Baby all I want for Christmas… is time with my friends

Written by on 13th December 2018




This Christmas, UNiDAYS is here to help students experience quality time with old friends and look glam whilst doing it, with a range of deals and discounts on partywear, gift ideas, restaurants and coffee shops, including 30% off Byron Burger, 10% off Mac, NYX and Urban Decay, and 70% off at Groupon! Further Christmas deals for students can be found here:

 Research has revealed that over the holidays:

  • Only one in 10 students are going to socialise at a bar or club this Christmas and nearly a third (28 per cent) preferring to catch up at restaurants and a quarter (25 per cent) at shopping centres, proving that younger generations are continuing to drink less and less.
  • The social media obsessed generation continue to spend large chunks of their budget towards ‘looking good’ and ‘Instagram-able worthy’ with nearly four fifths (75 per cent) looking to buy new outfits for their Christmas catch ups despite their limited funds.
  • A tenth of students (13 per cent) will only have up to £50 to spare on Xmas gifts this year.

Given the long periods of time where students don’t get to see school friends, findings show they are shunning alcohol-fuelled nights, this Christmas, for places better suited for a good old chin wag. Settings such as restaurants (28 per cent) and shopping centres (25 per cent) are proving to be far more popular for Christmas catch ups compared to traditionally nosier and high tempo places like bars or clubs, which are chosen by only one in 10 students as a place to socialise this December.

As time spent with old friends becomes a rarity whilst students are away at uni, many have made sure to set aside a healthy budget to make up for all that lost time, with nine in 10 (88 per cent) planning to spend up to £200 on quality experiences with old mates. This makes total sense when you consider the things that young people value, which is amazing memories and experiences over material items.

Bars and clubs may not factor into students’ festive finances this year,  but looking good certainly does! Aside from all those #reunions, purchasing new outfits ahead of Christmas and New Year’s get togethers is another Christmas cost for students, with nearly four fifths (75 per cent) planning to buy a new outfit. Of those, nine in 10 (87 per cent) are planning to spend up to £200 on their winter wonderland wardrobes. Buying new make up is the next biggest cost for students around the Christmas party season (30 per cent), followed by manicures (16 per cent).

Time spent with friends is proving to be a lot more valuable to students than gift giving. Four fifths of students are planning to spend up to £400 on seeing old mates and getting ready for the festivities compared to almost a third of students (27 per cent) setting aside just £50 to £100 to purchase all of their gifts. A tenth of students (13 per cent) will only have up to £50 to spare on gifts this year.

“At UNiDAYS, we want to give students the power to make every experience more valuable and rewarding with a range of deals and discounts that can support them as they look to make the most of their Christmas holidays.”

This Christmas UNiDAYS is here to help you get sorted! For everything from discounts on party wear, gift ideas as well as money off on restaurants and coffee shops for catch ups with friends, they have you covered. Visit:

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