Here is a compilation of tips, tricks, hints and advice for the college bound student. For example, did you know that instead of taking a shower and cleaning up their dorm room they can spread dry tea bags around to absorb the odor? Or instead of keeping their shoes off the coffee table they can use oil and vinegar to get the scratches out. There are lots of useful ideas in here that can help one navigate through these challenging years of academics and hygiene.
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.

When I found myself suddenly single with 2 small children, I had to think hard about gifts. I had no money. I started what we call an envelope Christmas I made the kids an envelope for every week of the year. Each week they got to open an envelope, which contained something special they got to do with me. It cost very little. It was just time together. Baking, going to the park, etc. Now my kids are in their 20s and still call to make sure they’re going to get their envelopes! Now they get one a month. They include anything from a home cooked meal, to a girls’ day out.
7. Your favorite cookbook. Your graduate may have eaten on-campus food, fast food, and overall-just-not-so-great food over the past several years. Why not buy a new copy of your favorite cookbook to help get them started as they learn to cook for themselves? Or, better yet, pass along your own cookbook, complete with notes you write in, for an even more personal touch.
I know the gift was nice and fresh and on time unfortunately the seller was not helpful with a very simple task. I have no problem buying again from anyone else willing to comply with a simple direction. There were no gift options and theseller acted like I was wrong for asking to leave out the reciept. Now my mother knows how much I overpaid for her gift. She did love it even though she saw the cost.
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.
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!
They’re not just for hopeless crushes or your girlfriend from college. Most people, as they get older, get less and less invested in new music, or even in finding cool old music to listen to. Getting a curated CD (great for people with longish commutes) or playlist can allow them to feel current without having to trawl the depths of Pitchfork for something they like.
43. Smart TV—Make a college student's day by giving him or her a smart TV. These units can connect to the Internet so that a person can directly access Netflix and video-on-demand services as well as social networking and other websites. Some TVs are also capable of instant messaging and video calling. Depending on how much you want to spend, there are many cool features available.
Whether your kid is saving money by turning down the heat or surviving in a drafty dorm room, one of these throws is great for wrapping up while studying or watching TV or layering on a bed at night. Faux fur is very popular, but no one ever went wrong with cashmere. Pottery Barn has a great selection at under $50 as do many other retailers, and the monogram option is also available.
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.

If they’ve got to have their morning cup of Joe.. and their afternoon one… and their evening one, this travel mug from Contigo will carry them through the day. It keeps drinks warm up to five hours, and it holds a whopping 16 ounces of their beverage of choice (other models of this cup hold up 24 ounces!). If they like things on the cooler side, it will also keep beverages cold for up to 12 hours.
But on the other hand, they’re working their butt off to get their degree, so why not help them treat themselves with something they wouldn’t buy? Braven makes boomboxes with serious power, and Penny Skateboard creates super slick boards to help them cruise the campus in style. Both these gifts are splurges the normal college student might not ball out for, but the top-of-the-line quality will ensure they have these gifts for years to come.

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They say the way to a man’s heart is food, so why not make him his favorite meal for a romantic date over Christmas break? This is the perfect chance to make your favorite recipe or show him how you pay attention to what he orders at your favorite restaurant. You can both save some money and bond over chopping carrots. The real question is whether or not you let him bustle around next to the warm oven alongside you or surprise him when he walks in the door with the aroma of an already prepared meal.

Most people know about Mophie now through their Juice Pack line of battery cases. As a college kid, your phone is kind of like your sidekick, and even though the juice packs work great, the cases make your phone bit bulky. Tossing a Powerstation XL into their backpack will ensure that any student won’t suffer from dying phone syndrome. This particular rose gold model offers 10,000 mAh of power capacity, giving users up to five full charges, depending on the device.


