Shopping for that special someone

B-A students share tips and tricks for buying gifts


Marissa Panasiti

Caroline Showalter warms Nathan Davis’ heart this Christmas

Relationships are all fun and games…. Until Christmas comes along.

When it comes to buying Christmas presents, teenagers generally put the most focus on shopping for their boyfriend/girlfriend.

Each year the struggle is the same: how much should I spend? Should it be meaningful? Something they want? Expensive? Cheap?

Shopping for your boyfriend/girlfriend can be made easy if you take a look at your relationship, and you don’t compare it to others.

If you are a first-time boyfriend/girlfriend and you’ve only been dating for a short amount of time, you might want to take the “get them what they want” approach.

Senior Caroline Showalter has been dating Tyrone football player Levi Raling for a little over a month. She has been pestering multiple people, asking their opinions about what to get him.

Constant debate has been taking place almost every day between Caroline and her friends. Caroline doesn’t really know where to even begin, because of the short amount of time they’ve been dating.

In my opinion, something too personal might not go over well, but she shouldn’t spend a large amount of money. Something in between is necessary.

“I’m buying him something that he wants, but I’m also making him something from the heart,” says Caroline. “I’m making him a gift that would mean something to him, but it doesn’t really have to do with our relationship.”

With the help of her friends, she figured it out. Caroline is all set for Christmas.

Somewhat in the middle of the spectrum, Christmas shopping can be completely different if you’ve been dating for a few years, compared to months.

Senior Jacob McCaulley has been dating Junior Karson Swogger for 3 years now.

“In the past, I’ve usually gotten her necklaces and other jewelry. When I buy her presents, they’re expensive,” says McCaulley.

Jacob always wants to make sure Karson has the best of the best.

Continuing on the timeline is the epitome of all Bellwood relationships: Logan Morrison and Brande Robison.

When seniors here at Bellwood think about relationship goals, they think about Brande and Logan. They have been dating for an amazing 8 years and 8 months.

According to Logan, 8 years is just a number, and buying gifts should always depend on your significant other.

“It isn’t a matter of time. You always have to consider what will be best for your significant other. Personally I get her books and necklaces, because that’s what she likes,” says Logan.

At the end of the day, buying presents for your boyfriend/girlfriend should be enjoyable, and not stressful. Go with your gut. Whatever you make or buy, it will be appreciated, so you can never go wrong.