The Ultimate Anytime Gift Guide for the Whippet in Your Life


Uncommon Goods

These collegiate pouches created by Carmel and Terrell Swan of California will help you show off your school spirit!

Ilse von Heimburg, Staff Reporter

Even though the holiday season has ended, it seems that the gifting hasn’t. Once your bank account recoups, consider this comprehensive gift guide for birthdays, Valentine’s Day, and graduation.

For girls, you typically can’t go wrong with jewelry—especially when it’s personalized. These bracelets from the Little Words Project make great gifts for your besties. The cute sayings are sure to make your friends smile whenever they wear them. Or if the college stress of the season has been hitting particularly hard, get them this self-care kit. One of the best gifts you can give is something that forces your friends to take time for themselves. 

And speaking of college, we’re obsessed with these collegiate pouches. For your friends who have already committed to a school, getting something personalized for their next step will mean a lot. But, if you’d rather focus on the now, disposable cameras make great gifts. 

If all else fails, Kylie Seckinger (’23) presents a foolproof backup plan. 

“Stick to the basics,” Seckinger said. “You can never go wrong with candles, blankets, or a gift card.”

Boys are significantly harder to buy for. Trying to ask my teenage brother what he would want is like pulling teeth. It’s best to go for things they can use — like this wireless charger, which charges a phone, AirPods, and watch all at once. Sweatpants or slippers are almost always appreciated. Or, as a bit of a shameless plug, get them something from our very own Whippet Warehouse!

For parents, we suggest a coffee gift box from 321 Coffee. Founded by Downingtown East grad Michael Evans, 321 Coffee employs over 50 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in order to create a more inclusive workforce.

And we can’t forget our furry friends! This Valentine’s bandana is so incredibly cute. The Etsy shop, The Pleated Petal, offers lots of other designs, too. I’m totally getting one for my dog. And it does good — for every bandana sold, $1 is donated to the Brandywine Valley SPCA.

If you’re still stuck for a gift idea (or if your card declines), baking is a great way to show appreciation for those you love most. Some chocolate chip cookies can go a long way.

Happy gifting, West!