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A few holiday gift-giving ideas for teens on a tight budget

Jessica Curley
Park Record Intern

With the holidays approaching, families are quickly trying to prepare for their yearly Christmas festivities.

Essential items include: a decorated tree, outdoor lights, stockings hung from the mantel, food, and, of course: presents.

Even though Christmas is a time of giving, receiving presents is what most people look forward to. I don’t deny the fact that I love getting presents, but I also believe that it’s important to give back, whether it’s to your family, friends, or those less fortunate.

When it comes to shopping for a personal, one-of-a-kind gift around this time of year, it’s stressful.

Kids are anxious to see what Santa will bring them on Christmas Day, and malls are crowded with adults racing to get the best-selling items for their loved ones. Then, there are the teenagers, who are most likely too broke to buy gifts for family and friends.

For all the teenagers out there like myself, we all know how difficult it can be to purchase gifts, especially if you’re not working. So, here are a few ideas on where to go around Park City to get the perfect gift with a low budget.

Depending on what you’re searching for, whether related to technology, beauty, or sports. There are stores for all types of products.

T.J. Maxx is a store where I purchased some of my gifts at this year. This discount retail chain has a variety of clothing, shoes, accessories, house ware, beauty products, and toys for younger children. I highly recommend this store based on their prices and quality of products.

Other stores that offer fair prices similar to T.J. Maxx are: Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Tanger Outlet Center.

The Tanger Outlet Center is a shopping-mall chain featuring brand-name stores. You name it, and they have it. Some stores are more expensive than others, but there are plenty with reasonable prices for great items. A few of my favorites within that mall include: Bath and Bodyworks, PacSun, Nike, and Nuzzles & Co. Because who doesn’t love clothes, candles, and dogs.

Although all these stores are great for gifts, they still cost a fair amount of money, and if you are really “broke” this holiday season, then I have just the thing for you. They call them DIY’s, which stands for “do it yourself.” These projects are super fun to create, and your family and friends will be just as excited to get them.

DIY projects aren’t necessarily arts and crafts. There is no limit when it comes to doing it yourself, you can create anything you can imagine, and the best part is, it’s not expensive!

Some DIY gifts that I would suggest would be, cookie in a jar, where you place and stack all the ingredients to bake a batchcookies in a jar. It sounds silly, but the final product looks super cool. Another idea would be taking an average item, like a pillow or gloves, and decorating it by sewing on some fabric or design. That way you’re transforming a boring thing into a unique piece, inspired by you.

For more DIY gift ideas, visit this website: http://www.diyncrafts.com/9351/homemade/100-mind-blowing-diy-christmas-gifts-people-actually-want.

I asked my friend, Mikelle Olsen, a sophomore at Park City High School, how she gets her family presents for Christmas. She suggested this.

“Sometimes I’ll take a picture of me and the person I’m giving the gift to, and put that picture in a nice frame, or other times, I take those pictures and place them in a scrapbook to create a collage.”

The possibilities are endless. Whether you buy an inexpensive item at a local store or create something from home supplies, it doesn’t matter. Christmas isn’t about the amount you spend on a gift, it’s about the thought and love you put into it.


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