By CHRISTINA CARAYANNOPOULOS
Christmas is my favorite time of year: the glistening lights that line the streets in my neighborhood; the precious memories I get to make with my loved ones; and the reigning gift giving champ in my household.
As Christmas inches closer, it may have some college students who are on a budget feeling anxious about affording presents.
To alleviate some holiday shopping stress, I compiled a list of trending gift ideas that are budget friendly this holiday season.
For Ladies (sister, best friend, daughter):
1. Cosmetic gift sets: They can be found at Walgreens and Target. There are a variety of sets with lip products, nail polish and eyeshadows. Total: $5
2. iPhone Cases: Ever since it hit the market, the iPhone has been one of the hottest accessories. Walgreens has a gorgeous array of iphone cases for just$8.
For Guys (brother, boyfriend, son):
1. Junk Food Gift Basket: This is one of my favorite gift ideas for when you don’t know what to get someone. What go perfectly in the man cave with the video games are snacks and energy drinks. You can stop at your local dollar tree and chips and drinks for just a dollar a piece.
2. Axe or Old Spice products: A gift that never goes out of style is the gift of good hygiene. Around the holidays you may find Axe gift sets that come with body wash, a spray, deodorant and sometimes a loofah. These gift sets can be found at Walgreens, Walmart and Target. They cost around $9.99.
1. Coupon Book: This is an extremely simple and creative gift to make. Your parents will definitely appreciate it and it is virtually free. You can make your coupon book one of two ways: you can either print some free internet coupons or you can make up your own coupons. Some examples would be: “Redeem for unlimited free hugs,” “free house cleaning voucher” or “Dinner is on me!” Watch this great YouTube video on how to make one.
2. Picture Collage: Grandparents love nothing more than a sentimental gift. So take those photos you have lying around of you with friends and family and create a collage. The only thing you may need to buy is a picture frame. I purchased mine for $1 dollar at Dollar Tree. Make sure to check the sturdiness of the frame before purchasing.
For Younger Sibilings/Children:
1. Molding Doh: Play Doh or Wonder Doh make great gifts for younger children and siblings. It allows the child to use their creativity to make whatever they dream up and it’s a gift that works for both girls and boys. It comes in an array of bright colors. At Dollar Tree, Wonder Doh is available in an eight pack of mini jars with neon colored doh for one dollar a package.
2. Mega Bloks or Legos: Another gift idea that is not gender biased and comes in a variety of different themes like Hello Kitty and Star Wars are Mega Blocks. Mega Bloks or LEGOs are available at Walgreens, Target or Walmart for around 20 dollars a box. Mega Blocks are less expensive and come in a variety of sizes.
For Anyone (neighbors, Coworkers, friends, teachers):
1. Candy Sled: For the candy lovers in your life, a candy sled is a creative and adorable present to impress your friends with. They cost about 5 dollars to make and if you buy bulk candy you can make multiple sleds for more than one recipient.
2. D.I.Y felt ornaments: There is nothing like receiving a sentimental keepsake from a loved one on Christmas. This is another gift that can be made in bulk for multiple people and can be kept for Christmases to come. Pinterest has plenty of simple instructions for homemade ornaments and with inexpensive materials.
With these ideas, college students at Mount Mary can rejoice at the idea of saving money and buying wonderful gifts for everyone on their list.