I know, I know were not even in December, yet here I am banging on about Christmas already. However, its important to remember that youre students now, and therefore you must do studenty things like save money wherever possible.
For students, Christmas usually signals a period of Christmas parties (requiring new clothes) Christmas drinks (requiring new clothes) and cold weather (requiring new clothes).
You probably wont have a lot of money left to buy your poor old mum a present, so Im sure you will find some benefit in reading the following Christmas shopping guide:
Homemade is always best Rather than being a cheapskates way out of buying presents, your parents would actually prefer to have a present made by your own fair hands I know, weird right?
A nice picture of you and your siblings in a vintage (read cheap, second hand) frame, a homemade Christmas cake, a badly sewn egg cosy, you get the idea. Your parents will love whatever you give them, as long as you have put some thought and effort into it.
Presentation is key Put as much effort into wrapping and displaying the present as you do in making it. Tin foil is really not going to work here. It doesnt have to be expensive, brown parcel paper looks really beautiful with the accompaniment of a tartan ribbon, a pine cone or two, and a heartfelt message written on a luggage label.
Shop early to bag the best bargains Shops and supermarkets will literally be falling over themselves to win your affections (and money) this Christmas, but you can guarantee all the biggest bargains will sell out early. If you really cant face the prospect of making your presents, then get yourself down to the town before December when the chaos will begin.