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The secret code of Christmas shopping has been broken

For teenagers, Christmas shopping for their friends, boyfriends/girlfriends and teachers can be a stressful thing. First, you don’t know who to buy a present for, or even if you should buy presents for everyone in your friend group. This can be an issue in any kind of relationship, be it friendship or otherwise, so here are some suggestions.

If you don’t have a lot of money to spend or don’t know if you should get every one of your friends something, you can make fudge, cookies, candles, cute ornaments, or anything cute and creative. This shouldn’t cost too much money, and it can be fun and simple without taking up too much time. Another thing to remember is that you don’t have to get a present for every single person you have ever talked to.

Cookies or chocolate are good things to get for your teachers. Remember that they have a lot of students, and have probably collected a lot of items like mugs or cups for the holidays and don’t necessarily need more.

The main thing you want to avoid is getting something extremely cheesy, inappropriate, or impersonal and rude. This can include a card for a holiday they don’t celebrate or something super cringy and insensitive. Another thing to avoid getting is something extremely gender specific. Don’t assume that just because your friend is a girl that she wants scented lotions and perfumes and face masks.

There is nothing wrong with asking your friends if they want anything, or just inviting them to hang out and make something with you. Christmas shopping can be stressful, but the holidays are really about spending time together and appreciating what you have.