Holiday shopping on a budget

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With the Holidays around the corner, students everywhere are looking for inexpensive and personable gifts for their friends and family. For those still struggling, here is a guide for cheap and easy-to-make gifts to help you get the perfect gift for your loved ones.

 

1. Picture Frame 

Everyone loves a gift that elicits a great memory. Buy a plain frame to decorate with a personal message. You can use stickers, puff-paint or even scrabble letters to depict the message of your choice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Homemade treats 

Indulging in delicious, sweet treats is one of the best parts of the holidays. Buy a plain glass jar or a seasonal Tupperware to fill with holiday treats. You can bake chocolate chip cookies, make puppy chow or whatever your specialty may be.

 

3. Coffee Products

For friends who are regular coffee drinkers, buy a mug to fill with a bag of coffee or a gift card for their favorite café. Add red or green tissue paper and candy canes for a seasonal feel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Movie night 

Everyone knows a movie night is not complete without popcorn and candy. First, buy a bucket of ready-to-pop popcorn. Then fill the bucket with your friend’s favorite candies. You can even add a DVD of one of your favorite movies. Decorate with sparkly ribbon and add candy canes to make it appear more festive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Piggy bank 

If you don’t know what to get your friend, you can never go wrong with money. Buy a cheap, festive piggy bank, then add money or a gift card that can be used wherever they desire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Mani/Pedi Kit

This kit can include any products necessary for a manicure or pedicure, including nail polish, nail files or lotions. Most  stores such as Walgreens or Wal-Mart may have pre-made nail-care kits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Tie blanket

In these cold, Wisconsin winter months, a comfy blanket is a great gift to receive. Go to a craft store, such as Michael’s, where you can purchase fabric in bulk. Pick out a pattern that reflects your friend’s favorite color, print or sports team. How-to instructions can be acquired at the store upon request.