When it comes to Christmas gifts, finding a quality, unique gift can be a bit daunting, even if you’re shopping for the people you know best. That’s why we have compiled a list of 5 top-notch gifts to get any college student in your life.
- Blobfish Plush: for the Stuffed Animal Enthusiast
Despite what some people may say, no one ever truly grows out of enjoying a good stuffed animal. Bonus points if the animal in question is a very quirky deep-sea fish. This stuffed blobfish is the perfect companion in a college student’s dorm whether they be a zoology major or simply a plushy enthusiast. With rave reviews, this less-than-perky pink pal is a fantastic addition to your Christmas repertoire.
- Scratch-Off Map: for the Globetrotter
As a fan of travel myself, I can say with utmost certainty that you know someone with a serious case of wanderlust. For those of us with the need to scratch the travel itch, this scratch-off world map is a must-have. Not only is it stylishly designed, but it also serves as a wonderful personalized reminder of the places we’ve been. For those of us with cross-country ambitions in mind, there is a state scratch-off version too. Will Christmas wonders never cease?
- 40cean Jellyfish Bracelet: for your Eco-Friendly Friend
With plastic pollution at an all-time high, it can be incredibly disheartening to think of how little we can do to help our planet, but there is a way to spread a little green Christmas cheer. The 40cean Jellyfish bracelet (as well as their other products) are sold to fund efforts to clean up our oceans. For every one of these adjustable, stylish, 100% recycled material composed bracelets purchased, 40cean removes one pound of plastic waste from the oceans and protects our marine life. Save the turtles (and time with your Christmas shopping too) and give this gift to a green guy or gal.
- R2-D2 Sweater: for your Cozy Nerd
Sweaters are a timeless classic in the winter gift-giving season, but don’t just settle on your average sale rack staple this year. With the new Star Wars movie just around the corner, give your droid-loving friend this cozy R2-D2 sweater (provided by every nerds’ trusted resource, ThinkGeek) so the Force will be with them even when the warm weather isn’t.
- Fujifilm Instax Mini Camera: for your Trendy Shutterbug
As polaroid style cameras become more popular, it’d be a shame not to include this wonderful little camera into the selection. The Fujifilm Instax Mini is a small, portable, and easy-to-use camera that is not only all of those things, but is also quite stylish. Coming in several adorable pastel colors, this camera is easy to use with several exposure settings and a sensor indicating which one is best for the lighting of any particular situation. It comes with an attachable close-up lens and easily fits into any backpack or tote. As someone who owns one of these cameras, I can only offer it glowing recommendations. Some of my favorite photos from my trips came from this camera, and the small film is very scrapbook-friendly and comes in a variety of styles. (I’m quite partial to this Gudetama one.) This camera is the perfect addition to any amateur photographer’s collection.
When you’re ready to get into the Christmas spirit, there’s nothing like getting cozy on the couch and watching a holiday movie. Here at the library, we have a few Christmas favorites in our DVD collection. Feel free to check one out this December!
A Christmas classic, White Christmas tells the story of four entertainers, a Vermont inn, and a will-they-or-won’t-they romance. Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney star in this charming musical.
Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Many of us grew up watching the original, animated Grinch. Give this timeless tale of redemption another watch this year.
It’s A Wonderful Life
This is my mom’s favorite movie of all time, and for good reason. George Bailey is the Everyman who just can’t get ahead and feels his life is worthless; but soon enough, with the help of a quirky angel, he learns that he has all he truly needs.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Remember the true meaning of Christmas with the Peanuts gang in this cute, funny animated feature. Bonus: you can enjoy the beautiful music of Vince Guaraldi.
The Nativity Story
Another movie that reminds us of why we celebrate Christmas, The Nativity Story follows Mary and Joseph as they travel to Bethlehem and prepare to welcome the Savior into the world.
Click on the links to see where each movie is located, or ask for help finding them at our Circulation Desk. Merry Christmas!
If you have an avid reader as a friend or relative, then you know there’s probably at least one book on their Christmas list! But which book should you give them this year? Here’s a few book options for the different types of readers you may know. Some of these items are also available to read here at the library!
