The Alleyway

By Alana Edgin
On March 2, 2017

Why are so many people born in March?

Seriously, it’s ridiculous. My parents and my brother’s birthday are in the same two week period. Birthday shopping is so difficult, especially when you are a broke college girl who should save money.

Now, shopping for three people is hard enough, but I have to add my boyfriend to the mix. His birthday is Feb. 26. So now, three weeks of birthdays.

Wait, there is one more. My fantastic roommate, I just discovered, on March 15.

I’m one of those people who always buy birthday presents for the people I’m close to. You can’t get much closer than family, the roommate and my boyfriend.

For the past three years, I’ve had to shop for my family and my boyfriend. If my family was classic and boring, this wouldn’t be a problem. I could give them giftcards, or something basic.

But that’s not how my family works. Giftcards as presents are lame. We Edgins have to be cool and find THE gift. Not just any gift, but the gift that will stun them with joy. We must be the best gift givers. It’s necessary to find the perfect thing.

So imagine having this driving need to find the perfect gift but being broke. And it gets even more complicated.

My dad and brother Ben are crazy difficult to shop for. Dad isn’t a nerd. He just barely got interested in Pokémon because of Pokémon GO and he’s a basketball coach.

I usually have a general idea of what to get him, but this time has been tough. Last year I found a personalized basketball board on Etsy, and it was perfect. The angels sang to me when I found it.

Ben is about to graduate. He is also into gaming, Pokémon, and… yeah he never gives suggestions for his birthday. I actually had to ask him what he wanted this year. I had to give up. Shame on me.

My boyfriend is usually easy to shop for. He told me exactly what he wanted, so that was easy.

Mom is usually easy to shop for. She’s an English teacher who loves to read, a Harry Potter fan and so on. Also, happy birthday Mom!

My roommate is a wonderful nerd (yeah Emily, I said it). She’s into all the fandoms, so all I have to do for her present is go to Hot Topic.

The problem here is going to Hot Topic. I love that store and find so many cool things. I must not buy the whole store.

Overall, I think I’ve done pretty well this time thanks to Etsy. I bought three of the birthday presents and got myself something for only $100 total. Basically $25 a gift, and they look cool.

I love all my birthday people. I just wish I had the money to buy everyone the perfect gift.

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