A long time ago, in the distant past, kids used to put baseball cards in the spokes of their wheels to turn their bikes into motorcycles. We’ve come a long way since then. Now, we modify our bikes to actually make them self-powered, not just sound like it. The GeoOrbital Wheel is super easy to install - just remove the front wheel of your bike and hook this thing up in its place, and the next thing you know, you’re leaving the other bikes in your dust. A great way to get around campus when you’re too hung over to pedal.
On many college campuses bicycles are the mode of transportation, and helpful accessories are a welcome gift. Vibrelli had a great phone mount that allows for hands-free talking and navigation without the risk of dropping your phone. A rechargeable bike light from Light and Motion makes a nice addition to the gift and helps increase safe biking at night.

29. Water Garden—Are you shopping for a college or university student who is a bit of a nature lover or gardener? Consider getting him or her a water garden. The idea was first introduced with Back to the Roots, a company that produces a water garden containing a small fish tank with an herb garden on top. It is a closed-loop system in which the fish feed the plants and the plants help keep the water clean.

Personalization adds meaning to every gift, regardless of your budget. Our assortment of non-expensive Christmas gifts is filled with customizable items for every person on your list. Turn your favorite photo into a beautiful memento your special someone can cherish for a lifetime, or shop for a personalized Christmas ornament that will be sure to impress anyone. Whether you’re looking for metal signage to adorn his man cave or you’re more interested in finding floral-inspired keepsake boxes for her favorite jewelry, you can put your own spin on a variety of beautiful items. We even have the Christmas gifts for pets!
“Wedding registry–type things make sense,” adds Cassidy Olsen, another soon-to-be graduate of Tufts, “because a lot of us are moving into places for the first time permanently. I know nothing about glassware, so I couldn’t say what glassware, but a combo of drinking glasses and wine glasses would be good.” We here at the Strategist love the Bormioli Rocco Bodega short tumblers, which do double duty as wine glasses and drinkware.

Not so crafty? Don’t worry! I’ve found ideas for any ability and skill level (and you can even enlist your kids and/or hubby to help you out). None of these ideas require mad artistic skills and many can be made from repurposed items and things you already have around the house—so your Christmas list just got significantly easier and less expensive!


I gave this a four star review only because of the price. I loved the snacks and everything that was in the box but feel that it is a tiny bit pricey and just a small amount lower would be more suitable. The items were fantastic. I am a very healthy eater and was introduced to some items that I never heard of before and learned to love new and healthy snacks. They had dried corn in the box among some other dried fruits. At first I was skeptical, but then I found out that I loved it and it was only 2 points on the points diet that I am following and have lost 15 pounds in the past 6 weeks on. I don't want to risk my losing weight for snacks, so this box was a real treat as everything in ... full review
1. Care packages—Do-it-yourself care packages for students can include things like socks, single-serve soups, beauty or grooming products, gift cards, or even cold, hard cash. Basically, anything you think the student in your life will appreciate is fair game. The amount you spend is up to you. (If you're short on time, you might want to consider a pre-packaged gift basket full of goodies.)
Laptops are one of the most popular and useful gifts for graduating teens. Some college bookstores have deals that come with tech support but, before you make a final decision, see what student discounts you can get from Apple, Microsoft, and Best Buy. When shopping for laptops, or other items from national retailers, parents should be aware that they can generally use college student discounts even if their student does not yet have a college ID card. Retailers often ask for a college email address that many schools issue over the summer, and some will give discounts with a college acceptance letter. Consumer Reports recommends the Acer Spin 1 which retails for about $250. MacBooks with enough memory and computing power for undergraduates start at about $1,100.
At college, when the stress gets high, sometimes you just need to kick back and let life rush on around you and there is no better way to do that with an All-In-One Happy Times Parachute Hammock.  It can be used either as a two-person double hammock swing or a one-person single cocoon hammock bed.  It comes with everything you need to quickly and easily hang this beautiful hammock between two solid anchors (like trees) up to 18 feet apart safely and without damage to the anchors (trees).  They are so simple to use it will only take your student a couple of minutes to wrap the straps around the anchors and pull them tight. Available in 7 great color options, you’re sure to find one they love.  Included in the bundle are a single parachute hammock, polyester 10-loop tree strap, paracord extension ropes, and steel carabiners. It’s not just for the dorm courtyard either.  Weighing only 2 lbs., it packs up easily in its storage bag for travel to any adventure like camping, backpacking, hiking, boating, hammocking, cycling, motorcycling, and many more.  It comes with a money back satisfaction guarantee so you can rest assured that they will love it or they can return it.  Each hammock is completely safe thanks to a tested 450 lb. capacity provided by its interlocking triple stitch seams.  Hammocks feature quality construction with quick-dry, breathable nylon that is mildew resistant and machine washable.  College students need to recharge and this gift I a great way for yours to do it.

Fitbit is just the right gadget to have on your team to wage a war against the freshman fifteen. Fitbit will help them stay on track with their fitness goals. The sleek wristband looks just like a small bracelet but has the capabilities to track sleep, steps, heart rate, calories burned, and active minutes. To really kick into motion, challenge your friends to daily and weekly activity challenges.
You can’t swing a dead cat around the countryside without hitting a craft brewery these days. Pretty much everywhere you turn, there’s a bunch of bearded guys in flannel shirts offering you a free sample of their latest creation, usually something with a clever name like Hops on Pop IPA. You could get something local, something seasonal, or something weird. Great for that friend who’s still drinking Natty Lite at age 32.
Aaptiv is my very favorite way to exercise. All you need is a smartphone and tablet, and you are instantly given access to thousands of workouts – many of which require very little space or equipment. I use this nearly every day! It is perfect for busy college students because it has workouts that can be as short as nine minutes long. You can get a free 30-day trial here and check out my full review here.
The K-12 back-to-school shop may have seemed expensive, but the dorm room shop is the one that breaks the bank. The National Retail Federation estimates that families spend almost $900 a year outfitting their students for college. For high school graduates moving into a dorm or an apartment, a gift certificate to Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, or other national retailers will help them to outfit their room. Remind them to look for special in-store college evenings and deep discount coupons before they buy.
You like the idea of throwing them to the wolves, but then you remember how many times you’ve sat back and watched in disbelief. Add a car to the mix and it only gets worse. Trust us, roadside assistance is a really good idea. Because deep down inside, you know that for every happy ending, there’s a 1990 Camaro on the side of the road somewhere with a skeleton in the front seat.
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