1. Collapsable Microwave Popcorn Popper
This ingenious contraption fits right in the microwave and delivers delicious popcorn with no oil required for healthier snacking. The bowl is easy to clean and collapses for smart storage. $9, Amazon.
2. Laptop Decals
An inexpensive way to motivate them and personalize their laptops. Hundreds of styles to choose from on Etsy, like this one for only $3 from StickersForYouAll.
3. Spongelle Shower Sponges and Buffers
With fragrances for men and women, these multi-use, anti-microbial body sponges are the gifts that keep on giving all year long. $14, Skin Spa.
4. Fun Phone Chargers
Staying charged up is critical for a student on the go! There are many creative chargers that double as conversation-starters, including this pineapple. $30, Target. 5. Packing Cubes
Packing (and unpacking) is a breeze when they use these lightweight travel organizers. $22, Ebags.
6. Cards Against Humanity
Entertain the entire dorm floor with this game! $25, Cards Against Humanity Store.
Hammocks are all the rage on campuses. Students can pick a spot outside and set up a study camp. Or take a nap. $50, REI8. Bendable Tri-pod for Cell Phones
Another way for the selfie generation to up their photo game. Also great for snapping next year’s family Christmas card photo! This one by DaVoice comes with an adapter and travel bag. $10 Amazon.
9. Customized Sorority or Fraternity Gear
Has your student gone Greek? From clothing and accessories to stationery and pillows, like the one by Sororitee ($30) below, Etsy is filled with customizable products that proudly represent Greek life.
10. A Pair of Sneakers
With the school year well underway, a new pair of kicks just might be the ticket to a comfortable walk to class.
Hope this helps! Happy holidays, parents. Wishing you a season of peace.
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