16B The Michigan Daily -- Vkend, etc Magazine - T ,ay, Oeceber 7, 200
HOLIDAY SHOPPING FOR DUMMIES
By Lisa Rajt
Daily Arts Writer
The question plagues us all at this
time of year: "Wi.hat gifts should I goet
my lowed ones for the holidays"
The answer is never simple and
often requires much time, effort and
thought. Some people are never
pleased with anything. Many fewer
would b- happy with, say, "The
Clapper" or the latest John Tesh CD.
Although few gifts wv ill be surefire
hits, there are some general guide-
lines for gift buying that anyone can
Homemade gifts are awesome.
Even if the gift is actually sort of
lame, people will be impressed with
the time and effort you have invest-
" If you take the more traditional
route of heading to the mall for your
gifts, buy people things that they
would like but would never actually
purchase themselves. This is often
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the key to successful gift giving.
Buy for others, not yourself.
Even if you cannot possibly fathom
wvhby someone would want "Gordon
Lightfoot's Greatest Hits," "The Best
of 'America's Most Disturbing Home
Videos., or the new Mary Kate and
Ashley Olsen dolls, swallow your
pride and buy the stuff anyway. The
point of gift iving is to make some-
one else happy.
If you're still stuck, here are some
specific suggestions that will ensure
successful gift-giving for the signifi-
cant others in your life:
* For Mom: A gift certificate to a
spa works nicely. Even for the kinds
of moms that will tell you to your
face that they don't like your present
(are you reading this, mother?), you
simply cannot go wrong with such a
gift. In fact, anything that involves
pampering in any way is probably a
good bet. Your mom deserves it.
For Dad: I hate to perpetuate the
male stereotype, but it must be said:
Tools, tools, tools. A particularly
good idea is the Leatherman, which
has around 20 tools in one. It folds
up and you can put it in your pocket.
It's totally sweet. On second thought,
buy a Leatherman for anyone on
For sisters: Art! Most people
enjoy things that are aesthetically
pleasing. Your sister is probably no
exception. A nice Monet reprint is a
good bet, or anything from a muse-
um gift shop. This is also part of the
"homemade gifts are awesome"
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For brothers: This is a tough
one. A CD? A videogame? A trip to
* For friends: Anything they
would like but would never buy for
themselves is the key. A funky hat or
some cool jewelry. An N'Syne CD.
Any teenybopper movie from the
past three years. Perhaps even a Chia
For significant others: You all
know the drill. For your girlfriend, a
stuffed animal or a book of poetry
(preferably written by you). For your
man ... a Leatherman (trust me on
Finally, if you're low on cash, do
not fear. Gift-giving is still within
your reach. I.O.U's are the way to go.
You can get your parents I.O.U's for
household chores that they hate to
do, your sibling an "I will be your
slave for (fill in the blank)
hours 'days" I.O.U. your significant
other a "Good for one massage and a
candlelit dinner' 1.0.U and your
friends a "Good for two shoulders to
cry on, an car to yell into when
you're frustrated and a drink on me"
I.O.U. All are guaranteed to please.
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