Finding the perfect gift takes planning


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Cargo pants can be found at local thrift shops.

With the holidays approaching, the task of finding the perfect gift for loved ones can be a challenge. Senior Mariem Mahmoud, a fashion-lover, is developing a shopping list for her friends and family. 

“I love buying clothes and accessories for my friends,” she said. “A lot of my friends are super into fashion. For the last few months I’ve been looking for presents for them that will go with each of their styles.”

Oftentimes, a well-thought out gift can be the touching to the receiver, Mahmoud said.

“A few months ago, one of my friends said she’s been looking for a pair of cargo pants,” she said. “I found a pair I think she would really like but they’re a little plain, so I’ve been adding extra details to them to make them more personal.” 

Thrifting also has become a popular practice for finding unusual pieces. The low prices and wide range of items these stores have to offer is also a draw for Mahmoud.

“I think thrifting is also a good way for people to find clothes they would not be able to find at places like the mall,” she said. “Most of my favorite gifts so far have been found at Goodwill, which is perfect since most everything is under $10.”

On the other hand, sophomore Aiden Dabbs said he’s having trouble finding the perfect gifts at an affordable price.

“I want to buy my best friend a pair of really expensive shoes,” he said. “He likes a lot of designer brands like Rick Owens, but everything they sell is at least a few hundred dollars.”

Dabbs expressed his frustration with the high price points, but also has some words of advice for others struggling to find meaningful gifts.

“I don’t necessarily think that a present needs to be expensive for a person to like it,” he said. “Just because someone wants something that’s expensive, doesn’t mean you have to spend all your money to make them happy. Holidays don’t mean spending a lot of money on presents. Spending time with your friends and family is more important than any stupidly overpriced pair of shoes.”

By Olivia Shary