Give as good as you get

Holidays are closing fast, and time is running out to find nifty gifts

Holidays are closing fast, and time is running out to find nifty gifts

December 09, 2003|by KATE COLEMAN

"That's just what I wanted!"

Hearing those words can bring a smile of validation or a sigh of relief to the giver of holiday gifts.

People give presents to people they care about - hoping to choose something the recipient will enjoy and appreciate.

You most likely won't be buying your dad Ludacris' latest.

Your mom might not really need the video game "Grand Theft Auto."

Some area teens already have finished their holiday shopping for family and friends.

Others haven't started.

A few of them shared their gift ideas and a few of their own wishes for the holiday season. Some gifts have been purchased for family members and friends, so if you see a name you know and want to be surprised later, skip that part.


* Christina Carpenter, 16, hasn't thought too much about Christmas shopping this year.

Last year she got her mother some books by an author whose books her mom collects.

She got her dad some socks - thick socks. The place he works is cold, she says.

"He wears them."

What does Christina want for Christmas? A junior at Washington County Technical High School in the automotive technology program, Christina really wants tools. Things like brake pliers.

* Sixteen-year-old home-schooler Josh Bishop of Clear Spring hasn't really thought about Christmas shopping yet.

He doesn't have a job, but he's earned some money by helping his mother and baby-sitting for younger cousins.

In the past he's given his dad ties and shirts.

Josh's family just got a new computer, and he thinks he'll probably get clothes and video games for Christmas.

* Stephen Fincham, 16, a junior at Heritage Academy, says he's a last-minute shopper.

He gave his mother "small stuff" last year - some figurines.

He's thinking he'd like a camcorder for Christmas.

"It's just a big kid toy," he says.

* Jordan Corbett, 16, worked in his father's heating and plumbing business last summer and on breaks from school. His family - parents and one 13-year-old sister - lives near Mercersburg, Pa., just over the state line.

Extended family is nearby, so the family doesn't travel out of the area to gather for Christmas.

Jordan says he'll get "makeup stuff" for his sister. He's given her lip gloss before.

A skateboarder, the Heritage Academy 11th-grader is hoping for some skate clothes and maybe a video game or two.

n Whitney Bishop, 16, a South Hagerstown High School junior, doesn't have a job, but has been saving her allowance for gifts. (This is a spoiler warning for Whitney's family.) She spent a lot on her boyfriend and already has clothes and a movie for her mother. She thinks she and her mom will get her dad some ornaments and items related to a collection he has.

When she was younger, Whitney made coupon books for gifts of hugs and kisses or a week of doing dishes.

Her family's tradition changed after her grandmother died a few years ago. Now instead of a Christmas Eve buffet, she and her parents gather with her uncle and cousin on Christmas Day.

* Casey Seitz has done some shopping for her family. The 17-year-old Greencastle-Antrim High School senior already got her mom some "girlie" stuff and some music for her dad. Her younger brother, Aaron, 2, will be receiving a "Wiggles" video, and her older siblings also are taken care of.

What about Casey?

A French horn player, Casey really likes classical music. She wouldn't mind receiving the new Josh Groban CD. Other than that, some money and "stuff for college" next year will be OK with Casey. "I'm pretty content with what I have," she says.

* Jen Louzon's father made her gift giving easy. He picked out the shirts and sneakers he wanted. Her mother will receive some "body-care stuff," one sister a purse, another (Don't read this, Sarah!) some toe socks.

Jen, 17, in 12th grade at Greencastle-Antrim High School, is hoping for things she needs to restore her 1974 F250 Ford truck. Body panels would be nice for the pickup that isn't really a color right now. Someday it will be red or blue, she laughs.

Jen's family will travel to Baltimore on Christmas Day for lunch with one side of the family and dinner with the other.

* Katie Gonder's family will have breakfast Christmas morning before exchanging presents. Katie, 14, a South Hagerstown High School ninth-grader, is wishing for a new lacrosse stick.

"It's my favorite sport," she says.

She's had her holiday shopping done for a little while. (Don't read this, Gonder family.) Mom can expect some lotions in her favorite fragrance, and Katie chose a book by a favorite author and found the tie that's "just right" for her dad. Her older sister, who drives Katie places, will receive a gas card.

"It's kind of like payback," Katie says.

Katie's extended family will gather at her grandmother's house later Christmas Day.

"It's not really that big, but it's fun," she says.

* Alison Ervin, 17, has her Christmas shopping "pretty much done."

(The Ervin family might not want to read any further before Christmas.)

Among Alison's purchases are some makeup for her 15-year-old sister. Mother can look forward to items for the Ervin home - things that will work year-round, and Dad's gifts will be in the electronics mode.

Alison hasn't made a list of her Christmas wishes. She usually mentions that she likes something she sees when shopping with her parents.

"They pretty much get the hint," she says.

The Ervins will spend the holiday with extended family and return home in the evening.

"It's nice to have everybody together," Alison says.

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