By Emma Wynkoop
The final projects and exams have passed, but there’s one more thing stressing you out as the days round nearer to Winter break: presents. Here is what to get your dad, your mom, your classmates, and your favorite teachers, including options to give out gifts like Santa without emptying the pocket too much.
Dad: “I don’t even know what you get guys, maybe a t-shirt or something,” said senior Zoe Hyland, who bought her dad a coffee mug and some golf balls for Christmas last year.
While I would never want to have Zoe as my secret Santa, we’ve all been there. Your best bet for impressing your dad this holiday season will be with a Kindle. Whether your dad takes pride in his grand bookcases, his knowledge of old philosophers, or simply enjoys reading a good book, the Kindle is a solid choice. This gift relieves you of the hassle of finding the perfect book that compliments his interests while avoiding giving him a book he has already read. With the Kindle, your father can choose the books he wants to read and can easily take a whole library of books with him anywhere. The new Kindle E-reader goes for $79.99 and will last your dad a lifetime.
If you don’t happen to have $80 floating around, another great choice is to buy your dad a quality jar of peanuts. While simple, peanuts should never be underestimated as they make a great snack and pair well with a nice drink at the end of the night. A tin of Hub’s gourmet Virginia peanuts can be bought at $14, and will undoubtedly bring a smile to your dad’s face.
Mom: Maybe it’s the hot spiritual teacher or the fact that yogis seem to have less wrinkles, but whatever it is, moms are always talking about wanting to get into Yoga. This is why the Yoga mat is the perfect, reasonable gift to buy your mom this season. You can get a Gaiam premium print yoga mat for just $18.59 on Amazon.
Meh-Friend: This is for the everyday classmate you always chat with but somehow plans always fall through every time you try to hang out outside of school. As you are likely to have more than a few of these friends, a cheap gift of brownies is the way to go. A box of Ghiradelli Brownie mix costs $2.08. Each box makes about 16 brownies, and if you give four to each meh-friend, that creates four gifts for about $2.
Tip: To make the gift cuter, you can stack the brownies up and put them in a rectangular plastic bag, wrapped with some festive ribbon.
Homie: If you’re are trying to impress someone with a cute, trendy gift, a tin of MicroCHIP Cookies is a great choice. Priced at $16 per tin, these cookies are a new take on the classic chocolate chip cookie. A microchip cookie is a single chocolate chip with a coating of cookie batter cooked to a crisp perfection. Imagine eating cookies like popcorn, just one swift swipe of the hand to grab a handful of flavorful cookies, popping a couple in at a time.
Warning: Your friend might resent you for addicting them to this delicious treat.
Favorite Teacher: Buying a gift for the person who spends hours grading homework, developing lesson plans, and putting up with obnoxious high schoolers is simple. A great gift for your teacher is a night out, away from the stressful realities of the classroom. Buy your teacher two tickets to the most popular movie in theaters and display them in a classic plastic popcorn box. Optional: Add some of your teacher's favorite candy in the box, maybe a package of Twizzlers or Milk Duds.