If there's one person on your list who really needs a nice holiday gift, it's the college student in your life. Rising student debt is only going to get worse so extending a helping hand is often very appreciated. This list breaks down 13 of the best gift suggestions for that tired academic napping on your couch at 3pm.
I know you're already one week into winter break and your college student is still passed out upstairs, but one thing that never ceases to pull a college student out of their post-finals coma is food. Yes. It's that easy. Head over to B & E Meats and Seafood and as soon as you put a pot of chili on the stove THEY WILL KNOW. The trouble is getting them to help with the dishes after a much anticipated dinner. Click here to save $10 on your next purchase!
So it's time to prepare your college student for their return to school, which also means their return to subsisting solely on Top Ramen and nachos. This is not a very exciting combination, trust me. Luckily KuKuRuZa makes fantastic gourmet popcorn so you can send your student off with delicious snacks for when they're hungry. Click here to get two bags of popcorn for the price of one!
3. Kitchen Supplies
If your college student is a budding chef, there's no better gift than some kitchen gizmos and gadgets. Support them on their culinary adventure and get them a wonderfully wrapped appliance with a bow on it. Stop by Mrs. Cooks for everything from Le Creuset dutch ovens that you absolutely need, to kitchen gadgets that you need even more. Pots, pans, and baking sheets galore!! Take 20% off your purchase when you click here!
If your college student is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) major, they're probably already in debt because every textbook costs somewhere around $18,000. Contrary to popular belief, the perfect gift for the broke student is not avocado toast or an invitation to play Words With Friends with dad, but maybe some books for school. Stop by Ada's Technical Bookstore and Café for all sorts of books from Astronomy to Math and everything in between. If you get hungry while browsing, click here to get two entrées for the price of one!
College students love books, but they rarely have time to read for fun because they're too busy studying complex protein structures and reading about Marxism. For instance, I was so stressed in college, it took my entire senior year to finish 60 pages of my personal reading. Help promote self-care with healthy lifestyle books from East West Bookshop and click here to knock 20% off of one item.
6. Mighty Mouse Comics
Since college students are usually busy 24/7 with all sorts of readings and essays, they barely have time to even read self-care and wellness books. Often comics are assumed to be something read by the tween poindexters of yesteryear, but the comic scene is still large and booming and many comics are actually for adults. Comics slip perfectly into the niche of short and easy reads that are still mentally and intellectually stimulating, which is why I think you should BUY YOUR COLLEGE STUDENT COMICS. Head over to Mighty Moose Comics and click here to save 15% on your entire purchase!
7. Some Place to Crash
So your college student just told you that they're moving into an apartment with 13 other people and before you have a hairy canary, remember that you were once young and eager to move out of your parents' house. Support their independence and bravery and help them out by gifting them a couch from the aptly named couch store, Couch. Click here to save $100 on your next purchase of a sofa or sectional!
As kids the worst thing to get for the holidays was clothes, but as a broke college student, clothes are preferred. One of my favorite sweaters has had a hole in it for four years, so my holiday present to myself is going to be a trip to Eileen Fisher Renew for an u p g r a d e. When you go, click here to save $25 on your entire purchase! If they don't have everything you're looking for, head over to Simple & Just and check out their selection. Click here to save $5 on your next purchase! If you're looking for some clothes that are more fun and whimsical, scope out Funky Jane's Consignment and click here to save $5 on your next purchase!
9. Sip and Ship
If your college student ended up staying in their college town, send the holidays to them! Pack up some pumpkin bread and holiday cookies with their gifts and a card, head over to Sip and Ship and mail it out. While you're there, take a load off and grab lunch; click here to get a free cookie with any entrée!
10. Alternative Transportation
Instead of getting your college student a car, dooming them for an eternity of exploitation by Big Oil and Big Auto, why not go the more sustainable route? Stop by Rad Power Bikes to get the most practical gift of them all (apart from a pair of synthetic wool socks from Columbia): an electric bicycle. Chances are they will need a way to get around campus and town and if you click here you can save $250 on your second e-bike!
11. Pet Stuff
Having an animal companion increases life expectancy and improves quality of life (source). Keep your college student and their furry companion happy and healthy when you get new pet supplies. Wander through the aisles of Crown Hill Pet Supply and pick out anything from toys to beds and everything in between. Click here to save 15% on your entire purchase!
12. Dusty Strings
So your college student came home and apparently they're in a band now. You've listened to what they call their "music" but to be honest it sounds like they just dropped a bunch of nails in a blender. Regardless, the most important thing is that they have friends and a hobby that make them happy, so you're happy too. Get them an instrument rental at Dusty Strings so they have the opportunity to record different sounds for their new album. Click here to get a one month instrument rental free!
13. Bulldog news
Turns out that your college student is less into playing music and more into following and listening to the music scene. Stop by Bulldog News to buy some issues of a few music magazines and send them out with your next care package. Click here to save 50% when you purchase a second magazine!
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Sending you the warmest wishes and toastiest vibes from everyone here at Chinook Book!