Best Christmas gift ideas 2020
Beat the high street rush and seasonal stress 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 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 them from the comfort of your sofa to avoid the mayhem Christmas shopping.
Don't leave it until 24th December or you'll end up paying the last-minute Christmas dash price premium!
Cheap and thoughtful Christmas presents
Here's our pick of the top Christmas presents to buy for your friends and family this year:
Waterstones offers a 10% student discount, so why not head over there and have a look at Adam Kay's Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas, Elton John's Autobiography or Margaret Atwood's long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, The Testaments.
Failing that, you can't go far wrong by picking one of Amazon's list of 'most wished for' books.
Star Wars JEDI: Fallen Order (PS4 and Xbox One) and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (PS4 and Xbox One) will be at the top of countless Christmas lists this year, but more family-friendly titles like Luigi's Mansion 3 and Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 are guaranteed to go down a treat.
Again, 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!
Still stuck for ideas? Amazon's 'most wished for' DVDs and Blu-rays is your friend again!
Some of these are bit pricier than other Christmas gift options on this list, but if you've got the cash, the complete Game of Thrones series, The Office (US) and Seven Worlds, One Planet are all must-watch.
And, just for good measure, we'll roll out our catchphrase again: Amazon's 'most wished for' TV list is full of more great ideas.
Men's aftershave and cologne
Men can smell nice too!
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.
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 hell of 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 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 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 humane spider catcher or the slightly more techy 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 whatever 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.
Just a heads up that although Whittard does offer a student discount, you can only get it if you go in-store with a valid student ID. So, if you're keen to save the pennies, your best bet is to find what you'd like online and then buy it in person.
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?
Boots sell loads of vegan cosmetic and toiletry gift sets, while notonthehighstreet.com sell their fair share of vegan food and drink gifts, too. Remember that Boots offers a 10% student discount as well – so whatever you're after, if Boots sell it, it's worth keeping this in mind.
Beer and wine gift sets
Day drinking is never frowned upon at Christmas. That's just a fact. So why not take advantage of this temporary relaxation of social standards and pick up one of these beer gift sets – most of which are comfortably under a tenner!
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 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?
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
World scratch maps, 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
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 Pac-Man ghost light or this smartphone projector? 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 make yourself on the cheap!