GG Boutique: Where clothes create family

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Mar 312013
 

Author: Kendall Greenwood

GG Boutique

GG Boutique is located at 204 West Laurel. Photo by Logan Martinez

Walking into GG Boutique you will be greeted by a plethora of colorful designs. The staff will be friendly and you will get honest opinions about what you are trying on. GG Boutique goes beyond a store mentality by making you feel welcome.

GG Boutique, a women’s clothing store in Fort Collins, opened its doors on Aug. 23, 2012 by owner Laura Ludwin, 37, with the goal of offering customers more than clothes. Ludwin wants store-goers to have an experience.

“I want to offer our customers an experience where they walk in and find [GG Boutique] to be a happy place,” Ludwin said. “[I want them] to find something that makes them feel good without having to spend all the money they have.”

One way GG Boutique achieves this is with the items they stock.

“What you see when you open a magazine is what we aim to have here at an affordable price,” Ludwin said.

New items are on the floor every day. This is what sales associate Julia Chenoweth, 41, enjoys most about the store.

“I think that always makes it fun and fresh, not only for the customers, but for [the staff] as well,” Chenoweth said.

Emily Davies, a 20-year-old CSU sophomore, shops at GG Boutique because she knows she will find unique items.

“If you go in once a week, there is [always] something different,” Davies said. “And, [even though] I know a lot of people shop there from CSU, there is a good chance no one else will have what you [buy].”

The atmosphere created by the staff also makes this store different. For one, the employees refer to themselves as “Team GG.” They have created a family, which Chenoweth embodies when helping customers.

“We try to get a feel for what it is they are looking for and what their style might be,” Chenoweth said. “[So we will] be able to suggest things in the store they might like.”

Davies has seen this herself.

GG Boutique Dress

GG Boutique has a selection of dresses and other contemporary womens’ fashion. Photo By Logan Martinez

“It’s not one of those retail stores where it’s like, ‘Hey do you need help, hey can I help you with that, you should really buy that,’” Davies said. “They’re like, ‘yeah that looks good on you.’ It’s not pushy at all.”

GG Boutique started with the family in mind. Ludwin named the shop after her grandmother.

“I was extremely close with her,” Ludwin said. “I [even] have her chandelier and dress in the store.”

GG Boutique stays connected to their customers with their Facebook page, where they hold giveaways every Monday, so customers can win gift cards, and post new looks.

Davies tries to go to GG Boutique every other week.

“I always get compliments on the stuff that I buy there,” Davies said. “It is a little pricey because it’s a boutique, but [the clothes] are really good quality. [The items] will last me a long time.”

The shop is located at 204 West Laurel St.

Ludwin said she enjoys being able to sell colorful outfits to all generations.

“They can all find something here,” Chenoweth said.

Backpacking essentials for survival

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Feb 222013
 

Author: Allison LeCain

Backpacking pack at REI. Photo by Allison LeCain.

Backpacking pack at REI. Photo by Allison LeCain.

It’s always better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it when it comes to backpacking. Unfortunately you can only fit so much in a backpack. Boy Scouts are always prepared, but if you don’t have a Boy Scout in your life, turn to this guide to supply everything you may need for a spring backpacking adventure.

First things first — get a quality backpacking pack, preferably one with an attachable water-proof cover. These can range from $60 to $300. A backpacking pack is definitely an investment, but when you’re stuck on a mountain in the pouring rain, you’ll be glad to have a pack that could fit everything you need.

Sleeping bags are necessary for overnight backpacking trips. It gets really cold at night, even in the summer. Most sleeping bags are around $75. If you’re looking for true comfort, get a sleeping pad for $40.

For long trips, a water purification and cooking stove will be a must. Starting at $60, these allow you to cook food, so you’ll be eating more than just trailmix. Make sure to buy cooking fuel, as well.

First aid kits are necessary and can be made for cheap from things around the house, starting at $7. You never know what you might get into on a backpacking trip, so it’s important to be prepared for injuries. You’ll be far away from a hospital and may not have cell phone reception, which may require you to play doctor for the weekend.

