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The Ultimate Guide for Buying Holiday Gifts

The holiday season is slowly approaching which leaves college students aghast. As students, we have a ton of things to worry about this time of year. Finals are creeping up on us, papers need to be typed, books need returned, and studying needs to be done. The last thing on our mind is Christmas shopping for our loved ones back home. Even when we get around to perusing the shelves we tend to have insufficient funds, but do not fret, there are a number of reasonably priced items for each person on your shopping list this season.

A majority of college students do not have a surplus of money lying around for them to spend on holiday tokens.

Lindsay Clement, freshman Biology major

Lindsay Clement, a freshman Biology major, shares that, “I work at the physical plant here on campus and I make an average of three-hundred dollars a month. I use that money for food and paying for college. At the end of the month, I am lucky if I have around fifty dollars for discretionary spending.”

Gifts do not have to be luxurious items. Although the phrase, “It’s the thought that counts,” is vastly overused, it holds true.

Lindsay continues, “I usually buy gifts for my mom, older brother, and dad. I try to spend only ten dollars per person. Usually buying my brother something along the lines of a t-shirt, my mom a kitchen utensil, and my dad something for work. Even though I do not spend a ton of money, they really do appreciate their gifts.”

Gifts such as: candles, socks, candy, and mugs can all be purchased at your local Dollar Store. They each make cute gifts for that someone special in your life. If you’re feeling rather extravagant, you can grab a simple container, paper shavings, and a few of the items listed above and make a special basket.

Dannielle Carter, a freshman Social Work major, shares, “ I tend to purchase a cheaper version of my family’s Christmas list. I try to find gifts that will be useful to them.”

Gifts that are a bit more expensive, but still do not hurt your wallet can be purchased at Walmart or any other reasonably priced location. You can raid their five dollar movie basket, grab a box of popcorn, and fill your basket with some candy and still have a grand total of around twelve dollars.

I would recommend making a crafty gift from an idea on Pinterest. This way the gift is from the heart. – Dannielle Carter, freshman Social Work major

Dannielle continues, “I would recommend making a crafty gift from an idea on Pinterest. This way the gift is from the heart. Your family member or significant other will love anything you get them, even if it is crafty and cheap.”

Dannielle makes an excellent point. If you’re the type of person that is very hands on, you can go the DIY route. Pinterest has unique, yet cheap crafts you can easily create in between studying for exams.

“Having a list of ideas of what to get family members would be very helpful,” says Darron Crump, a freshman Biology major.

Gifts do not have to be expensive for your family members to love them. They will appreciate the thought you put behind it and more than likely say those five cliche words, “It’s the thought that counts.”

Ariana Riccardi

My name is Ariana Riccardi and I am a Sophomore majoring in Political Science with a minor in History. I am an avid reader and I love to write. When I am not writing newspaper articles, you can find me watching The West Wing or hanging out with my friends. I am very active on campus. I am apart of the Honors Program, the Peace Corps Prep Program, I am an RA, PR for Amnesty International, SLEB Grand Socials Chair, APB Comedy Chair, a peer mentor, secretary and PR for RSA, Fundraiser Chair for the Relay for Life Committee, Westheimer Peace Symposium board member, It's On Us member, Student Alumni Association, and NASA.


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