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Holiday on a (Creative) Budget

Hi Again Everyone,

The holiday season is right around the corner, and I’m sure everyone has someone in mind they would like to give a gift to. In college, of course, most students are looking to budget their expenses. The not only thoughtful, but wallet-friendly solution? Make a gift! There are so many creative ideas out there for DIY gifts that and friend or family member would adore. And fear not, a handful of these ideas do not require artistic talent- just some extra heart! Here are a few of my favorite…

Make a Mini Scrapbook:
This is the perfect gift idea for someone that plays a special role in your life. Putting together a collection of memories with a loved one is not only creative, but a thoughtful gesture. While you can be artistic for a present like this, it is definitely not a requirement; decorate the scrapbook with pictures, stickers, little tokens that are special between you and your friend/family member, or use glitter/marker…. glitter (usually) makes everything better.

Calling All Artists: Draw a Portrait/Name Poster!
This idea is more geared toward the creatively inclined, but is still accessible to everyone. Drawing a portrait of you and a friend is the perfect way to keep a memory timeless, but still give it a personal and heartfelt touch. Pick a photo from a memory you two share, and draw a rendition of it! You can draw it, paint it, collage it…. whatever is your favorite.
Not big on drawing? No worries- another idea is to write out both of your names and decorate the paper with photos or symbols. To jazz it up, pick out a cute frame to place it in when you are finished!

Buy Two Tickets for a Painting Class (Hack: Groupon):
Still not feeling your art-making side? Well, there is nothing more memorable than making memories. Sometimes spending time with a loved one can be the most valuable gift of all. Participating in a painting class with a friend is a great way to spend time together and have a product to remember the day! Services like Groupon usually offer affordable tickets to these classes, so keep your eyes peeled.

Personalize It: What Does Your Loved One Like?
One last idea is to consider what your friend/family member/etc. likes and personalize it. Is your best friend a huge coffee addict (like most college students)? Personalize a mug! Design and personalize it using different markers that are made specifically for ceramic. Do they really like flowers? Buy a small bouquet and personalize the vase! Anything individualized gives your gift that extra “pizzazz.”

There are so many creative options for gift giving. While I’m sure there are a ton of options for the perfect, purchasable gift, creating it yourself makes it unique from any other. At the end of the day, your loved ones are sure to appreciate anything you put your heart into- whether that be a simple card, or a 20 page scrapbook. How do you usually get creative during the holiday season?

Enjoy the rest of the week,
Annmarie X

Gift Ideas Under $15

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Hi all!

With the holidays around the corner, it’s a good idea to start planning out gifts while you juggle the end of semester group projects and finals. As I assume most of us are ballin’ on a budget (like me), I have curated a list of 5 gifts ideas under $15 dollars that won’t break the bank.

  1. Fuzzy EVERYTHING: Whether a beanie, socks or a throw blanket, fuzzy gifts will keep your loved ones nice and cozy! I suggest looking in retailers such as Target or Macys if you want to be bougie.
  2. Sheet Masks: I want nothing more than the people I love having glowy, hydrated skin this winter. I suggest checking out Bes Fren Beauty (32nd and 5th) for quirky K-beauty face masks as low as $1.00!
  3. Amazon Goodies: I think practical gifts are valued heavily — whether a laptop bench, portable charger, essential oil diffuser, etc. Amazon is a great resource for finding items you thought you never needed at an affordable price.
  4. Gift Cards: The universal gift as I like to call it. Everyone needs money! Focus on the needs or wants of the person you are gifting to. Starbucks, Whole Foods or a Visa gift cards never fail.
  5. Homemade Gifts: At the end of the day, nothing is more meaningful than something you made with your own two hands. It’s the thought that counts! Looking into small projects like DIY body scrub or a mason jar with “100 Things I Like About You” on Pinterest. These gifts are sure to make the season bright.

MB

Ho, Ho, Ho.. A bit Later

Hey guys, Merry Christmas! I hope everyone had a feast (and got those shoes they were secretly hoping for). Even though Christmas is technically over (here in DR it isn’t over until January 6th ) there is still plenty of Christmas spirit going on in the streets. If this is your favorite holiday and you are still in NYC take a stroll outside down Madison Avenuenutcracker Radio City Music HallTrainReindeersChristmas LightsChristmas  Balls(I understand it’s freezing but quick snap chats to make your friends jealous will make it worth it). Every block is nicely decorated with lights, trees, nutcracker and so much more. Downton Abbey truckThere is also a Downton Abbey Truck giving out free tea and biscuits (in my worst English accent) right by Bryant Park. You could also proclaim your love in the snow for fun as I usually do (although, I’m not sure this car owner would agree haha).Car Snow

 

 

 

 

 

On the other hand you could sit at home, and upload pictures of all your gifts and brag about them (like I will do in a few). Well, first I’m really proud that I got my mom two pairs of Manolo Blahniks (yep, you heard right and on a student budget). Manolo BlahnikSeriously no joke, it is one of the perks of being at a fashion school, your friends get to work at sample sales and shoes like these are at a special discount price for them such as (GUESS… nope.. LOWER.. nope…LOWER) ok, I’ll tell you $25 a pair.

 

 

 

Second, I’m delighted with the pearl necklace my boyfriend got me (delighted is an understatement, I have fallen in Love).Majorica Git bagPearl Necklace

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please feel free to brag about your gifts 🙂 , can’t wait!

Carpe Diem,

Sadie