For her, it's a cool piece of wearable tech to rock in her new office. For you, it's an investment in her health and peace of mind. This top-of-the-line smartwatch offers virtual coaching for her workouts and even holds more than 300 songs for her exercise soundtrack. The GPS-enabled device holds a 4-day charge, so she can track her bicycle commutes and her weekend runs without losing battery life.

Between tuition, textbooks, groceries, and, most importantly, the daily coffee fund, the bills can add up, not leaving lots of room for college students to let loose. Consider a practical gift, one that will make their studying a little less stressful or make their downtime a little more fun. A fun subscription service, like Graze, that delivers delicious, healthy study snacks every other week, or MeUndies, that delivers uber-comfy new underwear every month, will help make their life easier so they can get back to the books.
The canvas is very strong and comfortable, and there seems to be no defects on the stitching. The buttons, leather straps, buckles and zippers appear to be great quality. I received the XL and think the size is perfect for larger laptops/books. The inner zipper is great for keys while the outer pocket is perfect for the laptop charger and cell phone. There are two pockets on the side, but these are more difficult to get into since there is a buckle (no button) for closure. My only disappointment is that the side pockets are BARELY large enough for a standard bottle of water (and it is still snug). It would have been nice to accommodate different size drinks.
Are you stuck trying to think of great gifts for the college students in your life? It’s a fact that the older your kids get, the harder it becomes to shop for them. It’s even harder to find gifts they’ll like that are also affordable! With constantly changing interests and style, shopping for college kids can sometimes leave you clueless! So why not pick out something from this 50 gifts for college students under $50 list that you cannot go wrong with? Below are a ton of great options that are useful, motivational, or just super unique and will leave their roomies saying, “Where did you find that?!”

they weren't kidding when they said these personal alarms were loud, issue i have is turning it off! I had to take the batteries out of it to shut it off, the ear piercing sound was driving me crazy. My other issue is who is it supposed to stop or deter? If it makes me deaf and hurts my ears using it does it really do what it is intended? I gave it 4 stars for it because of it not shutting off. i would prefer it to have a shut off i can use and not hurt my ears in the process
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.
Excited to start Christmas shopping? Or silently freaking out? We get it—sometimes it seems like the longer the list, the less fun holiday shopping can be. But these cheap Christmas gifts prove that fabulous presents can come with small price tags. After all, buying thoughtful items for the people in your life shouldn’t break your budget. That’s why everything here is $25 or less (in some cases much less), so you can find incredible, inexpensive Christmas gifts for everyone from your best friend to your boyfriend’s mom.

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Unless you live in Florida or Southern California, it’s probably cold where you are. And cold-weather accessories are, at least for me, always the first things that go missing just when you need them. They fall out of a pocket, or somehow find their way under the seat of your car, or you toss them in the back of the closet and only rediscover them the following summer when you’re looking for some long-lost piece of sports equipment.
Baked Goods are always a very inexpensive, tasteful gift to give. I make homemade cookies, cheesecakes, brownies or even pies, depending on who I’m giving them too and if their needing them for an actual occasion or if it’s just a get together during the holidays. This year though, I told my daughter, who’s 24 and my neice who’s 27, all I want from them this year is to get their behinds in the kitchen with me and let me teach them things that I’ve learned from over 30 years of baking. I bake everything from scratch. No store bought pie crusts in my house, EVER! lol I keep telling them that they don’t want to wait until it’s too late to try for themselves, especially now that they are both mothers too and could pass this down to their daughters. Too, Big Lots is a great place to find inexpensive cook books from Food Network Chefs.
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.
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.
The thing about college is it’s a brand new experience for most students – the first time they’re stepping out on their own and almost certainly learning how easily they lose their important belongings. For a cool twenty bucks you can gift them the peace of mind to not lose their keys, wallet, etc. Just slip the Tile Mate onto a keyring, into a wallet, or into the back of a backpack and you’ll be able to cue up a GPS pinpoint of exactly where that thing is. Too bad it doesn’t remind them to call home every once in a while.
The canvas is very strong and comfortable, and there seems to be no defects on the stitching. The buttons, leather straps, buckles and zippers appear to be great quality. I received the XL and think the size is perfect for larger laptops/books. The inner zipper is great for keys while the outer pocket is perfect for the laptop charger and cell phone. There are two pockets on the side, but these are more difficult to get into since there is a buckle (no button) for closure. My only disappointment is that the side pockets are BARELY large enough for a standard bottle of water (and it is still snug). It would have been nice to accommodate different size drinks.
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!
15. Chalkboard Glasses—When you have a group of friends together and everyone is drinking from the same style of glasses, it's easy to mix up whose glass is whose. Chalkboard glasses solve this problem. People can write their names on their glasses, and the chalk easily washes off later. You also have the option of purchasing chalkboard labels that adhere to the glasses that the gift recipient already owns.
Amazon Prime is FREE for college students for the first six months and then 50% off for a yearly membership. Your college kids will be thrilled with this one! In addition to the standard benefits of being a member, students also get access to exclusive student-focused discounts. These deals are in categories such as school supplies, snacks, dorm furniture, and more. Find out more about all the benefits of Amazon Student Prime.
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.