One of the problems with taking notes in class is that it takes away from focusing on the lecture.  Some prefer to listen carefully to the lecture while recording it and then re-listen to the recorded notes later annotating key points that they want to remember in their notebook.  Your student can use a Coredy CR-B5 Digital Voice Recorder to record all their notes while they pay attention to the lecture.  It features lossless sound quality, 8 GB internal storage, and up to 32 GB or external storage using an optional MicroSD card.  It can also be connected to a PC to transfer the recording.  Variable playback speed allows your student to slow down the playback to make it easier to copy notes.  Built-in file editing allows your student to manipulate WAV recording files right on the recorder. Bookmarking supports up to 10 bookmarks per audio during playback for easy retrieval of content.  Its double power source design with its built-in 360mAh Li-Ion rechargeable battery gives your student 28 hours of record time or adding a single AAA alkaline battery gives them an extra 14.5 hour of recording time.  It also come with a built-in FM radio that can be recorded, an alarm clock, and a stopwatch.  The Coredy CR-B5 comes with earphones, a USB cable, and a 3.5mm audio cable.  It also has a 1-Year “Worry-Free” warranty. Give the gift that will help your student excel.
I also docked the mirror because it isn't obvious how to work the suction cup mechanism. I had to watch the very informative video on how to do it. Ideally it would have been obvious without the video. I will say this, the suction holds quite well, and hasn't fallen off yet! That's especially important because the only surface suitable for the mirror to stick to is the inside of the glass shower door. I have to move the door (and the mirror) to get into and out of the shower. The mirror hasn't budged, and I haven't had to reapply the suction cup to the door at all. Good job!

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.
The popular Buddy design has now arrived for your kitchen. Buddy uncorks wine bottles with its welcoming open arms. The corkscrew is used manually. When not in use, this little helper looks great as a decorative figure, in your kitchen or on your dining table.  Designed by Alan Wisniewski for Umbra – original, modern, casual, functional and affordable design for the home.

Cooking with fresh herbs makes all the difference, if you can remember to buy them and use them before they spoil. With Back to the Roots Garden-in-a-Can, houseplants become food and basil, cilantro, dill, and sage are never further than the windowsill. Everything needed to grow and maintain the plants (except water) with no mess and no transplanting is in the can.
Food, honestly, is never a bad gift. People need to eat, and they’d prefer to eat something delicious. Similarly, home décor is often the last thing on somebody’s mind. So give them a jar or vase full of the delicious manna of your choice, and once they’ve scarfed that down, they’ll have a nice receptacle for flowers to go on the dining room table. (Or the hand-me-down kitchen table with the bum leg that could really use all the help it can get.)

College students have a lot on their plates, from meeting deadlines to managing their schedules to remembering to exercise, and the new Apple Watch Series 4 can offer the wrist-based assistant they didn’t know they needed. With a 30 percent larger display than past models, the Series 4 band comes in three aluminum or three stainless steel finishes, and the watch will also work with any of the previous bands.

9. Things to use in their new city or at graduate school. Is your graduate moving to Boston, Washington, D.C. or New York City? Consider buying them subway fare cards or even a monthly pass. Other locale-specific gifts, like a Zagat book or Thomas Guide, can be incredibly helpful—and appreciated!—as your graduate starts their new life in a new city.
7. Your favorite cookbook. Your graduate may have eaten on-campus food, fast food, and overall-just-not-so-great food over the past several years. Why not buy a new copy of your favorite cookbook to help get them started as they learn to cook for themselves? Or, better yet, pass along your own cookbook, complete with notes you write in, for an even more personal touch.
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.
In my unscientific but thorough survey of gift ideas for college students, I would say some 94.8 percent of all college students have, at some point, either received a copy of Dr. Seuss’s Oh, The Places You’ll Go or had it quoted at them. It’s a classic read, but as far as gifts for college students go, it’s clichéd — and you can give a practical, useful, and unique gift to a college student that’s better than that. To make things a little easier, I spoke with actual college students about the most memorable gifts they’ve ever received, the gear and gadgets they use every day, and the items on their wish lists to find the best gifts for college freshmen, gifts for college graduates, and all the students in between.
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