Article By Amira Zidane
There’s something in the air all around Hogwarts. No, not the glitter from candygram deliveries, nor the angst over midterms. What you’re sensing is the impending panic as students realise that they forgot to buy a gift for their friends. With barely a week left and no more Hogsmeade visits until next year, what’s a forgetful student to do? Here are five sure-fire gift ideas that you can put together in less than a week.
- A useful potion or two
Having a stock of potions on hand can get you out of any number of sticky situations and help avoid the questions that come with visiting the Hospital Wing. If you’re good around the cauldron, consider brewing your gift. Even first-years can put together the ever-useful manegro and wide-eye potions, which are great for bad hair days and staying awake in class respectively. Just be sure to brew carefully and don’t go around giving out dangerous potions unless you really enjoy spending time in detention.
- A box of favourite sweeties
You might be thinking “But there’s no way to get to Honeydukes before the end of the year!”, and while you’d be right, you’d also be forgetting that our favourite sweet shop takes orders by owl. Simply send your favourite bird out with a note and some coins to receive whatever goodies you need. They’ll even gift wrap it for a few more knuts. Your friend is sure to have a sweet holiday while enjoying that deluxe chocolate frog gift set or cake assortment.
- A broomstick servicing kit
How do you help ensure your team’s victory in the Quidditch cup when you can’t tell a snitch from snot? By giving your favourite players an edge in broom care, of course. Kits start at around two galleons and can go up to ten or more for super-premium versions. Most quidditch magazines have broom supply order forms in the back and guarantee delivery within a week, so snag your friend’s copy and send it in soon.
- Knitted and crocheted items
There’s really nothing more special than a gift that someone put their time and energy into making with you in mind. If you’re handy with yarn, consider trying to knit or crochet something for your friend. The library has pattern books and it doesn’t take much time at all to turn out a simple shawl, headband, or scarf, especially if you have self-knitting needles. It’s supremely useful and they’ll think of you every time they wear their cozy new accessory.
- Your favourite book
This particularly goes out to all the Ravenclaws who packed their own private library into their trunks – you know who you are. If there’s a book you love and have read a million times, why not share it with a friend by giving them your copy? You can always pick up a new one over break, and by giving them a book that means a lot to you, you’re sharing an important part of yourself with that person. This is doubly good if you think you’ve found a special someone and want to make sure they have good taste in reading materials!