As the season of gift-giving approaches, here is a list of gift ideas for seven of the most important people in your life. Samantha Brammer // DN File
Holiday gifts for everyone on your list
'Tis the season of gift-giving, but between cramming for exams and scrounging enough cash together, it can be hard to holiday shop as a college student.
However, with a list of ideas for all the people in your life, there is no reason to fear this year. Here are gift ideas for the seven most important people in your life that won’t break the bank:
1. Mom and Dad
You’re never too old for a homemade craft. Instead of spending money on your parents, think about reconnecting with your inner child and creating an original masterpiece for them. They’ll be impressed with the time and effort you spent on them, and you won’t have to break the bank. You can make the perfect heartfelt craft on your own or visit a local art studio like Made in Muncie for a guided experience.
2. Grandma and Grandpa
Remind your grandparents how proud they are of your college education with Ball State apparel this holiday season. The perfect T-shirt, hat or gloves in cardinal and white will remind them of you and serve as a great conversation starter on their next Muncie visit.
While shopping for a brother or sister can sometimes be difficult, turning to websites that support artists, like Etsy or Redbubble, is a great way to find something they’re sure to love. Because these sites offer a platform for smaller artists, it is easy to find niche gifts that speak to the television, music or other pop culture interests of your sibling. Whether you’re looking for a Death Star planter for your Star Wars-obsessed brother or a Jim Halpert travel mug for the sister who loves "The Office," you’re sure to find a gift that will make your sibling smile.
4. Your roommate
Because everyone’s relationship with their roommate is different (ranging from best friends to silent space-sharers) it can be difficult to find a good gift before going home on Winter Break. However, even if you and your roommate aren’t best buds, giving them something useful for the room will help both of you and create good spirits among you and your cohabiter. Go strictly useful with a nice handheld vacuum or get creative with a funny wall tapestry to spice up your shared home.
5. For your oldest friend
The challenge with close friends isn’t knowing what they want, but knowing how to still surprise them with a holiday gift after all these years. Acknowledging all you’ve been through with a sentimental gift can be a simple but powerful way to show your appreciation for your long-lasting friendship. Create an Instagram photo collage of your memories together or collect your inside jokes in a jar. If it shows how much their friendship means you can’t go wrong.
6. For your significant other
Gifts for the special someone in your life can be problematic at any stage. Avoid the pressure or monotony this year by giving your loved one your time instead of a physical present. Tickets to a local concert, reservations at a new restaurant, or even a gingerbread kit for shared crafting are creative gifts that double as fun winter dates. You can create new memories while showing your companion how much you value spending time with them.
7. Your pet
Finally, you can’t forget to share holiday joy with the furry friends in your life. Prepare them for the cold weather with a cute holiday sweater or entertain them with a homemade toy. Their happiness is bound to put a smile on everyone’s face this season.