Holiday gifts don’t have to be pricey or amazing to be special. A lot of times, just taking the time to get together and exchange something can be enough. Plus, there’s a solidarity that exists among college students. We all understand that textbooks, food and classes are all expensive. This is not a good time to be splurging on Christmas gifts.
That said, if you’re know you need to bring something to the next Secret Santa gift exchange, here are a few affordable ideas that are easily obtainable.
A house plant
Millennials and students alike can’t afford to bring up real children, but giving the gift of life can be done in easier and cheaper ways. Not only are plants pretty and lift your mood, but they’re generally affordable. Try getting one that doesn’t require a great deal of maintenance.
An interesting book
You don’t even have to go out and buy a new book, though books in general are not expensive. If it’s something that you read and enjoyed, sharing it with someone who might enjoy it as well can be a thoughtful move. If they actually get around to reading it, you’ll even have something else to talk about.
Something you made
Not everyone is creative, and that’s OK. There are plenty of “diy” ideas on the internet that are both cute and useful. To help keep the cost of materials down, try and use what you already have, or calculate exactly what it is you’re going to need. Of course, if you do have a creative outlet, a painting, poem, or song can mean a lot to someone for a long time.
While it’s pretty typical to receive and eat a ton of food during the holidays, making a specific dish or buying a rare treat can make a great gift. The best part is that it’s not something else you have to keep track of or store in your tiny dorm room.