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Gift giving for the monetarily challenged

Megan Riley / The Arbiter

The holiday season can be tricky, especially for students who are on a budget and have multiple people to give gifts to. To help all the students out there who are struggling to find low-priced holiday gifts here are a few gift ideas under five dollars to get


Cookie-Filled Tin 

All that’s needed is a tin and the correct baking ingredients or holiday cookies from the store.  Start by buying or finding a tin and then make the receiver’s favorite cookies, if the cookies are going to be homemade. Fill the tin with cookies and the gift is finished! Some additions could be a bow on top or some fun tissue-paper inside.


Candy Stocking 

This one is quite easy. A stocking already present in holiday supplies or one from the store will do the trick. Find out the person’s favorite candy (or candies), and fill the stocking with the candy to give to the person on the designated day. They’ll have an excuse to eat the candy because of the holidays and they might even share. Also, if the option of a stocking isn’t open, then candy by itself would do just fine.


Cute Bookmarks 

Students constantly have to mark pages in books, so a fairly simple gift to help out with this is a bookmark. Since it’s such a small gift it can mean more when made by hand. Bookmarks can be made out of craft foam, cardboard, thick paper, etc.  However, the decorating is more important than the material. Stickers, tape, glitter glue and ribbon are all fun for decorating.  Decorate the bookmark whatever way works best or is most fun, and then punch a hole in the middle of the top and tie a ribbon through the hole. Done!


Crafty Picture Frame 

Everyone likes to remember the good times they had with friends and family, and a picture frame is a wonderful way to show appreciation. For this gift a small picture frame and some decorating materials will be needed. The picture frame can be decorated with paint, stickers and glitter among other things. After the frame is decorated and dry there’s the option of putting a picture in it, so all the receiver has to do is prop it up or hang it on the wall.


Candle Gift

Though candles aren’t allowed in University Housing, this option is good for someone living off-campus. The pieces that are needed to put this together are a candle, a candle plate and possibly some soap.

This gift is easily assembled, because after setting the candle on the plate followed by the soap, all that’s left is for it to be wrapped.

All of the pieces for these gifts can be readily available at local stores, so even on a budget students can give gifts to friends and family.  Also, a card goes well with any of these gifts. Happy Holidays!

1 Comment on Gift giving for the monetarily challenged

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