I also understand we don’t all have hours and hours of leisure time to “craft and make” to our heart’s content. Don’t worry! These ideas aren’t the sort of gifts that will have you sewing and quilting for weeks or meticulously handcrafting with tweezers and teeny-tiny paintbrushes like an elf! These DIY ideas are fast and many can be made in “bulk,” so you can have gifts for several people on your list.

When you’re a student, you've gotta have cool stuff for school. Stuff starts conversations, represents you as a person, and can lead to all sorts of educational experiences. Here you'll find the best selection of gifts for students - backpacks, dorm room decor, and caffeinated beverages for late night cram sessions at the library. Check out our gifts for kids for gift ideas for those younger students in your life.
I ordered this tool for my son. He is going away to college and I knew that he would need some sort of tools to put together cheap dorm room furniture and hang pictures, etc. I didn't want anything too big so this is perfect and seems to have everything he would need. It is the "Swiss army knife" of tools. It looks like good quality so we will se how it holds up over time. Any place you need tools but don't want to take up space this is useful, like your car or camping.
Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer Remember how much fun Polaroid photos were? Well, they are only more fun now that the photos can be edited before printing. This mobile printer creates instant photos that are waterproof, tear proof and adhesive backed. It creates prints directly from a mobile phone via Bluetooth and will be the first gift set up on Christmas morning.
I love this lap desk. It's the perfect size for my 14" laptop. The wrist wrest keeps the laptop from sliding off and makes typing a breeze. The only quibble I have is that the pull out shelf for the mouse is too slick. My mouse wants to slide off the thing so I often just use the mouse on the top surface with the laptop. It's a tight squeeze and definitely not something you could do with a 15" laptop. It'd be great if they'd use something with less slide, though that might affect how the drawer slides under the desk.
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Lynn O'Shaughnessy is a best-selling author, consultant and speaker on issues that parents with college-bound teenagers face. She explains how families can make college more affordable through her website TheCollegeSolution.com; her financial workbook, Shrinking the Cost of College; and the new second edition of her Amazon best-selling book, The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price.
My wife and I have had this coffee maker for a month, and we love it. Well, we love HALF of it -- the left half. We've probably made more than 100 cups of coffee on the single-serve side, and every single one has been terrific, with better taste than one typically gets from making a full pot of coffee. And with the single-serve side, we're actually using LESS coffee than we were using with our previous coffee maker, which was a standard "carafe" style coffee maker. (In fact, we're using about HALF as much coffee as we were using with the old coffee maker.) One of the issues that this coffee maker solves is that my wife likes lightly brewed flavored coffee, while I like dark-roast coffee that is brewed for hand-to-hand combat. ;-) This coffee maker works well in that type of environment.
You have to admit: after a spaceship, this really is the mother of all gifts. And unlike the spaceship, they’ll know how to use a laptop. From paper writing to research to visual design, a laptop is an indispensable piece of equipment that will get constant use. If they don’t give you a sincere, wholehearted thank you for this, you have strict permission to never talk to them again.

Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer Remember how much fun Polaroid photos were? Well, they are only more fun now that the photos can be edited before printing. This mobile printer creates instant photos that are waterproof, tear proof and adhesive backed. It creates prints directly from a mobile phone via Bluetooth and will be the first gift set up on Christmas morning.


When space is at a premium in dorm rooms, you’ll need a small portable speaker that also packs a punch. But, so many of the bluetooth speakers out there are either overpriced or under-quality. The Crave treads a really nice line, offering up to 88 dB of sound and bass as low as 75 Hz. Plus, the thing connects via both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, so no matter where they are on campus, they’ll definitely be able to connect and bump some tunes. Finally, the thing comes with plenty of app functionality, including Chromecast, built right in.
When the Amazon Echo made its debut, it seemed like a great idea. But the large, expensive gadget was not a great fit for college students. At $49.99 (Amazon Prime) and the size of a small clock radio, the Echo Dot is a much better buy. With voice activation, the Echo Dot can order an Uber, wake you up, get sports scores or the weather, answer your factual questions, and read you an audiobook or podcast. Not surprisingly, it can order anything from Amazon Prime. For college kids feeling particularly lazy, the Dot can do conversions and answer simple math questions shouted from across the room.
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.
Stitch Fix is my new favorite for college girls. After taking a personal style survey, a Stich Fix stylist will choose five pieces to send to your daughter. The $20 styling fee is applied to the clothes she decides to keep and can return the rest with free shipping.  Stitch Fix comes in petite and plus sizes so this could be a godsend for hard-to-fit young women.

Too often cheap presents get confused with "throwaway gifts" or generally poor choices, but there are so many options to buy on a budget that aren't destined to be re-gifted or immediately donated. Ahead, 25 of the best gifts to shop this season that they'll actually use, most well under $25 (because you know you've got to save up for all those post-holiday sales, anyways).
Going to college means getting up and motivated for early morning classes, often after a late night of doing what college is really about - homework, right? It’s easy for students to forget to set an alarm, or to select PM instead of AM before passing out, from all that learning. A smart alarm clock can be programmed ahead of time to match their class schedule. On Monday it knows to go off at 7 in the morning, but on Tuesday it lets them sleep it off till 10.
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