50 Affordable Holiday Present Ideas

50 Affordable Holiday Present Ideas

These are perfect for broke college students.
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We all know the struggle of being a broke college kid is not easy. We spent our entire semester wasting money on food, so when it comes to Christmas presents, choosing a decent gift that is also affordable can be a bit of a problem. Here’s a list of possible holiday presents that are $25 and under.

  1. A Holiday Journal ($20.00)
  2. Microwave Popcorn Popper ($14.99)
  3. Bedside Essentials Pocket ($20.00)
  4. Mason Jar Indoor Flower Garden ($20.00)
  5. Flavor Infuser Water Bottle ($15.00)
  6. Phone Storage Workout Bottle ($19.99)
  7. Solar Photography Kit ($14.95)
  8. Owl Eyeglasses Holder ($24.00)
  9. Wooden Labyrinth Game ($16.00)
  10. Reusable Hinged Jar Zipper Bags ($10.00)
  11. Dance and Embrace Spirit Candles ($24.00)
  12. Chakra Bath Salts Set ($22.00)
  13. Set of Mind Puzzles ($15.00)
  14. Banned Books Morph Mug ($12.00)
  15. Ventana Lanterns ($10.00-$20.00)
  16. Collapsible Water Bottle ($19.95)
  17. Record Coasters ($18.00)
  18. Ultimate To-Go Container ($14.99)
  19. Stackable Lunch Pot ($24.95)
  20. Kwizniac Trivia Game ($18.00)
  21. iPhone Charger Sticker Faces Set ($12.95)
  22. 3D Puzzle Vase ($25.00)
  23. Magnetic Sand Hourglass ($18.00)
  24. September Sun Mismatched Socks ($18.00)
  25. Shark Socks ($10.00)
  26. Optimist/Pessimist Glasses ($25.00)
  27. The Bathroom Guestbook ($15.00)
  28. Birthstone Mineral Soaps ($20.00)
  29. Crackling Candles ($18.00)
  30. Library Card Mug ($12.00)
  31. 45 Second Omelet Maker ($25.00)
  32. Mug with a Hoop ($24.00)
  33. Plush Organs – They’re great for aspiring doctors ($18.00)
  34. Staple-Free Staplers ($16.00)
  35. Literary Glass ($13.00)
  36. Lab Test Games ($20.00)
  37. Heat Conducting Scoop ($19.99)
  38. Circuit Scribe Mini Kit ($10.00)
  39. Dream Wrap Bracelet ($25.00)
  40. Sweater Mug Hugger ($15.00-$18.00)
  41. Gala Photo Display ($20.00)
  42. Melon Cut and Serve Tool ($20.00)
  43. Mobi Math Game ($20.00)
  44. Fortune Teller Tumbler ($14.95)
  45. Stainless Steel Soap ($16.99)
  46. STEM Puzzle Set ($20.00)
  47. Sari Make Up Bag ($25.00)
  48. Morning, Noon, and Night Coffee ($11.95)
  49. Mini Library Scented Tea Lights ($15.00)
  50. Hand Carved Artisan Jewelry Box ($24.00)

All these items can be found here: http://www.uncommongoods.com/gifts/by-price/gifts-...

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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.

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To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

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Why Job Hunting Is An Absolute Nightmare

Is there an easy way out?

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Since I was seventeen, I've moved from job to job with little to no stress. I utilized the common practice of finding a new job before you leave your old one. After working my first retail job for a little less than a year, I found out I would be relocating to a new state with my family. Without even thinking, I started applying to any and all retailers in the new state. The very next day, I got a call from my next employer. I worked for that big box retailer for a year while attending a local community college. I was studying architecture and my professor suggested it would be smart for me to have a job in my field. He set me up with an interview and I was working at a firm before I knew it.

Unfortunately, working at the architecture firm was not all it cracked up to be. I was miserable from the beginning, but I didn't consider quitting or looking elsewhere. Instead, I worked quietly and allowed the days to pass by. The end of the school year came along and with that came graduation. I had finished my two-year program and was ready to move onto bigger and better things. That included ridding myself of a toxic work environment. Instead of utilizing my practice from years ago, I decided to quit abruptly. Maybe it wasn't the best idea, but I wanted out because I wasn't happy or healthy.

I began job hunting the day I submitted my letter of resignation. I created a profile on every job site imaginable and applied for any job I came across, even if my qualifications didn't match. I needed to find something and fast. The thought of not having a steady income stressed me out. Emails started flooding in from companies days after telling me they had chosen someone else. Some were companies that fit my career path and some were not. It didn't matter to me though. I just needed a job where I could work to pay my bills.

It's been almost two weeks since I quit. I've heard from one potential employer, but that position doesn't start until June. Had I been less stressed in the final weeks of the semester, I would've been avidly searching for a job. It didn't occur to me until now that I probably could've had one lined up had I been a bit better at planning for the future.

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