Water bottle is the most essential item while backpacking. Photo by Allison LeCain

Water bottle is the most essential item while backpacking. Photo by Allison LeCain

Bear-proof food containers are required when backpacking in a national park, such as Rocky Mountain. These are pricy, running for $80, and won’t fit easily in a backpack. To avoid this issue, backpack in a non-national park area. Other options to avoid interactions with bears include tying your food high on a branch, away from your camping area.

One of the most obvious, but also most needed pieces of equipment, is a water bottle or bladder. Staying hydrated is key is remaining healthy and fit for the hike. Other much needed items include a compass, a map, sunscreen, insect repellent and soap.

While The Weather Channel is helpful, it can be hard to predict what type of clothes you may need while backpacking. Bring layers, including one that is waterproof, and roll them instead of folding them. This will save space in your backpack.

Invest in a Swiss Army Knife. These knives come with seven or more different tools and cost about $30. This single tool can open a can, cut meat or fabric, pick out a splinter, and even open a bottle of wine. Genius.

A headlamp will come in handy while backpacking. Photo by Allison LeCain.

A headlamp will come in handy while backpacking. Photo by Allison LeCain.

There’s no electricity in the wilderness, and the best hands-free way to light up the world is a headlamp. A headlamp can be as cheap as $20 and will really come in handy. Using a headlamp is also a lot safer than starting a fire in a forest, although it’s good to bring tinder in case a fire is necessary. Bring extra batteries too, just in case.

Dehydrated foods are best to pack because they don’t take up much weight or space. This includes foods such as granola bars, oatmeal, dried fruits, hard cheese, sausage and pasta. All of these options can be eaten raw or cooked with a portable stove.

**Editors note: prices shown were gathered from REI and may vary in other outdoor stores.

Buy this, not that: a Valentine’s Day guide.

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Feb 042013
 

Author: Jack Krause

With the upcoming lovelorn holiday that reaffirms couple’s love and devastates the single’s heart, we all haven’t a clue as to what to get our significant others, be it a love or a love for oneself. Here are some ideas on what you should steer away from and move towards while navigating this tricky time of year.

Get it like its hot.

  1. Chocolates – Can’t go wrong with this cliched gift; everyone who loves anything loves chocolate. In case of allergies though, they sell various allergen free chocolate delights.
  2. Flowers- Still cliched, but it isn’t going to break the bank, and its going to make your lover swoon.
  3. Poetry- Now this gift can be made or commissioned, but regardless of the author, nothing says “I value your existence” like some words that rhyme together.
  4. Date Night- While this can be expensive, the investment usually can justify the end. Standard date package is dinner, dessert, and a show.
  5. A playful joke- Now this one can backfire on you, in case you don’t have a significant other with a sense of humor, have the flowers and chocolates on stand-by.
  6. Adventure- Now I know what you may be thinking, how does one give adventure? Just go out and plan a day of sightseeing and cheap fun all over town; they’ll love you for it.
  7. “A day-off”- Everyone could use a day off from responsibility, so make plans to let your other half sleep the day away, eat what they want, and just relax. It’s probably one of the best gifts you can give.
  8. The Vintage Homemade- Nothing says I love you like a prepackaged box of candy, but if you want to join the major league of love, you’re going to have to shell out your time instead of money. Make them something they will keep forever. Just make sure it doesn’t easily burn, because if your relationship goes south, you don’t want them to be able to easily destroy it.
  9. Music- This one may seem broad, but if you have any inkling of musical talent, learn their favorite song and play it to them under candlelight.
  10. If all else fails, go look at their Pinterest or Esty pages. It is literally a list of things your significant other wants.

Avoid like an ex during flu season.

