Buying Christmas gifts seems to get more difficult as our kids get older. No longer are they pointing to items they see on TV or in stores and squealing, “I want that!” while we tug them down the aisle trying to avoid a scene. Instead, we have to purposely ask what’s on their list. So that’s what I did. I asked my college-age daughter to poll her friends to see what’s on their wish lists. Here is a list of gifts for college students taken straight off their Christmas wish lists.
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Since it’s not easy to be surreptitious when your kids aren’t living with you, I decided to just go with the direct approach. Fortunately, Butterfly has a pretty large circle of friends (we don’t call her Butterfly for nothing!) and they were happy to provide us with gift ideas they’d like to find under their tree on Christmas morning. Here’s a list of gift ideas that are sure to please the college student that you’re playing Santa for.
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Technology gift ideas for college students
I don’t know a kid who is college aged who isn’t hooked on their technology. And since they are, they love, love, love gifts that give them more access, or that help pay for what they’ve already come to love.
Fortunately, Amazon has made my shopping for technology so much easier! Because here are some things I know about college aged kids…they love their music, they need some pleasure reading and time away from the grind of constant studying, and they enjoy chilling out and relaxing by watching TV and enjoying their favorite games.
And Amazon has a subscription to fit each of these needs.
All of my kids are huge music lovers and constantly have something playing in their ear. Amazon music gives them access to a gazillion songs that can be streamed to their favorite device.
A great way for our college kids to relax is to do some pleasure reading. We gave our daughter a one-year subscription to Kindle Unlimited and she was thrilled. And when they’re living in tight spaces, digital books cut down on the space needed – a win-win.
And one thing is certain about college kids, they need some downtime and they love spending it watching their favorite TV shows and movies. Prime video gives your favorite college student tons of choices of movies and TV programs to watch at their convenience when study time is over.
More technology gifts for your college student
Selecting technology has proven harder for me since it’s hard to keep up with the latest changes and gadgets. That’s why I was thrilled to get a specific list from the students themselves.
Wireless Headphones – I’ve been assured that these are on all of our daughter’s friend’s wish list.
A bluetooth keyboard to connect to their iPad, tablet, or other mobile device. You know that college kids consider wires to be “old-fashioned”.
Gifts ideas that college students can use in their rooms
Salt Lamp – claims about these lamps say that the negative ions released into the air help people with allergies, and asthma, purify the air, and improve sleep. They’re also pretty cool looking too.
House shoes – whether in a dorm or apartment, floors get cold in the winter.
Stress relief toys – college is nothing is not stressful! And even adults (and young adults) need a way to relieve that stress. This particular toy doesn’t look too childish, in fact, it would add an air of sophisticated whimsy that your college student wouldn’t be embarrassed by. At the same time, it will give them something to focus on when they need a little down time.
Board games such as Quelf will provide a fun alternative to expensive outings
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Gifts for college students to use in their kitchens
1. Crock pot – this one is 4-quart and programmable. The smaller size makes it better for kids living in apartments (the one I use for a family at home is bigger). Once my daughter and her roommates realized how expensive it is to order out, the crock pot quickly became one their most used kitchen items.
2. Ninja Blender – who doesn’t love a smoothie? This blender helps the college student you love whip up a fast and healthy breakfast or snack.
3. A basic cookbook is great for kids who may not have paid much attention to cooking lessons when they were at home (don’t ask how I know about this one).
4. Plastic food containers – will help keep pests out of food and these with the snap-down lids are great (I own a set and use them for all kinds of things in addition to food). They’re a must have for dorm and college apartment kitchens.
And there are, of course, the old standbys when you’re shopping for your college-aged children. Candy and snacks, clothes, sporting equipment, and money – naturally. There isn’t a college kid alive who will turn their nose up at the green stuff. But sometimes moms (and dads) want something tangible to show their child how much they love and miss them. What better time than Christmas for that to happen?
Happy shopping and Merry Christmas!
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