Tips for buying holiday gifts on a college budget

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Holiday season means time for gifts!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.  A time to see family, eat delicious treats, and give gifts! Receiving gifts comes with the expectation of giving gifts, but how do you do that on a college student budget? Well, we have you covered with some tips on how to find some great presents without breaking the bank!

Start Early

It’s never too early to start looking for holiday gift ideas. The only challenge might be storing the gifts if you are living somewhere without a lot of storage space. If you plan on going home for the holidays, ask your parents if you can have items shipped to their house for safekeeping until you can get home to wrap the items.

This allows you to slowly acquire gifts over time as you find different deals without having to spend a lot of money at once. Some students start as early as July because of Amazon Prime Day. By shopping early, it’ll make things a little less financially stressful.

Black Friday Deals

It’s no surprise that almost every retailer in the country has deals for Black Friday. This is a great way to find gifts at a discount for your friends and family. Did you know that many Black Friday deals continue through the weekend or until what is now called Cyber Monday? This means you have more time to search and find the best deals.

You can find great deals from your favorite retailers from the comfort of your couch. A lot of these places will offer gift wrapping (for a small fee) and can ship directly to the recipient. 

So, if you can’t make it to see all of your relatives during your holiday break, you can at least send something to let them know you were thinking about them this year!

Consignment Shops

If you have people on your “nice” list that like clothing and fashion accessories, consignment shops are a perfect place to start. Some consignment shops offer designer name brands at a fraction of what you would pay from a retailer. Many times, the items are like new and in perfect condition.

While you might not find a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes or an Armani Suit, you still can find some great items that your loved ones will adore.

Post-Holiday Shopping

If you want to get ahead of the game for next year or if you have relatives with birthdays shortly after the holidays, wait until after Christmas to shop. Many retailers often discount their excess inventory that didn’t sell during the holiday season. You can find great deals on a wide array of products, so you’re prepped for next year.

Time to Shop

Now you have some pro tips on how to shop on a budget. Go out there and find those deals. Remember, the holidays are about spending time with the ones you love. Ultimately they will appreciate whatever gift you give them. At the end of the day, it’s the thought that counts.