Uh oh! Have you found yourself scrambling around panicking about last minute Christmas gifts for your family and friends? Then keep reading!

Don’t worry, you’re not alone when it comes to last minute Christmas gift buying, after all, December is a very expensive month, and it can all be a bit manic.

That’s why we’ve gathered a list of the best last-minute Christmas gifts you can buy for a nice and easy Christmas on a budget!

If you’re a student living in our comfy accommodation and you’re struggling for inspo, don’t worry, there are plenty of cheap Christmas gift options out there.

Let’s take a look at our last-minute Christmas gifts on a budget, Santa hats at the ready!

Why Do We Buy Gifts For Christmas?

why do we buy gifts for chrismas

Are we ready for a history lesson? Some of you may be wondering why we actually buy gifts for Christmas, well we have the answer.

It’s mainly to remind us of the presents given to Jesus by the Wise Men (Frankincense, Gold and Myrrh.)

Crimbo itself is really all about Jesus, all over the world families and friends give presents to each other to celebrate his life.

You don’t have to be religious to celebrate Christmas though, there’s no direct rule for this, it’s just a fun time to get together and celebrate with family and friends!

The standard hanging of stockings comes from St. Nicholas (Santa), that, combined with the 25th December the day Jesus was born, and you’ve got the history of Christmas.

So, without further ado, let’s have a look at some cheap Christmas gift ideas guaranteed to put a smile on everybody’s faces!


Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas


1. Chocolate

chocolate is a great christmas gift on a budget

Everybody loves a bit of choccy right? So, it’s inevitable that it gets our number one spot on last-minute Christmas gifts on a budget!

Chocolate really doesn’t have to cost that much, and student discount is often available on boujee brands like Hotel Chocolat if you keep your eye out.

You can also grab some adorable personalised Christmas gifts from Thorntons for a tenner, so you don’t even need to break the bank to please that special someone!

If you’d rather not head to the shops, there’s plenty of chocolate you can buy online to be delivered pretty quickly.

Chocolate Trading Co is a fabulous website if you want to try out some independent chocolatiers for a decent price too.

You could always just pop onto Amazon and get a giant bar of Dairy Milk to be delivered straight to your pals door, because who doesn’t love dairy milk!

2. Pamper Stuff

pampering gifts are the perfect christmas gift for students

A good pamper is vital in these strange times, as life has been pretty stressful recently, a nice thoughtful set of pamper gifts will be perfect.

The best news is, you don’t have to spend a fortune for pamper items either, perfect for a last-minute Christmas gift on a budget!

You could take a trip into town and visit Lush, or alternatively purchase a few of their bits on their website, they have a whole section on Christmas gifts.

Why not purchase a couple of bath bombs for that special someone? It’ll probably come to just over a tenner if you buy a couple!

There are plenty of unique gift boxes on Etsy for around £10 if you want to save a bit of money, or you could even make your own if you’re feeling creative.

3. A Mug

a mug is a great christmas gift for students

A funny mug is always a good idea for a last-minute Christmas gift for students, because caffeine is always the answer.

Again, Etsy is another banger for funny mugs, some are a little too rude to mention though!

You could go sensible and a pretty mug from Next (in-store or online) as a gift, on average costing around £10 each.

Why not create your own on Amazon, it’ll save you braving the cold and you can stay in your PJ’s in your cosy student accommodation!

4. Personalised Photo Gifts

There’s nothing more thoughtful than a personalised photo gift, it’s the perfect last-minute Christmas gift and very affordable too!

Photobox have loads of photo gift ideas whether it be a canvas, a calendar, a photo book and many more.

Their canvas prices start from £9.99, ideal for a pal or a member of your family to make them smile 😊

Check out the Christmas gift section for plenty of inspo if you’re struggling for ideas and pick up a bargain.

If you’re in town, Boots, Tesco and Asda have in-store photo printers if you want to make your own photobook, a sweet and creative gift this Christmas!

5. A Streaming Subscription

netflix subscription is the perfect christmas gift

Ah, the beauty of streaming, it means we can stay in our PJ’s all day long and have fab shows and movies at our fingertips!

Which is why a streaming subscription is a perfect last-minute Christmas gift option this year for students!

If you want a gift subscription for Netflix, you’ll have to do it via gift card. Simply purchase it from Amazon or Start Select and you’re good to go.

6. A Cookbook

a cookbook is a great christmas gift for students

Whether it’s a student cookbook with pasta meals galore, or a more sophisticated one for a member of your family, you can’t go wrong with a cookbook!

There are so many cookbooks out there for students for plenty of tips on yummy meals, for an absolute bargain price too. Ready to cook up a storm in your student accommodation?

Don’t forget that Waterstones do student discount too, all the more reason to purchase your gift from there!

WHSmith have loads of cook book deals on atm, so take a gander on their website and see if you can find a nice deal.

7. Slippers

slippers are a great cheap christmas gift for students

Slippers are a perfect last-minute Christmas gift idea that you don’t need to spend much money on, as well as being super useful.

After all, you don’t want your mate to get cold feet in their student accommodation, you want them to feel nice and cosy!

ASOS have loads of cool slippers on their website, and you can get student discount too which is always a bonus.

Alternatively, if you’re after a real bargain, pop into a local supermarket like Sainsbury’s and pick up a nice but affordable pair of slippers.

8. Card Games

card games are always a fun christmas gift for students

A good card game is a classic idea for a cheap, last-minute Crimbo gift, especially for a student!

We’re sure you’ve already heard of Cards Against Humanity, but if you haven’t, we’d deffo advise you buy it for your pal.

Granted, this may not be a great idea to buy for your family, maybe stick with something a little more sensible like Uno!

9. Memory Jar

memory jar as a gift for special friend

This is a super thoughtful, last-minute Christmas gift idea that doesn’t break the bank at all! Sometimes these kind of gifts are the most special 😊

All you need to do is purchase an empty jar, you can get these online or in any homeware store for £10 or less.

Grab some pieces of paper and fill them with memories of you and the person you want to give the gift to, and you’re done!

You can decorate the jar to make it a little more Christmassy if you want, but this really is a thoughtful and cheap Christmas gift idea.

10. Homemade Food

homemade food is a wonderful chrismas present

Food glorious food! You can’t go wrong with a food gift, whether you’ve braved to bake something last-minute or have purchased it online.

Etsy has so many delicious and unique homemade food gifts to purchase, from a homemade fudge box to vegan Christmas iced shortbread!

A student will always be happy with a yummy good gift, you could even go as far as purchasing a student hamper filled with lots of goodies.

We hope you found this last-minute Christmas gift guide for students useful and you’ve got plenty of inspo for that special someone! Don’t forget, it’s the thought that counts, you don’t have to spend shed loads! Budget Christmas gifts are the way forward, whether you purchase them online or in-store.