The best Christmas gift ideas
Beat the high street rush and seasonal stress with our ultimate Christmas gift list that's perfect for the student budget!
So you missed Black Friday and the autumn sales this year? Well, fear not.
Beard decorations, unicorn poo bath bombs, Christmas pudding bin bags... 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 primary gifts, this list should sort you out! Most of these can be found both online and on the high street, although we'd recommend ordering these from the comfort of your sofa to avoid Christmas shopping mayhem once you get home...
Don't leave it until 24th December or you'll end up paying the last-minute Christmas dash price hike-up!
Best Christmas gift ideas
- Books – Waterstones offers a 10% student discount, so why not head over there and have a gander at The Little Book of Sloth Philosophy (our fave), Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Screenplay or even Michelle Obama's best-selling Becoming Michelle. Failing that, you can't go far wrong by picking one of Amazon's list of 'most wished for' books.
- Games – Red Dead Redemption (PS4 and Xbox One) and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (PS4 and Xbox One) will be at the top of countless Christmas lists this year, but more family-friendly titles like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Just Dance 2019 are guaranteed to go down a treat. If you're still struggling for ideas, check out Amazon's 'most wished for' games!
- DVDs and Blu-rays – A real Christmas staple this one! Some of the year's biggest films have come out on DVD and Blu-ray in time for the festive period, including Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Solo: A Star Wars Story and Incredibles 2. Still stuck for ideas? Amazon's 'most wished for' DVDs is your friend again!
- TV boxsets – Some of these are bit pricier than other Christmas gift options on this list, but if you've got the cash, Peaky Blinders series 1-4, The Office (US) and Blue Planet 2 are all must-watch. Amazon's 'most wished for' TV list is full of more great ideas.
- Women's perfume – Vera Wang Lovestruck, ARI by Ariana Grande and Marc Jacobs Decadence Eau So Decadent are very reasonably priced, with some great reviews to boot. Superdrug offers a 10% discount for students, so it's worth checking out their selection as well.
- Men's aftershave – Men can smell nice too! We've found Calvin Klein CK One Red Edition, BOSS In Motion and Paco Rabanne Ultraviolet Man at some great prices, and they're all rated as some of the best fragrances out there! If you're after something else, remember you can get 10% off everything at Superdrug, including their selection of aftershaves.
- Experience days – This Christmas, why not give someone a gift they'll never forget? Whether it's the chance to drive a supercar, a relaxing spa day or a Michelin star food tasting session, there's something for everyone. Check out Virgin Experience Days for a whole host of other ideas.
- Pampering gifts – Can't afford to take them to the spa? Take the spa to them! A foot massager, this set of scented candles and one of these snug dressing gowns is the next best thing to a rural retreat, right?
- Kitchen gadgets – Whether you go for the Aeropress coffee maker, this personal blender for smoothie fanatics or this lovable little Egg Soldier egg cup, kitchen gadgets are among the very best Christmas gift ideas for culinary experts and rookies alike. Have a read of our top 22 kitchen gadgets for some more inspiration!
- Household gadgets – Life's easier with gadgets, so why not give someone a Christmas gift in the form of a humane spider catcher or the slightly more tech-y Amazon Echo Dot?
- Premium hot drinks – Nobody does these as well as Whittard, so depending on the taste of whoever you're buying a Christmas present for, their Christmas Feast of Tea, Coffees of The World and Creative Hot Chocolate Selection gift sets can't fail! Scroll through the rest of Whittard's site for a whole load more delicious treats.
- Beer sets – Day drinking is never frowned upon at Christmas, so why not pick up one of these beer gift sets – most of which are comfortably under a tenner!
- Wine sets – M&S is pretty much a guaranteed stamp of quality, so their prosecco and chocolate gift set is bound to be a corker (pardon the pun). But if chocolates are out of the equation (and we can't really think of a reason why they would be), the rest of M&S' wine gifts are equally as appetising.
- Spirits sets – Continuing the boozy gifts (this is the last one, promise), Tesco's selection of spirits gift sets is very impressive. Whether you're buying a Christmas present for a Jack Daniel's fan, a craft gin drinker or a Grey Goose guy/gal, Tesco's spirits gifts cater to all tastes.
- Streaming subscription – 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! NOW TV vouchers and Netflix gift cards are both available, and if you head on over to eBay, you might even be able to find some for less than their value!
- Magazine subscription – The beauty of magazines is that there's literally one for every hobby or interest imaginable, but we won't stray into the more niche end of the market here. Subscriptions to Cosmopolitan, Stuff and FourFourTwo are all 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 – World scratch map, photo coasters or framed photos (with free photo printing) or film posters – they're all well within a student's budget, and all super thoughtful Christmas gift ideas (if you put some thought into them, of course).
- Card and board games – Cards Against Humanity is a student favourite, but the older generations enjoy it too! Scrawl is also a great shout if you're buying for someone your age, but if you're after something a little more PG, or at least 12A, Pass the Pigs shouldn't cause any offence.
- Unusual and fun gifts – Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without some bizarre and completely unnecessary crap. If you're really stuck for gift ideas, why not plop for this golden Game of Thrones dragon egg candle or this smartphone projector? Failing all of those, notonthehighstreet.com always has a few hidden gems!
Individual Christmas cards are notoriously expensive, at least for what they are.
For you traditionalists, buy your Christmas cards in packs from charity shops or Card Factory which sells cut-price greetings cards (you can sometimes get big ones for just 99p).
Got more pressies to buy than you have monies in the bank? Not to worry — have a look at our list of pressies you can make yourself on the cheap!