Gift Giving Guide
By Ellen Padgett
Most students initial ideas of gifts for their teachers revolve around mugs and coffee, which apparently isn’t that far off, as Mrs. Hannah Brooks, Mrs. Erica Trout, Mrs. Nora Murphy, and Mrs. Lauren Smith suggested cute mugs, Starbucks gift cards, or anything else coffee related. Mrs. Smith also says that “[A] letter goes a long way with teachers. We like to know that we are making a difference. Mrs. Murphy agreed, divulging that she “may or may not keep a folder [of handwritten letters] labeled ‘Student Sentiment’” in her filing cabinet. Oil Diffusers are particularly popular this year, especially among teachers, as they are not allowed to have candles in their classrooms due to the fire hazard. If one of your teachers has an oil diffuser, maybe invest in a nice set of essential oils for them, but make sure you don’t get this gift for a teacher who doesn’t have an oil diffuser … #hawkward. Since so many teachers seem to love mugs, perhaps it would be nice to make them something to go with a mug. Some suggestions could be this Cake Mug Mix or a Tea Tree, which makes a lovely centerpiece. Other good ideas would be nice lotions or chapsticks, as the cold air tends to do a harsh number on people's skin this time of year. I think it’s safe to say that any teacher would appreciate the sentiment of a homemade gift from a student they love.
Rossview alumna Grace Stafford says cozy socks, candles, or nice homemade food are “essentials you always blew off when you were younger”, and they are all great gifts, especially for friends and siblings you have away at college. Cierra Lannom suggested candy, as it’s fairly inexpensive and “everyone loves candy!” As featured on Exit 8, Schwoink Clothing Line is a wonderful gift idea. Not only do these shirts have immense character, but they are only $20 each, made to order, and support fellow Rossview classmate, Jackson Quarles. Mia Upchurch suggested a few DIY projects, such as a Friends inspired picture frame or Stuffed Slippers! Some other DIYs you could make are: a small Tic Tac Toe game for all your friends who really “rock” or a Happy Jar filled with small notes of encouragement and love for whenever your friend is a bit down in the dumps.
For Significant Others:
Maybe you have a habit of making your significant other a bit angry (or a lot angry), so giving them a bottle of Chill Pills would help cool them down. Fill a jar with candy and a label and there you have it! Don’t give them this if it’ll only make them more mad.
While Jackson Quarles is quite the popular Rossview entrepreneur with his Schwoink Brand, he’s not, however, the newest. Our very own Kendahl Edwards has opened her own etsy.com shop, Bath and Boujee Scrubs! She sells a variety of homemade and all natural bath, body, and beauty products, ideal for anyone with allergies or sensitive skin. Bath and Boujee would be a great gift for a friend or girlfriend this holiday season.
Another option is this adorable You’re a Catch baseball. This cute DIY would be a great gift for your athletic significant other, and it could be easily altered to any sport! Another sweet gift could be a Reasons I Love You Jar, similar to the aforementioned Happy Jar.
And lastly ... the perfect gift for anyone who is just being plain difficult