All I Want for Christmas

 

Graphic by Hailey

For Your Friend:

$10: Personalized Christmas Ornament Nothing says “Happy Holidays!” like an ornament with your face on it. Just pick up a do-it-yourself kit at Walmart, print a photo of you (and possibly your buddy) and compile.

$15: iPhone Case Although phone protection doesn’t typically cost less than $15, it should. Zazzle.com has an extensive collection as well as kiosks in the Galleria.

$20: Tervis Tumbler Tis the season for Tervis Tumblers. The Bed, Bath and Beyond at Central Expressway and Park Lane has one of the largest selections in Dallas. You can buy them customized with your friend’s initials, favorite team or color.

$25: Anything Urban Just head over to Urban Outfitters and start sifting through the tables laden with books, mugs and accessories. It’s entertaining for you, and you’ll surely find something that turns out to be a hilarious hit.

 

For Your Secret Santa Exchange:

$10: A Chocolate Caramel Apple from Whole Foods This one always goes over well as does a Starbucks gift card, homemade fudge or frosted cookies. It wouldn’t be the holiday season at Hockaday without a little over-indulgence.

$15: Not a Gift Card Let’s be honest, no one really likes getting gift cards. Not only does this say “I was too lame to think of an actual gift,” it makes the giftee go out and spend time buying her own present. This option is a last resort.

$20: Earrings from Francesca’s Economics teacher Joni Palmer thinks Francesca’s is cool and you should too. Pick up a pretty pair at the Mockingbird station location. Most earrings run between $17-$20.

$25: Chanel Lip Gloss Every girl loves a little Chanel in her life. You may not know your Secret Santa well, but you know she’ll like (or at least graciously accept) lip gloss. Purchase it at Neiman Marcus.

 

For Your Parents:

$10: Photo Memories Head to Walmart or Staples for an SD card and fill it with family photos. This is a particularly useful gift if your parents already have a digital picture frame lying around somewhere.

$15: Flowers and Balloons Moms in particular always love the age-old surprise. Whole Foods Market  might be your best bet for both purchases. They’ll surely be up for a giant Chistmas, Hanakkah, Kwanza and/or Diwali balloon.

$20: Movie Tickets Buy your parents a gift card to cover two tickets. They’ll enjoy a night out, and you’ll get the house to yourself. It’s a win win situation. The Angelika at Mockingbird Station is particularly cozy and popular with the middle-aged folks.

$25: Dinner from Holy Ravioli Everyone loves pasta, and parents love not having to cook. You can buy the whole dinner for under $25 dollars. Just grab a pound of ravioli, a container of sauce and a breadstick.

 

For Your Boyfriend:

$10: Movie Night It’s a bit of a bold move to skimp this hard on your boyfriend. But, if you’d like, you can buy a bag of popcorn and print out an “I’ll watch your favorite movie/sports team” pass for well under $10.

$15: Miniature Cactus He can keep it on his nightstand as a nice reminder of you! It’s a great way to teach responsibility to that special someone. For a little extra dough, you can get him an entire cacti family!

$20: Magazine subscription It may not be the most romantic gift ever, but it is a gift that keeps on giving. You can supply six or 12 months of his favorite magazine for a shockingly low fee. And it’s  a low effort endeavor—it just takes a trip to the magazine’s website and clicking a few buttons.

$25: Concert Tickets Buy his ticket for an upcoming concert or sporting event. (Make sure to buy yours as well—just don’t consider it part of the $25 price range.) Everyone loves a nice night out on the town.