Holiday Gift Guide
By: Sasha Howard
It’s that time of year again! Finding gifts for your friends and family can be especially difficult on a student budget. These gift ideas are for those people who claim they don’t want anything or already have everything. Here are a few of my favorite unique options and websites to shop on.
For the art lover…
Dali Style Clock
A melting clock will always look good sitting on a shelf. Don’t worry, it works too! This is the piece of décor that I get the most compliments on; it’s trippy. $15
Where to Find: Amazon seller - Modern Home
Simple Use Reusable Film Camera
Disposable cameras are fun and easy to use but buying a new one every 25 photos can be expensive and wasteful. The film is the only thing that needs to be replaced with these cameras and they’re just as simple; perfect for any beginner to start snapping photos right away. $22
Where to Find: Lomography
For the foodies…
MUD Whip Frother
This electric frother can be useful for blending or frothing many different foods and drinks but is especially useful on a daily basis for making foamy coffee! One less reason to spend money buying a latte. $15
Where to Find: MUD \ WTR
Absolute Best Mug Cakes Cookbook: 100 Family-Friendly Microwave Cakes
Sometimes you just want a small piece of cake. This recipe book is cute and not too daunting for someone who doesn’t know how to bake. Surprise them with a mug cake along with the book! $13
Where to Find: Barnes and Noble
Zeroll Ice Cream Scooper
We have all struggled to scoop hard ice cream. This scooper is the real deal; it is filled with a defrosting fluid that responds to the warmth of your hand. It cuts into really frozen ice cream and lets it slide right off after (no more excessive shaking)! Throw in their favorite ice cream with this gift. $20
Where to Find: Williams Sonoma
Hidden Crystal Candles
These pretty pyramid candles have a second gift inside! Crystals, charms, and jewelry can be uncovered by burning the candle. You can choose from various colors and scents; there are even zodiac-themed ones for your Sagittarius or Capricorn people. $40
Where to Find: Soul Terra
These glasses diffract light into different colors and shapes. One shows a multitude of rainbow colors and another one shows hearts. These make visual experiences so fascinating. Go look at Christmas lights, save them for concerts, or just in traffic at night (as a passenger). $10 - $17
Where to Find: Amazon seller: GloFX
100 Movies Scratch Off Poster
This poster has squares to scratch off that reveals a bunch of classics and blockbusters. If you and your friends take forever to choose something to watch this is the solution. It would be especially useful this year considering the pandemic. $15
Where to Find: Uncommon Goods
If you know someone who uses lighters often, for candles or other activities, get them a refillable one! This Etsy shop has a bunch of unique shapes like a bar of chocolate, a dice stack, a chili pepper, and lipstick. $17
Where to Find: IncinerStation
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Here are some places to shop…
This shop is exactly what the name says; you no longer have to weed out the ordinary, boring items. They have many various categories that will cover whoever and whatever you’re shopping for. They have a selection of gifts you can’t get anywhere if you’re looking for a truly unique gift. Support causes you to believe in by shopping from their sections of Gifts That Give Back or Black Makers.
Bold Faced Goods
This shop has a various household or simple items like dishcloths and ribbons that have funny typographic designs. The humor ranges from more conservative to explicit; you’ll be able to find something for your Grandma and your friends. Their designs are colorful, and their fonts are trendy. Shop from their Eco section for compostable dishcloths or reusable mesh produce bags.
This shop is full of unique, quirky products. They have sections of gifts that are genuinely useful, like DIY kits and tools (that are still creative designs). A few things that differentiate their shop from others is their selection of windup toys, music boxes, and solar-powered figurines.