  1. Elaborate and consistent pranks- Seriously, one is funny, two is pushing it, three is you punching your single card. Its Valentine’s Day, not April first.
  2. “Protection” – Nothing is more romantic than handing your loved one a thin piece of rubber. Seriously, you’re a modern day Casanova.
  3. Anything in a D-I-Y kit- Don’t buy your lover a kit for them to do unless its something they love. It’s like buying someone an obligation.
  4. Any movie or concert only you want to see- You will hear complaining, and you will learn to hate what you once loved.
  5. Fast-food date night- Just don’t.
  6. Anything that is an implication- This is the time of year that we see news headlines talking about that person who bought their loved one a weight scale, and how their body was just found.
  7. Cheap Jewelery- its the lazy-man’s cliche. Last minute shopping leading to long-hour regret.
  8. The Twilight Book series- If you’re a guy, this one makes sense. Don’t need any mythological sparkly men distracting your lady. If you’re a girl, well… I’m sorry honey, but you may have bigger problems then just figuring out a V-day gift.
  9. Any plant that isn’t a flower- Nothing says I love you more like a potted plant or better yet, a cactus.
  10. Seriously, just look at the Pinterest or Etsy boards. It will save you time and embarrassment.

Buy this, not that: a Valentine’s Day guide.

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Feb 042013
 

Author: Jack Krause

With the upcoming lovelorn holiday that reaffirms couple’s love and devastates the single’s heart, we all haven’t a clue as to what to get our significant others, be it a love or a love for oneself. Here are some ideas on what you should steer away from and move towards while navigating this tricky time of year.

Get it like its hot.

  1. Chocolates – Can’t go wrong with this cliched gift; everyone who loves anything loves chocolate. In case of allergies though, they sell various allergen free chocolate delights.
  2. Flowers- Still cliched, but it isn’t going to break the bank, and its going to make your lover swoon.
  3. Poetry- Now this gift can be made or commissioned, but regardless of the author, nothing says “I value your existence” like some words that rhyme together.
  4. Date Night- While this can be expensive, the investment usually can justify the end. Standard date package is dinner, dessert, and a show.
  5. A playful joke- Now this one can backfire on you, in case you don’t have a significant other with a sense of humor, have the flowers and chocolates on stand-by.
  6. Adventure- Now I know what you may be thinking, how does one give adventure? Just go out and plan a day of sightseeing and cheap fun all over town; they’ll love you for it.
  7. “A day-off”- Everyone could use a day off from responsibility, so make plans to let your other half sleep the day away, eat what they want, and just relax. It’s probably one of the best gifts you can give.
  8. The Vintage Homemade- Nothing says I love you like a prepackaged box of candy, but if you want to join the major league of love, you’re going to have to shell out your time instead of money. Make them something they will keep forever. Just make sure it doesn’t easily burn, because if your relationship goes south, you don’t want them to be able to easily destroy it.
  9. Music- This one may seem broad, but if you have any inkling of musical talent, learn their favorite song and play it to them under candlelight.
  10. If all else fails, go look at their Pinterest or Esty pages. It is literally a list of things your significant other wants.

Avoid like an ex during flu season.

  1. Elaborate and consistent pranks- Seriously, one is funny, two is pushing it, three is you punching your single card. Its Valentine’s Day, not April first.
  2. “Protection” – Nothing is more romantic than handing your loved one a thin piece of rubber. Seriously, you’re a modern day Casanova.
  3. Anything in a D-I-Y kit- Don’t buy your lover a kit for them to do unless its something they love. It’s like buying someone an obligation.
  4. Any movie or concert only you want to see- You will hear complaining, and you will learn to hate what you once loved.
  5. Fast-food date night- Just don’t.
  6. Anything that is an implication- This is the time of year that we see news headlines talking about that person who bought their loved one a weight scale, and how their body was just found.
  7. Cheap Jewelery- its the lazy-man’s cliche. Last minute shopping leading to long-hour regret.
  8. The Twilight Book series- If you’re a guy, this one makes sense. Don’t need any mythological sparkly men distracting your lady. If you’re a girl, well… I’m sorry honey, but you may have bigger problems then just figuring out a V-day gift.
  9. Any plant that isn’t a flower- Nothing says I love you more like a potted plant or better yet, a cactus.
  10. Seriously, just look at the Pinterest or Etsy boards. It will save you time and embarrassment.

