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Still not got all of those Xmas gifts or money tight? Here’s a few ideas!

20 December 2019

It’s almost here! We’re just 5 days away from the big day – however some of you whether you’re Swansea Students or anyone else, may not have finished tying up all of that Christmas shopping or gift ideas… so here are a few alternative approaches to help you out! :


Be creative

Great food makes Christmas so much better! Try your hand at making jams and preserves, or your very own homemade peanut butter. Seal all of those in jars and you have some perfect little gifts for your family and friends.

If you’re craft, try your hand at making these unique Christmas gifts and decorations.

Repurposing things is so hot right now, did you know that? Save the planet and use alternatives to wrapping paper, such as decorative scarves to wrap your presents in. Get a bunch from your local charity shops or use your own and get wrapping!




Suggest a Secret Santa

If you’re in a big group of friends (or even a big family), buying loads of presents will certainly rack up the numbers on your bank account. A secret Santa may be a little easier on your collective pockets, and it’s a huge amount of fun, too. Set a budget and don’t take it too seriously – novelty mugs are always a safe option between function, fashion and fun.



Experiences, not things

Experiences can sometimes be more valuable than material things. They can take a special place in our minds and become one of the fondest memories we have. University life is all about making memories, and Christmas doesn’t have to be different, either.

Instead of buying little knick-knacks for your friends, organise a dinner or a get together before everyone goes away for holidays. Share your time with them, take photos, play board games, watch Christmas movies or anything else that takes your fancy. Make this time all about your closest people, especially the ones that you wished you had spent more time with.


If you’re good at planning, make a deal with your friends and family or your squad to, instead of buying gifts for each other this Christmas, put the money they would have otherwise spent into a get-a-way fund. That way, when you have enough, you can all go on a day trip or a holiday together that will definitely be memorable.



We’d like to thank all of our resident Students for being amazing tenants and for their kind and thoughtful behaviour – we hope you’ve enjoyed this first term of the academic year 2019 and wish you and your families the very best for Christmas and the New Year, which as well as bringing the second semester also brings the start of a new decade in 2020! Here’s to reminiscing and being thankful for the last and full of excitement and plans for the next!


Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Team GLC