It’s that time of year again. Black Friday. Small Business Saturday. Cyber Monday. We’re thinking about family and friends and we’re thinking about gifts. If you have a college student, or an about-to-be college student, you may be searching for some ideas for useful or fun gifts.
Sometimes, finding just the right gift for your college student may be difficult. You haven’t seen him in a while and you are less involved in his day-to-day life. What does he need? What can he use?
You know your student best, and can tap into his interests and needs, but we’d like to offer some suggestions that may stimulate your imagination. We’re including some new ideas here, as well as some classic favorites from our lists from previous years. Check out these ideas, and then let your own creativity take over!
Whether it’s hot coffee, cocoa, tea, cider or other options, this allows your student to make that quick individual beverage early in the morning or late at night during those long study sessions when a trip to the campus snack bar or local coffee ship isn’t an option.
When you (and a roommate) spend a lot of time in a small dorm room, it can begin to feel (and smell) a little close. This diffuser may help clear the air. Aromatherapy can also be relaxing and may be able to help your student feel less stressed.
For those nights of studying, movie watching or reading — or for those college student afternoon naps, there’s nothing like a warm, soft ”blanky.”
Space is at a premium in dorm rooms. Just a little place next to your bed for that ever-present phone or other essentials may seem like a luxury.
Does your student shop online? Does she watch movies and listen to music? An Amazon Prime membership provides your student with free shipping as well as access to movies, tv shows, music and other benefits. Consider the gift of a membership.
Does your student like smoothies? Are you wishing your student had a way to get more fruits and vegetables? This blender allows your student to make her smoothies and then take them to-go.
This device activates an alarm when your student leaves keys or phone behind or someone takes them away. Help your student make sure his phone never disappears.
Totally fun. Create a time capsule with your student — or with the whole family. Plan to dig it up in 10-15-25 years.
For that cup of tea or cocoa, instant soup, or classic college meal of ramen.
If your student has a car, you’ll feel more secure if she’s ready for emergencies.
Silly? Yes. But this might be just the thing for your college student who has a tendency to sleep through that early morning class. Built on wheels, this clock emits a beeping sound when it first goes off. Then — after a snooze cycle, it rolls off the nightstand and starts scooting out of reach. To turn it off, your student has to get out of bed and chase it down. Fun!
This lamp mirrors natural light — better for reading and better for health. This natural sunlight lamp may help improve well-being during those long, dark months of winter.
Encourage your student to be prepared to save those important college papers in more than one place. She can easily drag and drop files onto this hard drive and have everything backed up.
An easy way for your student to make sure her devices are always ready-to-go.
This takes the stress out of notetaking for your student. Records lectures while linking recordings to your student’s notes.
Help your student make sure his laptop stays safe.
Flavored water tastes even better than plain. Your student will have fun inventing interesting fruit combinations.
Dorms can be wonderful, social places — and that means that sometimes they can be noisy as well. A little white noise may be just the thing for shutting out the chatter in the hallway when it’s time to sleep or study.
Note: We think these are great gift ideas for your student no matter where you purchase them. If you use our links, College Parent Central receives a small percentage of your purchase price. This does not change the cost to you. We think it’s only fair to let you know that.