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Teen Talk

January 4, 2014

A Word of Advice: Make gifts meaningful for all occasions


Also nice is a calendar adorned with photographs, drawings, small writings or favorite quotes to give to somebody. After all, they’ll remember your generosity every time they go to mark up the calendar or check the date. 

In addition, if you’ve got a printer on hand and you’re familiar with things such as Instagram, it’s also nice to edit and spruce up a nice picture of you and the giftees together with digital effects and then make a nice, colorful cardboard frame for it and give it to them, or simply send it to them, maybe even show them how important they are to you by making it your profile picture on Facebook. Regardless, they’ll feel special when you get the computer to make them pretty and presentable, for THAT uncle everyone has.

I’ve gone over a couple ideas to give as gifts but I’ve come nowhere near touching the vast amount of ideas you could come up with using your unique skill set. More than anything, just think of what you’re good at and how you feel about the giftee, and whammo, you’ve got a smiling face. Even if you think it’s bad, the obvious effort will flatter the recipient and probably make her reciprocate if she haven’t already. It really is the thought that counts, and thoughtful gifts pack plenty of that.

Austin Czechowski is a junior at Cobleskill-Richmondville High School. Would you like A Word of Advice from him? Send him an email at, or send him a letter to “Teen Talk: A Word of Advice,” C/O The Daily Star, P.O. Box 250, Oneonta, NY 13820. ‘Teen Talk’ columns can be found at

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