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Christmas is just around the corner! Do you have a college student in your life? Would you like some ideas for gifts? I’ve put together some ideas for Christmas gifts for college students to help you out. Let’s get started!
USB LED Clock Fan: All students need to keep track of time and most dorm rooms or apartments needs fans. Why not get both all at once? This cool little clock fan has soft PVC flexible blades and it plugs into any USB port.
It has a flexible neck so you can adjust it to any position. It’s just basically plug and play, with no set-up required. Once the blades begin to spin, it will display the correct time with a moving second hand. It costs less than $20 and it’s fun!
Disney Pixar Movies Sock Set: Most college-age students grew up in the age of Disney Pixar movies. Who doesn’t love those movies? This sock set includes 21 pair of socks for under $50! It includes characters from Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., Lilo and Stitch and others. These socks can put a smile on their face and keep their feet toasty all at the same time.
Speaking of toasty feet, how about some S’mores USB Heated Slippers? Students can slip these on during the cold winter months while working on their computers. Just plug them into the USB port on the laptop and let the toasty feet begin!
They’re silly and fun, and I’ve never met anyone who would turn down a s’more. 🙂 If by chance s’mores don’t happen to be their thing, these slippers are also available as narwhals and unicorns. Depending on the style, these slippers run from $35 to $47.
And one more for the footwear lovers in your life, how about Edna Mode Socks in an ornament? Anyone who loves The Incredibles knows about the fabulous Edna Mode. No capes, dahling. 🙂These socks from the Disney Store come in an ornament that looks like the Pixar ball. $8!
Does your student live in an apartment? How’s it going for them having to cook for themselves? There’s a great cookbook called The Five Ingredient College Cookbook that can help them out. It gives them more than just recipes. It also explains the basic utensils they will need to prepare meals, tips on grocery shopping, and tells you which recipes can be prepared in the microwave.
Some of the recipes do have a few more than 5 ingredients, but most of them do stick to that formula. Recipes are indexed by categories such as Snacks, Breakfast, Salads and Sandwiches, Soups, Main Dishes and Sweets.
So if your student spent the fall semester eating too much of that go-to default Ramen Noodle, this can help them up their adulting game and add some variety to their meals.
Second semester is usually a little chilly unless your student goes to school in Hawaii! How about a Bluetooth Beanie to keep them warm and let them listen to music or talk on the phone wirelessly without earbuds or headphones? Under $25, fully washable, and soft!
The beanie has a rechargeable battery and built-in microphone.
College can be stressful, and many students are having to cope with anxiety for the first time on their own. Finals, relationships, time management, and having to fend for themselves can be hard.
I saw this intriguing gift called a Buddha Board that might be perfect for helping ease some of the pressure. It’s a drawing board that comes with a stand and a bamboo brush.
You simply fill the stand with water and dip the brush into the water and start “painting” on the board. As the water evaporates, your creation fades away. Then you just let it go and paint something else.
Maybe you could paint the things that are worrying you and then let them just evaporate! For about $35, that’s a good price for some therapy. 🙂
With finals coming up in the next few weeks, you could send them an early Christmas present–a Hot Chocolate and Cookies and Candy Gift Box! The box includes five different flavors of hot chocolate, Famous Amos and M&M cookies, and peppermint candy. The box costs less than $25 and ships Prime from Amazon, so they can have it in plenty of time for those late night study sessions.
Does your student have to fly to and from school? Those flights can be a great time to catch up on sleep, which college students don’t ever get enough of. How about this Neck Support Travel Pillow? It has a unique design in that it has a flexible neck brace inside of a wrap that goes around the neck. It keeps your head upright while sleeping so you don’t wake up with a stiff neck.
This neck support wrap comes in several different colors and runs around $30.
If you really want to go all out on a Christmas gift, there is always the popular Oculus Go. This is a stand alone 3D virtual reality headset known as the “littlest big screen around.” There are no wires, and no PC or console are required.
You can download an app to your phone that enables you to access games, apps and experiences like Netflix, Hulu, Facebook, Showtime, and others. There is built-in audio and you can meet up in virtual reality with friends to watch sports, TV shows, and concerts.
There are two versions available: the 32GB for $199, and the 64GB for $249. By way of illustration of the difference, the 32GB version will allow you to hold 3 HD movies, 10 games, and 20 apps at one time. The 64GB version doubles that capacity to 7 HD movies, 20 games, and 40 apps.
I think anyone would have a ball with this thing. You might need to work out a schedule for everyone to take turns with it until your college student whisks it off to school. 🙂
In addition to these gift ideas, Christmas gifts for college students can also include things that can be used while they are at home for the holidays.
A gift certificate for a massage to relieve the stress of finals, a gift card to their favorite restaurant or movie theater for dinner or a movie with their friends would be great gift ideas for things they can do while they’re home.
It is always wonderful when all the kids pile back home from school. My daughter’s friends from home love to come over and eat pizza, go look at local neighborhoods with Christmas lights, build a bonfire in the backyard and make s’mores, and basically just enjoy being home without the pressures of school.
They’ve been working hard all semester and deserve a good long break. Just have fun and enjoy the time! Hopefully these Christmas gifts for college students will give you some ideas for fun or useful things for the student in your life.
If you have some great Christmas gift ideas for college students, please feel free to share them in the comment section!
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I have had a BUDDAH BOARD for about 2 years. It is great to sit out whether you have 2 visitors or 20+.
Everyone seems fascinated by it. Snap some photos if creations before they disappear…they can then be note card for the artist !!
You’re way ahead of me. 🙂 I hadn’t heard of these until this year. Thanks for the suggestions of what to do with it!