The best gifts to give and receive

Are you stumped about what to get your Secret Santa this year? Do you want to spend under $50 and maybe not even have to leave your room? Here are some easy gift ideas that range from the homemade gift you can make for free to $50 presents that you can get at the mall or buy online.

“Guys like video games,” David Kong, sophomore biology major, said. “CDs and DVDs are also good gifts to get.”

Which video games do students at the College want this holiday season? Try Karaoke Revolution Party for Playstation 2, $39.82 at

A good gift idea for the music lover is the holiday iTunes Music Card, available at for $15, $25 or $50. Or, if your friend guards her iPod with her life, get her a leather iPod case, on sale at for $14.95.

For your many MTV obsessed friends, the “Laguna Beach” season one DVD is available at for $28.49.

If you’re looking to get someone clothes, there are plenty of good deals on the Web. At, a Reindeer Fair Isle crewneck sweater is available for the sale price of $39.99. This is a great gift for a friend, sister or a girlfriend. For your boyfriend, dad or brother, the narrow-stripe university scarf is a great gift idea for the sale price of $29.99.

Don’t forget about mom and dad. Check out Harry and David, located in Market Fair, for some great gift ideas. The store has a variety of food novelties, including flavored marshmallows, flavored coffee and flavored chai tea, scones and pancakes. Another good gift idea is their Classic Tower of Treats, $39.95, available at The truffles are also a favorite.

If you want to give a more personalized, culinary treat, consider baking for your loved ones.

“I like to bake, so I usually bake cookies for other people,” Jessica Wong, sophomore psychology major, said. “The ingredients are usually in the house, and as for containers, the supermarket, Wal-mart and Target have cute, cheap containers. If you’re cooking for a lot of people, you could use colored plastic wrap. I personalize the container and include a personalized message.”

What else are students at the College choosing to give and hoping to get this holiday season?

Nikki Santoro, sophomore elementary education/psychology major, said she plans to get her friends “gift baskets from Bath and Body Works with their favorite scents, baskets with chocolates and candy, sweatshirts and gift certificates.”

“My family does a Secret Santa for $35 or less,” Jonathan Kirby, sophomore mathematics major, said. “Each person writes down three things they would like for Christmas, and we don’t give gift cards or money unless they request it. My cousin, 26, requested socks, “Family Guy” on DVD or a gift certificate to a marina. I think notebooks, laundry detergent and printer paper are good gifts for college students because they are very useful. A vacuum, slippers or stuffed