Christmas season started. Noticeably. It is Mariah Carey’s and Wham’s time to shine. But before driving home for Christmas in a few days, I still have to find some original and suitable Christmas gifts. Just like every year, I am starting by making a list with things that friends and family might like. So far so good. Then I turn towards my laptop and search for the best ideas online. I throw everything in my shopping basket. And then. It hits me. I only have a student budget. As much as I would like to surprise everyone with their favorite things, I cannot afford most of it. I delete the photo camera and the game console. However, the budget problem remains.
I am again scolding myself for not spreading the Christmas shopping over a period of a few months or at last saving up some money beforehand. Unfortunately, I am at an age now that everyone expects me to give proper gifts like any other grown-up. I noticed a self-made drawing for on the fridge will not do anymore. But how am I supposed to get everyone an appropriate adulty gift with a small student budget?!
Of course, the internet is already aware of this problem and offers categories with gifts for a low price. Disenchanted I notice that the presented products below 20€ are rather standard and unpersonal. A wellness set. A massage brush. A whiskey glass. Not what I was looking for. Against my morals, I am opening this cheap Chinese web shop. I find nice things fitting my budget. But everything takes forever to be delivered. I guess I could now order gifts to be on time for next year Christmas.
I walk through my room. Trying to come up with a solution without completely draining my bank account. When suddenly I get an idea. I am not an international student in Enschede for nothing. I will simply surprise my family with Dutch specialties – Chocomel, Vla, 50%-reduced Sinterklaas letters and Grolsch beer. Alvast fijne feestdagen and happy upcoming holidays!