The Basic Christmas List For College Dudes

The Basic Christmas List For College Dudes

Everything they'll want on Christmas on one #basic list.
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Looking for the basic list of what to buy college girls? Head right here

1. Flannels

They look great with anything.

2. Athletic clothing

Nike, Adidas, Jordan, sweatpants, joggers, hoodies...

3. Athletic socks/crew socks

Do boys even own ankle socks???

4. Hats

Baseball, snapback or even a good beanie

5. Cologne

Whether he skipped a shower or he's really trying to impress a girl, he will thank you for this gift

6. High-quality headphones

Beats, Skull Candy, Bose...

7. Watches

I didn't know watches were still even a thing, but I guess fashion is more important than knowing what time it is

8. Shoes

are very important to guys, it's not just a girl thing. Check out Nike, Adidas and Jordan. These are very popular athletic shoes, but guys are also into Sperrys and even Uggs

9. T-shirts

T-shirts of their favorite band/artist or athletic logos; Vineyard Vines and Patagonia, for example.

10. Windbreakers

Pac Sun and Urban Outfitters are good places to look.

11. A good speaker

Nothing a college boy loves more than blasting music in his room.

12. Boxers

Clean underwear is important and a very easy gift.

13. Lanyards


So they don't lose their room key... or so they can just swing them around, who knows?

14. Sports/College spirit gear

Team spirit shirts are super easy to get anywhere and a guy will wear it anytime

15. Patagonia in general

16. A belt

17. A phone case

Life proof or dark colors.

18. Their favorite junk food

Everyone loves this let's be honest. Just look at how much Ryan Gosling appreciates junk food.

19. A fancy Water bottle

CamelBak, Contigo, Gatorade, Nalgene...

20. A wallet

To keep all the cash-money safe

21. Tickets to see their favorite sports team or artist

This can be a great date idea too if you girlfriends are looking.
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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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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... ;-)

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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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