What UTA Students Expect
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Best and Worst Gifts
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Homemade Holiday All I Want for
Some find making gifts “And you can save money, depend- doesn’t know well.
a heartfelt alternative to ing on what you want to make and She said she got the idea to make
the supplies you use.” her own cards after seeing how
holiday shopping Mark Fulenwider said he wishes Christmas cards at stores are cheesy
he could save money this holiday and have stupid jokes that “just UTA students talk about She said she doesn’t get to go
BY MEGAN WRIGHT season. The mechanical engineering aren’t you.” She said nice-looking home that often, since she lives
The Shorthorn staff
sophomore said he doesn’t make the cards from a store can also be really what they expect to get in Houston and doesn’t have a
They’re coming. presents he gives. expensive. this year car.
The holidays are speedily ap- “[I don’t] because I’m lazy,” he “I said, ‘Well, if I scrapbook, I can Austin also said cards are
proaching, and with them comes said. “I should because I’m broke make [a card] myself,’” she said. “I BY MEGAN MAGAÑA nice at Christmas, just to let
the shopping. this semester.” can make one for half the cost.” The Shorthorn staff others know you are thinking
Finding gifts can be a fate worse While he agreed that homemade She said she makes cards by us- about them. She said home-
Interdisciplinary studies ju-
than death, with holiday shoppers gifts are appreciated more, he said ing pictures of herself and her ﬁan- made gifts were nice, like the
nior Stephanie Reetz said she
elbowing and pushing their ways to the receiver could have hurt feelings ce, cut-outs and other supplies from collage she made for her sister
will not spend a lot on gifts this
checkout counters. if the present looks bad. He said that stores like Hobby Lobby or Recol- in the past.
But there is a way to avoid all could happen if the giver isn’t an lections. “There’s nothing wrong with
“As a college student on a
the horrors of Christmas shopping artist. “I dress [a card] up and make it making your own,” she said.
tight budget, presents will not
— homemade gifts. “It might look like you didn’t try look real cute,” she said. “It’s kind of Austin said she also enjoys
be as spectacular this year,” she
Some people choose to person- when you did,” he said. “That’s prob- a cheap way to give gifts and lets ev- stocking stuﬀers, such as candy
alize what they give by making the ably why I don’t make them.” eryone know that you’re thinking of and small knick-knacks.
She said she will just buy
gifts themselves. Rothberg said Michaels’ store them during the holidays.” “My mom always puts little
gifts for her family and boy-
International business junior associates can help people like Fu- necessities in my stocking,” she
Kristin Farr said she plans on using lenwider invent and execute hand- said.
“His will probably be the
a technique she learned from her made gift ideas. The store also holds Undeclared sophomore
most expensive present,” Reetz
mother — crocheting. classes and demonstrations on how Kean Briones said he would
“Last year I made a blanket for to use store products and various
She said she was hoping to travel to Austin to spend time
my grandma, so I’ll probably make craft techniques. with his family. He said the gift
get a digital camera from him.
her another one,” she said. “It was These events occur at the store exchange was for the children in
She said she might make
red and fuzzy.” year-round on Saturdays and Sun- the family, but he still expected
presents for her mom and sis-
Farr said people should make days. Prices vary depending on the to receive some presents.
ters to save money and that she
more gifts because the handmade class and does not include supplies. For a list of arts and craft classes, expects to receive clothes. “[My parents] get extra gifts
gifts mean more to the receivers. Rothberg said the store is hav- visit these local merchants. they think would be nice for me
Reetz said she liked that,
She said these presents are nicer ing a knitting and crocheting event and my brother,” he said.
since it would save her from
and more from the heart than any- starting at noon Sunday. She said
thing store-bought. both techniques are popular right
• Michaels at 1108 W. Ar- buying them for herself. Briones said that this year,
brook Blvd. in Arlington, or Hibest Zikru, political sci- he really wants an Apple iPod
Sharon Rothberg, event coordi- now for homemade gifts, along with so he can take it to the gym.
call 817-468-1983. ence graduate student, said
nator for the Arlington craft store beading and making items for home “The iPod will allow me to
she’d rather do something for
Michaels, said she also thinks giving décor. burn calories and listen to mu-
charity this holiday season.