Not quite an iPad, not quite an iPhone, but certainly quite Apple

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Nov 292012
 

Author: Jack Krause

Image representing iPad as depicted in CrunchBase

Image via CrunchBase

With the upcoming holiday season, gift ideas are getting harder and harder to come by. This fall, the innovators at Apple have unveiled the iPad Mini. What it essentially boils down to is a smaller iPad2, but it still carries with it the aesthetic quirkiness that each product seems to have. The major benefits to this device are the portability it allows, and the larger screen that provides a bigger workspace.

Now, the question needs to be asked, whether or not this device is right for the recipient. If they read a large amount, or watch a lot of television or movies on the device, then the Mini is right up their alley. If they plan to use it as a mobile computing solution, then it may be better to ante up and get an iPad. The smaller screen and lack of the “Retina” display give off a buffered experience when it comes to power using. The same goes with if they only plan to listen to music with it; it may just be a smarter investment to go with an iPod Touch or iPhone. Its relatively cheaper, and will be used to its maximum while keeping your wallet slightly full, though with Apple, full is an exaggerated term.

Hands on reports and reviews of the iPad Mini say it is a great device that caters to a specific demographic of people, and if your family or friends don’t fall into that category, just invest in one of the other more tiered products. Pricing ranges from $459 to $659.

Old Town offers gifts for everyone on your list

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Nov 262012
 

Author: Nicolle Fagan

Do you have a special someone on your shopping list? Do you want to one-up your sibling and get your parents the better gift this year? Do you want to share a piece of your life at CSU with someone else in your life?

There is no denying the stress you feel around the holiday season to get the best of the best for your loved ones. Fortunately, College Avenue has compiled this list of go-to items for everyone on your shopping list. From your mom, to your brother, to your dog, there is something special for everyone. All the items hunted down for this list can be found in Old Town and will make this year one to remember.

Specialty olive oil from the Rocky Mountain Olive Oil company. Photograph by John Sheesley

Speciality olive oil from the Rocky Mountain Olive Oil company. Photograph by John Sheesley.

Mom: Specialty Olive Oil from the Rocky Mountain Olive Oil Company; $18.50 to $33.50

You wouldn’t think olive oil was all that exciting, but the flavor selection at the Rocky Mountain Olive Oil Company is sure to change your mind. From Cinnamon Pear to Thai Lemongrass Mint, the wall to wall options will make it easy to find something for any mom’s pallet. A 375 mL bottle runs around $18.50 and the larger 750 mL bottle costs $33.50. And if you can’t decide which flavor to get, they offer sample packages that make awesome gifts.

 

Dad:Fudge from Kilwin’s; $15.95 a pound

Chocolate turtle fudge from Kilwins. Photograph by John Sheesley.

Chocolate turtle fudge from Kilwins. Photograph by John Sheesley.

What dad wouldn’t enjoy a pound of fudge to wash down their holiday meal? Kilwin’s offers classic fudge flavors like chocolate and chocolate peanut butter, but they also have specialties like maple walnut, turtle, and Fort Collins mud. Kilwin’s also gives out free samples for tasting, so Dad isn’t the only one who gets some of the deliciousness! Your dad doesn’t like fudge? They have plenty of other sweet goodies for under $20.

 

The Worst Case Scenario Daily Survival Calendar for 2013 from Killer Rabbit.

The Worst Case Scenario Daily Survival Calendar for 2013 from Killer Rabbit. Photograph by John Sheesley.

The Boy in Your Life: The Worst Case Scenario Daily Survival Calendar for 2013 from Killer Rabbit; $12.95

Simply put, it is “a day to day guide to surviving a year’s worth of peril.” Each day has a funny (and sometimes helpful) tip in the form of a history lesson, a mini hero story, or a how-to guide. Some examples are how to survive a fall onto subway tracks and how to stop unwanted PDA.

 

The Girl in Your Life:Texting gloves from White Balcony; $26.95

Fancey texting gloves from White Balcony.

