Christmas Gift Ideas For Broke College Students

12 Christmas Gift Ideas For The Broke College Student Who Refuses To Be A Scrooge

After all, it's the thought that counts.


Christmas is right around the corner and it's the time of the year when you're trying to find Christmas gifts for everyone on a budget of about twenty dollars. You don't have to have a lot of money to still give gifts that people enjoy. While the people in your life deserve more than you can give them, your gift will mean a lot to them, especially if you make it personal. After all, it's the thought that counts.

It's OK, we've all been there. Here are 12 Christmas gift ideas that won't break your bank.

1. Baked goods

There are tons of different sweets to make this time of year, like a southern favorite, Christmas white trash. You can simply make the holiday sugar cookies everyone loves or use Pinterest to make your baked goods look so good no one will want to eat them.

2. Bath salts

These are extremely simple to make and smell SO good. All you need is Epsom salt, essential oils, and food coloring if you want to add some color.

3. Gift card

You can get a gift card from almost anywhere, add ten to fifteen dollars and your gift shopping is done. If you're feeling creative, you can make a cute gift card holder.

4. Books

Paperback books are typically inexpensive. You can get a book that you love or one that the person has been wanting. It's the perfect gift that can be used while snuggled by a fire or laying out on the beach.

5. Mug

Mugs are relatively cheap and make a really good gift. You can paint your own or buy one with a design on it already.

6. Painted canvas

All you need for this gift is paint and a canvas. You can paint their name, favorite quotes or a Christmas design that they will be able to hang up during the holidays.

7. Ornament

These are super easy and fun to make! You can go really fancy or more simple, but either way, the person will always think of you when they add the ornament you made to their tree.

8.  Candy or snacks

Buy the person's favorite candy and attach a Christmas pun to it. You could even buy their favorite snacks if they're not a big candy person.

9. Picture frame

You can buy a cute one or you can design one yourself. Add a picture of you and your friend, family member, or boyfriend/girlfriend and you're good to go! You can even add a personal message on the back to make it even more special.

10. Sugar scrub 

All you need for this DIY gift is granulated sugar, coconut oil, an essential oil, and food coloring. Mix all of these ingredients together and you're finished.

11. Water bottle

Everyone could always use a water bottle and you can fill it with whatever you want! From a hot chocolate kit to things that the person likes, for example, fuzzy socks or a key chain.

12. A letter full of reasons the person is so important to you

This is really special to anyone you make this gift for; your parents, relatives, or even friends. You can fill it with inside jokes, things they've done for you, or anything that you love them for. You can get really creative with this, it doesn't just have to be a letter. You can also include fun dates or trips to do in the future.

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10 Green Gifts That Will Wow Your Hippie Best Friend

As a self professed hippie, I would love to receive any of these gifts.


Christmas is right around the corner, and with the day grew nearer, your time for finding the perfect gift is running out. Picking out gifts that your friends are certain to love can be a huge feat. This can be especially hard when they have a lifestyle that is very specific about where products come from and are made. Don't fret, I am here to help with the hunt for ethical, fair trade, vegan presents that your hippie bestie will love. From one hippie to another, these are gifts that any flower child would adore.

1. Essential Oils

Aroma therapy is one of the staples of homeopathic medicine. You can diffuse the oils into the air, you can place them on specific locations around your body for different therapeutic reactions, you can use them as a natural perfume, and you can even put them in your food. When purchasing essential oils the quality is imperative. It is possible to buy super cheap oils at Walmart, but the quality won't be there and they will not be as safe or ethically made as higher quality oils. I found an essential oils company called Plant Therapy with makes certified organic and vegan essentials oils. They are of the highest quality and are safe to diffuse and to consume. To make it even easier, they have gift sets already picked out for you.

