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10 Gifts Under $10

-Rache’ll Brown

It’s that time of the year again – Thanksgiving is over, and the holidays are here! It’s time for peppermint-flavored everything, twinkling Christmas lights, and presents galore! However, getting gifts for all of your friends can be tough on your wallet, so here are 10 ideas for gifts $10 and under!

#10 A Gift Card
Sure, it’s the easy way out, but $10 to Starbucks or iTunes, along with a homemade card, is sure to put a smile on your friend’s face!

#9 OPI Nail Polish
For $8.50, get your best friend, sister, mom, girlfriend, whomever, some nail polish! A girl can never have enough, and OPI is the best. (Or, you can buy a set and split it amongst your friends!)

#8 Candles
Everyone loves candles, and they make the perfect gift. My favorite comes from Bath and Body Works – their small candles (4 oz.) are $10, and mini candles are $3.50.

#7 Something from Spencer’s
This really depends on the person’s humor. I found this to be particularly entertaining.

#6 Fuzzy Socks
Some people say socks make a lame gift. I say those people have never felt the comfort of some nice fuzzy socks.

#5 DVDs
Wal-mart has a $5 DVD bin full of hidden treasures.

#4 Perfume or Lotion
Like nail polish, ladies can’t have too many perfumes or lotions. Victoria’s Secret travel size lotions and perfumes are regularly $4 each, but there are holiday specials all of December.

#3 Mini Nerf Gun
Imagine the insanity that may ensue. Most stores sell them for about $9; so buy one for each of your friends for some old school fun.

#2 Oregon Shot Glass
You can’t have too many things with Oregon on it, and for the most part, at least you know your gift will be used. The Duck Store has a few varieties ranging from $5 to $10.

#1 Baked Goods
Nothing says love more than a little tasty something made from scratch.

Portland: A World In Windows

-Whitney Menefee

After spending a weekend in Portland I remembered just how much I love window displays, especially around the holidays. I have always been interested in interior design and the visual creativity derived from it and, after a day of walking around the Pearl District, one of the most creative areas in Portland, I saw some very creative and fun window displays that I thought I would share. Ready to see and hear about some of my favorite Portland window displays?

French Quarter Linens is a high-end linens store on Northwest 11th Avenue. Each month, French Quarter Linens changes the bedding and pillows in their window display according to the weather and season. This month they chose cozy darker colors that make it hard for shoppers (me in particular), not to jump in the bed and take a quick nap before heading to the next store.

The top window display is Anthropologie’s 2012 November winter-themed display. Anthropologie always has the most creative window displays during the holiday season because all of their decorations are hand done. The polar bears in the display are made out of paper mâché and white confetti paper.

This window display is in Jonathan Adler, a new modern furniture store located on NW Everett Street. I love the red chain links that border the window–they are so festive and really get me excited for the Christmas holiday.

Thea’s Interiors Vintage Living is a vintage furniture boutique on Glisan Street. When I walked by Thea’s Interiors, I was curious about the wedding dress in their window display, being a furniture store. Despite knowing the store’s reasons behind showcasing a wedding dress in their furniture store’s window display, I discovered that the dress was made out of paper, which was incredible to hear. This window display is the reason for why I have such an appreciation for window displays. It takes a creative team to make a wedding dress out of paper.

America Shows Its Thanks For Instagram


-Marissa Tomko

According to National Geographic the world’s first photograph was taken in 1826 by a French scientist named Joseph Nicéphore Niépce. The exposure time of the bitumen-coated plate took hours, and the photo had to be properly lit in order to be viewed. This process marked the beginning of the history of photography

Fast forward almost two hundred years, and you’ll find another milestone moment in the world of photography. Only this time, instead of one image per day, it’s 226 images per second. And instead of a bitumen-coated plate, it’s Instagram, an app that enables Apple and Android users to share their lives through photographs in retro-looking filters. It combines old looks with new technology—and it’s absolutely brilliant. This Thanksgiving, Instagramming Americans set a new record by posting ten million photos onto the app, doubling the amounts that are uploaded other days of the year.

I have found the general consensus among my peers to be that Instagram is the place to be. Some have gone so far as to say it has made sites such as Facebook irrelevant, which is ironic considering that the company purchased Instagram for one billion dollars earlier this year.

In any case, it is clear that Americans were thankful for the app this year, posting pictures of meals, family, and decor during the holiday. While people have been photographing these things for so many years, there’s something about Instagram that makes us care more about the turkey other people are eating. Maybe it’s the old time-y filters that make something ordinary extraordinary. Or maybe it’s the simplicity—you scroll through pictures and double tap them if you “like” them. No matter what its draw, it seems that Instagram will be documenting our holiday season at insane rates, and Thanksgiving was just the beginning. Happy holidays and happy gramming!


Man on the Street: The Price of Love

Week 2: Valentine’s Day

[caps]T[/caps]his week our subject was an obvious one: everyone’s favorite Hallmark holiday, Valentine’s Day.

In the week leading up to it, we asked University of Oregon students what they thought about the loved-by-some, dreaded-by-many February 14th. We also asked them to tell us the story behind their most memorable Valentine’s Day.