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Top 5 Gifts to Give a College Student

College students are a completely different breed of people when it comes to receiving gifts. One of the problems that parents have is understanding the transition their children go through from high school student to college student. The things that interested a child who is in high school may not hold the same appeal when that child reaches college. With a whole world of opportunity in front of them, college students start to appreciate gifts that their parents will often not understand.

1) Laundry Materials
That transition from high school to college becomes much more intense when the child decides to either go out of state for college or live in the college dorms for his first couple of years of school. The priorities of a child shift dramatically when they are suddenly faced with the responsibility of doing their own laundry.

College students will often turn doing laundry into a social event designed to either catch up with current friends or meet new people. As effective as doing the laundry can be for a college student’s social life, it is still not something that the college student wants to pay for. That is why gifts such as laundry detergent, laundry baskets, dryer sheets and quarters for the washers and dryers actually make very good college student gifts.

2) Money
College students are always low on money and always appreciate the gift of money. You can give money as a gift in several different ways. You can give cash by itself, give a gift card for a specific department store or restaurant or you can give prepaid credit cards that will work in the on-campus bookstore or restaurant. Money, in any form, is always appreciated by college students.

3) Blankets
Giving the gift of blankets is something that college students do not start to appreciate until the weather gets colder. But once the winter starts to arrive, your college student will call home every week complaining that someone has taken his best blanket. Parents who give new blankets are giving gifts that their college students will appreciate without even realizing it.

4) College Themed Gear
It can take a little while, but a college student will start to feel the loyalty to his school growing constantly. Gifts of t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, sweatpants, jackets and hats with the college logo and name on it start to become gifts that are in demand. The longer the student is at the school, the stronger the desire for college themed gear will become.

5) Cellular Phone
If your college student does not already have a cellular phone, then giving one as a gift is a great idea. There are enough cellular phone plans out there that will allow you to get your college student a phone with unlimited talk time, texting and data access that you can easily afford it. It will help your college student to stay in touch with friends and also give you a reliable way to stay in touch with him as well.

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