Fancy texting gloves from White Balcony. Photograph by John Sheesley.

A gift that is fashion-forward and practical is the best way to go. White Balcony features texting gloves that are softer than cashmere. Milk protein inside the fabric’s fibers makes the gloves cushiony-soft. The gloves will keep hands warm while they use touch-screen devices.

 

Hide a Squirrel toy from Wagz.

Hide a Squirrel toy from Wagz. Photograph by John Sheesley.

Dog: Hide a Squirrel toy from Wagz; $14.99 to $21.99

Dogs are part of the family too! Wagz offers a unique toy that is designed to entertain pups with puzzle-solving. The toy is designed to keep dogs occupied, and the three squeakier toys inside can be interchanged with treats to make the “search” more fun. The Hide a Squirrel toy is available in both a small and large size for the tiny Maltese to the Great Dane in your life.

 

Grandma:Recycled Newspaper Picture Frame from Ten Thousand Villages; $18

Recycled Newspaper Picture Frame from Ten Thousand Villages.

Recycled Newspaper Picture Frame from Ten Thousand Villages. Photograph by John Sheesley.

When you were little, Grandma loved getting your homemade gifts. You can still show her your artsy side while supporting artists in developing countries. At Ten Thousand Villages, all products are sold to support artists in countries that don’t have the market or appreciation for art that we have in the United States. Philippine artists create usable items from recycled newspapers and magazines, and the picture frame is just one of many options. Just place a picture of the two of you in the frame, and it will be a gift that Grandma can share will all of her friends.

 

Tea in a Jar

Tea in a Jar from Happy Lucky’s Tea House. Photograph by John Sheesley.

Grandpa: Tea in a Jar from Happy Lucky’s Tea House; $20

Nothing compliments retirement like specialty tea. For the tea-lover in your life, Happy Lucky’s offers a Great Wall of Tea to choose from. Buy by the ounce or in a gift jar; nothing from this little shop will disappoint.

 

Aunt:River Stones for Massage from Nature’s Own; $20

Massage Stones

River Stones for Massage from Nature’s Own. Photograph by John Sheesley.

Life can be stressful and no one would turn down a massage kit! Hot stone massages are soothing and therapeutic, and a perfect way to let your aunt know that she should spoil herself every now and then. Don’t know anything about hot stone massage? Nature’s Own offers instruction books for purchase as well.

 

Uncle: Six-pack of beer from Odell Brewery; $8.99

Fort Collins is known for an active beer culture, so get your Uncle a uniquely Fort Collins ale. O’Dell Brewery is located downtown, but you can find their beer at any liquor store in town.

 

Note Pads from Curiosities. Photograph by John Sheesley.

Note Pads from Curiosities. Photograph by John Sheesley.

Roommate:Note Pads from Curiosities; $8

Wish you had a way to list all of the annoying things your roommate does? Curiosities offers a variety of funny checklists that will help your roomie blow off some steam!

 

Shelves of books at Old Firehouse Books.

Shelves of books at Old Firehouse Books. Photograph by John Sheesley.

Friend: Any book from Old Firehouse Books; Prices vary

Old Firehouse Books is the perfect combination between a used bookstore and Barnes & Noble. With both new and used books available, you can spend hours looking for something interesting to read. Sales on overstocks for Christmas are just around the corner, so it’s the best time to snag a great deal. If you have no idea what kind of books your buddy would like, they also offer gift cards!

 

White elephant gifts for the holiday season

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Nov 232012
 

Author: Victoria Hawn

Make people laugh this holiday with your white elephant gifts. Photo Illustration by Khristian Gilham and Logan Martinez

Make people laugh this holiday with your white elephant gifts. Photo Illustration by Khristian Gilham and Logan Martinez

The holiday season is about giving, and what better way to give than with a gift your friends will never forget?

White Elephant gift giving is a popular way to exchange inexpensive gifts with absolutely no sentimental value.

