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  • #BLOGMAS DAY 10: ALTERNATIVE GIFTS FOR THE SKINT INDIVIDUAL

    I mean, it’s true. I’m broke.

    I’m a shopaholic; call me Isla Fisher. Actually, don’t call me Isla Fisher. I’d hate to be married to Sacha Baron Cohen… I digress.

    I spent about £300 within the first month of my student maintenance loan dropping; I spent it on Boohoo, I spent it on Beauty Bay, I spent it on train tickets, I spent it on nights out…

    I’m not very savvy when it comes to money. But I own it, I think. Would you ask a leopard to change it’s spots?

    If you answered yes, you’d probably make a sh*t zookeeper.

    I digress again.

    This list probably won’t be relatable, because I’m sure the majority of you have jobs, or savings accounts, or a nice little nest egg tucked away for Christmas time every year.

    However, if you’re like me; skint, you’ll need this. Because no-one wants to be known as that one friend. Ugh.

    Here are some alternative gifts for the skint individual:

    If you love your S/O, why not show them… through the medium of arts & crafts?

    This idea came to me when I was thinking of ways to cheer my boyfriend up. When I say me, I really mean I stole the idea from my friend.

    What you need:

    – A large mason jar

    – A pair of scissors

    – Coloured pens-highlighters

    – Card, post its or A4 sheets of paper

    Divide your sheet up into strips. You can make them as big or small as you want, it’s your call! After that, the real work begins. On your strips of paper, write down some reasons why you love your person, inside jokes, fave memories… stuff like that!

    Colour code them, pop them in the jar, and you’re done!

    Make your own photo album/scrapbook

    This works extra well if you’re a student!

    What you need:

    – An exercise book

    – Photos

    – Any other souvenirs; train tickets, concert tickets, birthday cards, Valentine’s Day cards…

    So, at my uni, we get issued a card with £400 on it. We can use this to buy stationary, books, gifts etc with; so if you’re unsure where to buy an exercise book, try your university shop!

    Once you’ve got your exercise book, decorate it to your liking! Doodle, cut and stick to your heart’s desire. You now have a scrapbook of your very own.

    Utilise your skills!

    Are you a writer? Perhaps you could write your gift recipient a poem, a short story, or even blog about them! If art is your forte, do a Bob Ross and paint something for them to keep! Do you make music? Write them a song! The possibilities are endless – never underestimate the power of natural talent.

    Then… y’know… promise to get them a Michael Kors watch next Christmas.

    Has your sibling been eyeing up your nice top for the last six months…?

    Call their bluff! Wrap it up and serve it to them on Christmas morning. It’s a win-win, because if they like it; they stop moaning at you for a few months. If they don’t; you get gloating rights.

    What you need:

    – A nice top you’re *slightly* starting to outgrow

    – An infuriating sibling

    – Years of mutual resentment and your smugness at the ready

    So, yeah. Maybe I will start saving up next year.

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    6 Comments

    1. December 11, 2018 / 8:29 am

      Great post! I gave my boyfriend once a jar filled with date ideas and it was really great. Every now and then we pulled some out and went for an ice cream or just for a walk. For my friends I baked Christmas cookies, I also got homemade lip balm. There is a lot of things you can do on a thight budget. 🙂

      • December 11, 2018 / 8:32 am

        That’s adorable! I’ve done one for my boyfriend this year filled with compliments, inside jokes, fave memories.. just for when he needs to smile! Love the baking idea too! Thank you for the feedback! 😊

    2. December 14, 2018 / 11:05 am

      Omg the last one killed me. I would love to recycle my clothes and give them as presents hahahhaha

      • December 14, 2018 / 12:03 pm

        Omg lol I wouldn’t normally because I hate like 99% of my wardrobe, but my sister’s at the stage now where she’ll steal my outfits without asking anyway hahahaha

    3. December 14, 2018 / 11:20 am

      I love your post! I’m not creative at all so the art and craft ideas are a big no-no for me. The last idea is so great! 😂😂

      Taiwo xx

      • December 14, 2018 / 12:04 pm

        Thank you! I wouldn’t consider myself arty at all, but I try my best hahaha! Xx

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