Holiday Magic! (And Money)

It’s that magical time of year! The holidays are upon us. That means lots of final exams, group projects, and papers, but the release for Winter Break is almost here. But that doesn’t mean the end of worrying for everyone. No matter what you celebrate, chances are you might have a few presents to give out. So what can you do? Today we’re going to look into the ways to save while shopping for loved ones this year.

Everyone knows about Black Friday and Cyber Monday and the chaos that seems to follow in its wake. But do you know about Amazon’s 12 Days of Deals? Hosting a new section of deals each day, Amazon has another nine days left to offer deals in some cases just as good as ones offered on Black Friday! Just be careful where you order from. If you don’t double check, you could have to deal with a late present, making for an awkward time for you and your gift receiver!

Perhaps online shopping isn’t much your style? I get it. Then maybe you should consider a new hobby! From cross-stitching to jewelry making, there are tons of options out there for you to make your own presents for your loved ones! Beginners can often find a variety of crafting options and ideas from the internet, or if that’s not your style, you can stop by one of your local craft stores and see if they’re hosting any events in the next few weeks! Michael’s, for example, is always offering classes on any variety of crafts, and for cheap as well!

For some people crafting is a bit too much, or perhaps they’re concerned about producing a fitting present in time for the Holidays. That’s ok! Consider a simple recipe for your presents! Bake some cookies (after double checking on your loved ones’ allergies, of course) and package them up nice for a perfect gift! You could also take a few old jars you have lying around and make a hot chocolate mix for your friends! You can find a lovely recipe for just that right here. With a simple gift like these, you will no doubt make your loved ones feel warm and fuzzy, if not from your hot chocolate mix, than from your sweetness!

At the end of the day, we’re college students. Our loved ones understand if we can’t get them the newest video game, or a pair of Uggs. So don’t feel too concerned when you’re working on presents for those around you. They’re just happy to share their time and love with you.

-Emily

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