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/ 2 weeks ago /

 Article by Alice Barnett

5 student Christmas shopping tips that won’t break your bank balance

Christmas is a difficult time for students everywhere. Most of us have spent the majority of our loan that we received in September and are eagerly waiting for the next instalment to hit the bank account in January. This, however, means that our funds are running low over the Christmas period! There is no need to worry because here at Debut, we have formed a list of companies, websites and stores that are helping students survive Christmas without breaking the bank.

NUS Extra / Student Beans / UNiDAYS

student christmas shopping tips

As I am sure you are aware, the best way to get discount prices on items is by using – and abusing – your NUS card or by signing up to UNiDAYS using your academic email to receive amazing offers on stores such as ASOS, Adidas and Goldsmiths boutique. Many companies double their discounts for certain periods so it is worth keeping an eye out for special offers! Whether you want to buy online or in store, flash offers are ideal when on a budget.

HMV Crazy Deals

student christmas shopping tips

HMV has an online ‘crazy deals’ scheme where you can find discounts on multipacks on DVDs and CDs  including the complete 8 film collection of Harry Potter to the complete collection of Indian Jones. You can kill two birds with one stone here and buy the family a joint present, one that everyone can enjoy over the holiday period and, with thanks to HMV you will be sure to find something to satisfy the entire family.

 

Photographic Presents

student christmas shopping tips

Family members always appreciate the classic gift of a photo album or a framed picture of you and your siblings that they can proudly place on their mantelpieces, and companies such as  Vistaprint and Photobox are making this easy for you to do with their  ‘Get Ready for Christmas’ campaigns. Nowadays you can do more than find a nice photo to frame, instead, you can create personalised gifts such as cushions, mugs, phone cases with your favourite photographs on. If it is your first purchase from either of the companies, make sure to make the most out of the discounts they offer for first time buyers. With companies such as these, there are always discounts offered, so don’t buy anything at full price!

 

Apps

student christmas shopping tips

Although this might seem like quite an unusual idea for a present, we are in the twenty-first century, and technology is the way forward so why not buy your sibling the app they want but never want to pay the money to purchase? With the majority of people having either a smartphone or tablet, it is a cheap yet an unexpected gift. Another great thing about apps is that they cover a broad spectrum of interests, from entertaining games to crazy fitness to magazine subscriptions.

 

Boots weekly offers: 3 for 2 Christmas Mix and Match

student christmas shopping tips

We have all once received the classic Christmas present of the toiletries box set that includes beautiful smelling shower gel and body creams, which makes us think that the present giver is trying to tell us something about our personal hygiene. Thanks to Boots, there is a 3 for 2 offer on such products including the Soap and Glory Hello Super Spa set.

Get buying sooner rather than later! With university deadlines fast approaching around the Christmas period, it is not worth making yourself more stressed than you need to be by preoccupying yourself with what you need to buy your family members. Give yourself a reasonable budget and stick to it!

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