I know how difficult it is as a university student to buy Christmas gifts because things out there are so expensive! and for many who only have their student loan to rely on, it can be really difficult to budget Christmas in to your expenditures. Especially when you’ve got family and friends with expensive taste. I don’t know about you but personally this year I’ve decided to only get presents for family because it saves me a lot of money, and I don’t have to worry about giving presents to friends who may not like the present I give them. Of course they don’t say they don’t like what you have brought them but some of my friends don’t have poker faces, so you can really tell by their facial expression that they don’t want your gift.
Trust me when I say that I understand the struggle and the thought process you go through to buy a Christmas present. You don’t want it to be too expensive, but at the same time you don’t want to look like a cheap skate. Dont worry i’ve been having these exact same thoughts. I thought it was wrong to think this way but it’s not, everyone does. Let me share a little story with you where this happened. So, last two years was the first time I had to properly think about Christmas presents for my immediate family. I literally did it so last minute, just a bit over a week before Christmas day, so I was panicking, going around Argos to look for everything for all three members of my family which wasn’t easy, because they have different preferences. I don’t know how but miraculously I managed to find presents for them in an hour. I luckily put a bit of thought into what my family would want, and looked them up online on my phone. I didn’t need to put so much pressure on myself, but I had to go to another Argos location which is almost an hour away by bus.
The moral of that story is to not give yourself such limited time, and make sure you don’t have to travel too far to purchase your Christmas presents. I shared that story because it might help you reading who’s never really shopped for Christmas presents, with your own money. I should mention this was also the first time I spent my own money on Christmas presents as it was my first year in uni and student finance funded this! aha.
Once again, thank you for reading this article and I hope this helped you who might be new to shopping for Christmas presents. I also want you to be relieved with the fact that it can be stressful but you don’t have to make it stressful. You can make the process a lot easier. Just plan ahead of time!