Gifts for College Students
Christmas will soon be here and finding something different and unusual to give to a new freshman going off to college can sometimes be a daunting task, especially when you aren’t around them all the time and know their likes and dislikes. Do not be tempted to stick a twenty-dollar bill in a card and call it good, but do you really think that is something that will be remembered once that money is spent? Here are some ideas that might make a longer lasting impression.
For the girls
A wicker basket filled with a pretty towel set, some fragrant scented soaps, a pair of slippers and a bathrobe
Potpourri, scented electric candles (many colleges will not let them use regular candles) and sachets for their dresser drawers and closets
Herbal teas, flavored coffees and creamers, cookies, biscotti and chocolate bars
A bulletin board decorated in their favorite colors or their school colors
A throw pillow for their bed with a large monogram initial embroidered on it
One of those new picture frames that does the automatic slide shows, filled with family and friends pictures
For the boys
A wastepaper basket filled with snack food items, like pretzels, popcorn, and beef jerky, different types of candy and energy bars
Gift certificates to the local pizza place
Oversized bath towels and washcloths make great gifts. Guys would much rather use an oversized towel wrapped around their waist than to wear a robe after their shower
Bulletin board in their school colors
A blanket with the school’s mascot or logo on it
Portable CD player with earphones and a carrying case for their music
Pay for a couple of tickets to their school’s football or basketball games
If your student is allowed to have a hot plate in their rooms, take a laundry basket, put in all types of canned goods that they can heat up quickly to make a meal out of, add a small saucepan, a large spoon and a can opener. Throw in various types of crackers, peanut butter, the squirt cheese in a can, Spaghetti O’s, corn-beef hash, pork and beans, macaroni and cheese, and a variety of soups.
With college kids anything food they love whether it is sweet, salty or sour. Your gift does not have to be expensive; just make it unique, something that comes from the heart. You will be surprised how years from now, they will remember it.