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20 very awesome gifts to buy a friend for the holidays
(all under $20)

By Farah Kurji, SNN Editor, Hugh Boyd Secondary School, Richmond, BC

Looking for cool gifts for family and friends this Christmas? Check out this Christmas list. Some suggestions are specific to Vancouver or British Columbia residents but similar gifts/activities can be found in your area.

1. Old Navy PJ Bottoms are very comfy and cozy for that cold wintry night. They come in a variety of colours, and prints, for both your guy and gal pals. $14.99-24.50
Got some extra cash? Throw in a matching performance fleece blanket. Visit an Old Navy store or shop online at

2. The Body Shop's Cranberry, Snow and Pear scents are new just in time for the holiday season. Each gift set includes Bath and Shower Gel, Body Lotion, Square Soap and a Votive Candle. $19.95

3. Support your Vancouver Canucks and buy a Todd Bertuzzi Bobblehead. They are available at Authentix right outside General Motors Place and at most sport retailers. $20.00

4. Looking for a very groovy gift this year? Pick up Austin Powers in Goldmember on DVD or VHS. $18.99-26.99
Check out an even wider selection of videos or dvds at your nearest Roger's store or online at

5. Have to read William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet this holiday vacation? Make sure to catch Alessandro Juliani and Meg Roe play "star-crossed lovers" in the Vancouver Playhouse's Romeo and Juliet. Student tickets for matinees and previews start at $20.00

6. Don't want to go all out this year? Take a friend for a walk through VanDusen Botanical Gardens Festival of Lights. Thousands of lights light up the park from December 6th-31st. Santa is in his workshop nightly until December 24th. $2.75-6.00

7. Santa arrives at most malls across Canada around November 24th. Grab some friends or family and have your picture taken with St. Nick. If you're lucky you might get exactly what you want this year from Mr. Claus. Prices range depending on location

8. Donate some time volunteering at the Union Gospel Mission on Vancouver's East side or another community group in your neighbourhood. $FREE

9. Pick up the new TLC or Foo Fighter's CD priced specially at Future Shop for only $15.99.
The enhanced Foo Fighter's CD lets you unlock a new cover tune on their website weekly for up to four weeks. The TLC album is the first to be released since the death of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes.

10. Grab a girlfriend and treat yourselves to a manicure. Get funky acrylic nails or go for a basic manicure. $Prices range depending on service

11. Chicken Elmo will sing and dance as he moves and flaps his arms like a chicken. This is a must have for the ultimate Elmo fan. Pick Chicken Elmo up at Toys R Us. $19.97

12. Pick up a 9- inch Sky Pro disc for some crazy Ultimate Frisbee with your buds in the snow. $7.99

13. Get out the recipe book and bake some delicious holiday treats. Out of recipes? Check out for some yummy ideas. $Depends on supplies used

14. Dozens of movies will hit the big screen this holiday season. Be sure to grab a friend and treat them to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, 8 mile, Adam Sandler's 8 Crazy Nights, Analyze That, Maid in Manhattan, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Hot Chick and Gangs of New York. $8-15.00

15. Make a scrapbook filled with funky pictures and mementos. Hunt around for scrapbook supplies at photography and dollar stores. Still stuck? Make a stop at Michaels Craft stores or your favourite craft store. $Price varies depending on supplies

16. The Harry Potter Chamber of Secrets Hardcover Journal is perfect for the ultimate Harry Potter fan. The journal is filled with wizardly drawings and can be picked up at a Chapter's near you. $19.99

17. Send a card online to show that special someone you care. Try or
Technologically impaired? Pick up a card from the dollar store to tell someone how you truly feel this holiday season. $1.00

18. Best friend leaving town this holiday season? Give him/her a disposable panoramic camera to take with them on their voyage so that you don't miss out on a thing. $14.99

19. Not too sure still? Pick up gift certificates from dozens of retailers ~ American Eagle, HMV, Gap, Off the Wall, Below the Belt, Famous Players and West 49th all offer great gift certificates. $5.00-20.00

20. Still Stuck? Print some articles off of Canada's Schoolnet News Network . Plop a bow on and you've got the perfect gift. $FREE


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