Gifts of love: Thrifty holiday presents for your significant other
Published: Friday, December 11, 2009 - 12:18am
Unsure of what to get your significant other for this holiday season? No worries! Gargoyle staffers Eleni Yannelis and Sindha Agha share their top picks for what to get your boyfriend or girlfriend this break on a budget of $50.
For the boyfriend
Muji LED Torch Light
This flashlight uses LEDs to emit light. It's the perfect gift choice for anyone who cares about energy efficiency as LEDs hardly ever burn out, unlike incandescent light bulbs. The torch also gives off warmth to the user, making this the perfect winter gift!
Giant Ear Bud Speakers from Urban Outfitters
These oversized iPod-style, headphone-shaped speakers are really funny and only $40. They are a practical yet unique gift that anyone could find a use for. They plug into PCs, iPods, or home systems. This gift is nothing overly romantic but sure to be appreciated.
A Threadless Tee
Getting your boyfriend a Threadless tee is the perfect solution to any gift dilemma as long as he is at least mildly fashion conscious. Threadless sells a number of shirts designed by independent artists that sport witticisms or cool art. Most of the shirts are on sale for $12, which is a great deal.
"Zach Galifianakis — Live at the Purple Onion"
What is a better gift than the gift of laughter? Treat your boyfriend to a DVD collection of comedian Zach Galifianakis. From jokes about Galifianakis' twin brother to an interview with Brian Unger, your boyfriend will be laughing his butt off for sure.
We all have electronic goodies like iPods and cellphones. Unfortunately, when it comes to technological goods, it's not always the more the merrier. It's the more you have to worry about charging and remembering to pack plugs when you leave for your holidays. But with a Chargerpod, this all changes. You can have six things charging all in one device! Amazing.
Hydrogen Fuel Rocket
Take your stress out with this Hydrogen Fuel Rocket, or simply be amused with it. This rocket goes up to 200 feet, and since it's hydrogen based, you can just use tap water! And hey, over break, it will count as studying, since it is scientific.
For the girlfriend
Acacia Charm Bracelet
Jewelry is always the perfect gift. It can be read as super thoughtful, yet it can be incredibly easy to pick out. If you are crammed on time, go for a simple necklace or bracelet. Trust us, if you are a totally thoughtless and procrastinating boy, go for the jewels; they are easy to find, and you can find something cute and dirt cheap (but beware that prices range!).
Ultimate Blockbuster from Sephora
Most girls love makeup. Even if we don't wear it every day, most of us put a little on for the occasional night out, and we appreciate good makeup! With the Ultimate Blockbuster set (which has a $400 value) you get makeup applicators, a how-to guide, and a plethora of lip glosses, lip liners, eye shadows, eyeliners, and so much more!
"Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World: 75 Dairy-Free Recipes for Cupcakes that Rule"
EVERYONE loves food. And who can refuse a cupcake? This holiday season, give your girl and yourself a gift by buying her a cookbook. She can make you scrumptious desserts, and you can just eat them. Oh, and we both agree that vegan cupcakes are the best.
"Fifty Dresses That Changed The World" by Design Museum
Any fashionista will want this book. It's so much better than any actual history book since it's the history of fashion! There are pretty pictures of clothes and people. From Jackie O to Twiggy to Princess Diana, this book has it all.
"A Lifetime of Secrets: A PostSecret Book"
This is a product of Frank Warren's incredible blog project, PostSecret. For years now, Warren has been receiving uniquely decorated postcards from strangers around the nation revealing secrets they have never revealed before. The postcards are sometimes hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking, but always strikingly "human."
Noodles for Knitting: Szechuan Scarf Kits
Knitting in a Chinese takeout container — how could you not love this!? Szechuan Scarf Kits come with yarn and bamboo knitting needles, as well as knitting instructions. You can choose from an array of yarn color including Lychee (blue), Green Pepper (green), Black Bean (black), and Sweet & Sour (purple).