College Student Gift Ideas (page 2)

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Updated on Apr 22, 2014

Weighty Issues

Plenty of students gain some weight when they start college, but gifting your child with a gym membership or weight-loss program is unlikely to go over well.

Non-essential Valuables

Diamond tennis bracelets are beautiful, but objects that go to college tend to get lost. They sure make fine graduation gifts, though!

Job Prep

Books and other resources for finding the perfect career will probably only remind a college student of the hard years that await her. "There's so much pressure already," says Schupp. Let your undergrad experience the college life. Over time, you can get a feel for her post-college goals, so you can surprise her with the perfect book when she's close to graduation.

Last bits of advice:

Schupp says that "flexibility and convenience are really important." Students are home for a short time, so buy your gifts from stores that also have locations close to their college home to make them they’re easier to return or exchange.

Still stuck? "It never hurts to ask," says Schupp. "Maybe there's something they've been coveting all semester or something really practical that they want." As long as you remember your student's needs and personality, your gifts are sure to be loved.

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