Last minute gift ideas for everyone in your life

December 22, 2016
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The holiday season has rolled around once again (funny that) which means 2016 is finally coming to an end – and it can't end quick enough.

This means that the food comas will be aplenty, there will be awkward relo catch-ups, backyard cricket singlet tans and abusing your bank account with absolutely no mercy.

For the average adult this is no issue; gift cards or just passing off cash as a gift is too easy when the work you do pays you in money and not grades. But for the time and cash strapped uni student, this is a different story.

The easiest way to get through the silly season, without mortgaging an internal organ, is to use the old motto "it's the thought that counts" to your full advantage and get cheap but thoughtful gifts.

Here are a couple of ideas to help you do just that…

Cheap ideas for the fam bam

This is a treacherous path to walk; leaving family gifts to the last minute can make for an intensely salty holiday break.

If "I've cooked ALL day" or "No one even offered to help me" sound familiar to you, it's best to arm yourself with a decent gift to help pass off the blame to other family members – you golden child, you.

Family gifts basically mean trying to please your mum, so grabbing some fancy biscuits and rewrapping them in cellophane and ribbon is an easy option to make it look like you didn't think it up an hour beforehand.

Giving to the friends, with very little benefits

Ah friends, the family you get to choose and choose to neglect when it comes to the gift giving season.

Hopefully your friends will know the struggle of the povo uni student life and aren't the types to expect anything from you at all.

If there are, then think about getting them a timeless, timepiece… a classic watch!

Retro watches, like the Casio Classic series or the Timex Weekender collection can be picked up online for next to nothing, are universally loved and can be found just about anywhere.

In what is truly the age of the hipster, a retro watch will be a well appreciated gift. 

The uni acquaintances you want to get to know better

This one's easy – buy a round next time you meet up for drinks!

If you're looking to touch base and build relationships with those you don't get to spend too much time with, then meeting up for drinks is a great option.

Buying a round of drinks is a fantastic way to see off your uni friends and thank them for helping you get through another semester.

For the GF/BF who knows it's the thought that counts

I suggest not leaving this one until the last minute, but here we are… risk takers.

What we're really looking at here is something that says "You mean a lot to me", but not "I literally got all of this stuff yesterday".

There are three elements to buying your partner a gift: personalisation, effort and fun forethought.

Here is the answer to your prayers…

Firstly, jump onto Etsy right now and order a personalised card. Right after you've done that, buy either their favourite flowers/chocolate and wrap them with snazzy ribbon.

Finally, book a movie/dinner for the both of you, it doesn't have to be expensive - just the promise of more adventures moving forward is plenty.

When you really need to treat yo'self

Let's be real, treating yo'self doesn't have an expiry date - it's more of a year round kind of deal.

Harrison Johnstone

A country kid at heart with city slicking aspirations in his head, Harrison is an aspiring journalist, video editor and human being.