Affording expensive holiday gifts for every person in our lives isn’t possible—especially on a college student’s budget. Go easy on yourself by trying these cheap alternatives, all $10 and under, that are great for giving to a big group of friends or for playing games like White Elephant and Secret Santa.
For shoppers without a car
Urban Outfitters is the place to go for early Christmas gifts. Check out the tech section on the left side of the store for tons of quirky gifts such as Hello Kitty and Domo collectibles. Upstairs in the clearance and home décor section, there are plenty of thrifty treasures to be found. Don’t miss the fashionable belts tucked against the wall and my personal favorites: delicious cupcake-shaped lip glosses and miniature animal purses – all for $10 or less.
For one-of-a-kind finds, check out Cream Vintage for deals on retro tees, scarves and accessories. And don’t forget to check out the vendors in the 23rd Street Market for affordable, re-purposed jewelry pieces for the ladies on your shopping list.
For the Internet-savvy
If you’re an internet-shopper, check out Wal-Mart. The superstore is selling plenty of classic and newly released DVDs for between $5 and $10 online only. You can grab “The Shawshank Redemption” for Dad, “V for Vendetta” for your man, “Monster-in-Law” for your best friend, and—why not?—go ahead and snag the complete first season of “Boy Meets World”for yourself.
Speaking of DVDs, if you have a friend who’s obsessed with Harry Potter, head to the Warner Bros. official website for a 57-percent-off deal on regular and Blu-ray DVDs. Do it quickly, because after December, these movies will be thrown in the vault.
For your more sentimental friends, you have more options. Order a photo print from CVS online, buy a cute frame from Target for $5 and voila!—the perfect gift.
For the DIY-er
Showcase your creativity by purchasing a mason jar, a small spool of ribbon and a package of colorful paper from Wal-Mart or any craft store. Google inspiring quotes and write out your favorites onto small strips of colored paper. Fold them in half, place them in the jar, and tie a piece of ribbon around the rim. Bam!—the gift of inspiration.
Make new friends a thoughtful little gift basket instead of wracking your brain for a purchasable alternative. Buy small woven baskets from Dollar Tree or Wal-Mart, a bag of festive tinsel, a bag of holiday candy, great-smelling candles and any other small inexpensive treasures you find.