homemade gifts is better than just English junior Victoria Young- • Hobby Lobby in Arlington, “I’m just against consumer- sic at the same time,” he said.
buying them. blood said she likes to make cards 4628 S. Cooper St., also has ism,” she said. Biology sophomore Laura
“Because it’s something you and cookies for her family dur- classes. Maroun said she’ll be travel-
She said the idea of Christ-
made with your own hands, I think ing holidays. The scrapbooker said ing to Massachusetts to see her
mas is to show love to family
it shows thoughtfulness,” she said. she buys cards only for people she family this year.
and friends, and that should oc-
cur everyday. “We usually spend Christ-
“I rather do that throughout mas Eve at my Aunt Janet’s
house and exchange gifts with
We’re FOCUSED on
the whole year,” Zikru said.
Anthropology freshman the family,” she said.
Sara Austin said she is expect- She said that on Christmas
your camera needs! ing school supplies from her Day, she spends time at her own
house with her immediate fam-
family or just little things that
she wants. She said she would ily, and they open up the rest of
not buy those things for herself, their gifts.
but her parents and her sister Maroun said she asked for a
See yo would. down comforter this year, since
u at th the winters are so cold in Mas-
Tech Fa e UTA Austin said she’d buy gifts
ir Nov. for her family for being so sup- sachusetts.
Come b 16th!
y the A portive, especially her sister. “I love Christmas — it al-
a boot n “It’s easier to buy stuﬀ for ways goes great,” she said.
siblings,” she said.
• Large selection of pre-owned cameras and equipment Taking a photo class next semester? “As a college student on a tight
• Prices that won’t ruin your budget
Weʼve got everything you need. budget, presents will not be as
• Film processing “The choice of UTA students and faculty” spectacular this year.”
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Average value of gift
… and folks like ʼem.
for food are shown on a rack at a Path- �������� Purchased or received cards purchased (10 point scale)
mark grocery store in Brooklyn, Wednes- More people are
discovering the gift
70 percent $60 9
day, Oct. 19, in New York. The cards come of letting people
choose their own
in a denomination of the buyer’s choice or present – gift cards.
Easy to find and
in speciﬁc denominations, i.e., $25 or $50. wrap, they are grow-
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What are the best and “
worst holiday gifts you
have ever received? Irum
Best: Best: Best: B
“Money.” “A car.” “My Doc Marten “
Worst: Worst: W
“Clothes.” “$5.” Worst: “
“A snowman with I
hair ties on it.”
Nashid Chowdhury Josh Dennis Shannon Fulmer Nariman
Biology Freshman Business Administration Freshman Education Junior International B
Best: Best: Best: B
“A $500 gift “A lot of money.” “A dice ball package “
certificate to Best which includes a
Buy.” Worst: pedicure, manicure, W
“A personalized massage and facial.” “
piggy bank to save g
for a car instead of a a
real car.” d
Logan Hull Craig Joyce Crystal Keane Ben
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Best: Best: Best: Best:
“A ticket “A bicycle when I “Sergeant Snuggles “My laptop.”
to Pakistan.” was like four or five from Build-A-Bear.”
years old.” Worst:
Worst: Worst: “Underwear that fit
“Socks.” Worst: “Russell Stover too tight.”
“A fluorescent- Candy.”
m Abid Vishwas Bedekar Rachel Benson Jared Boone
Sophomore Mechanical Engineering Grad Student Anthropology Junior Finance Junior
Best: Best: Best: Best:
“Cash.” “A diamond necklace “A sewing machine.” “My daughter. She was
from my boyfriend.” born around Christmas,
Worst: Worst: and she’s my miracle baby.
“Getting a shirt that Worst: “My mother marrying Worst:
I really didn’t like.” “A cheap makeup kit my stepdad.” “An engagement ring my
I’ve never used.” fiancé bought with my
Hajisaghat Rachel Harrison Amanda Hobbs Molly Hoffman
Business Senior English Senior Political Science Junior Interdisciplinary Studies Senior
Best: Best: Best: Best:
“A shotgun.” “An iPod from four of “CDs.” “Money.”
