Christmas is right around the corner and with that comes many things. Christmas trees, lights, music, traditions, food, parties, sweaters, and many other things that make us have a tingly feeling of joy inside. But one huge thing that comes with Christmas, is something we all love receiving, but can have some trouble with giving. That’s presents. And being college students, we have quite the list of people to shop for. And with most of us barely being able to afford our tuition, sorority dues, and meals, this can be stressful. And if you live in a dorm with a roommate(s), that just adds one more person to your list and more money (that you really don’t have) you potentially have to spend. You’re thinking “More stress. Great.”
Yes, giving gifts can be a very stressful task when done wrong. But when done right, it can make you go from just a good friend to a great friend. One thing to keep in mind is to try to find something that the person actually needs. When looking for a gift for someone you live with, this shouldn’t be too challenging. I mean you do LIVE with them. You have a bit of an advantage over most. You get to see their struggles and hear them express their complaints. You also get to learn their likes and dislikes fairly quickly. Therefore, you wouldn’t think finding them the perfect present would be such a daunting job. However, for some of us, it is SOOOOOO DIFFICULT.
So, for those of you who may be having trouble finding that perfect gift for you roommate(s), here are some tips I came up with that helped me loads, and I hope may be of some assistance to you.
First off, don’t over think it. Chances are your roommate(s) are freaking out just as much as you. Especially if this is your first Christmas together. Because you don’t have experience with it. You’re not really sure how much you should spend. You’re not sure if you should get something meaningful or practical. Something homemade or bought. Would a gift card to their fav coffee shop be too impersonal? There are so many questions and if this is your first year giving each other gifts, they may be difficult to answer.
DON’T SWEAT IT. Instead of driving yourself crazy trying to answer these questions on your own, try talking to your roommate(s). Ask them about setting a budget on the gifts (after all, we all are broke college students). See where their heads at as far as what type of gift and don’t be afraid to set up some rules or guidelines! It will make things so much easier for the both of you. Because, let’s be honest, no one needs added stress at this time of the year (Finals are already doing their fair share of giving us anxiety).
Once you’ve discussed the budget and rules for you gift, start looking! As I said earlier, you do live with this person. You should know them fairly well. And if you don’t, just think of what you would like to get. You’re both college students, probably near the same age, and I’m sure have other things in common. Use that as a guideline when searching and you’re bound to come up with some solid ideas.
If you’re still struggling with what to get, Pinterest is never a bad option. Just search “Gift Ideas for Roommates” or “Christmas Presents for Roommates.” There will be dozens upon dozens of different posts and lists to help you out and get some creative juices flowing. And if that’s too basic, be more specific in your search. That will help you find exactly what you’re looking for for whatever personality type your roommate may be. Pinterest has never led me astray.
By now, if you still literally have NO IDEA whatsoever of what to get, you should probably just go the safe route. Gift cards or even cash is never a bad thing. Especially if you aren’t extremely close with your roommate. You may feel bad or feel like this is too impersonal, but when have you ever been disappointed about receiving money? Exactly.
Well I hope some of these tips might have calmed your nerves and given you some ideas and a base to work from. Christmas is coming fast! So good luck and get shopping (or crafting)!