7 Christmas Gift Ideas for College Students

7 Christmas Gift Ideas for College Students
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    With the holiday season fast approaching, shopping for your college student may be a bit of a challenge.

    You know that your child, grandchild or other relation is technologically savvy, but you aren't.

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Still, there are several great holiday gifts that college students may prize including the following top items.

1. Coffee Maker With a Travel Mug. Your favorite student must slog him/herself out of bed and head to the cafeteria for a morning cup of joe. That’s a hassle when the day starts cold, rainy or simply early. In vogue are single server coffee makers with a stainless steel travel mug. Its a simple process that quickly yields a delicious 8 oz. cup of coffee in just 90 seconds with settings for regular and bold coffee. About $50 from Hamilton-Beach.

2. The Gift of Bedding. Most students could use an extra set of bedding, especially ideal for those times when doing laundry must be put off. Consider shopping for high thread count. WalMart is currently selling Tribeca Living 1000 Thread Count Queen sheet sets from $120.

3. Airfare or a Train Ticket. Maybe getting home or getting away for your college student is a hardship. Why not surprise him with free round-trip airfare or a train ticket to get away? You might also consider donating airline points to provide flexibility for when the trip takes place — e.g., Spring Break, Easter, or some other time. Expect to spend from $100 to $500 or more for this gift.

4. Leather Portfolio. For the college student set to graduate next spring, assembling the essentials for looking for a job can be helpful. Both men and women will need a leather portfolio, an ideal place to carry a laptop, tablet, pads, pens and other essentials. A quality portfolio will run from $50 to well over $100 for distressed leather.

5. The Gift of Laundry. Why not fill up a laundry basket with all the essentials to clean clothes? Add in detergent, dryer sheets, stain remover and fabric softener. You can also include a roll or two of quarters for hitting the laundromat. Your cost will come in around $50 plus quarters.

6. Portable Charger. Cell phones, tablets, computers and other devices frequently run out of juice. Your college student knows this and may be frustrated by the amount of time needed to get their electronic devices recharged. A portable charger with multiple connection points can ensure that their smartphone, tablet and MP3 player never runs out. About $50 for a five-port charger.

7. Gift Cards Are Desirable. Sometimes you simply do not know what to give. These days, gift cards make for a terrific gift and can include iTune cards, coffee club cards, food cards and even a MasterCard or Visa debit card. Cards can be had for as little as $10.

Shop and Save

You can save money by shopping on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving). Or, if you hate traveling to stores and would like free shipping, wait a few more days for the following Cyber Monday. Online retailers offer some of the best deals on that day.

See Also10 Ways to Save Money on Gadgets This Christmas

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