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#GiftHacks SECRET CRUSH

Can you match the gift you bought with its intended recipient? ROOMMATE

SECRET CRUSH

PROFESSOR

MOTHER

GRANDMOTHER

A. CELEBRITY MEMOIR

B. FEBREZE AIR EFFECTS

How to cherish your loved ones without spending a dime.

C. MICHAEL BUBLE’S “CHRISTMAS”

By Crissona Thompson, UCL A It’s Christmastime, which means your friends, family and grumpy professor will be expecting you to scrounge the bottom of your roommate’s couch for enough change to buy them presents. ¶ If you don’t have the resources to give as freely as you’d like, the holidays can feel like just another obstacle following finals and grad school applications. But while it might be tempting to plead for mercy and defer gift-giving to a more financially solvent period of your life, remember that when you’re older one day, you’ll be expecting presents from the thankless college students in your life too! So, here’s how to give gifts that, with minimal physical and financial strain, show your Christmas spirit.

D. CASH

E. NETFLIX MEMBERSHIP

VACATION DAZE: THE GAME OF HOLIDAY REL A X ATION

It ’s Winter Break and you’re intent on doing as lit tle as possible, but will your “responsibilities” get in the way?

Nobody wakes you up and you sleep till noon. SPIN AGAIN

You woke up too late and missed the brunch your parents made. BACK A SPACE

The pancakes are still warm though, and way less cot tony than the ones at school! MOVE AHE AD T WO SPACES

Your mom reminds you that you have shopping to do, and the lines are terrible. BACK TO START

You run into your high school nemesis outside a Hot Topic. They dropped out of college are doing yo-yo full time now! SPIN AGAIN

Your other granddad, waving off the now-unamused protests of your parents, makes you another Old Fashioned. MOVE AHE AD T WO SPACES

That night, you eat the bes t meal you’ve had in six months. SPIN AGAIN

Waving of f the protes ts of your parents, your granddad makes you an Old Fashioned. SLIDE FORWARD THREE SPACES

Your younger cousin Grayson will be there. He wears a fedora and loves “grown-up conversations.” RETURN TO START

When you get home, your mom reminds you that your ex tended family is coming. LOSE A TURN

While shopping, you’re reminded of how lit tle money you have. BACK T WO SPACES

Your parents say you can hang out with your friends, but only if you’re back by midnight. LOSE A TURN

While out, you see your high school ex with a new beau, and they seem cooler than you. LOSE A TURN

The new S.O. gets drunk and throws up on your ex! You’re still the one that got away. SPIN AGAIN

You return home to a well-stocked fridge, make an ex travagant sandwich and pass out in bed watching Net flix.

START!

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// DECEMBER 2016

YOU WIN!

L-R, Images via www.theodyesseyonline.com • wvwww.f lavorus.com

Key: Grandma = Michael Buble’s “Christmas”; Roommate = Febreze Air Effects; Professor = Cash; Secret Crush = Netflix Membership; Mom = Celebrity Memoir

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