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As I get older and my impatience when it comes to buying things I want increases, I have a shorter and shorter list by the time Christmas rolls around. If you are struggling to figure out what to ask for, like I was, hopefully this list can give you a good place to start.

  1. Matching sweat set. Dicks Sporting Goods has Nike sweat sets available in many colors. The set together is $120.
  2. Perfume discovery set. These sets can be found at Sephora and Ulta. The one I asked for from Sephora is $75 and comes with six sample size perfumes. The best part about these sets is that they come with a coupon for a free full sized version of whatever scent you like best, making this the perfect gift for any girl in your life.
  3. Anything from Artizia. I have multiple sweatshirts from there and they are probably the best purchases I have ever made. This year I am asking for a pair of basic, black sweatpants which I am sure will exceed my expectations.
  4. Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag. When I showed this item to my family they were initially horrified by the thought of me wearing a fanny pack. Although you could wear it like that, I would probably wear it as a cross body that would go perfectly with any athleisure outfit. 
  5. Energy Drinks. I don’t think I have ever been to Target without buying either an Alani Nu or a Celcius energy drink. I figured getting these things in bulk would make more sense and can be a relatively cheap gift for my family to get.
  6. Cash (but let me explain). If your family is anything like mine, the thought of giving someone cash as a present is next to unthinkable. However, I am planning on going on spring break to Florida with my friends, so the money would be put towards that trip. I’ve found that asking for money with a specific purchase in mind, (trip, new phone, etc.), helps justify asking for money in the first place. 
  7. Toiletries. Yes, I literally mean toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, and razors. I am at the age where buying these things on my own is pretty annoying, plus they make great stocking stuffers.
  8. Gym clothes/equipment. This year I have really gotten into lifting and going to the gym. Because of that, I go through a lot of gym clothes and need some basic equipment like barbell pads and cable straps.
  9. Cookbooks. Although the thought of living on my own is scary for many reasons, one of the most horrifying is that I can’t cook to save my life. I figured that If I start collecting cookbooks now, I’ll have a good collection for when I actually move out.
  10. Candy/Treats. It wouldn’t be a holiday without candy and junk food. I also hate buying this for myself, so my family always makes sure to get me my favorite candies. Again, another great stocking stuffer.

This should go without saying, but Christmas time isn’t all about getting gifts. It’s about spending time with the people you love, celebrating your faith, and giving gifts to others to show how much you care. Especially when it comes to covid, a lot of families are struggling this year. Below is a link to charities that benefit children during the holiday season!

https://www.thespruce.com/charities-that-help-children-at-christmas-3129334

Kenzie Mannone

Stonehill '24

Hello! My name is Kenzie Mannone and I am from a small town in Central Massachusetts. I am currently a sophomore at Stonehill College. I am passionate about planning, organization, sports, and writing!
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