Worst: Worst: Worst:
“One of those carryover Worst: “An ugly shirt. It was “A gift basket of
gifts since my birthday “When I was young, really ugly. It was lotion.”
and Christmas are nine my mom gave me a like, hideous.”
days apart.” girly shirt.”
n Loup Lam Nguyen Michelle Oboarekpe Ailiya Raza
gineering Junior Medical Technology Sophomore Accounting Freshman Biology Junior
Best: Best: Best:
“A car.” “A CD player.” “A trip to Hawaii.”
Worst: Worst: Worst:
“A curling iron.” “My grandmother’s “A pair of socks that
attempt to give me said HO HO HO with
socks.” a Santa Claus on
Stevens Katina Vassileva Lino Yamaguchi
ations Junior International Business Sophomore Psychology Sophomore
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O F F I C E O F I N F O R M AT I O N T E C H N O L O G Y Tech Sells
UTA COMPUTER STORE Video games, cell phones
$299.99, offering purchasers the
http://oit.uta.edu/computerstore on gift lists this season console with a wired controller.
The second bundle is $399.99, but
UTA ID REQUIRED Store Hours BY KAYLA MURILLO it includes a wireless controller,
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an extra 20 gigabyte hard drive
Most students have ﬁgured out and a headset.
Ransom Hall #113 Friday 8am - 5pm by now that Santa Claus is not re- Coleman said new video games
sponsible for the gifts they receive. will be released around the same
It’s family, friends, co-workers or time as Xbox 360 and are expect-
UT Microsoft Campus Agreement Software Distributor: mere acquaintances who buy holi- ed to sell quickly. Some of these
day gifts each year. games include Need for Speed,
Microsoft Windows XP Professional Upgrade $14
Just like Santa holds a list ﬁlled available Nov. 16, and NBA Live
Microsoft Ofﬁce 2003 Professional $21 with the gifts each person wants, 06, available Nov. 21.
Microsoft Offﬁce XP Professional $21 people can hold a list of their own. Interdisciplinary studies soph-
Microsoft Mac 2004 Standard $7 Each year, certain products are omore Amanda Brown said the
Microsoft Ofﬁce Mac 10.0 w/ Virtual PC 6.1 $21 released before the holidays and are console would be trendy this holi-
Microsoft Ofﬁce 2004 w/ Virtual PC 7.0 $14 seen as the popular gifts of the sea- day season as gaming has become
Microsoft FrontPage 2003 $7 son. more popular because of the new
This year is no diﬀerent. technology.
Microsoft Visual Studio.Net 2002 $40
Each holiday season, Toys R Us “The graphics are supposed to
Microsoft Visual Studio.Net 2003 $50 produces a “Joy List” showcasing be starting a whole new genera-
the best toys of the year. tion,” she said. “But, it’s going to
Adobe Student Non Student Academic One of the items featured on the be very expensive.”
Licensing Program Discounts list is Nintendo’s Game Boy Micro. Instead of the Xbox, Brown
Acrobat 7.0 Standard Edition $45 $96.20 The handheld gaming device looks said she wishes someone would
like Nintendo’s old wired control- buy her the new Motorola cell
Acrobat 7.0 Professional Edition $55 $129
lers but has the same graphics as the phone, ROKR. The cell phone has
Creative Suite CS2 $225 $399 Game Boy Advance. the capabilities of a regular cell
Chris Coleman, assistant store phone, but has iTunes as well.
manager for GameStop on Cooper “It’s a cell phone with an iPod,”
Street, said anything associated with she said. “It’s two in one.”
Microsoft Xbox 360 will be popular Nursing sophomore Bethel Ze-
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Macromedia Studio 8 $99 Available for Mac OS X and Windows “It’s the only next generation will be a coveted gift for Christ-
To be used on personally owned machines. console that comes out before mas.
Includes Dreamweaver 8, Flash Professional 8, Contribute 3, FlashPaper 2, and Fireworks 8 Christmas,” he said. “They’ve made so many up-
Microsoft oﬀers two diﬀer- grades and changes,” she said.
ent packages people can purchase “Now there are so many cool cell
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