It’s an exchange where one might receive inappropriate things, like a thong when you’re a guy.  Others might receive just plain weird things like a bathroom rug that turns red when wet.  And still others might receive surprisingly functional things like a Chihuahua with molded insets in its back to hold one’s hard-shell tacos.

Here are just a few gag gift ideas (apart from the ones mentioned above) for the White Elephant season:

  • Anything bacon related: bacon candy, bacon bandages, a pound of bacon, etc.
  • A weird animal mask: unicorn, horse, rat, etc
  • Stick on mustaches or beards
  • Beer bottle wind-chimes
  • Funny notepads
  • Sock sandals (they’re socks that look like sandals)
  • Facebook like and dislike stamps
  • ‘Wait – was that slutty?’ Hand sanitizer

These are just a few ideas for white elephant gifts.  If your creative juices aren’t flowing, you can go to the dollar store and pick up several random things that will make people’s faces distort into looks of confusion and wonder.  Also, great gift ideas can be found on Pinterest or Stumbleupon by searching gag gifts, or at Urban Outfitters, on prankplace.com, or on mcphee.com.

Ten holiday gifts under $10

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Nov 222012
 

Author: Michaela Koretko

Are you having trouble finding the perfect holiday gift on a college budget? Are you looking for gifts for roommates and friends? Here are ten gifts each under $10 that are sure to crack a smile without breaking the bank:

These bracelets are available at outdoor stores and hobby shops.

These survivor bracelets are available at outdoor stores and hobby shops.

1) A mug and a box of tea or cocoa is a classic comfort of the season.

2) A scarf is sure to warm anyone’s season. Nobody ever has enough scarves!

3) A warm pair of socks and a deck of cards is a good way to remind someone to take a holiday break.

4) A set of bangles or a survivor bracelet can be suited to the fashion forward or the practical person.

5) A memo board, perhaps with its first memorable moment tacked on, is the gift for someone who has everything else!

6) A stationary set, whether prepackaged or personally assembled is a holiday reminder to keep in touch.  

7) A desk calendar will certainly inspire hope or laughs on New Year’s and beyond.

For that friend who teases you, and then turns sweet.

9) A coupon for an “I’ll buy” coffee date is the gift for that person you wish you could simply give some time.

10) A chocolate bar and a heartfelt note or letter— because sometimes, it truly is the thought that counts.

 

Golden rules to holiday giving for the pocket and the environment

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Nov 212012
 

Author: Mary Willson

Samantha Beck, Sophomore shows off her table made of caps, which her and her house-mates have been working on for about three months.

Samantha Beck, Sophomore shows off her table made of caps, in which she has glued them onto plywood to make a Colorado flag.

The holiday season many times forces college students out of their natural habitat of cheap food, simple amenities and an overall minimalistic existence. This no-fuss way of life is often times not a conscious lifestyle preference, yet of financial limitations. Concert tickets, road-trip gas and ski-lift tickets seem to become a priority over new socks, a full refrigerator and nice things.

Yet, as the December migration out of Fort Collins and into ones respected hometown for the five-week hibernation period rolls around, a shift must take place. One may find themselves being forced to wear polo’s, small talk with out-of-touch relatives and associate with high school friends they do not miss. And worst of all—being forced to buy stuff as holiday presents, because it is expected.

There are many ways this is hard. One, financially; that extra dough spent on your sister could be used for a New Year’s adventure. Two, what to get; it seems as if your mom doesn’t need another scarf or necklace, yet the big stuff like the latest culinary device is out of your reach. Third, it seems wasteful; joining the hype of more stuff is fun, until wondering if any of those nick-knacks were really needed.

As a way to decrease the initial and long term harm of the holiday-present-blues, there are basic rules for no-harm Holiday presents. For you, and our landfills.

We all have things at our apartment, dorm or parents house that we do not use. Something you can hand off to bring happiness to someone else fulfills the golden rule of re-using.

