It is that time of year where everyone is looking for the perfect gift for loved ones, some of us are poor or don't know what to get that special person. It may seem easy to pick out presents for college students because at this point they are probably running out of everything: money, food and motivation. I have compiled a list of ideas for the college student and/or peer in your life!
Cindy Maudsley is a stay at home mom living in Utah. She has two beautiful daughters with her husband AJ. Being a mom and wife is her favorite but also loves Target, dark chocolate, reading, serving in her church, and baking her famous brownies. Her passion is writing and loves to share her experiences and life moments and does so at triumphsandtrials.com and sheteachesfearlessly.com
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.
When it comes to selfies, these lenses for smartphones significantly up that game. They clip right onto your phone and produce shots that look like they were taken with a professional camera. This set comes with three separate lenses, including a wide angle, 180-degree fish angle and 10x macro lens to get the perfect shots every time. They work on most models of smartphones and tablets, and countless satisfied customers say they’re a great way to improve the quality of your pictures for a small price.

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.


These budget-friendly gift ideas will spread good cheer without squandering your cash. Sure, you could always go the DIY route, but if you're set on shopping, we compiled affordable gift ideas for kids, friends, and coworkers that are low-cost without looking cheap. Because there's nothing better than great gifts and stocking stuffers that won't break the bank.
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.
To go with the bigger phones up there, it’s a good idea to toss in something a little more compact, at a price point that you won’t lament if they’re left behind at class. The Symphonize NRG 3.0 buds are super unique, hand-crafted wood headphones with a tangle-free cable, goldplated jack and noise-isolated sound. They’re the perfect happy medium between earbuds that look cool, but are also universal enough to take on a run. Six pairs of custom fit silicone tips will provide optimal comfort, while the in-line microphone makes it easy to adjust volume, skip tracks, activate voice control and answer phone calls in a jiffy.
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.

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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