Most college students are frugal out of necessity.
The many amenities they enjoyed living at home in high school are now cost prohibitive. The ramen noodle strategy of practicality takes effect when freshmen realize how expensive college can be.
Therefore, during the holiday season, you may be more apt to splurge on your relatives who are making their way through college. So what are some good ideas for gifts for students for the holiday season? When finding a gift for the student in your life you need to get creative and practical.
Make sure your college student has an extra sweatshirt after the holidays, as they will probably be spending more time in the cold walking to class. Some extra t-shirts are a good move as well. Since many college students will hold off on purchasing new clothing, anything that is new will be exciting.
Weekly laundry activities can get expensive. Items like stain removers, a laundry bag, fabric softener, detergent, and dryer sheets can help a student keep looking (and smelling) good.
A gift card for their favorite restaurant or attraction is always a good choice. Also, a gift card to a local clothing or department store is practical. This allows the student to save his or her money for larger, more important purchases, like books.
After months of ramen noodles, many students will be craving alternative and convenient snacks in between finals. Healthy choices include trail mix, herbal teas, dried fruits (like apricots), nuts, and granola.
KITCHEN WARE AND TOILETRIES
Bathroom essentials are a nice touch, like soap or shampoo. Bowls, to-go mugs, thermoses, silverware, and water bottles are also practical for students on the go.
Many students are often homesick after their holiday break. Mementos like a framed family photo or a scrapbook are good ways of remembering loved ones.
During your holiday shopping adventures, be sure to stop by The Purple Peacock Gift Ship at The Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon, Massachusetts. We have some unique gifts for your departing or veteran college student, such as sweatshirts, natural soap (made locally in Rhode Island), picture frames, bags and purses, mugs, and pottery. We are open every day from 10am to 4pm until December 24th. Visit our website to view our upcoming holiday specials.
What do you plan on getting your college student this holiday?