Your Holiday Gift Guide On A College Budget

Your Holiday Gift Guide On A College Budget

How to get the most bang for your buck on gifts they'll love!
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The holidays are swiftly approaching, and that means it's time to start thinking about gifts for your loved ones. However, on a college budget, it's hard to make your very limited dollars stretch. Luckily, I'm here to help you put warmth in the hearts of your friends and family and keep money in your pocket.

For Your Mom:

Memory Lane -- Moms love sentimental items that show thought and care. Consider a cute picture frame with a photo of you and her during your childhood.

Get Creative -- Moms also love artwork that shows you put time and effort into her gift, as opposed to how much you spent. Maybe make her mason jars for her sewing items, a recipe holder, a floral monogram or a painting from the heart.

Bake -- Your mom has baked you cakes and cookies for various bake sales over the years, so doing the same for her would be greatly appreciated. Or put a coupon for a 'Night to Bake Together' for an even more sentimental gift, because she can spend time with her baby before you're back to school.

For Your Dad:

Random -- Dads are by far the hardest to shop for, so The Seinfeld Scene It game, dinner napkins or a 17-piece grill set might be just what fits your dad's fancy this holiday season.

For Your Significant Other:

For your Boyfriend -- Depending on how long you have been dating, shopping for a significant other can be really tricky. Finding the balance between obsessively clingy and not caring at all is often hard, but with a coupon book that includes a back rub, foot rub, day of football, dinner on you, etc., you can't go wrong. You may also consider a mixed CD, a gift card for his favorite bar to have two or three beers on you (encourages a boys night out), geeky trinkets for his love of Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings, or even two canvases and a bottle of wine for a date night.

For Your Girlfriend -- Much like for a boyfriend, a coupon book can't go wrong for your girlfriend either...bonus points if you get a stuffed animal and a bottle of wine to add to the gift. You may also consider a book she would like, candles, flowers, a jar full of love notes (caution: if you haven't been dating for a while, don't do this) or even a trip to an art museum.

For Your Brother:

Clean Up -- Brothers are hard to shop for, I know because I have two of them. Consider buying him a dollar shave club membership for just $1-5 a month, a comic book info book for the inner-geek of your brother or a book of how-to's like how to tie a tie.

For Your Sister:

Glam -- Your sister would be one of the only people to appreciate a sense of style or risk-taking trendiness. Try buying a couple daring shades of lipstick or some nice but inexpensive perfume. You can also opt for her favorite bottle of wine, nail polish, candles or a floral monogram (previously mentioned under mom gifts).

For Your Best Friend:

Movie Night: Best friends are hard to buy for as well because you want to give them the world, but have no money to do so. To show your appreciation, choose to do a cookie night of baking and pizza on you, a movie rented from RedBox, or even a bottle of wine and heartfelt letter. If you're a guy, give your best friend a beer and pizza on you and go to a college hockey or basketball game together before break. You'll miss them, so show it.

No matter whom you're buying for, he or she is sure to love his or her gift because it came from the heart of someone they care about. Best of luck in all of your shopping excursions, and happy holidays!

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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved
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To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

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Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

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Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.

3.Bunnicula

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You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

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You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

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The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

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You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

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The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

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10. Dance Dance Revolution

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Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

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You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

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