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.
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
Starting last month, my Roku 4's fan started running constantly and making strange noises that I could hear 2 rooms away. I thought other reviewers were exaggerating about the noise, but it is LOUD. I contacted customer service to report the issue and worked through their suggested steps of rebooting the thing, unplugging it, resetting... Read more
A simple, but highly useful college accessory is The Sofia + Sam Multi Media Memory Foam Lap Desk.  It is really the perfect workstation for anyone using a laptop, tablet or smart phone on their bed, couch or chair.  It provides a flat, solid, comfortable workspace with a cool and soft memory foam cushion support for hours of use without fatigue.  It includes a built-in ergonomic wrist rest, a slide-out mouse desk that pulls out on either side for left or right-hand use, a handle for easy portability, a tablet slot to support electronic devices, and a USB LED lamp to light the work area.  It is really a completely self-contained portable desk space that your student can use just about anywhere.  The large work area measures 18.5 x 14 x 3.5 inches and easily accommodates laptops up to 15 inches.  Sometimes you just want to sit in a comfortable chair, on your bed, or just anywhere that isn’t your desk while you work and this lap desk makes that possible.  Give a gift of comfort and flexibility that your guy will really appreciate.
We have bought these insanely comfortable and trendy shoes for our parents, kids, friends, and ourselves. Fashioned from soft merino wool, the Allbirds “runners” are an everyday shoe that can be worn with or without socks, are amazingly lightweight and can be thrown into the washing machine. If you are unsure of size or color, Allbirds offers gift cards. We are just hoping they bring the orange runner back in time for summer.
A huge part of fitting in at school is what music you’re listening to, and what better gift to give a new student than, well, basically all of it? With access to tens of millions of songs, Spotify is the industry standard for streaming, and a premium subscription unlocks ad-free listening and the ability to download songs onto any device for offline use. It’s the perfect add-on to pretty much any gift on this list.
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 do cheap gifts such as at the dollar store. dollar coffee mugs, cookie tins(then bake sugar cookies) for my boyfriends parents and the neighbors, lotions and bath gels and bath sponges for girls. i also go to wal mart down the travel size isle and get dollar mini axe shower gels, sprays, and shampoos for the guys. very in-expensive. i spent fifty dollars on ten people this year! five a person and it looks more expensive seams i used the dollars store! the lotions look like bath & body!! i spent more on my boyfriend but of course, hehe.
At college, when the stress gets high, sometimes you just need to kick back and let life rush on around you and there is no better way to do that with an All-In-One Happy Times Parachute Hammock.  It can be used either as a two-person double hammock swing or a one-person single cocoon hammock bed.  It comes with everything you need to quickly and easily hang this beautiful hammock between two solid anchors (like trees) up to 18 feet apart safely and without damage to the anchors (trees).  They are so simple to use it will only take your student a couple of minutes to wrap the straps around the anchors and pull them tight. Available in 7 great color options, you’re sure to find one they love.  Included in the bundle are a single parachute hammock, polyester 10-loop tree strap, paracord extension ropes, and steel carabiners. It’s not just for the dorm courtyard either.  Weighing only 2 lbs., it packs up easily in its storage bag for travel to any adventure like camping, backpacking, hiking, boating, hammocking, cycling, motorcycling, and many more.  It comes with a money back satisfaction guarantee so you can rest assured that they will love it or they can return it.  Each hammock is completely safe thanks to a tested 450 lb. capacity provided by its interlocking triple stitch seams.  Hammocks feature quality construction with quick-dry, breathable nylon that is mildew resistant and machine washable.  College students need to recharge and this gift I a great way for yours to do it.
44. Amazon Echo—Surprise the student in your life with a multimedia voice-activated speaker. The Amazon Echo plays all of his or her music from popular sites and apps like Prime Music and Spotify. It can also look up information to answer questions, provide the weather, and report the news. And it can even call for an Uber ride, order pizza, and control home features like lights and thermostats.
If he’s a sneakers guys and is all about keeping his them in pristine condition he will love this. Set includes 4 oz. Premium Shoe Cleaner and Standard Shoe Cleaning Brush packaged in resealable, Jason Markk fresh pouch. The Solution Does not contain any harsh chemicals or abrasives 98.3% Natural and completely biodegradable safe on all colors and materials effectively cleans and conditions. Cleans up to 100 pairs of sneakers.

Frank & Oak has become the go-to brand for guys (and, as of late, girls!) to purchase stylish, effortless clothes. Style Plan is Frank+Oak’s new membership service that allows members to browse through Frank + Oak’s product offerings and order items right to their door. Members get unlimited access to express shipping for free, free sendbacks, and 5% store discount.


For the guy you're always trying new restaurants with, you can make a personalized Food Map with the restaurants you want to try together and include a little certificate offering to pay for a meal of his choice! Create a map on Google maps, save all of the restaurants near campus or home that you want to go to together and some of your old favorites, and then print it out. Add on some cute stickers, throw it in a frame, get creative!
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.
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.
What I really don't like is that thing where Amazon lets the business owner write directly to you after buying this. I've gotten multiple messages (both on this one and when I originally tried a different combo pack from the same seller) saying "You bought my product! Please leave a review!" Here's your review. I paid for the snacks, not the guilt. When I go to Whole Foods the cashier doesn't show up at my front door two days later saying, "How's that avocado working out for you, good?"
Your mileage on something like this is going to vary based on who you're getting it for and how much stuff they like. Might work better as a one-off care package for starving college students rather than how I did it, a subscription item for my teenagers' school lunches. In my case the kids pick through just what they like, leaving behind what they don't until the next box comes, and I'm left with a growing mountain of those radiant orange peanut butter cracker sandwiches.

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.


This may be the very best time to dive into holiday shopping. Pour yourself a cup of coffee (or glass of wine) and log into your computer today, well before shopping anxiety starts to erode your festive spirit. Here is our list for 2018, filled with lots of intriguing holiday gift ideas. Enjoy and please let us know what your grown and flown kids have on their lists.
The commercialism of Christmas gets more and more out of hand each year. When it becomes difficult to know what to buy someone, that is when you focus on those who have nothing and give to shelters and charities. For families and friends, think of what they like to do and their hobbies. From there, give $10 to $15 gift cards to their favorite restaurant, coffee shop, or retail store. Also, a gift card to a movie theatre is always great because the movie outing has become ridiculously expensive and I can’t imagine anyone not appreciating this idea for a gift.
Aaptiv is my very favorite way to exercise. All you need is a smartphone and tablet, and you are instantly given access to thousands of workouts – many of which require very little space or equipment. I use this nearly every day! It is perfect for busy college students because it has workouts that can be as short as nine minutes long. You can get a free 30-day trial here and check out my full review here.
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.

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.
One thing about living with a roommate for the first time in college is that, typically speaking, your lives are both a mess. This leads to the problem of confusing your stuff for theirs, among other things. The best way to avoid this problem? Have stuff that looks nothing like anyone else’s. A laser cut wooden notebook is a great start. The beautiful and intricate designs are like an anti-accidental theft device. Much more effective than yelling, “Put that down, that’s mine!”
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