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Holiday season gift guide: ideas for him and her

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(Photo illustration by Sidney Hollingsworth)

We are down to the last week of school, and before we know it fall semester will be long gone and winter break will finally be here.

So it’s officially holiday season and yes, this is “the most wonderful time of the year,” but when it comes to gift shopping it can be stressful too.

This gift guide should make shopping a little easier as the countdown to the holidays begins.


When it comes to girls, shopping is rarely “easy.”

Here are a few gift ideas that are sure to appeal to any style or personality.

1. Candles

Steer away from Christmas scents. Although this sounds hypocritical, they tend to be more unpleasant than they are made out to be. They also can’t be used year round.

Berry and currant scents are known to be neutral and appeal to pretty much everyone.

A few brands that won’t let you down are Jo Malone, Lafco, Diptyque and Nest.

2. Perfume and lotion

This idea may sound risky, but if you know someone who loves a particular brand of perfume, see if you can find it in a rollerball.

This is perfect for throwing it in a purse or when it comes to travel.

On that note, hand cream minis are perfect for the cold winter.

L’Occitane’s shea butter travel size hand cream is among one of the most popular.

3. Cookie cutters

For all those bakers, festive cookie cutter sets are perfect.

No matter how old you are, baking for the holidays will be sure to put you in the spirit. What’s more fun than making holiday shapes while you’re at it?

Band of Outsiders and Williams Sonoma make cookie cutters in tons of holiday shapes.

4. Monograms

What says “personalized” more than adding a monogram to any gift?

Monograms can be put on almost anything, whether it’s on an iPad case, a luggage tag, a makeup bag or a picture frame to capture all of your college memories.

Having your initials on something you use regularly makes it that much more special.

5. iShower

Know that they love singing in the shower or just can’t live a minute without music?

The iShower is a water-resistant and Bluetooth-enabled device that you can mount on your shower wall.

It can also stand alone, so you can take it to the beach or wherever you please. It costs about $99.99.


It’s hard to go wrong with gadgets when it comes to holiday gifts for guys.

Here are some of the most popular, up-and-coming ones that are sure to please any guy.

1. Headphones

For music lovers, those earplugs that come with any Apple product just won’t do.

In terms of quality, Bose headphones and Dr. Dre “Beats” are among the best.

Urbanears brand will easily appeal to all personalities, as they come in a large variety of colors.

2. Speakers

For music lovers, compact speakers are simple to use and perfect for apartment style living.

Check out the Logitech UE Boombox or the Bose SoundLink Bluetooth mobile speaker.

These fit on a tabletop and you can hookup your smart phone. Both are wireless, so they’re easy to transport.

3. Tickets

Whether they’re to his favorite team’s game or his favorite band’s concert, tickets are a crowd pleaser.

The game or show doesn’t necessarily have to be right around Christmas time, but start looking soon because the best tickets go fast.

Ticketmaster and Stubhub offer good deals – so do your research before you buy the first ones you come across.

4. Roku Streaming Player

By far one of the coolest new gadgets out there, the Roku Streaming Player, allows you to browse a huge selection of streaming entertainment.

The Roku connects to your TV and wireless network. It starts at $49.99.

5. iPhone photo printer

Many of us have replaced our digital cameras with our iPhones to take pictures, but those pictures just end up sitting on our phones.

Hammacher Schlemmer makes an iPhone photo printer so you can make those pictures come to life.

It’s powered by a downloadable app, and the device does not even require ink cartridges. Talk about a money saver.

The dock charges your phone, and is around the size of a tissue box. It runs at about $160.


When it comes to gift cards, try to use these as stocking stuffers, because they don’t take a lot of personal thought.

So whether you’re shopping for a girly girl or a techy guy, these ideas should help you in your search of the perfect gift for all of your loved ones. 

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