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 items that college kids want for Christmas.
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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 items that are sure to please the college student that you’re playing Santa for.
Gifts that college students have on their wish list
- 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.
- Crockpot – 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).
- Water speakers –
- Mesh shower caddy – for the apartment dwellers or those sharing suite bathrooms. Frankly, I don’t know how I ever shared a shower with anyone else before I had one of these. It provided so much more storage and put an end to the “discussions” about how many bath and hair products were crammed into the little space. College kids sharing bathrooms in dorms and apartments will also benefit from the additional storage they gain.
- Adult onesie pajamas – whether your college student is living in a dorm or an apartment, it gets cold!
- 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.
- 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.
- Beats headphones – Butterfly assures me that all of her friends have this on their wish lists.
- Board games such as Quelf, will provide a fun alternative to expensive outings.
- Smart watch – I have to admit I’d never heard of this before but I can see why the kids all want it. It runs Facebook, Twitter, has a pedometer, alarm clock, calendar, voice recorder and monitors their sleep. For that matter, any of the folks on your list who love technology and gadgets would probably love this watch that reminds me of the old Dick Tracy watch (yes, I know that dates me!)
- Amazon Echo – this voice-controlled device plays music from their various accounts (Spotify, Pandora, etc.), reads audio books, gives traffic and weather reports, and is adding new functions all the time.
- Flannel bed sheets – by now they’re likely ready for some warmth.
- A basic cookbook
- I-tunes cards
- 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)
- Plant – brighten up small and possibly dreary spaces
- House shoes – whether in a dorm or apartment, floors get cold in the winter.
- Goody bag with toiletries
- Upgrade their Fitbit
- Pay for their next year subscription to Netflix
- Game consoles and games for when they have friends over (yes, even though they’re supposed to be studying, they still need a social life)
- A Bluetooth keyboard to connect to their iPad, tablet, or other mobile device. You know that college kids consider wires to be “old-fashioned”.
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!