Best Christmas gift ideas 2022
Avoid the seasonal stress and last-minute online shopping with our ultimate Christmas gift list, full of ideas that are perfect for the student budget.
We've sifted through the weird and wonderful to uncover some of the most-wished-for and best-value Christmas gift ideas for your nearest and dearest.
Whether you're after stocking fillers or main gifts, this list can help you find the perfect present. Most of these can be found both online and on the high street, although we'd recommend ordering them from the comfort of your sofa to avoid the mayhem Christmas shopping.
Try not to leave it until 24th December – you could end up paying a last-minute Christmas dash price premium!
Cheap and thoughtful Christmas presents
Here are the best Christmas presents to buy for your friends and family this year:
Hive offers a 10% student discount, so it's definitely worth looking there for books to get as Christmas gifts. They support independent book stores and have a huge range of texts for sale.
You could have a look at top titles, including:
- Richard Osman's The Man Who Died Twice
- Taylor Jenkins Reid's Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo
- Will Smith's Will.
Waterstones also offers a 10% student discount so you could have a look at their website as well to see if any books stand out as ideal presents.
If you're looking for the best games to get for Christmas, you can't go wrong with these:
- FIFA 22 (PS5 and Xbox Series X/S)
- Battlefield 2042 (PS5 and Xbox Series X/S)
- Rider's Republic (PS5 and Xbox Series X/S).
There are plenty of more family-friendly games that are guaranteed to go down as a treat, too:
Have a look at CDKeys to see if they have any good deals on the top video games.
And again, if you're still struggling for ideas, you check out Amazon's 'most wished for' games.
Looking for cheap perfume? There are some very reasonably priced ones out there, including:
Men's aftershave and cologne
Men can smell nice too!
We've found some with great reviews and even better prices:
You could have a look at Superdrug as well, as they offer the same student discount.
After such a busy year, an experience day will likely go down very well. And there's something for everyone! We found some awesome experiences, including:
Virgin Experience Days probably offers the biggest selection of experiences, but if you've already got a specific idea in mind, it's worth checking out Groupon's experience day offers. They'll often have great deals on gifts that would cost a lot more if you bought them elsewhere.
Beauty and skincare gifts
Can't afford to take your loved one to the spa? Take the spa to them!On a tight budget? Try these Secret Santa gift ideas all £5 or less.
Kitchenware and gadgets are among the very best Christmas gift ideas for culinary experts and rookies alike.
Not sure what to get? You can't go wrong with the following:
Have a read of our top kitchen gadgets for some more inspiration!
Life's easier with gadgets. Fact.
So why not give someone a Christmas gift in the form of a portable phone charger or, if your budget's a little higher, an Amazon Echo Dot? Or, for the Neville Longbottom in your life, how about a Tile Mate to stop them ever losing their keys again?
The beauty of gadgets is that there's pretty much something for everything (and everyone). But if you're a little stuck for ideas, our list of the best gadgets should see you right.
Premium tea, coffee and hot chocolate
Is there anything more Christmassy than sitting down in front of whichever classic family movie is on TV that afternoon, accompanied by a mug of whatever hot drink takes your fancy?
Well, nobody does premium tea, coffee and hot chocolate quite as well as Whittard of Chelsea, so whatever your friend or family member prefers, Whittard will have you sorted. Our favourite gift sets include:
Better yet, Whittard offers a 10% student discount.
If you have a vegan friend or family member and want to show them that you've really thought about their gift, why not get them something that's 100% free of animal produce and cruelty?
Here are some great options:
Remember that Boots offers a 10% student discount as well – so whatever you're after, if Boots sell it, keep this in mind.
Beer and wine gift sets
If you're looking for Christmas presents for a beer-lover in your life, you won't need to look much further than these beer gift sets – most of which are comfortably under a tenner!
But if chocolates are out of the equation for whatever reason, the rest of M&S' wine gifts are equally as appetising.
Spirits gift sets
Sticking with the boozy presents (this is the last one, promise), Tesco's selection of spirits gift sets is very impressive. They can cater to just about any taste:
Alternative, you can put together a DIY cocktail kit with a mini-sized version of their favourite drink, a jar and a mixer – the perfect homemade Christmas gift!Make sure you order in time for Christmas delivery by checking our last order dates for all the major retailers.
Even if the person you're buying a gift for already has a streaming subscription, you can still get them a gift voucher to act as credit. Who wouldn't want a few months (or even a year's worth) of free Netflix?
DVDs and Blu-rays
DVDs and Blu-rays are real staples when it comes to Christmas gifts.
Great films to get as presents include:
You could also consider buying popular TV boxsets for Christmas, like:
There's a magazine out there for every hobby or interest imaginable, but we'll do our best to help you and avoid straying into the more niche end of the market here. There are some that are reasonably priced and come with a discount compared to buying each copy individually:
However, if none of these are quite what you're after, isubscribe have more offers than you can shake a stick at.
Thoughtful decorations and homeware
Homeware and decorations are usually well within a student's budget, and all super thoughtful Christmas gift ideas:
Card and board games
If nothing else, the fact that the whole family's together at Christmas should pretty much guarantee that a card or board game gets used straight away.
Plant a tree
If you want to give something a little less materialistic, you can also choose for the gift of long-lasting climate action. Plant a tree on someone's behalf or offset the carbon footprint for a number of months – one of the top eco-friendly gift ideas for any environmentally-conscious friend or family member.
Unusual and fun gifts
Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without some unusual gifts. Just make sure you know what the person you're buying for likes, so they'll actually end up using it.
If you're really stuck for gift ideas, why not plop for one of these:
Got more pressies to buy than you have money in the bank? Have a look at our list of presents you can cheaply make yourself.