Buying gifts for your loved ones and treating yourself to some goodies is a great part of the festive season. But as a student, your budget might not be vibing with your wish-list. Here’s how to tackle this situation without breaking the bank- or sacrificing your fun.

Set a budget

We get that setting a budget isn’t always fun- especially not during the holidays when you just want to be carefree. But setting a budget and sticking to it is the only way to make sure you’re not spending more than you should be.

It’s also important to keep track of everything you buy- not just gifts but other expenses too such as going out, fast food and so on, since these things add up. This is easier to do if you’re paying with cash- if you’re using your debit or credit card, make sure you’re checking your statements regularly so that you don’t go over budget.


As much as you might want to buy all of your friends and loved ones an awesome gift, it’s important to look at what you can realistically spend too. Prioritise gifts for your closest people first, and then have a look at how you could offer something small but thoughtful for the others in your life.

Look for bargains

One awesome thing about being a student is the discounts you have access to at different shops and other businesses. Whenever you’re out shopping, ask around and see where you can present your student card for a discount. For more tips on finding bargains as a student, check this article out.


Awesome gifts don’t need to come from the shops- you can actually make them yourself. If you’re creative and skilled in a craft such as sewing or jewellery making, you can create some unique gifts for your loved ones. DIY gifts are a great option if you want to give a special gift without spending too much money.

Re-think gifts

Gifts don’t need to be expensive or even material “things” in order to be special. Sometimes, the most valuable gift you can give someone is your time, your kindness and a reminder of how much they mean to you. A thoughtful letter or a simple treat that reminds you of a shared memory can also put a smile on their face.

It’s possible to give some great gifts this festive season- even on a student budget. You don’t have to give into the pressure of spending a ton of money in order to show your loved ones you care. At the end of the day, it’s the thought that counts- especially during the festive season. Happy holidays!

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