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Gift-giving on a Budget Two Sizes Too Small

By Eva • December 02, 2015

Holiday shopping guides are everywhere, so why should you read mine? Because I'm a college student. Which means I'm broke.

I'm basically a gift-giving magician

Which means I'm basically a gift-giving magician. So here's your guide to the holiday season – on a very, very tight budget.

Don't believe me? I ordered all 12 of these books in one go, using the code READMORE (which reduced the whole thing by 20%) and I ended up paying less than $33.00! Twelve books for the price of noodles for two!

Throw a Kick-Ass Party

Let's get festive. Martha Stewart is Qweeeen when it comes to DIY anything, so follow her lead and you'll be a hosting goddess/god faster than you can say 'garland.'

It's not a party without drinks (I mean it could be, but why?) You are the ultimate bartender with House & Garden's Drink Guide. Not only do they tell you what to serve and when, but they also teach you how to make it. Ace anyone's favorite cocktail and get to the top of the naughty list in a very good way.

They're called 'Pinterest fails' for a reason. Ditch the internet and pick up a cookbook in order to totally nail a new holiday dish; or 50. That's the beauty of cookbooks, people, they come with loads of recipes (that you don't even need to download!). Make delicious food without totally screwing up your health with the first ever cookbook from Cooking light magazine. You're welcome.

Let's Get Personal

making gifts for people isn't just thoughtful, it's cheap

If you're broke like me, you know that making gifts for people isn't just thoughtful, it's cheap. For those of us on a budget this year, the holiday craft books are here for you. Starting at $3.59, you can't afford not to get one. Learn to make cards so beautiful, people will forget you couldn't afford to get them anything else. Or at least they won't be mad about it.

Don't stop at cards – make gifts without leaving your kitchen. Candles are awesome because they're ambient and they smell good. They also happen to be super festive. Give your loved ones the gift of mood lighting with The Candle Maker: How to Make Candles in Your Own Kitchen.

Candy – another thing you can make at home! Also something EVERYONE loves. We've got a killer selection of candy cookbooks for everything from vintage bonbons to candy necklaces. Give your friends something they'll literally eat up, with the help of these candy cooking guides, starting at $3.59 (bet you didn't see that coming).

Gift Giving on Fleek

A brief guide to shopping for some of the trickier people in your life.

For the College Student

We actually enjoy reading, you know. And if you're seeing us over the holidays, it means we are home for a six week break and have nothing to do. Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office 101 is not a guide to becoming the office jerk, it's a super valuable mirror every woman should use to check the things we do that undermine us, without realizing. Also, anything David Sedaris will do very nicely and all the best sellers are hilarious, but I have a soft spot for Me Talk Pretty One Day.

For Children

I don't get kids, which is okay because I'm only 21, but also makes holiday shopping for little cousins kind of difficult. You feel me? Well we're in luck. Every kid needs books – they can never have too many! Give the gift of reading this year with Thriftbook's amazing selection of children's classics.

For the Homies

No one makes you laugh like your best friend - return the favor with a book from humor/comedy selection on the Thrift Book's gift-giving page. I couldn't keep it together reading Tim Dorsey's Pineapple Grenade. I burst out laughing in the library and got a lot of super weird looks, but hey it's a book about two murderous best friends who save Florida one joint at a time. In other words; totally worth it. Tina Fey's Bossypants is another laugh out loud read that chronicles the real world in a side-splittingly relatable way.

*All prices are subject to change.

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