Starbucks gift sets, Nicholas Sparks novels make list of great holiday gifts

Published by adviser, Author: Katie Ellis - Rocket Contributor, Date: November 30, 2012

With only a few weeks left to get in all of your shopping before Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa, it’s time to finish your shopping list and check it twice.  Holiday shopping doesn’t have to be an expensive ordeal, and with a few tips, you’ll be able to buy a gift for everyone on your list and have enough money left over to buy yourself something special.
Head to the nearest mall to finish your shopping with this list in hand, and you’ll definitely bring a lot of joy to your friends and family members this holiday season.
This year, buying a gift for your friends will be easier than ever with a little help from Starbucks.  If you have a friend that is crazy about coffee and can’t go a day without getting a cup of their famous brew, buy them the Starbucks Brew by the Cup Gift Set.
This gift set features the pour-over cone filter, a coffee cup, filters, and Pike Place Roast ground coffee that makes brewing coffee a breeze.  In three easy steps, your friend will be able to make a great cup of coffee without the hassle of using a full-sized coffee maker for just $19.95.
Starbucks sells a number of other gift sets including a Cake Pop Kit and the Gingerbread Trio for $12.95 and $19.95, respectively.

Nicholas Sparks has been making literary magic ever since the publication of his first novel, “The Notebook” in 1996, and has published 15 heartwarming novels and has had 8 of his best works turned into feature films since 1999.  In order to find the perfect gift for your mother, simply purchase one of his greatest works from
Barnes and Noble offers a number of Nicholas Sparks’ books and movies that are in either new or used condition.  “The Nicholas Sparks Holiday Collection” is a compilation of three of his finest works including “True Believer,” its sequel “At First Sight,” and “A Bend in the Road.”  For the price of one book, you can buy your mother three books starting at around $13 for a new copy.  If she has read any of these books, pick up a copy of “Save Haven,” which is set to hit the big screen in February 2013.

BBC America describes the perfect gift for dad as, “the world’s most extreme car show.”  Top Gear features test drives of supercars of today, distance races, and celebrity rides in a “reasonably priced car,” in an hour-long show hosted by car experts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May.  For 18 seasons, the men of Top Gear have been pushing the limits of car testing in ways that other programs have only dreamed of replicating.
Buy your dad the latest season of the popular television program for about $24 from the BBC America Shop on  He will be able to experience some of the world’s greatest cars on the show loved by millions of car fans across the world in the comfort of your living room.

If you would rather stay on campus to do your holiday shopping, visit the bookstore for deals on official Slippery Rock merchandise.  Instead of giving your brother or sister a gift that they aren’t likely to use, or will only keep them entertained until the start of the new year, buy them a T-shirt that they’ll be proud to wear time and time again.
The bookstore sells a number of items suitable for your grandparents as well.  Purchase a Slippery Rock Grandma or Grandpa coffee mug for under $10 that your grandparents will love using for their morning tea or coffee.

When you’re buying gifts for your friends and family members this holiday season, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to show them how much you care.  You can easily buy gifts for your loved ones for under $30 that they will treasure for years to come.
Don’t forget to buy yourself something special with the money that you save from using this holiday shopping guide!


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