Best Christmas gift ideas 2021
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 stay safe during the pandemic.
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.
Waterstones also offers 10% student discount so you could have a look on there as well to see if any books stand out as ideal presents.
Have a look on CDKeys to see if they have any good deals on the top video games.
Again, if you're still struggling for ideas, you check out Amazon's 'most wished for' games.
DVDs and Blu-rays
DVDs and Blu-rays are real staples when it comes to Christmas gifts.
Men's aftershave and cologne
Men can smell nice too!
Particularly as we've faced so many restrictions on going out in the past year, an experience day (for when the social distancing rules are eased) will likely go down very well.
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!
Whether you go for the Aeropress coffee maker, this personal blender for smoothie fanatics or even something as simple as this cute little car-shaped egg cup, kitchenware and gadgets are among the very best Christmas gift ideas for culinary experts and rookies alike.
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.
Whittard's Tea Discoveries Treasured Blends, Coffees of The World and Luxury Hot Chocolate Gift Box gift sets can't fail! Scroll through the rest of the Whittard site for a whole load more delicious treats.
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?
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.
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?
NOW TV vouchers and Netflix gift cards are both great options (available at discounted prices from CDKeys), and if you head on over to eBay, you might be able to find even better deals if you're lucky.
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.
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
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.
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 Super Mario Piranha desk lamp or this tiny vacuum? Failing all of those, notonthehighstreet.com and I Want One Of Those (IWOOT) always have a few hidden gems!
Got more pressies to buy than you have monies in the bank? Not to worry – have a look at our list of presents you can cheaply make yourself.