Christmas without financial stress: achieving a lot with little money

There are plenty of creative and budget-friendly ways to still make Christmas special.

  • December 04, 2023
  • 3 Min. reading time

Christmas is just around the corner, and for many students this means not only festive cheer and breaks from studying, but also financial challenges. With a limited budget, it can be difficult to organise the holidays the way you want to. But don't worry, there are plenty of creative and budget-friendly ways to still make Christmas special.


Budget-friendly Christmas gifts

Gifts are a central part of Christmas, but they don't have to be expensive to be heartfelt. Here are some ideas for inexpensive, yet heartfelt and personalised gifts:


Homemade treats: Homemade biscuits, jams or chocolates are not only delicious, but also show that you've made an effort. Making your own spice mixes, for example for mulled wine or salads, is also a creative idea. Package them beautifully in jars or bags.


DIY photo album or frame: A self-designed photo album or an individually decorated picture frame with shared memories is a personal and inexpensive gift.


Homemade cosmetics: Simple recipes for lip balms, soaps, body scrubs or bath additives such as bath bombs or bath salts are easy to find online and usually inexpensive to make.


A jar full of compliments: Write the things you appreciate about the person on small pieces of paper, put them in a jar and decorate it a little. This way, the recipient has something to look forward to every day for a certain period of time.


Voucher for time together: Whether it's for a film evening, a cooking evening together or an outing – a voucher for time spent together is often the most valuable gift.


Plant cuttings: If you have houseplants, you can take cuttings and give them as a gift. A small pot and some soil will suffice.


Self-knitted or crocheted items: Hats, scarves or pot holders are relatively easy to make and can be personalised.


Creative artwork: If you like to paint or draw, a homemade piece of art can be a very personal gift.


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Creativity in Christmas decorations

Making your own Christmas decorations is not only budget-friendly, but also a wonderful way to express your creativity and add a festive touch to your home. Here are some ideas for homemade Christmas decorations:


Paper stars and snowflakes: With some paper and a pair of scissors, you can cut out beautiful stars and snowflakes. These are easy to attach to windows or walls and create a wintery atmosphere.


Christmas garlands: You can make garlands from colourful paper, old magazines or scraps of fabric. Simply cut them out in shapes such as stars, hearts or Christmas trees and hang them on a string.


Natural decorative elements: Collect pine cones, branches and berries for natural decorations. These can be painted, decorated with glitter or simply arranged in a beautiful bowl. Of course, you can also use them to make a wreath.


Upcycling decorations: Old jars can be converted into small lanterns. Simply paint them with colour or decorate them with fabric and string and add a candle.


Salt dough ornaments: Salt dough is easy to make and can be moulded into any shape imaginable. After baking and cooling, the ornaments can be painted and used as tree decorations or window decorations.


Window pictures: With special window paint, you can paint wintry scenes or Christmas motifs directly onto your windows.


Conclusion

Christmas doesn't have to be expensive to be unforgettable. With creativity, attention to detail and a focus on togetherness, it is possible to have a wonderful Christmas even on a small budget.