10 Affordable Gift Ideas

10 Affordable Gift Ideas

Cheap doesn't have to mean a crappy gift.
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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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If you have ever been in a tanning bed, you know it is easily the most boring 10 minutes of your life, and some beds are even longer than that! Unless you have a really good playlist of songs or you can take a quick nap, you usually just lay there, staring at the lights while the bed whirs and colors your skin. Here's just a few thoughts every girl has while in a tanning bed:

1) I hope I put enough lotion on... maybe I should get out and put on more...

No matter how much you think you used, you should always use more. Somehow it's better and you get more tan.

2) Maybe if I keep the fan on I'll sweat more and burn more calories….Okay nope can't do it with the fan on.

It gets way too hot in these beds to have that fan off, no matter how many calories you could burn.

3) Maybe if I put the towel under my head, I can make a little pillow!

And when there are no towels? Well, that is just a disaster and you have to make do with your hair or shirt.

4) Haha, imagine if I got stuck.

Whenever this thought crosses my mind, I have to lift the bed a little bit to make sure it'll still open and will let me out.

5) Do you think I'm tan yet?

No, 10 minutes is not enough time to become a new shade.

6) Do you think they cleaned this bed? They have to, right?

Although it is on their list of things they have to do, you always wipe it down right before you get in anyway. Just to be sure...

7) Let me put this in my Snapchat story! Cute little emoji... perfect!

Every girl has done this picture at least once.

8) Do you think they can hear me singing? Oh well...

The employees will be getting their own personal rock show today!

9) Is it illegal to tan twice in one day?

Yes, yes it is,...though it doesn't stop you from thinking you can get away with it though.

10) If I don't move, I can't get weird tan lines.

I speak from experience that this is not a true fact though it doesn't stop me from testing it out.

11) I hope my goggles don't give me a raccoon tan.

One can only pray...

12) I've only been in here for five minutes, are you serious?

Beauty and perfection take time!

13) $80 lotion are they serious? Oh my gosh, it smells like pina coladas! Okay, yes, I'm buying a bottle.

Lotions are ridiculously overpriced, but that will not stop you from having the nicest smelling one, like Snooki's brand... because of Snooki.

14) Am I even getting tan? Is this doing anything?

Despite popular belief, it is doing something.

15) Ugh, finally I'm done. And I burnt my butt….

Always. Never fails.



A special thanks to my friend Liza who helped me think of these!

Cover Image Credit: usatoday.com

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Christmas Of Remembrance Series: My Last Letter

Christmas time is not about the gifts... It is about something far, far more special.

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Dear Reader,

Thank you for your time.

This is a series that I have dedicated to those I have loved and lost. It was merely a thought, then an idea, and now a realized creation. Christmas time… all winter really is a hard time for me. It holds this duality in my life of being both my favorite and also my least favorite and difficult time of year. It has been that way for years now.

In a way, this series aids my closure and healing further, and it allows me to tell my story in a way that, to me, is less scary (one of the many great facets of this platform). It was never my intention to write this in order to reach people, or encourage people, or serve as an inspiration to anyone. This was for me and only me. No one else. But, if these pieces of writing do impact someone, somewhere, or make them feel encouraged or inspired in some way or another, or just simply make them feel, then I hope you have enjoyed them. If I can make someone feel, then I guess I have done my job.

The life of an artist is often an uncertain one. The life of a human is a trying one. But life is a journey, and all journeys have their trials. Their tests. Their triumphs and rewards. And they all have their losses. What matters most is what you make of all of it. What lessons you learn. What changes you make. What life you create for yourself. What art you create because of it all. It can be very, very hard. But it can all be glorious at the same time.

At the heart of this series, my words, there is this deep and valuable belief of mine: Christmas (or the Winter Holiday that you may celebrate) is so much more about presents and cooking and shopping and all that other bullshit… it is about family.

The family that is related by blood. The family that surrounds your heart. Your Mom. Your brother. Your dearest friends. The bonds that make life valuable. Worth living. These bonds are soulful bonds, ones that are far more special than any mere trivial object. So… be with them. Forgive. Forget. Heal. Mend what is broken. Reassemble what has been shattered. And stop worrying so much. Laugh together. Cry together. Heal on another. Heal together. And may your new days be better, brighter, and full of love.

Happy Holidays.

Ty


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