An example of this gem is making a unique pen-jar, coffee-mug, or vase—all from your kitchen. Grab an old mason jar—this is the foundation. Then, in a mixing bowl add one part flour, two parts water, three tablespoons of salt and mix. There is your glue. Next, find some vintage magazine advertisements, awesome photos, and black-and white newspaper print and hold them onto the jar. Paint the glue over it with your hands or a brush and let it dry. This is perfect for a mom who is sentimental, and it’s virtually free to make.

The next way to be a unique present giver is to make something old into something awesome, or to renew. Take that old pair of I Phone ear buds and use hemp, bright string or basically anything else you can weave together to cover the headphone cords. By following basic hemp rules (and the wonders of Google to learn) you have created a unique, impressive, lasting gift for a sibling that loves music.

We all hear about recycling day in and day out. The basis of recycling is easy: one product being made into another product.  All those beverages you consume, of the 21-and-over categories—that’s right, your beer caps and cans can be made into a useful and creative table. For those lucky nights when you indulge in a bottled beverage, save the lid, then use a hot-glue gun and a magnet (both can be found relatively cheap at a craft store) to create a fridge decoration for your best friend’s apartment fridge.

After engaging the creative mind and impressing your family and friends, you can sit back and realize all of the holiday-waste you have mitigated. A pound of plastic takes 24 gallons of water to produce according to Treehugger.com, and a single plastic cup takes 50 to 80 years to decompose according to earthkorps.org. Along with being on your way to a New Year’s adventure, hitting the slopes or back in the good-ol-Foco, you have also had a positive impact on water use and waste with these gift ideas.

Holiday giving without all the spending

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Nov 202012
 

Author: Kendall Greenwood

The holiday season is here. Snow is on the ground, the lights are hung in Old Town and the careful calculations of your bank account commence. If snow or lights is not your thing, there is not much you can do to avoid them. Pinterest can help ease your bank account though.

Pinterest, a blog-like website with countless creative ideas, is a hub for do-it-yourself projects. Here are five easy and affordable do-it-yourself gift ideas from this site that will give you extra hot chocolate money.

Rein-beer

For this you get a six-pack of beer, or any other drink of your choosing, and decorate each beverage with pipe cleaners, googly eyes and a little nose. In the end, the six-pack will look like a gang of reindeer. According to Wilbur’s, the average six-pack is around ­­$9.99 and the crafty items are all available at Dollar Tree, making this an affordable gift costing you ­$12.99.

Manicure in a Jar

This gift needs a mason jar, which Walmart has available for $6.97; nail polish, $3.97 at Walmart; nail polish remover, $2.96 at Walmart; and a manicure set from the Dollar Tree. Arrange these items in the mason jar in a manner of your choosing and decorate. The nail polish color and your choice of decorations allow you to specialize this to your loved ones’ tastes.  Your complete gift totals to $14.90.

Nutella Cookies

All you need to make these cookies is a cup of Nutella, one whole egg and one cup of flour.  Combine these ingredients and bake at 350 degrees for six to eight minutes. A 26.5 oz. jar of Nutella is available at Walmart for $6.56, making this a very affordable gift idea.

Painted Wine Bottles

For the craftier, there is the painted wine bottle gift. You will need empty wine bottles (or an empty bottle of some kind) and chalkboard paint, available at Michael’s from $1.99 to $5.99. Paint the bottles with the chalkboard paint and wait to dry. Gift with chalk and your loved one will have a new kind of message board.

Hot Chocolate and Bailey’s

This gives a twist to the traditional holiday drink. Pair hot chocolate with a shooter of Bailey’s for $2.99 at Wilbur’s. You can use store bought hot chocolate for anywhere from $1.28 to $7.71 at Walmart or you can look up your own recipe. With hot chocolate from the store, this present could cost as little as $4.27. There are limitless ways to package this.

These are just a few ideas that have been posted on Pinterest for the holidays.  Liana Guerin, a freshman apparel and merchandising major, enjoys Pinterest because of its variety.

“It gives me ideas for my hair and clothes, but also things you normally wouldn’t look up,” Guerin said. “Like recipes and gift ideas. “[I am on Pinterest] about an hour a day.”