Top 10 Gift Ideas for Students
By Aimee Hosler Dec 8, 2010
It's that time again. You know, the season when you dedicate so much energy to finding perfect gifts for your loved ones that you eventually give up and send gift certificates instead. There is a better way, particularly for college students on your list. These top 10 gift ideas for students can help them stay motivated or find more efficient ways to study. Fun and techie gifts are an added bonus.
Top 10 Must-Have Gifts for Students
1. An improved study environment.
Having a comfortable, organized, and well-lit study area can really impact a student's study success. Donate an old desk, splurge on a comfy chair, or just donate your time helping your student get organized.
2. A topped-up tummy.
All students have to dedicate a lot of time to their studies, whether they attend campus-based or online colleges. If the special student in your life subsists mostly on ramen noodles and cold pizza, consider making a good home-cooked meal (or two).
3. A care package from the heart.
Your favorite student doesn't have to live across the country to enjoy a thoughtful care package stocked with his or her favorite things. Consider a combination of fun and functional items along with a personalized letter or card.
4. An eReader.
Sure, not all students actually have time to crack a book for pleasure, but many of the books professors assign--including text books--are available in an electronic format, often at a cheaper price.
5. A gym membership.
School is stressful, and exercise can help students unwind and stay healthy. Score some extra bonus points by throwing in an mp3 player loaded up with great workout tunes.
6. A smartphone stocked with educational applications.
Many students use smartphones for their social networking capabilities, but these little devices can also be excellent study aids when loaded up with the right educational apps. From digital flashcards to organizational or scheduling tools, this is one gift that keeps giving.
7. A new computer.
A functioning computer with plenty of memory and processing speed won't just score you major brownie points with the students in your life--it can also really improve their study capabilities, especially for those attending online colleges.
8. An mp3 player.
An mp3 player can provide your student with some musical inspiration on the go, but it can also serve as a platform for audio books, foreign language tutorials, and student-focused podcasts.
9. Some study time.
Bring a more literal meaning to the phrase "gift of time." Offering to take care of errands and other odds and ends so that somebody you care about can either relax or get some much-needed rest is an free but utterly priceless gift.
10. A financial contribution.
Everyone enjoys a little extra spending power--especially cash-strapped college students. Want to control how your money is spent? Consider something like a Series EE U.S. Savings Bond, which offers tax benefits when used for qualifying education expenses.