A new camera would be a great gift for an aspiring filmmaker — or just a student who’s excited to share their study-abroad experience with family and friends. “I love making videos, so having something smaller and easier to transport would be awesome,” says Howard Lin, a senior at University of Florida. “My dream would be the Sony Alpha A9, but it costs quite a bit so most likely not. I think a Sony Rx100 Mark V.”


Keeping a journal can help increase focus, promote mindfulness, and boost memory. An empty notebook is also just full of promise, especially for a person of a creative or analytical bent. I’m a fan of Baron Fig’s Confidant notebook, but the Internet and the world are full of options of varying size, style, and price. Include a little note of encouragement to subtly shame them into keeping up a regular correspondence (with themselves, or the void).
Whether it’s a family heirloom or a new gift, a piece of jewelry can be deeply personal, with meaning for both the recipient and the giver. Alex and Ani have a 2017 graduation charm bracelet ($28) and Monica Rich Kosann has beautiful necklaces with personal messages ($130 for sterling silver). Two ideas with a bit of home are jewelry personalized with the latitude and longitude of a special place, like Lat and Lo, and Dogeared for necklaces with a home state-shaped charm.
This is another one of those nice-to-have items that almost no one buys for themselves. Most of us have our keys attached to a keychain from a now-defunct bank from 1998, or from our dentist, or from whatever commercial enterprise thrust one into our hands as we left their establishment at some point in a foggy, distant past. A nice, light keychain is an easy way to spruce up anyone’s daily routine.
Last year, my husband bought me my favorite things from my childhood. A copy of the Mrs. Doubtfire movie, some Dunkaroos, and some Kool Aid. One of my favorite gifts ever because it took so long of us talking about our childhoods for him to come up with my favorites. You could make it less expensive by eliminating the movie and going with favorite childhood snacks. You have to buy some on Amazon because they aren’t in stores anymore necessarily.

The Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones edge out the crowded pack of over-the-ear headphones through deep, powerful sound (provided by proprietary Bose-engineered designs), a pillow-like headband and precise rotating ear pads, alongside an almost excessively long cable with inline remote. Factor that into pretty serious noise isolation, and these are the perfect “chilling in a dorm bed” headphones. There's a 20-hour battery life per charge (and 40 in wired mode) and they weigh just 10.9 ounces.
A multiple award winner! This durable tin moneybox is a timeless gift that will inspire and teach children to save spend and share wisely for a lifetime. A great Allowance tool Moonjar moneyboxes were created as a tool for children and families to incorporate strong financial values and practices into their daily lives. Launched in 2001 Moonjar moneyboxes are used in homes and schools around the world.
Not Black Yoga Pants College women love to go to yoga, barre and spin classes but the day of the black-only yoga pant is over. Try wrapping up some new workout gear in gorgeous bright patterns that will become her new favorites. There are lots to choose from at Pink, Outdoor Voices, LuluLemon, and Athleta, including these white ones which look great with this pretty baby blue top.
As you get older, gifts become more and more practical. And there’s nothing wrong with that. 1,000 thread count queen-size bed sheets? Yes, please. But practical doesn’t have to mean boring and basic. Practical gifts make life easier for the recipient, and the best gifts also reflect the recipient’s unique needs and personality. The gift ideas in this guide will show the college student in your life that you see them working hard to get that degree and even though it’s not easy, you know they can do it.
Something every student needs from time to time, particularly if they live in an apartment instead of the dorm, is a way to assemble, repair, tighten, hammer, measure, hang, and just generally handle many daily tasks.  Your student could buy tools as he needs them, but that can lead to frustration and delay.  A better way is to have a personal tool kit, like the Stanley 65-Piece Homeowner’s Tool Kit with Screwdriver Set and MaxSteel Adjustable Wrench with all the tools he needs to handle most common tasks like tightening screws, measuring tight spaces, repairing a bicycle, hanging pictures, assembling furniture, handling DIY projects, and much more.  Your student gets one 13-ounce hammer, one 16-foot tape rule, one 18mm snap-off knife, one torpedo level, one long nose and one slip joint pliers, one Phillips screwdriver, one standard tip screwdriver, eight SAE and eight metric hex keys, one 1/4-inch round-head ratchet, eight SAE 1/4-inch sockets, one 1/4-inch spinner handle, one 1/4-inch bit holder, and 30 bits in addition to a 10-piece fluted screwdriver set and a handy 6-inch MaxSteel adjustable wrench.  All of the tools except the additional screwdriver set and the MaxSteel wrench come neatly packed in their own tough, blow-molded plastic case for easy transport to any task.  Tools come with a limited lifetime warranty so you know they’ll last.  Give a gift they will probably use almost every day, not just at college, but for a lifetime.
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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