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.
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.
10. Essential Oil Diffuser—With an essential oil diffuser, college students can fill their living spaces with aromas that are grounding, calming, or uplifting. You can include any number of oil blends that can help with everything from getting a good night's sleep to clearing and focusing the mind—all things that can benefit college students and make their dorms smell much better too.
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.
Once the daily PE classes or high school sports teams wind down, it becomes all too easy for college students to lower their level of physical activity. Sometimes it takes a bribe, in the form of a tech gadget they covet, to get them moving again. Some gift options include, a fitness tracker (Fitbits start at $100) Bluetooth earbuds (The Wirecutter recommends the $100 Jlab Epic 2), insulated water bottles like S’ip by S’Well ($25 each) or a new gym bag.
I’ve included some edible items, as well as a bunch of great gifts you can make and give to almost anyone. We’ve all experienced that (super awkward!) moment when someone unexpectedly gives us a gift…and we didn’t get them anything. So, having a few extra Christmas gifts on-hand will save you from scrambling or running out to the store and throwing money at a last-minute purchase.
2. Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision to Go to Grad School by Adam Ruben—If you're looking for gifts for grad students that can help them de-stress and decompress, this book may be the answer. It's a tongue-in-cheek guide to life in graduate school, offering hilarious tips on such things as how to feign productivity and sleep through boring seminars.
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).

Gone are the days of solo cups and ping-pong balls in the fraternity or sorority house basement. But we’re wiling to bet the new grad doesn’t have many sophisticated cocktail recipes up his sleeve. Up his entertaining game with this clever set of four pint glasses. Each one has measurement lines that provide clear instructions for making four classic cocktails.
10. Good reads. Rosie Project is an amusing best seller that focuses on a genetics professor and a waitress that's definitely not your typical love story. Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned" is written by Lena Dunham, star of the HBO series Girls. Redeployment takes readers to the front lines in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
10. Good reads. Rosie Project is an amusing best seller that focuses on a genetics professor and a waitress that's definitely not your typical love story. Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned" is written by Lena Dunham, star of the HBO series Girls. Redeployment takes readers to the front lines in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
When the holiday season is in full swing, do you find that your Christmas gift list just keeps growing? Us too. That’s why we made this list of Christmas gifts under $10. Stock up on these inexpensive Christmas gifts now and when December rolls around, you’ll be glad you did. These are the best cheap Christmas gifts that no one will realize are actually cheap. When you’re invited to a neighbor’s Christmas party and you feel obligated to bring something, reach into your closet and grab one of these gifts on your way out the door. When your friends who promised they wouldn’t do Christmas presents this year show up at your door with Christmas presents (believe us, they will), you’ll be prepared with a little something to give them in return. These gifts are stocking-stuffer and secret Santa ready, and you’ll be amazed that all of them are actually less than $10. These inexpensive Christmas presents can be given as presents to friends, neighbors, co-workers, kids’ teachers—anyone. With these Christmas gifts under $10, you won’t be the friend who forgot a gift, and you won’t be the friend who spent too much money either. 
Another great gift is wax bears. Get a slab of wax 7-8 dollars at flee market 2 bottles of the same scnt 20.00 melt wax adf sent get a stufged animal dip it in sented wax comb fur out let dry and harden can make 8 or 10 bears. Varying on size of bear. Tjen it will smell for ever if it stops smelling all you have to do is take a blow dryer and run across it its a great gift for moms grandmas aunts….anyone!
When you’re on the go all day, it’s a bummer when your phone battery can’t keep up with the action. This portable power bank is one of the smallest available—it’s about the size of a tube of lipstick—and it will charge smartphones up in a snap. It recharges in just three to four hours, and it comes with a travel pouch as well as an 18-month warranty. That means no more excuses that they’re not responding to your texts because their phone battery died!
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The years spent in college are the ones where teenagers turn into young adults and are ready to take on the world. Even so, it’s not uncommon for them to miss their own little corner of the globe from time-to-time. Make their dorm room a home away from home with a candle that will remind them of their roots. It’s the perfect way to cure homesickness.
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