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During my days as a college student, money definitely wasn’t growing on trees, so I was delighted each time a free meal, care package or gift card came my way. But now there’s so much more to choose from, most of which you can easily buy on Amazon and have shipped straight to the dorm.
Just as important as ramen and energy drinks are new necessities, from extra chargers and earbuds to coffee makers that save students from forking over what little they have to Starbucks.
Here are some great standbys that just about any college student on your list would be happy to receive.
The world temporarily stops for a college student (or any other smartphone addict) when his phone dies and he’s without his charger. But you can help alleviate the stress with the gift of a super charger that extends his smartphone’s battery life. Extra computer cords are also a great gift, because they can cost a small fortune to replace (on a student’s budget). They have a tendency to be left behind at coffee shops by students pulling all-nighters.
2. Soda maker
Soda might not seem like an essential, but to those students who go through a 6-pack of Diet Coke a day, a soda maker could be a lifesaver, not to mention the money and time it will save them on trips to the grocery store to stock up. There are a number of flavors available, or your student can try making up his own. Has anyone tried coffee soda yet?
If you’ve ever carried around an entire semester’s worth of work or a major project on a tiny flash drive, you can understand the constant concern for its safety. Just imagine looking into your backpack only to see the flash drive’s top has come off and it’s sitting in that pile of dirt and crumbs of unknown origin that seem to be at the bottom of every bag. A message in a bottle flash drive will help your student feel more secure and avoid horror stories about hours of lost work. Its size makes it harder to lose, and your data is much better protected.
For the barista who enjoys whipping up smoothies, blended coffee drinks and frozen alcoholic beverages, a high-quality blender makes the perfect Christmas present. Sure, you might want your student to cut back on the daiquiris, but just think, at least he’ll be eating some fruit!
5. Food and gas gift cards
While this gift usually demonstrates a lack of originality, or that you were crunched for time, your student won’t care. In fact, the gift of money is the one thing that the recipient is guaranteed to use, every time.