In Focus Opinions

Holiday gifts on a budget

It’s the end of the first semester and after months of freedom, you are out of money. You are panicking: how in the world are you going to go home for Christmas EMPTY HANDED? Fear not, for we have compiled a list of gifts for Christmas on a budget this year.

For Mom

Cookies in a jar  
1 ¾ cups flour
¾ teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups chocolate chips
¾ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
Large mason jar
Ribbons etc. (optional)
Combine baking soda, salt and flour in a small bowl. Place mixture in jar. Layer remaining ingredients in order they are listed above. Press firmly after each layer. Seal with lid. Make sure to attach the baking instructions!
PREHEAT oven to 375° F. Beat 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) softened butter or margarine, 1 large egg and 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until blended. Add cookie mix; mix well, breaking up any clumps. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Makes about 2 dozen cookies.
A handwritten poem or piece of art
All you need is paper, art supplies and some creativity. Put it in a frame so she can remember you when you’re away!
A homemade bath bomb
There are tons of DIYs online, so get searching! You should be able to find all the ingredients in your house: all you need is baking soda, Epsom salts, citric acid, corn starch and an essential oil of your choice.

For Dad

(Photo: Danielle McCreadie)
(Photo: Danielle McCreadie)

Monty Python mug
If your dad is anything like mine (AKA a huge nerd), then definitely get him this nostalgic mug. Available at the King’s Co-op Bookstore, which means you can use your points! If you have some extra $$ you can even buy some tea or coffee to go with it.
Because for some reason dads always have holes in theirs.
Book of puzzles
Sudoku, crosswords, word finds, these puzzle books are usually cheap (if you’re in a rush you can snag one at the airport) and definitely something your dad will appreciate during those long poops.

For your siblings

A cool personalized Christmas ornament 
Something great for all ages. Step 1: buy some plastic balls at the dollar store. Step 2: get creative! You can use paint, glitter, markers, or even fill it with something. Glue a string or wire on the top and you’re ready to go!
A jar of candy
Everything looks fancier in a glass jar, and what’s a better gift than a sugar high?
Fidget cube or spinner
So they can stop annoying you already! You can order one on Amazon for less than $5.

For that person you just started seeing

A personalized playlist
Go ahead and show your crush how much you like them the retro way: through a mixtape. Make it on Spotify or iTunes and send them the link on Christmas Day. You can make it as mushy or as goofy as you’d like. I did this for my crush in first year and we still listen to it!
A puzzle
That you can solve together on the next campus-wide snow day.
A nice scarf or beanie
So you know they will always be warm!

For your roommate (or new BFF)

(Photo: Danielle McCreadie)
(Photo: Danielle McCreadie)

A cute notebook
Grab one from the King’s Co-op Bookstore for $8-$13
Fairy lights
This one benefits both of you! Hang them up in your room for a festive vibe you can keep up all year long. Get them at Canadian Tire for less than $10.

(Photo: Danielle McCreadie)
(Photo: Danielle McCreadie)

A set of nice shot glasses
Or just one because remember, you’re broke! You can get this set at the King’s Co-op Bookstore for $19 (before tax), or for cheap at any gift shop.  

Leave a Reply