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Holiday Gift Guide

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Jonathan Lim Yong Hian

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Elizabeth Rickert, Staff Writer

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Holiday shopping can be difficult, especially when you don’t know what to buy someone! Here are some gift ideas for everyone in your life:

Gifts under $15-

For parents:

  • Coffee- Check out Soma and Hopscotch for local blends!
  • Candles- Optimist loves the “Balsam and Cedar” scent from Yankee Candle.
  • Bubble bath- Who wouldn’t want an awesome bath bomb like this one?
  • Lotion- Winter is the season of dry skin! Give the gift of extremely moisturizing lotion like this one.
  • Mugs- A cat mug is perfect for your favorite animal lover or make a personalized DIY one.
  • Cookies- In a festive mood? Whip up some of these gingerbread men!

For friends:

  • Plants- Get a cactus for your friend with a green thumb.
  • Posters/ wall art- does your buddy have a favorite band? Check out these band posters.
  • String lights- Light up your friend’s life. String lights make every room cozy.
  • Socks- Everyone wants fuzzy socks like these.
  • Water bottle- For your eco-friendly friend. Here are some water bottles.
  • Headphones- Who doesn’t like to listen to music? Check out these headphones.
  • Winter accessories (hats, gloves, scarves, etc.)- It’s cold! Stay warm with this warm hat.

Gifts under $50

For parents:

  • Fuzzy blankets- Help your parents keep warm this winter! This blanket is so warm.
  • Books- Check out the New York Times top books list here!
  • Pajamas-Comfy, warm, and good for a winter day. Here are some super warm ones. 

For friends:

  • Lava lamps- Make your friend’s bedroom into a super cool space. These ones are super colorful.
  • Gigantic teddy bears- Enough said. Find them here.
  • Speakers- Who doesn’t want to play their favorite music as loud as possible? Here are colorful speakers.

Gifts over $50

For parents:

  • Fitbit- Count your steps! Fitbits are available here.
  • Panini Maker- Paninis are very important.
  • Gift card for massage/spa- Life can be stressful. Give this gift to your parents, and they will love you forever. Here is a local masseuse.
  • Spotify subscription- Give the gift of music.

For friends:

  • A small animal (be sure to ask his/her parents first!)
  • Netflix subscription- Who wouldn’t want a subscription for TV and movies?
  • Durable phone case- Perfect for your friend who always breaks their phone. Check out some here.
  • Tapestries- Help your buddy decorate. Optimist loves these.
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