Clever suggestions for Christmas gifts

It’s that time of year again to get into the season of giving. For those of you who find it hard to get your juices flowing, don’t worry; being a college student myself, I understand the difficulties that arise when shopping on a budget.

Siblings are often the hardest to buy for. With constantly changing tastes, it may seem impossible to find the perfect gift.

1) It’s practically a proven fact that girls love beauty products. Lucky for you, Bath and Body Works offers Mini Gift Sets starting at just $7.50. For that price, you could grab your sister a few different scents or opt for a larger gift set. Either way, she’s sure to enjoy.

2) Guys, on the other hand, have a different kind of taste. It is another well known fact that men love television. Chances are, you have heard your brother going on and on about his favorite TV show. Well, there’s the answer to your gift ordeal. Stop by Wal-Mart and pick up a season or two of his favorite television show. Wal-Mart offers most seasons for under $20 per DVD set.

Casey Rogers, a senior pre-med major, plans on getting some television show seasons for his older brother, Cory. “Cory loves the show ‘Sons of Anarchy,’” said Rogers. “So I plan on getting him seasons one through three on DVD.” Some other popular television shows that males enjoy are “30 Rock,” “The Office,” “Family Guy,” “Breaking Bad,” “Mad Men” and “South Park.”

Parents do a lot for you; they brought you into the world, raised you and support you to this day.  Because of this, the pressure is on to get them a gift that they will absolutely love.

3) Moms can’t get enough of beautiful things. A blooming orchid plant is a great idea for all mothers. Home Depot offers a stunning orchid arrangement in your choice of purple or white for under $20. Best of all, orchids are very low maintenance, so mom won’t feel like it’s another thing for her to care for. Mom simply needs to place the plant in a sunny location somewhere in the house and give it a few ice cubes once a week. What could be simpler?

4) Dads are known for their amazing ability to fix anything. Now is your chance to get dad something that will enable him to work on something that he will enjoy: his car.  Sears offers a four-piece Armor All Complete Car Care Kit for less than $12. The kit includes protectant, glass wipes, wash and wax and tire foam. Dad will love this kit, which has everything he needs to keep his vehicle squeaky clean and shiny.

You can’t forget your roommate. You spend a lot of time together and share the same place, so it’s important to show your appreciation.

5) Whether your roommate is a guy or gal, they will love Butch & Harold dorm room wall decals. You can choose from mirrors, frames, chalkboards or decals. Best of all, they are removable, reusable and won’t harm walls. You can find them online for under $20 at www.butchandharold.com. To personalize the gift even more, purchase a pack of frame decals and place pictures of the two of you in them. They’re sure to brighten up any dorm room.

If you aren’t interested in meandering through busy stores and waiting in seemingly endless lines, finding deals on the Internet may be your best bet. Brittany Myers, a senior social work major, plans on doing just that. “I’m planning on going on Amazon.com,” said Myers. “I always find the greatest deals online, especially around the Christmas season, and they get delivered to me, so I can avoid the rush at the mall. It’s a win, win in my mind.”

If none of these ideas sound good to you, Neils Cortes, a freshman psychology major, has some advice. “Don’t get anything for anyone that you wouldn’t want,” she said. “Make sure to incorporate their personality into the gift, too.”

COURTNEY MCGRAW

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