 'The One with the Ball' Game, £12.00, Argos
Photo credit: Argos
For their first Christmas – Personalised White Baby Grow, £14.99, Getting Personal
For tea lovers - PG Tips personalised mug & tea set, £14.99, PG Tips, included 40 tea bags and 2 x personalised mugs
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Bonus section: Christmas gifts for under £5
For Dinosaur fanatics – Dinosaur Hoop Earrings, £5, Etsy
For chocolate lovers – The Mini Christmas Chocolate Box, £5, Hotel Chocolat
Photo credit: Hotel Chocolat
For Star Wars fans - Wooden Star Wars Music Box, £4.59, Amazon
For spreadsheet obsessives - I Love Spreadsheets Mug, £3.99, Find Me A Gift
For wine drinkers – Personalised Wine Glass Charms, £2.68, Etsy
If you’re still struggling to find the perfect, take a trip to Aldi and visit the middle isles, you’ll be sure to find lots of weird and wonderful Christmas gifts for under £10. Not in the festive spirit yet? Take a look at our blog on How to Feel Festive in Manchester.
Good luck and have a wonderful Christmas!