The holiday season is coming upon us fast, and with that comes Christmas gifts. Vet students don’t have a lot of extra cash, so trying to figure out how to buy gifts for everyone can be stressful. Here’s a few tips I try to use to stay within budget for the holiday season:
1) Make a budget….Step one to staying within budget is knowing what that budget is and how much you can spend.
2) Make a list….Figure out who you’d like to get gifts for, so you know what you need to buy.
3) Consider a gift exchange…In my family, a lot of my cousins and I are college students, so we started a gift exchange. A bunch of us put names in a hat and then draw a name and only buy for that person. We set a price limit on gifts, and it’s been helpful for everyone.
4) Look for sales….Use Black Friday, online coupons, sales, etc, to your advantage. If you’re going to buy form Amazon try to get everything at once, you can save on shipping. Keep an eye on your email for coupon deals to your favorite stores.
5) Crafts…It might sound cheesy, but if you use Pinterest or search around on Googling or Facebook, you can find some awesome craft ideas that are great for gifts and super easy and cheap to make.
6) Gift certificates…For some people in your life, your time might be more valuable than a physical gift, so write them a gift certificate for _________. I just gave my great aunt an early Christmas gift of a day of shopping and lunch. She can’t drive, so she really appreciated me driving her to run errands and just taking time to have lunch with her. Things like that can often mean more than a physical gift to a lot of people.
It is hard being on a vet student budget sometime, but I’ve used these tips to try to keep Christmas shopping affordable even on a tight budget.