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Some affordable items for holiday shopping this year
Athena Bucci, The Mike Staff Writer
Now when Toronto is once again in lockdown, many of us will be out of jobs for a while, which will be hard when the Holiday season is already upon us. While we are not able to continue shopping in stores, many places are still offering online shopping. I have scoured the internet to come up with a list of affordable gifts for $25 or less. This list compiles perfect gifts for everyone in your life from your grandparents to your best friends.
- What Do You Meme? Fresh Expansion Pack (Amazon, $15.99)
Give the gift of laughter with this version of What Do You Meme. This adult game will brighten up their holiday with relatable and funny memes, all of which can be found on the internet.
- Monogram Journal (Indigo, $15.00)
We all know that one person who loves journaling or just hoarding notebooks in their house altogether. Get them this monogram journal with the first letter of their name on it to make your gift extra special.
- Fringe Scarf (Suzy Shier, $9.99)
Nothing associates with winter more than being bundled up! Why not get your friend this cute fringed scarf — you are bound to find the perfect one for each friend as it comes in six colours and designs.
- Sephora Collection Masks (Sephora, $4.00 – $11.00)
We all know how stressful finals are, especially right before the Holidays. Get your friend one of the many face, eye, or lip masks from the Sephora Collection to help them destress before the next semester starts up.
- Varsity TLeaf Mittens (UofT Bookstore, $18.74)
These Varsity TLeaf mittens will be great for that school-spirited friend who is probably spending the first Canadian winter here in Toronto!
- Modern Gourmet Ignite and Burn Hot Sauce (Shoppers Drug Mart, $16.99)
We all know one person who loves all kinds of foods, including the spicy ones. Get them this hot sauce set to set their taste buds on fire.
- One of these Custom Tote Bags (Off Menu, $25.00)
These bags are a perfect gift for your friends obsessed with their favourite artisanal coffee shop or local pub, or for those people who started their own business during quarantine. Off Menu is known for supporting small, independent businesses and will print the logo of your favourite local eatery on this lovely cotton tote bag. They do the same with T-shirts and hoodies and showcase places from other cities as well.
- Holiday Hand Cream Set (The Body Shop, $20.00)
After spending months of sanitizing, I’m sure your friend would appreciate this Holiday hand cream set. Not only do we love their lotions, but The Body Shop is an ethical and conscientious brand, known for its community fair trade, empowering women and girls, and their vegan products.
- Calligraphy Made Easy Journal (Indigo, $15.95)
For that friend with the creative and artistic side, who has always wanted to learn the art of calligraphy.
- MASK ‘X’ Logo Beanie (MASK, $25.00)
MASK is a black owned business in Toronto that specializes in streetwear. Their ‘X’ Logo beanie is perfect for anyone who loves the street look and will want to wear this anytime of the year.
- Funko Pop Television Bob Ross Collectible Figure (Amazon, $18.05)
Give this collectible figure to the artist in your life, or the die-hard Bob Ross fan who lives daily by his inspirational quotes.
- The Office Holiday Graphic Tee (Bluenotes, $24.99)
This Holiday tee is perfect for every fan of The Office.
- Set of 2 Gold Rim Ombre Spritzer Glasses (Cocktail Emporium, $24.00)
For that one friend who misses going to the bars in the summer, get them these cute spritzer glasses. They come in three lovely colours.
- Socks (Yo Sox, $12.00)
There is nothing easier to get someone than socks, so help them stay stylish with a pair from Yo Sox. They are a Canadian company who sell many, many socks with lots of fun designs to choose from. You’re bound to find a pair perfectly suited for anyone.
- Peppermint Halo Headache Remedy (Saje, $16.00)
Nothing says headaches like the thought of finals. I’m sure your friend would appreciate this peppermint halo headache remedy by Saje, in preparations for semester two.
- Starlit Succulents 3-Piece Lip Care Set (Bite Beauty, $16.00)
Bite Beauty is a guaranteed vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free company, with their products all made from natural ingredients. Get your friend this 3-piece agave and lip care set to keep them healthy during the winter.
- Bundle Up Christmas Gift Set (DavidsTea, $19.00)
We all know that one person who loves their tea. Get them this cute gift set with a Holiday-themed mug, a spoon, and a bag of loose tea to enjoy this winter.
- Hatch Core Coffee Series (Hatch, $17.00-$20.00)
Now for the coffee lover in your life. Get them a pack of coffee from Hatch’s Core Coffee series.
- Home Body by Rupi Kaur (Indigo, $22.00)
For the one person who likes poetry, get them a copy of Rupi Kaur’s Home Body, which tackles themes like love, family, growth, and acceptance.
- Rejuvenating Green Tea Clay Mask (Woodlot, $24.00)
Relax after a long day with this green tea clay mask. This will make a great gift for someone who needs to destress after semester one.
- Red Love Matte Lip Kit (NudeStix, $25.00)
Though our masks can’t show our lips, I’m sure this Red Love lip kit from NudeStix will make any makeup lover go ga-ga.
- Fur Papa/Mama Mug (Indigo, $14.00)
Nothing says personality like a mug. Give this to the person who has and loves animals.
- Christmas Scented Candle (Indigo, $10.00)
Gift one of these single-wick candles, which come in six holiday scents. Perfect for getting into the holiday spirit, especially since most students don’t have the time or space to decorate.
- 52 Lists for Happiness Journal (Amazon, $16.78)
Hopefully 2021 is full of better days. Gift this journal so your friend can keep track of all the good things.
- NBA Toronto Raptors T-Shirt (Amazon, $17.99)
For the die-hard Raptors fan, get them this limited edition T-shirt.
Hopefully this helps with your shopping during lockdown. Happy Holidays and good luck on exams!