15th December 2011 12:00 am
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As Christmas draws near the pressure of buying gifts mounts to the point of eruption. The end of the term is something to be celebrated, but many students fear returning home with empty arms at Christmas time. There are many things that are great about being a student, but as money is tight it can be a struggle to buy Christmas presents. But you shouldn't worry; there are many things that you can buy or make that will be appreciated by your family.
There are, many presents that are relatively cheap that will entertain and impress your family at Christmas. New DVD releases, for example, will keep you and your family amused during the Christmas period. Whether you decide to go for a comedy or a thriller you can provide something for your entire family to do together. So rather than buying a present you are purchasing an experience.
The same can be said of board games. The age old image of families at Christmas is centred on people playing games or eating food. There are loads of great games out there which will get you and your family working as a team to win a game, or even battling against each other to win the game. Christmas is about spending time together and your relatively cheap present can do that.
If you are flat out broke then you can always make presents. There are quite a few things that you can make yourself, including knitted objects, cards, and jewellery boxes - there is no limit to the number of things you can make.
In the end it is the thought that counts, rather than the amount you spend.