Blogmas Day 1 – Student Friendly Christmas Ideas

If your anything like me, Christmas begins as soon as the bonfires burn out and the last firework has been set off on November 5th. It’s at that point I begin browsing for gifts, making my wishlist and blaring our the Christmas music. It truly is the most wonderful time of year!

It’s also the time of year when I’m wanting to get into the spirit by going out, meeting up with people, spreading some joy and having a good time. But this costs money – something me and my fellow students don’t have a whole bunch of. And if you have a big family like I do, money needs to be reserved for gift giving. But that doesn’t have to stop us from heading out and having a good time!

Here I’m listing a few ideas of things to do to get in the Christmas spirit, without traveling far and certainly without breaking the bank!

1. Go to a Christmas Market/Fair

You don’t have to pay through the nose to get the ultimate Christmas experience – more places than you think have a Christmas fair that runs throughout December. Get on Google to find one near to you! In Aberdeen, Union Terrace closes for the month and a cute little Christmas market opens up, featuring a Bavarian style bar selling mulled wine, various food stalls, stalls selling Christmas themed items and gifts, and an ice skating rink. It’s free to get into, and is the perfect place to stop for an afternoon catch up with friends.

2. Organise a Christmas dinner

Most workplaces will throw a company Christmas dinner, where they take you out and treat you to a three course meal. You can get on board with this and throw one from the comfort of your own home! Get together a group of pals and get them to either chip in to a pot to cover food costs or bring a dish to add to a pile. Make it BYOB and have a great day eating, drinking and chatting about your Christmas plans.

3. Mulled Wine Evening In

Similar to above, but probably cheaper – Get everyone to bring a bottle of red wine and make your own mulled wine! Not only is it fun but it smells so Christmassy! Get some Christmas music on and spend the evening sipping warm wine whilst enjoying each other’s company. Not a wine fan? Mulled cider is also a thing, and definitely a student approved idea!

Mulled wine ingredients - Red wine in bottle, orange and cinnamon sticks, 2 wine glasses, surrounded by christmas decorations

4. Secret Santa

It’s bad enough having to buy gifts for your family. You want to make everyone happy, but when they deserve islands and all you can afford is a candle it’s demotivating. And when it comes to buying your friends gifts, you’re not sure they’ll appreciate whatever bargins you can find at the bottom of the Primark clearance bin. So gather everyone up and set up a Secret Santa. Set a price limit (ยฃ10 maximum is usually enough), chuck everyone’s name in a hat and draw a random gift recipient for everyone. It takes the pressure off gift buying and lets you focus on getting one great gift! And you you can have a fun evening exchanging gifts; maybe tie it in with your Christmas dinner or mulled wine evening!

5. Christmas Baking

Exams coming up and need a break from revision? Take yourself away from the desk and get into the kitchen and bake yourself some treats! It’s time to get creative – Gingerbread biscuits and cinnamon cupcakes are the perfect Christmas snacks. Plus they’ll make your student home smell amazing, and your stressed out friends will love you for it!

Plate of gingerbread biscuits

These are my student friendly, price friendly, Christmas themed ideas to get into the spirit of Christmas. Do you have any other suggestions? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. December 1, 2017 / 1:40 pm

    Itโ€™s funny how as a student there is different challenges when it comes to Christmas like budget and stress for finals. I love some of these ideas. I do secret santa every year with friends itโ€™s a great way to do something fun and not feel like you need to buy a gift for everyone. I also love going to Christmas markets like you said it definitely gets you into the Christmas spirit even in Novemeber!

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    • December 1, 2017 / 1:46 pm

      Thank you for such a lovely comment! I definitely feel the end of term rush, but it’s good to hear you take time out to have a little fun in the run up to finals! It’s definitely needed! Good luck! X

  2. December 2, 2017 / 8:02 am

    Lovely suggestions and post! Canโ€™t wait to get through finals and do more fun winter activities! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

    • December 2, 2017 / 11:09 am

      Thank you! Good luck with your finals and definitely make sure you enjoy yourself afterwards! ๐Ÿ˜˜

    • December 2, 2017 / 11:11 am

      Thank you! I love a good secret Santa too!

  3. December 2, 2017 / 12:04 pm

    I love these ideas! I’m not a student but I’m always poor. A cosy night in with friends is always better than fighting through the crowds in town as well as saving your pennies.

    V <3

    • December 2, 2017 / 3:32 pm

      Couldn’t agree more! I can’t stand town centres around Christmas! It’s more fun and cosy that way!

  4. December 2, 2017 / 10:20 pm

    Iโ€™m not even a student but I think these ideas are fab! ๐Ÿ’•

    • December 3, 2017 / 8:08 am

      Thank you! I should’ve just called it low cost ideas really! ๐Ÿ˜‚

    • December 4, 2017 / 8:54 pm

      Thank you! You definitely should; they’re so much fun!

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