Holiday gift guide


By Lotus Head from Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa –, CC BY-SA 3.0,

By Torch Editorial Staff

As the holidays approach, there’s surely someone on your list that you just do not know what to buy. Lucky for you, the Torch is here to help you figure out a gift.

Significant other
The holidays can be a stressful time if you’re in a relationship. If you’ve been together for a while then it may be simple, a great gift starts with some of your best memories. Perhaps a framed picture, jewelry, or other meaningful items. It can also be thoughtful to give them something they really need too. New clothes or other necessities may sound lame, but it shows you care about them.

If you’ve only recently started dating, buying them a book you think they would like is thoughtful and can bring you closer together. You can then have meaningful conversations about the book which will allow for you to find more commonalities as well.

You can also make a handmade gift to give your gift a little more personality. Making a tie-together blanket or scrapbook can be a budget-friendly way to show your significant other that you put a lot of thought and time into their gift.

Your friends
For a close friend, it’s always good to buy something related to what they enjoy. For example, if they really like Marvel you could buy them a comic book or shirt with their favorite superhero on it. If your friend is a little artsy, you could buy them superhero craft kits. Thunder Bay Press offers customers a crochet kit that gives users materials to make small Marvel super heroes out of yarn.

If they do not like superheroes, buying them small items is a good way to go too. Gift cards to their favorite stores, make up, cozy socks or sweatpants, or other small items you’ll know they will love.

It can be easy to spar with siblings, but when it comes down to it you really do love them. And as we grow older, it can be more difficult to find time to spend with your siblings as schedules fill up. This is why buying tickets to a sporting event, concert, or show can make for a great present for siblings. It gives you an excuse to hang out with them and have the bonding time you miss having when you were younger.

Parents/other family
It can also be hard to find time to spend time with your parents as you grow older which is why a great present would be to take them out to a nice dinner. Our parents have done so much for all of us, providing us with food over the course of our lives, so we owe it to them to return the favor. Other great gifts for parents include meaningful memories of your childhood and other family time together.

Another gift you can give your family, especially if you have people in your family who are fans of Tolkien, are coloring books with scenes from “The Hobbit,” “The Silmarillion” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy from Thunder Bay Press. Being able to relive scenes from the books and movies by coloring the pictures in yourself is both fun and rewarding.

Regardless of what you get or give, the holidays are always a fun time to spend time with friends, family and other loved ones before spring semester starts again.

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