Easy DIY Gift Ideas for Cash-Strapped Students

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On a student budget? You don’t have to break the bank buying gifts this holiday season. Save money with these unique and thoughtful DIY ideas.

It’s truly crunch time. Not only are the holidays fast-approaching but many students are in the middle of the winter exam period. Coming up with gift ideas can be tricky, while drowning in readings and study guides.  It can also be difficult to shop for holiday gifts for your loved ones, especially when you’re living on a student budget. I’ve certainly found myself in a worried state when thinking about buying gifts!

Despite the daunting idea of spending hours in a shopping mall and spending a little too much money, giving gifts this holiday season doesn’t have to be that hard. The best way to approach gifts, especially if you’re on a budget, is from a DIY (Do It Yourself), and sentimental perspective.

If you’re away at school like I am, a simple idea that can go a long way is writing a series of “open when…” letters. You write a collection of letters and seal them in envelopes individually. Some examples are “open when you’re having a bad day”, “open when you’re having a good day”, “open when you miss me”, etc. Then the gift receiver has a collection of letters to bring a smile to their face throughout the year!

Another idea, if you’re hoping to give your parents a sentimental gift that will warm their hearts, is to recreate old photographs! Grab your camera and your photo album, and recreate a series of family classic photos! Not only will it be a funny gift, but it will also be a wonderful keep sake for years to come!

If neither of these ideas are quite up your alley, take a trip to your local dollar store and get creative! There are all sorts of supplies for making ornaments, scrapbooks and other simple crafts, that will be thoughtful but won’t break the bank!

At the end of the day, the most important gift this holiday season is your presence. Put your phone down, spend quality time with those you love and remember to be thankful for all you have! 

Alexa Shipman

Alexa is an outgoing 18 year old from London, Ontario. She is passionate about the arts and was a member of Original Kids Theatre Company for nine years. She spends her summers working as a camp counselor and is excited about entering the newest stage of her life, as a student studying International Development and Globalization at the University of Ottawa. In addition to being a Parentwise blogger, Alexa is also a CST Beneficiary.

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