Students share their picks for the top gifts of the season


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Rockford senior Josh Sinclair said he wouldn’t mind a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas.

“Like in 'A Christmas Story,' I would like to flaunt it like it’s the best Christmas present ever,” he said.

Ideally, Sinclair said he would like a hula hoop, his two front teeth and a hippopotamus.

“Although all that stuff is great, the greatest gift of all is love,” he said.

Looking for a stocking stuffer? Moustache bandages make that “ouchie” look more stylish. For $7, Urban Outfitters has them waiting for the moustache-lover in your family tree.

Receiving a technology-related gift is always a popular, and this year, the Microsoft Surface is on many people’s wish list. To go along with it, Scrabble HD will allow people to go head-to-head with users on their smart phones or tablets.

Another popular gift for all ages is the Amazon Kindle that uses white light. The product starts at $119.

Bay City senior Nate Caister would give his grandma a Kindle to give her the resources to be more “technology-savvy.”

“I love my grandma, and I think she would just love it,” he said. “She would find it very neat.”

Midland senior Nicholas Talbott said he hopes to get something technology-related this year, like the iPod touch.

“I’m probably the only person who has never had an iPod,” he said.

The holiday season always brings new trends and fashion must-haves. On Oprah’s famous “Favorite Things 2012” she recommends the Coach puffer coats for $458.

“The thing I love about Coach is the attention to detail. This perfect down puffer trimmed in leather manages to be nice and warm without making you look like the Incredible Hulk,” Oprah said on her website.

Cologne and perfume are always common, and this year, popular women’s fragrances include Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker and D & G Light Blue by Dolce and Gabbana for women.

Rockford freshman Emily Sinclair said along with perfume and cologne, she foresees anything Vera Bradley being popular this year.

“I would like a duffle bag, in any print,” she said. “It’s stylish and pretty.”

Grand Haven sophomore Zachary Konarska said he would like a wool bow-tie to wear to make him “look fancy.”

“I would be happy if that was wrapped under the tree,” he said.

For the home, Jaxx Bean Bags offer plenty of sizes and styles for the couch potato. The extra large free-foam lounging durable bean bags range from $99 to $259. Featured on fab.com, the indoor and outdoor bean bags are as big as nine-feet long.

Bridgeport freshman Lindsey Shaffer said she would love a huge, comfy bean bag to lie in, any day of the week.

“If I got this for Christmas, I would be so happy forever,” she said.

For the travelers and adventure-seekers, a “Scratch Map” allows people to scratch off areas they have been to, which reveals a pop of color. More color is revealed, the more you travel.  The map can be found at uncommongoods.com.

According to the American Research Group, shoppers around the country plan to spend an average of $856 on Christmas presents this year, a 32 percent increase from last year.

With all the options and potential Christmas presents out there, Sinclair said it’s the thought that counts.

“It’s all about giving this time of the year,” he said. “Especially to those who are less fortunate.”


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