The holiday season is here, and everyone is getting ready to celebrate. Your friends are hanging colorful LED lights on their windows, putting up the Christmas tree, and starting to organize their holiday parties in an effort to really get their spirits up! A common tradition in dorms or apartments is Secret Santa, an activity wherein participants anonymously give a gift to another person. It’s always fun to receive gifts, but it can be challenging to come up with something clever for someone you don’t know well. Fear not: Reporter is here to give you a few ideas that will make both your recipient and your wallet happy. Use our guide to find the perfect present for that person based on their personality.
This person is active in Student Government and takes pride in his GPA. He always sits up front in class and is involved in nearly every committee and club you could possibly imagine. A focused attitude and well-rounded résumé will take him straight to the top for a bright future. Gift ideas for this guy include a snazzy new laptop case for $20, “Being and Time” by Martin Heidegger for $13.59 or a nice professional-looking wallet.
This girl heads up the Habitat for Humanity club, insists on recycling, and always buys organic and Fair Trade food. She likes to help out fellow global citizens by volunteering and raising awareness on important issues. She is set on impacting the world by making eco-friendly choices whenever she can and is always looking for opportunities to make the world a better place. Gift ideas for this earth-lover include an “I am not a paper cup” recycled coffee mug for $16, nifty recycled jewelry or eco-friendly t-shirts for $15. Other possibilities include exclusive “Go Green” designs of reusable tote bags and aluminum water bottles.
Shiny new video games are at the top of the geek’s gift list. Unfortunately, new games are prohibitively expensive for your Secret Santa situation. Luckily, there are plenty of affordable alternatives available. Good Old Games is a great place to start. This service sells tons of older games on the cheap. Previous generation titles start at around $10. If you don’t want to risk getting your gamer something they already have, head over to http://thinkgeek.com and snoop around for a unique and interesting gadget or thingamabob.
You can find a lot of creative thinkers tinkering in the dark room or sculpting in the art studio; this person can’t get enough art! To relax they like to hang out with their friends at the nearest coffee joint or sit in a quiet place drawing or painting. Don’t run to Barnes and Noble to buy a $10 pencil for this person; use your own creativity to find the perfect gift. Some suggestions include a homemade sun jar, a USB mixtape, homemade candles or a charm bracelet. Use your imagination with this gift; there is an amazing array of possibilities if you think outside the box.
None of the Above
If your giftee doesn’t fit into any of these categories, we’ve still got your back. For this gift, you’re going to have to think on more generic terms, and what’s more generic than a T-shirt? But just because it’s generic doesn’t mean it has to be boring. There are plenty of places to find creative tees on the web. Shirt Woot and TeeFury offer one-design-a-day services for around $10 per shirt. Threadless sells their entire catalogue of user-submitted designs every day for $15.