Perhaps your kids are in college and you’re wondering what they’d like for Christmas? Maybe you have other older kids who are also hard to buy for? Sometimes our children who don’t live with us are the toughest to buy gifts for.
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It got so much harder for me to buy for my kids when they weren’t living at home any more. No longer was I able to listen for those wishes uttered out loud or for the spontaneous, “Mom, I really want a …”.
So instead of being subtle and having surprises under the tree, I decided to try the direct approach and just asked Butterfly what she and her college friends had on their wish list this year.
She polled her social circle (which fortunately for me is a fairly large circle – we don’t call her Butterfly for nothing!) and here is a list of items that will likely please the college kid or young adult on your shopping list this season.
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!
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