The student life isn’t exactly known for being full of culinary excellence (cue memories of mac and cheese and greasy pizza) and for the student who isn’t as adept in the kitchen, cooking can be intimidating. The Starving Students cookbook is full of page after page of recipes for the new chef, with advice on simple things like how to scramble eggs or make simple vegetarian dinners.
Christine Evans, who’s studying fashion at Parsons School of Design, has been coveting a Burberry rain jacket for years. “Truthfully, my dad has always always worn one since I was little and I’ve always admired it. I really like the look and fit of the coat and we’ve always kind of talked about the style of it. He said that when I’m older, he would get me one when the time was right!” And graduation seems like as good a milestone as any.
“Teeth are super important. Actually, there’s a huge correlation between gum disease and dying, and also, the condition of your gums and your teeth does predict a lot. So you might as well keep it healthy,” says Sachi D., a senior at Smith College who wants what the Cut’s Kathleen Hou called “a game-changing electric toothbrush.” According to Sachi, “I think it’s an underrated thing that people don’t pay attention to, and it’s actually really important … Or maybe I’m just a hypochondriac, and I’m afraid of dying.”
Does your boyfriend love solving puzzles? Instead of getting a puzzle with dolphins or cars, reach for a more heartfelt gift. Putting your picture on it through websites like Shutterfly makes the personal gift even more special. “I made a collage of us in puzzle form,” said Betty Straub, a junior at Creighton University. “We put it together with each other and it was so much fun.” Say hello to the ultimate date-night activity, paired with a bottle of wine.
54. Toaster Bags—There might not be a handier gift for a college guy living in a dorm than a product that allows him to quickly make a grilled cheese sandwich in the toaster. As an added bonus, most toaster bags are reusable and multi-purpose (i.e., they can also be used in the oven or microwave for all kinds of foods, including pizza, chicken nuggets, and frozen waffles).
10. Business card holder. Your graduate might be working for a non-profit or for corporate America. Either way, they'll probably have business cards they'll want to hand out at conferences, meetings, and other business events. Consider buying a small, nice, classic business card holder—some can even be personalized—as an inexpensive but highly useful graduation present.
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.
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.
While dorm rooms or student apartments may not be the most spacious (understatement of the century), help make the most of their space with a tiny TV with top-notch quality. This flatscreen TV is outfitted with the newest Roku streaming service, offering over 750 channels, including Netflix and HBO Go. The Roku remote has a headphone jack, so late night binging sessions won’t keep the neighbors awake.
The K-12 back-to-school shop may have seemed expensive, but the dorm room shop is the one that breaks the bank. The National Retail Federation estimates that families spend almost $900 a year outfitting their students for college. For high school graduates moving into a dorm or an apartment, a gift certificate to Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, or other national retailers will help them to outfit their room. Remind them to look for special in-store college evenings and deep discount coupons before they buy.
Gifts for college guys that they will actually use include ones that help them enjoy their school experience more in some way. Whether it’s something for their room, something to help them with studying, a relaxing gift, something that helps them when something needs fixing, something to eat, or any of a number of gifts that they will appreciate the gift because you helped them.
At some point, everyone needs a good tool kit, and this 100-piece set from Workpro contains all the basics to make small repairs around the house. It includes a hammer, wrench, pliers, and pretty much everything you would need to build or fix minor repairs. What's more this tool kit comes in a compact size that can fit in a kitchen drawer so it won't take up valuable space. When you drop off your kid just tuck in a corner for them to use when the need strikes.
If there was one thing I often went without in college, it was new clothes. I loved getting new clothes, but I couldn’t always justify the expense. Most college students will be THRILLED with any type of clothing. Stitch Fix is one of my favorite creative ideas for a college student – you can give them a gift card to get styled. Stitch Fix sends you a box of personally curated clothes for the recipient. It’s like having your own personal stylist!
Guys love sports. Even if you’ve managed to find one who doesn’t have his Saturday permanently scheduled with football, he’s probably just waiting until baseball, ice hockey or basketball starts season starts. Give him the chance to watch his favorite team and be ready to either celebrate or commiserate with him over the outcome. Beware if you find a game that pits the two of you against one another.
Keeping a journal can help increase focus, promote mindfulness, and boost memory. An empty notebook is also just full of promise, especially for a person of a creative or analytical bent. I’m a fan of Baron Fig’s Confidant notebook, but the Internet and the world are full of options of varying size, style, and price. Include a little note of encouragement to subtly shame them into keeping up a regular correspondence (with themselves, or the void).
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.
Start with a block of 4x4-inch wood, and sand it to smooth the rough edges. Once sanded, paint the top a color to coordinate with your friend's workspace. Cut the bottom of the block at an angle to tilt the base, then measure the sides of the block to determine the length of decorative paper needed to cover them. Soak the paper in water to make it pliable, then use a thin layer of watered-down decoupage medium to evenly attach the paper to the sides of the block. Line up the paper with the block's painted top; if the paper is too long at the bottom end, neatly wrap it around the base. Seal the paper with a top coat of decoupage medium. On the top of the block, measure and mark pencil holes in an evenly spaced pattern; drill holes into the top at a 90-degree angle using a 1/2-inch bit.
We got my brother a water bottle, and he was so excited! HydroFlask is a popular brand, but it’s pricey! We LOVE the Simple Modern brand of water bottle. It keeps the water really cold (and your ice sticks around for a long time), but they are half the price. I have the 64-ounce bottle, but there are different ones in a variety of sizes. The HydroFlask lids do fit on them. I bought one of the HydroFlask straw lids, because I prefer that for drinking out of my bottle.
The Instant Pot is a 6-in-1 cooker can do everything like slow cook chili, make rice, craft up yogurt, and even bake a cake. The options are endless and this version is only 3-quarts so it can easily fit into any small space. We're sure they'll have so much fun whipping up new creations they might even come home during the holidays and make you dinner!
Never lose your keys or wallets again. With Tile, you can easily track the location of your most valuable possessions right from your smartphone. Just click the “Find My Tile” button on the app, and your tile will start beeping until you can find it up. Can’t hear the beeping? A real-time map will show you where your keys are. Can’t find your phone? Press the tile and it will put out a locator symbol on your phone.
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.
The market is saturated with college grads, and they’re going to need a backup plan. That plan is, and always has been, gold! While they’ve been drinking Keystone Light and playing X-Box (or worse, writing math problems and studying business plans), the smart folks have been in the hills filling up their pockets with precious metals. And having a blast doing it.