Holiday gift giving guide

Trying to figure out what to buy friends and family for the holidays is hard enough, but after factoring in the typical college student’s budget it becomes much more difficult. Fortunately, with a little time spent sorting through merchandise at local thrift stores or in the sale section of popular stores, the perfect and affordable gifts are in reach. Longhorn Life has compiled a list of great gifts for everyone on your list  to help alleviate this year’s holiday shopping stress.

When searching for gifts for these ever-trendy ladies, stores like Urban Outfitters are great options. Everything at Urban is modeled after current trends, making it a great (sometimes) inexpensive yet fashion forward resource. Instead of paying $327 for a Kate Spade bag, you can buy a similar bag from Urban Outfitters for $49, sunglasses for $10 and a necklace for $29. Wrapping paper doesn't have to be expensive either. Simply buying a fashion magazine such as Vogue or Marie Claire and cutting out the pages to use as wrapping paper is a cheap way to personalize the gift.

Music Aficionados
Considering how influential music is to the city of Austin, there's a good chance you have a music fanatic friend in need of a great gift this holiday season. Thrift stores are an excellent option. Cream Vintage off the Drag has a plethora of old records for sale from $2 to $10 dollars. These are great for decorating bare walls or playing on a turntable. If you’re looking to purchase a record player, keep in mind vintage ones can cost upward of $250. Best Buy offers newer versions for just over $79. 

With the slogan “Keep Austin Weird,” there's no denying the city is full of hipsters. One of the biggest aspects of this culture is photography. Unfortunately a professional-grade Canon can cost over $700. For the recently-proclaimed hipster, Pottery Barn Teen sells an electric blue Lomography brand fisheye camera for only $55. Wide-angle, circular shots are one of the many defining characteristics of true hipsterdom, so this gift is bound to be a hit. 

Everyone has an obsession with food around the holidays, so what better way to their heart than with delectable seasonal treats? The only issue: gift cards can seem rather impersonal and can get expensive depending on the restaurant. A great wallet-friendly alternative is to find a recipe on Pinterest and wrap the goodies in colorful cellophane. Pair these with a cute utensil from Target like the Nordic Ware Dinosaur Muffin Plaque for $28.09. Anyone on your list is sure to enjoy this thoughtful gift.