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Give loved ones the best gift of all for the holiday

It’s crazy to think that this year is coming to a close already. I guess it really starts to sink in around the holidays. Along with the closing year come family togetherness and the very dangerous/difficult feat of purchasing presents. So what is on everyone’s gift list this year? It’s hard to tell these days.

As kids grow older, they tend to become more and more difficult to shop for. The days of Barbie dolls, GI Joes, and Clue games are now over, though we sometimes wish we could stay little forever. We still want toys, but toys that won’t embarrass us if our friends find out about them. A little tip for the parents out there: ASK YOUR KIDS WHAT THEY WANT. This will help you not only find a perfect gift for your son or daughter, but also avoid day-after-Christmas exchanges which usually are accompanied by endless lines and screaming children. Asking also makes your lives a lot easier, as I’m sure many parents are running out of clever ideas for their children.

As for all the adults out there we, too, want to know what it is you really want. We are used to hearing the passive, “oh, nothing” answer to this undying question, but it’s getting old. Tell us what you want, and if we can actually afford your gift, we may just get it for you. I know that I have exhausted my “traditional” purchases for my parents and now actually have to get creative, but I also know that parents love homemade, sentimental stuff. A good way to make your mom cry (in a good way) is to give her a collage of pictures of you and your siblings, pets, friends and her, all put together. These easy-to-make gifts are both creative and thoughtful, with a very low price to go with them.

We all know that the holidays are not about presents, but most of us still partake in these “traditional” activities because we like to. It’s fun to decorate and wrap presents for other people, but there’s sometimes a little part of you that wants to get your special someone the perfect gift. Don’t worry about it. This is time to have fun and remind people how much you care about them. If you are like the majority of teenagers, and lack a wad of pocket money, consider making something creative for your family members. After all, they just want to spend time with you, anyway. Do yourselves a favor and spend as much time as you can with your loved ones during the holidays, because once you leave home, you’re gonna miss out on the home-cooked meals and the feel of your own bed. Believe me, I know!

Before you know it, it will be the New Year, and most people will be making New Year’s resolutions. Take this time to think about spending more time with your family. You never know what might happen, and no matter what, you’re stuck with the people in your family. As I am sure I have said before, they will be there for you, no matter what. You never know when you’ll need some extra cash, right? Just kidding.

Along with the closing of this year, I am closing a chapter in my life as well. This December issue of my YOUTH column is the last one I will be able to print in The Union. I recently turned 18 and am no longer a youth myself. Though I will miss writing to all of you who actually read my column, this has been a real learning experience. I have had a great time writing to this community and offering various activities to share with your teen or parent, and hope that a few of my suggestions have worked out for you. I owe the San Filippo family a thank-you for letting me share with you some of their traditions to keep the lines of communication flowing between family members. I also would like to thank my own family for letting me expose our interesting lives to the public. I know that they have gotten a kick out of my so-called words of wisdom. Most of all, thank you to all of the readers out there. I really hope you’ve enjoyed my column topics and at least gotten a chuckle or two out of them. Thank you for letting me be a part of your families, and good luck with future relationships. Merry Christmas and Happy Hoovies!

Your Youth writer,

Morgan Nettles

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