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.
What girl doesn’t need a diary. She can write secret messages in this Light-Up Diary that only she can see! Simply use the invisible ink pen to write passages, secrets, and events, and turn on the UV light on the cap and she can see her words glow! Decorate with stickers all over, and watch your diary light up by pressing the gemstone on the front cover!
I know most of you are probably thinking about gift ideas right now… and we all know how much people love a handmade gift. At least I know I do! When my kids come home from pre-school with a handmade gift, it just melts my heart! So much better than anything else I could ask for. Most of these DIY Christmas gifts below can be made for less than five bucks! You really can’t beat that. Check out how cute they are!
In case you’re not aware, death is always clawing its way into you through every pore. Make sure everyone else knows this too by giving them this book. College students are especially clueless. Shatter their precious illusions of health and vitality, in the most entertaining and hilarious way possible. A perfect gag gift for your favorite hypochondriac.
It's nearly impossible to pinpoint the moment that your darlingest little pile of snot and tears who used to cling to your sleeve grew up to be a reasonable, responsible person. And now look! It's time for college. Of course, no student would ever turn down cash or gift cards, but sometimes you want to gift something more substantial and immediately practical when your child heads to school. The rules of giving to a college student living in a dorm or shared space are a little different than giving to anyone else. Keep in mind that items should be consumable or easily portable--whatever gets hauled in needs to be hauled out upon departure. You also don't want to take up too much room. So a popcorn popper with only one function is a waste of space; a microwave or good saucepan with a lid that can perform nightly on multiple items is much better option.
I love this! I use this for holding my laptop or iPad while watching tv on the couch. I pay bills, online shop, play video games, etc. I love the size. It's perfect. The wrist rest is awesome for typing to helping to avoid carpel tunnel if you type a lot like me. I haven't had to use the light but I love that it's there. I love that there is an extension on the side for added room though I haven't had to use that yet either. Great product! It's a must have if you are like me multitasking while watching tv in the living room and bedroom.
This may be the very best time to dive into holiday shopping. Pour yourself a cup of coffee (or glass of wine) and log into your computer today, well before shopping anxiety starts to erode your festive spirit. Here is our list for 2018, filled with lots of intriguing holiday gift ideas. Enjoy and please let us know what your grown and flown kids have on their lists.

Evernote users take note, Sharper Image now has a Bluetooth-enabled tablet that gives you the pressure-sensitive feel of writing on a pad of paper…if that pad of paper could hold about 5,000 PDF files! Transfer handwritten notes seamlessly to an Evernote account, with the flexibility to work with Adobe Illustrator files as well as being OCR compatible. And while it is battery operated, a single charge lasts five days! Just try doing all that with a pad of paper!

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