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[Opinion] Holiday Gift Ideas

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Clothing and Shoes


Uggs have officially made a comeback in 2023. Both the Tasman and the Classic Ultra Mini Boot are great gift ideas for those who prioritize comfort in their everyday outfits.


Lululemon remains a popular pick for everyday active wear. Their women’s Align Leggings and men’s ABC Pants are perfect for staying warm in chilly weather and are a solid addition to anyone’s wardrobe essentials.

Adidas Sambas

Hot take: Adidas Sambas are to 2023 as Nike Air Force 1’s were to 2020. While the brand has always been popular, Adidas seemed to steal the spotlight this year with their high-in-demand Sambas. The soccer-inspired sneakers come in many colors and pair nicely with any outfit.


Everyone appreciates a good-quality hoodie that fits just right with the correct amount of slouch and space. ESSENTIALS has a great collection of high-quality hoodies that complement anyone, although they are a bit of a splurge for loungewear.


Birkenstocks seem to have the same effect on people as Uggs do this year; particularly the Boston style. These earthy suede clogs will boost anyone’s slipper game and can be paired with virtually anything.

Makeup, Hair and Accessories

Rare Beauty Blush

The Soft Pinch Liquid Blush from Rare Beauty has been a major hit within the world of beauty. But then again, so has everything Selena Gomez has launched in her young makeup brand.

Dior Lip Oil

Lip oils are all the rage now, and the Dior Addict Lip Oil takes the cake for the most sought-after. Treat yourself to the designer lippy that can be purchased in a gift set or on its own.

Drunk Elephant Bronzie Drops

Besides makeup, everyone’s on a skincare kick nowadays, so why not combine the best of both worlds? Drunk Elephant’s D-Bronzi Bronzing Drops provide that perfect sun-kissed glow and look great under makeup.

Claw Clips

Claw clips have become the new messy buns and are the perfect hair accessories to achieve a seemingly effortless look.

Stanley Cups

Stanley cups might as well be considered an accessory considering the way everyone is carrying them around. These viral cups are the perfect gift for those who like to stay hydrated or need a friendly reminder to do so.

Technology and Media

Disposable Camera

These antiquated devices have made a comeback this year. Disposable cameras are perfect for capturing memories and giving a vintage look to any picture.

Record Player

Record players make a great gift for any music-lover or vinyl collector.

Charging Station

Chargers too often get lost, broken, or stolen. However, these charging stations are the perfect solutions to these problems and rest on any desk or bedside table.


These mini portable projectors are great for hosting parties or movie nights. They connect to almost any mobile phone and are a unique gift for this holiday season.

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Miranda Sirota, Editor-in-Chief
Miranda Sirota is a senior this year at Melissa High School. This is her third year writing for the Cardinal Connection. Miranda is also involved in other extracurriculars including Band, HOSA, NHS, academic UIL, and Book Club. Outside of school, she enjoys reading, cooking, and binge-watching her favorite TV shows. After graduating, Miranda plans to study Dental Hygiene to become a registered hygienist.

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