College students are notoriously hard to buy for. We can barely afford to survive, much less enjoy ourselves. When my mom asked me for a Christmas wish list, it involved things like DustBusters and new pillows.
I put together a list for all of you out there who need help figuring out what to get a 20-something who wishes they had it all, but can barely afford to eat.
Broke College Students
Now, getting into the funner side of things. All-nighters. Juuuust kidding. Nothing is fun about finals week, but when us college students need to stay up all night, we turn to our old friend, coffee. I’m not a coffee drinker myself, but some nights, I really wish I was. That’s why my first suggestion for the more adventurous college student is a coffee club subscription. Each month, they will ship your college student a new brew. To go right along with that coffee subscription would be a great Tervis tumbler to keep the coffee warm! I love these tumblers, and they have such a huge selection of designs, there’s really one for everyone. (My parents got Jeromy this Saints one for his birthday and it’s all he uses!)
Now, when we are not cramming in the library, us 20-somethings love to distract ourselves from
homework tests life. This super awesome water bottle is a great present for people who like to hit the gym when they aren’t in school. Another awesome suggestion is a gym membership to go with this snazzy water bottle!
For the less motivated, Netflix is a wonderful option. Seriously, I have no idea how I would have kept my sanity this semester without the eight seasons of How I Met Your Mother on Netflix Instant Streaming to keep me going. While most students have a subscription to Netflix, if you are looking for something easy to help them out, a gift certificate will certainly take the load off of them for a few months.
Finally, we are in the prime of our lives (or, so they tell me). This One-Line-A-Day journal from Urban Outfitters is a great way for students to document the great times they have had, even if they have a hectic, busy schedule.
When in doubt, school supplies are always a necessity! One of the best Christmas presents I’ve ever received came from my nanny. I was going into my semester of student teaching, and she gave me a printer box filled to the brim with ink pens, highlighters, notepads, and organizational things. I still pull supplies from that box when I start running low!
Also, this super cute planner by May Designs is something I’m raving about! It’s simple and streamlined, because I am NOT good at keeping up with a planner. They have so many adorable options, and it is personalized! (I’m alllllll about the personalization.) It was definitely at the top of my Christmas list this year.
And, finally, money and alcohol are ALWAYS appreciated by any broke college student. (Points for creativity!)
Hope this helps, and happy shopping! 🙂