With the end of fall semester comes the holiday season. When doing your holiday shopping, don’t forget to add your new college friends to the list! Getting gifts for the people you’ve met and became friends with at school is a kind gesture to show you appreciate their friendship. Since you’ve only known each other for a short while (and you’re all broke college students) you’re not expected to spend an arm and a leg on gifts for them. If you want to get your friends something nice at a low price, take a look at this list of thoughtful holiday gifts under $10 that you can buy or do it yourself.
Spa in a Jar
For your friend who deserves to pamper herself, give her the gift of a spa in a jar. You can easily create this with just a few items. Start with a mason jar and fill it with soothing supplies. Fuzzy socks, nail polishes, small bottles of lotions, chocolates, etc! You can even decorate the jar to jazz it up a bit. Alternatively, you could help your friend’s experience in the dorm spa (ahem, “bathrooms”) by purchasing an essential shower caddie!
Another fun DIY gift, candy sleighs are easy to make and fun to receive. You can create all kinds of concoctions with this gift. Start off with two candy canes and a wide candy bar (Kit Kats work great.) Then stack layers of treats on top and secure them with a ribbon and a bow. You can add things like packs of tissues, hand sanitizers, more candy, and $5 gift cards to their favorite coffee place.
Decorative Coffee Mug
Got a friend who’s into photography? They’ll absolutely love this camera lens coffee mug! For less than $10 you can get this 12oz mug that looks just like a photographer’s lens. They can look cute while toting coffee from class to class! Everyone is going to want to know where they got that mug. Alternatively, you can fill it with candy for a tasty surprise!
A great keepsake gift to give your friends is a framed photo of you guys. This gift is easy to put together, very low in cost, and overflowing with sentimental goodness. You can never go wrong with gifting frames, they are classic and everyone loves the way they can dress up a dorm room! Consider a frame with a sweet quote or saying on it to make it extra special.
Warm Winter Wishes
For your friend who’s always texting, consider gifting a pair of texting gloves. Their specially designed thumb and fingertip areas allow you to text while keeping your gloves on. Add some warmth to this cozy gift by adding some packs of hot cocoa and wrapping it all together with a ribbon. If you want to help keep your friend warm while she’s hanging out in the dorm room, considering buying her one of these colorful college blankets from OCM. Your friend will appreciate these winter essentials.
For your friend who is always making you laugh, give them something their sense of humor will love. Funny novelty slippers are both cozy and comical. Your friend will use them all the time and always think of you when she wears them. You can find all types of slipper designs online for less than $10.
If you want to get someone the perfect gift, but can’t quite put your finger on what to get them, you can’t go wrong with sweets! Bake your friend their favorite cookies or get them a box of delicious chocolates and you have a yummy gift they’ll love. Wrap it in colorful paper and tie with a bow. Everyone loves cookies, you can’t go wrong with this option!
These are just a few examples of gifts you can give this holiday season! What have you given to friends in the past? Let us know in the comments below!