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Men’s fashion: Get creative with holiday gift ideas this year, avoid same old choices

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With Black Friday right around the corner, the daunting task of holiday shopping has officially begun.

It can be hard to know what to get for your family, and even harder to come up with new ideas to keep from giving the same gift year after year. Get a fresh perspective and take a look at the following gift ideas:

Father: As the father of a college-aged student, your dad has probably received a mass number of ties throughout your gift-giving life – likely enough to fill his closet and then some. So try branching out with a little variety this year. Switch it up with a leather-bound notebook, a cable knit hat or a new band for his watch.

Mother: Odds are, your mom’s going to act like she loves anything and everything you put under the tree with her name attached, but that doesn’t mean she needs another flower-scented lotion from Bath & Body Works. Look into getting her a new pair of gloves. Opt for a leather or cashmere pair if you’re feeling especially generous.

Siblings: If you’re buying for a younger brother or sister, you can always go with some Ohio State apparel. It’s never too early to influence your younger siblings to make the right college choice. If your sibling is older, think more on the practical side. It might not sound like the most exciting gift, but every young adult will appreciate a gift card to Speedway or the grocery store.

Grandparent: If I were someone’s grandpa, the last gift I’d want from my grandchild is something that reminds me of my ever-increasing age. So stray away from moisturizing socks or collections of crossword puzzles and get your grandparents something a little more youthful, like a gift certificate for a cooking class or a travel book that will inspire them to discover somewhere new.

The most important thing to remember when it comes to buying for the holidays is that it always helps to get a head start. Don’t let the busyness of the end of the semester, and the exhaustion that comes after it, distract you from getting your shopping done on time.

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