For the reader who loves Jane Austen: Why not give the gift of both the book and the movie? This edition of Pride and Prejudice has a beautiful cover, so even if they already have a version of the book, they’ll probably still love getting this new one. You can also pick up Pride and Prejudice, along with several other Jane Austen books, from our library shelves.
And there are two popular Pride and Prejudice movies to choose from! For viewers that love humor and don’t mind sitting through a long movie, get the 1995 TV mini-series (it has the famous Colin Firth portrayal of Mr. Darcy). For viewers that enjoy beautiful cinematography and faster-paced films, get the 2005 Pride and Prejudice. Both of these movies are available for check out here at the library.
For the reader who enjoys fast-paced books with plenty of action: Pick up a book in the Jack Ryan series by Tom Clancy. Fans of the TV show will love reading the source material. We also have these books available at the library.
For the reader who likes true crime and mysteries: Hello, I am this reader. American Predator by Maureen Callahan is on my reading wish list. This recently released true crime book tells about a meticulous serial killer and how he was caught. Chances are your true crime-loving friend hasn’t read this one yet since it’s still so new, so it makes for a great current gift!
If you want to read some true crime for free, the library has I’ll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara, which I can’t recommend enough. You’ll find this book in our Recreational Reading section.
For the reader who wants something light and fun: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine is a modern classic in the fantasy YA realm. It’s funny, cute, and a well-told, intelligent story. Pick this one up from our Family Room.
For the reader who likes to stay current: You can’t go wrong with the bestseller The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. Whitehead has recently made a name for himself in the literary community; he writes about African American history and experiences. You can find this book in our Recreational Reading section.
Another bestselling book that will undoubtedly be read in book clubs is Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. This book has been flying off the shelves in book stores and libraries alike, but it’s currently available on our Staff Picks Display.
Good luck on your Christmas shopping, and happy reading!
December is here, folks, and that means Christmas movies. I’m sure everyone has a personal favorite or even a family tradition of what makes the best Christmas movie. From It’s a Wonderful Life to Home Alone, to even Die Hard (yes, it’s a Christmas movie): we all like to come together this time of year and watch films that entertain us and fill us with the Christmas spirit. Family is at the heart of this beloved holiday, but as we all know, family doesn’t always equal tranquility, peace on earth, and good will towards all. That being said I think one movie in particular embodies the stresses of the holiday season while highlighting what’s most important, and that film is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
This film holds a special place for me because it’s been a Christmas tradition with my own family. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is the third in its series, and it debuted in 1989 and was written by the late great John Hughes. Chevy Chase reprises his role as the lovable yet habitually clumsy family man Clark Griswold. Beverley D’Angelo also joins the cast once again to portray Clark’s loyal wife Ellen. Clark’s son Rusty is played by a young John Galecki (you may have known him from his reoccurring role in the Big Bang Theory as the character Leonard Hofstadter). Clark’s daughter, Audrey, is played by Juliette Lewis. Lastly we have the character that is both simultaneously lovable and detestable: Cousin Eddie, played by Randy Quaid. Cousin Eddie is an iconic comedic character, one that many of us can relate to. A wacky, distant relative that always seems to be down on his luck, Cousin Eddie always seems to have his hand out due to chronic bad choices and misfortune.
The central plot revolves and round the Griswold family trying to get through the perfect Christmas with both sides of the family’s in-laws coming to their home to visit for the holidays. This is exacerbated by Cousin Eddie and his family showing up uninvited, which leads to a number of hilarious shenanigans. Clark is also under intense pressure hoping to get his yearly bonus check to cover his holiday expenses. The film ends with the moral that it’s better to give than to receive and that family and relationships are worth more than any material gifts.
*Please note that National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is rated PG-13 for language and some suggestive situations. It is at the Union University Library so check it out this holiday season.
Merry Christmas from all of us at the library!
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.
– Isaiah 9:6-7
The library will be keeping special hours during Christmas break.