Posted by on Nov 19, 2013 in Family, Parenting, Teens & Tweens | 0 comments

Gift Guide for High School and College Students

One of my most popular posts of all time is my graduation gift ideas post; it’s a carefully curated list enthusiastically approved and eagerly endorsed by my children and their friends.  My niece said, “It’s a good list, Aunt Robin–I can’t think of anything to add.”

Since that post was published during graduation season, I thought it might be helpful to offer a Christmas version, just in time for Black Friday.

Portable charger1. Power. With the myriad of electronic devices students have these days, a portable power pack is close to a necessity. You can pay a little (maybe a stocking stuffer?) or a little more, and I’d wager you do get what you pay for. I bought one for $10 but it only worked for a few charges; I’ll double the price for next time.

soft cozy throw2. A hug. For when it’s cold and dreary outside, give ‘em something warm and cozy inside. Whether a fleece throw for their favorite team or a sweater-blanket, they’re going to love this during cold winter months.

3.  Collectible ornaments.  Maybe you’ve already begun this for your children, choosing special ornaments each year so when they’re out on their own, their tree will be full of memories. (I don’t know if you’ve seen the incredible, 25-ornament collection created to coordinate with the daily readings in Ann Voskamp’s book, The Greatest Gift, but make a note to check it out 11/15 & 11/16 2014 & you can get it at 40% off with the coupon: 40DAYS)

3.  Dorm art.  This is a fun, inexpensive sticking-out-of-their-stocking stuffer, and at, there are zillions to choose from.

4.  Jewelry.  Rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets and even sports watches are dynamite in small packages.  I love the faith-inspired collection  at DaySpring–it’s not “too” Jesusy.

5.  Gift cards.  Amazon’s Holiday Gift Cards offer a Free Gift Box and Free One-Day Shipping and they have EVERYthing.  Restaurants, movies, lots of entertainment and shopping options for picky teens.

6.  Electronics.  Big ticket items, if these are in your price range, this is what your kids are hoping for:

    • Kindle or some type of e-reader
    • iPad
    • Wireless, bluetooth speaker (like a Jawbone JAMBOX)
    • Headphones (Beats,anyone?)
    • Xbox One Console ** This is probably the #1 thing among the teen guy set!
    • Good earbuds (you pay more for the good ones!  At a minimum, something like these Sony’s.)

7.  I received an email from a dear friend in response to my post that insisted gloves, a 3-in-1 windbreaker, good rain boots and a bubble umbrella are necessary; on a blustery, rainy day, I suppose most students would agree :).

8.  And my daughter mentioned coffee.  For those in college and living away from home, they learn quickly to acquire a taste :).  If not a maker for their dorm room, load ‘em up with Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts or their local coffee shop gift cards.



Hope this helps with gift-giving ideas!

Tell me what’s on your list for teens and older children.

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