Guide to college gift giving

As we sit down to take final exams, I’m sure there’s one other thing creeping into most of your minds — Christmas gifts.

Not to worry. I’ve done my fair share of Christmas shopping, and I usually spend less than $50 on gifts, if I find what I’m looking for.

Since I’m sure some of you students have tight budgets, especially around this time of the year, I’m here to give you some tips on what to buy.

1. Think Small

Not everyone needs something extravagant for Christmas. In fact, most gifts I buy are small, inexpensive things I know they would appreciate. A little goes a long way with Christmas gifts, and most friends and family are going to be happier that you thought about them, rather than what you got them as a gift.

2. Tuesday Morning

Make this store your friend. This is where I do most of my Christmas shopping, and it’s the reason I’ve been able to save money on gifts.

They really do have something for everyone there — when shopping for family and friends, I always find something for everyone on my list. All of their items are relatively inexpensive, so you won’t have to spend too much money on gift purchasing.

3. Shop Online

Still can’t find anything for that one friend or Aunt Bertha? Go online to shop. Most online retail stores have sales of their own during this time of the year; Amazon has a new deal each day.

If you are on Amazon Prime (or better yet, you have family members who have an account), you can get free two-day shipping on most items. Amazon Prime members also are able to buy items cheaper than the original list price. Did I mention free shipping?

If you’re stuck on what to buy for your friends and family this holiday season, just remember these tips. They can help you find relatively cheap gifts that will be appreciated by whoever you give them to.

Until next semester, fellow students and WSU faculty and staff, have a happy winter break. Enjoy the holidays.