2. Tapestries

These decorative wall hangings are perfect gifts this holiday season. Tapestries come in tons of different colors and patterns. You can even buy them with bands on them, or different art that you love. I found an awesome brand called Soul Flower that is an eco-friendly company selling high-quality goods. They sell recycled, fair-trade, organic, low impact products that are good for the earth and your conscious.

3. A subscription to vegan cuts

Vegan Cuts is a rad subscription box where everything that they send you is entirely cruelty-free and vegan. They have three different boxes that you can choose from: The Snack Box, The Beauty Box, and The Makeup Box. So whether you love skincare or you just like to eat, Vegan Cuts has you covered. RIght now they are having crazy deals on tons of their boxes, so head on over to and pick up some awesome vegan goods.

4. A salt rock lamp

Himalayan salt lamps have a multitude of holistic benefits. It can relieve headaches, help with sleep, and purify the air. Salt rock lamps have even been found to help with Seasonal Affective Disorder and allergies. I found the company Salt Lamp King that makes ethically sourced Himalayan Salt Rock Lamps out of 100% Himalayan salt.

5. A S'well water bottle

S'well water bottles are working to eliminate single-use plastic water bottles. S'well is BPA free and environmentally friendly. It is significantly less expensive than a Hydroflask and essentially does the same function of keeping beverages either cold or hot. It is triple lined and of the highest quality.

6. Harem Pants

These pants are comfortable and stylish. Perfect for yoga and meditation. I found a brand that is found in Thailand that hand makes Harem Pants and provides sustainable income for the artisans that they hire. The quality is amazing and the price is very affordable.

7. Mortar and pestle

Mortar and pestles are a great way to grind up your own herbs and seasonings. Traditionally they are used to grind various herbs to be used for medicinal purposes, but now they are most commonly used in cooking. From pesto to guacamole, there is so much that can be made with this awesome kitchen tool. I found an awesome fair trade mortar and pestle sold by Fair Trade Winds. They are a very fair price and a great gift for cooks.

8. Pacifica beauty products

For all of those glam hippies, this is a perfect gift. Pacifica is an entirely vegan and cruelty-free makeup company. The products are crazy affordable and really great quality. Pacifica even allows you to send back the plastic bottles once they are empty to be recycled. To make gift giving even easier they have gift sets already put together for you. It doesn't get much better than that.

9. Four Sigmatic Beverages

Four Sigmatic is a brand based in Finland that is focused on using nutrient-dense mushrooms in beverages. They make teas, coffees, elixirs and more. All of their beverages are organic, paleo, Whole 30, vegan, and gluten-free. They are heavy in nutrients, so good for you, and so so tasty!

10. Decomposition notebook

Decomposition notebooks are a fantastic eco-friendly note book that is responsibly sourced and kind to the earth. For all of your buddies that love to write, snag one of these aesthetic journals for their next literary expedition.

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I'm Keeping My Christmas Tree Up All Winter And There's Nothing You Can Do About It

It's the WINTER Season... ;-)


I think that my tree would not be considered Christmas-y if the ornaments are taken off and the lights are kept on. I think to just looks wintry. I am also keeping up decorations that say "let it snow", and I am keeping up any snowman without holly berries or presents in their hands.

The tree looks wintry in my opinion. It looks pretty with the lights and brings the room together. It gives off a warm ambiance, unlike that of fluorescent lighting.

I've taken all ornaments off except for gold snowflakes and I've left the silver tinsel garland on as well as the lights. It looks wintry to me still. I will probably be taking the whole tree down by the end of this month to prepare for Valentine's Day decorating. (Yes, I pretty much decorate my apartment for every holiday—sue me).

There's nothing like coming downstairs and seeing those lights sparkling.

Or coming inside from a dreary, rainy day outside and seeing them light up the room in a calm, warm, and comforting glow.

Or having a bad day, looking up, and seeing them shine.

It sort of makes me upset when I come downstairs and see that someone has unplugged them, to be honest.

I guess they don't see it as I do.

Pretty, twinkling lights forever!

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