Once my kids left home it became really hard to know what to get them for Christmas. So since I’m a lousy mind reader, I decided the best approach was to just ask. 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.
If it feels like it’s harder to buy for your kids when they’re older…it is. They’re at the age where they have definite likes and dislikes, and lots of the things that they like, are foreign to us. And they’re not always real vocal about what they want (unlike when they were little and couldn’t wait to tell anyone and everyone what they were wishing for…the good old days!).
Technology gifts 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.
All of my kids are big music lovers and these wireless ear buds allow them to listen (and tune other things out). They’re easy to stick in a pocket or purse and the case makes them easier to keep up with.
When I talked to our daughter just a couple of days ago she mentioned that the new Apple Watch was high on her wish list. She’s a fan of all the features and specifically stated that she wanted to be able to track all of her physiological functions.
The Amazon Echo 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.
This Bluetooth keyboard connects to their iPad, tablet, or other mobile device. You know that college kids consider wires to be “old-fashioned”.
I have to admit these water speakers were new to me. But we got a set for our daughter last year and she loves them. Even I have admit they are kind of fun!
Gift ideas college students can use in their rooms
I have no idea whether the claims about these salt lamps are true or not, but they 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.
Dorm rooms – and apartments too for that matter – can feel pretty cold (especially if you have no control over the thermostat). A set of flannel sheets can add some much needed warmth! These come in a multitude of colors to suit whatever decor your kid likes.
A warm pair of house shoes can come in handy because floors in dorms can get pretty cold in the winter!
This adult onesie pajama set is is playful and fun…and it’s also warm! This one comes in several different color choices.
College is nothing is not stressful! And even adults (and young adults) need a way to relieve that stress. This particular stress relief 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.
Gifts for college students to use in their kitchens
- Slow cooker: 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.
- 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).
- Who doesn’t love a smoothie? This blender helps the college student you love whip up a fast and healthy breakfast or snack.
- 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.
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?
More to help with your shopping needs:
Some people are simply harder to buy for than others. Here are 7 Tips To Choosing Gifts For The Hard To Buy For Person On Your List
Our daughter and son are both totally devoted to their pets (and we love our “grand-doggies” too!). Here are some Awesome Gifts For Dog Lovers.