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Holiday Must Haves of 2011

Jaclyn Goldstein


Get your wallets ready!  Black Friday is just a week away and before you know it, the holidays will be here! Whether you plan on waiting on the never-ending lines on Black Friday at the crack of dawn, or waiting until the last minute to buy your gifts, it is always helpful to have an idea about what the popular items are this year.  Here are some of the new products that are sure to make a memorable gift for your loved ones.

Brand new on the market as of October is the Apple iPhone 4S.  This product can be a great gift for virtually anyone, except for very young children.  Some of the major differences between the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 4 is that the 4S has faster internet speed, an 8 megapixel camera, and a dual-core A5 chip.  As college students, we may not be able to spend as much time with our friends or family at home as we would like.  FaceTime is an amazing feature on the iPhone 4 and 4S that allows you to video chat with someone else who also has an iPhone with that feature.  Depending on the amount of gigabytes, the iPhone 4s ranges from $199-$399.

Warning: This next item may result in the disappearance of your boyfriend.  Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was just released early this month and has already broken its selling record.  This very popular first-person shooter game can be played on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows, and Wii.  The game sells for $60, but you can also purchase a pre-owned game online.  The price for a pre-owned game will vary depending on where it is bought.  However, whether you are buying this for your brother or your boyfriend, keep in mind that it is likely that he may not stop playing the game for hours on end.

Another holiday must have for 2011 is the Kindle Fire.  This product, which was released in November, is a tablet computer version of Amazon’s e-book reader and runs on Wi-Fi.  Selling for $199, the Kindle Fire features a colored 7’’ multi-touch display and includes the Amazon Appstore to purchase e-books, as well as games, music, movies and TV shows.  While very similar to the Apple iPad, the Kindle Fire can be a great purchase for college students as many are converting to e-books instead of textbooks.  In addition, it can also be a great idea to give to parents and grandparents.  The tablet allows for larger print on a screen than a regular book would, making it easier for the elderly to read.  Not to mention, it is also eco-friendly because it is paperless.  With the winter season underway, this can be a great present for those who enjoy staying warm inside and reading a new book.

For those looking to find a special gift for a girlfriend, a Pandora charm bracelet continues to be a popular trend.  Pandora offers a wide variety of different charms to make the bracelet personalized and just recently released its Autumn/Winter collection.  The bracelets and charms vary in price and may put a dent in your wallet.  As an alternative, you could go to a local flea market and have a charm bracelet made there for half the price.  Choose charms that are meaningful to your significant other, and she will treasure the bracelet forever!

If you are looking to buy the gift of warmth this season, then the Forever Lazy is the perfect match.  For just $29.95 on their website, the item offers a button closure and belt and is available in pink, blue, and grey.   Similarly to how the Snuggie is simply a blanket with sleeves, the Forever Lazy is basically a one-piece jumpsuit with a hood.  The sizes range from XS-XL so can fit most people.   Regardless of one’s age or gender, comfort and warmth during the frigid winter season will always be appreciated.

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