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Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

By Josie Russell in Student News

As the age-old phrase goes, giving gifts is just as good as receiving them. Deciding what to give and who to give it to, however, adds unwanted stress to the Valentine’s Day season.


Because Valentine’s Day occurs at the height of the academic semester, many students are so immersed in their studies that they frantically throw together gifts for their families with only days to go before the Valentine’s Day gift-giving celebrations.


Here is a list of gifts to give to your loved ones gifts that are both sincere and easily-manageable.


For Mom:

The phrase, “It’s the thought that counts” most certainly applies to mothers. Get in touch with your sentimental side by making a card and filling it with kind words and pictures of the two of you and your family. If you have low confidence in your creativity and drawing skills, fear not- you can make a still tasteful card by cutting out construction paper and using fancy stickers.


For Dad:

Commercials will try to convince you that dads like presents based on utility rather than indulgence. Don’t buy into this. Get your father an easy-to-read book about one of his interests (say, the formation of his favorite band) instead of a boring appliance. You won’t spend more than $15, and you can call into a bookstore or order it off Amazon with ease.


For your sibling(s):

Siblings are the least risky candidates for gag gifts. If you know your humor will be appreciated, you can get your sibling a joke-gift, like a book on cooking with twinkies. You can even save time by buying it along with the book for your dad!

A famous gift-giving trick is to wrap a relatively small item over and over again in different forms. The receiver will think they are unwrapping the gift, only to reveal more wrapping, which is hilarious for the giver and other observers.


For Grandma:

Like mothers, grandmothers thrive on sentimentality. Show your grandmother that you appreciate her by writing her a letter and sending it via snail mail. Be sure to include a nice picture of yourself that she can hang on her fridge. Don’t worry about coming across as vain- pictures make wonderful gifts to family members that you don’t see very often.


For your aunt or a female extended-family member:

Scented candles are consistently well-received, and can be found at most any store these days. They are also great value buys if you compare their lifespan to their price.


For your uncle or a male extended-family member:

A thermos or travel mug accompanied with either coffee beans or tea bags makes an easily-wrappable and useful present. Be sure to purchase these items on your next coffee run this week.

For your cousin in college:

Since you can’t get them what they really want (a paid tuition), settle for a tub of peppermint hot chocolate mix. Hot chocolate is an easily-made comfort drink that is staple in many college diets.


For your friends:

Create a digital collage of pictures you and your friend have taken together throughout the year. Many websites and apps have have programs that can do this, or you can do it yourself with Photoshop. You can either print it out, or email it to them. If you aren’t tech or photo savvy, you can write them a sincere note paired with Lindor truffles.


General gift-giving tips:

Don’t hem and haw over the wrapping - the presentation is less important than the overall gift and gesture. Avoid gift cards or cash. Even though they are useful, they aren’t very genuine. The greatest present for your family during the Valentine’s Day is to BE present. Engage in conversation and holiday activities. Nothing shows your appreciation more than your attention and interest in your family during a day that celebrates love.

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