10 Affordable Gift Ideas

10 Affordable Gift Ideas

Cheap doesn't have to mean a crappy gift.

We all know that Christmas is upon us, and as poor college kids holiday shopping can be pretty painful on the bank account. It is important however to still give a small token or gift to those important to you be it a friend, colleague, or family member. Especially for those participating in gift exchanges. Sometimes however this needs to be done without breaking the bank so here are ten items under 10 dollars that are sure to please those important to you, and also please your bank statement.

1. Adult Coloring Book

This on trend gift offers a way to relieve stress and relax. The patterns are always intricate and fun to color in and the finished products are sure to appeal. It is proven that art is a form of therapy so give this a go for that slightly stressed person in your life.

2. Movies

This gift has to be personalized more than just any film under ten. Make sure that the movie you purchase for the person is one they actually like, or one that holds sentimental value between the two of you. It doesn't have to be the newest movie out to be one that means something to a film buff in your life. Get a selection of movies from amazon.com under ten.

3. Candle

This is another gift that requires a bit more insight into the person's life. A good smelling candle can be a great gift, just as long as they find the scent appealing too. Bath and Body Works offers a selection of amazing smelling candles, that often go on sale, but if not try some other companies and brands that are sure to have equally enjoyable scents, like this one for 9.95 on Amazon.

4. Fuzzy Socks

This may sound tacky but girls really do love fuzzy socks. They keep the feet warm especially in the cold days of winter we have in PA , and they are inexpensive! Go crazy with patterns and prints and I'm sure these won't leave people being disappointed with getting socks for Christmas.

5. Lotion

Like candles, lotion is a great gift as long as you don't get dollar store kinds or pick a terrible scent. A good hand lotion or body lotion can go a long way as a gift as long as it is quality (which you can still get for under 10 dollars). T

6. A succulent plant

Succulents are the gift you can give that are completely alive! (And easy to care for). These cute plants can dress up any drab dorm or office and are extremely inexpensive. Choose from a variety of plants, just make sure that the person you're gifting this to can actually keep things alive for more than a week.

7. Scarf or Hat

It gets cold in the winter obviously, so who wouldn't want a thick scarf or nice hat to keep warm in. This is a practical gift that can also add a personal touch depending on the designs or pattern you choose to give the person. Here is an actual set for ten dollars!

8. Bath Bombs

If you are shopping for a person who enjoys the relaxation of a bath after a long day, this is a perfect gift to give. Bath Bombs are an essential way to give your bath the extra boost it needs for optimal relaxation. Lush is the holy grail of bath bomb retailers and they are under 10 as well!

9. Coffee Mug

Personalized coffee mugs, or mugs with sarcastic or sassy phrases have become increasingly popular on Pinterest and Buzzfeed, so why not play into this trend. Get a mug personalized to the interests of the person receiving the gift and it will be a hit. Get this one here: https://www.amazon.com/what-want-cat-fa ce-inspirat...

10. Personal Photo in Frame

Nothing is more personal than giving someone close to you a photo of the two of you in a nice frame. This gift offers sentimental value and is, therefore, irreplaceable. Just don't give this one to a random acquaintance, that's a little weird.

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52 Instagram Captions Perfect For Your Next Beach Vacation

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Summer is officially in full swing. We are all looking forward to the adventures that await us. A lot of us have been dreaming about the day when we finally get to kick our feet up and relax by the ocean. If you find yourself getting ready for a trip to the beach then read these quotes to help get your in the mood for your vacation. Whether you are looking for an Instagram caption or are just trying to settle a bad case of wanderlust, here are 52 quotes on summer:

1. "Hello summer."

2. "I'm happiest when I'm floating in the ocean."

3. "May you always have a shell in your pocket, and sand in your toes."

4. "Life is better with palm trees."

5. "Sandy toes. Sun-kissed nose."

6. "Balmy nights, pink sunsets, and salty air."

7. "Talk to the sand."

8. "Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink the wild air." -Emerson

9. "Everyone should believe in something. I believe I should go to the beach."

10. "Spontaneity is the best kind of adventure."

11. "The ocean is calling and I must go."

12. "Here comes the sun."

13. "If it requires a bikini, my answer is yes."

14. "I'm just a beachy kinda girl."

15. "As free as the ocean..."

16. "As endless as the ocean, as timeless as the tides..."

17. "Life's a beach. Enjoy the waves."

18. "A pineapple a day keeps the worries away."

19. "Let the currents guide your heart."

20. "Happiness comes in waves."

21. "Let's go somewhere where the stars kiss the ocean."

22. "My favorite color is sunset."

23. "I lost my heart to the sea."

24. "Sun, sand, and surf."

25. "Salt in the air. Sand in my hair."

26. "Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly." -Van Morrison

27. "High tides and good vibes."

28. "Mermaid kisses and starfish wishes."

29. "Stop and smell the ocean."

30. "I'm happy anywhere I can see the ocean."

31. "Tropical state of mind."

32. "Forever chasing the sun."

33. "Girls just wanna have sun."

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36. "Palm trees, ocean breeze, salty air, sun-kissed hair, endless summer, take me there."

37. "The ocean is calling."

38. "Love you to the beach and back."

39. "Paradise found."

40. "Seas the day."

41. "Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air..." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

42. "Eat. Beach. Sleep. Repeat."

43. "I never met a sunset I didn't like."

44. "Beach daze always."

45. "Catch me by the sea."

46. "Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair." -Zac Brown Band

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48. "Done adulating- let's be mermaids."

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I'm Keeping My Christmas Tree Up All Winter And There's Nothing You Can Do About It

It's the WINTER Season... ;-)


I think that my tree would not be considered Christmas-y if the ornaments are taken off and the lights are kept on. I think to just looks wintry. I am also keeping up decorations that say "let it snow", and I am keeping up any snowman without holly berries or presents in their hands.

The tree looks wintry in my opinion. It looks pretty with the lights and brings the room together. It gives off a warm ambiance, unlike that of fluorescent lighting.

I've taken all ornaments off except for gold snowflakes and I've left the silver tinsel garland on as well as the lights. It looks wintry to me still. I will probably be taking the whole tree down by the end of this month to prepare for Valentine's Day decorating. (Yes, I pretty much decorate my apartment for every holiday—sue me).

There's nothing like coming downstairs and seeing those lights sparkling.

Or coming inside from a dreary, rainy day outside and seeing them light up the room in a calm, warm, and comforting glow.

Or having a bad day, looking up, and seeing them shine.

It sort of makes me upset when I come downstairs and see that someone has unplugged them, to be honest.

I guess they don't see it as I do.

Pretty, twinkling lights forever!

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