So you’re probably coming to the end of your loan, don’t worry everyone else probably is too. And of course Christmas is looming and there’s very little money to buy presents. Here are a few ideas to make your pennies go a bit further:
IOU presents - make a voucher and promise to treat your friends to a cooked dinner made by you. Or a day out around London! Remember you don’t always have to buy something; sometimes just giving someone your time is enough of a present.
Home made presents –put your craft skills to good use –knit a scarf or paint a picture for someone. Or if you’re a foodie why not bake a cake, some Christmas cookies or sweets and pack them up as gifts. Best of all if you make them when you’re at home, you'll probably get away with not paying for the ingredients!
Recycle unwanted presents – There’s nothing wrong with recycling presents you’ve been given that you don’t want. It’s better than wasting them. Keep them so you have a supply of gifts to give out at the last minute.
Second hand presents – Scour charity shops and boot sales for cheap and unique presents that no-one else will be giving.
Secret Santa. The great thing about Secret Santa is everyone gets a present but no-one has to fork out too much money.
Don’t know what a Secret Santa is? It’s basically when a group of 3 or more people, (the more the merrier), write their names on a piece of paper and put it into a hat, then each person draws a name from the hat and agrees to buy that person a present… the fun part is that it’s a secret, so no one knows who’s getting a present from who.
Finally remember that IT REALLY IS the thought that counts and most people, especially elderly relatives will really appreciate something homemade. Just enjoy Christmas and remember that everyone knows students are skint and they understand.