Is your child heading off to college in the fall for the first time? This is an exciting time of a young adult’s life. It is the first time, for many, that they will truly be on their own making their own decisions and living with those consequences. Many high school seniors begin planning what to take to college the minute they toss their graduation hat. Parents are always looking for gifts that will make college life easier on their son or daughter. Classic gifts like a shaving kit for men and women, as well as the old cash standard, are just a few ideas.
All college students want to line their pockets with cash. There is nothing worse than feeling poor and strapped for cash when you are 500 miles away from home. Most parents still financially provide for their college-aged students even if they have part-time jobs while they are in college. However, instead of sending your college freshman off to school with a roll of cash consider giving them a pre-paid Visa gift card instead. These cards have all the benefits of cash, but they are a safer option. Also, if your child needs cash quick, you can reload online within seconds.
Your college freshman will no longer have you to rely on to make sure they get up and make it to their classes on time. While many kids rely on their cell phones to wake them up in the morning, these devices don’t work very well if they are not properly charged. A late night studying and falling asleep in front of the computer can cause your child to forget to plug their phone into the charger. You know what happens next, a missed class. A traditional alarm clock is a cute, nostalgic gift that your college freshman will find charming. It is also a gift that will probably not end up falling into the toilet or getting left in the dorms across campus.
By this age, your child has a good handle on their personal hygiene habits. However, college kids, especially young men, would rather spend their extra cash on fun times than soap and toothpaste. Help your college student smell well and look presentable by investing in a personal hygiene kit. For your daughter, fill the kit with yummy smelling soaps and body lotions. Give them a 9-month supply of loofahs in a variety of colors. For your son, don’t forget that gifts, like a shaving kit for men, are an excellent addition to any personal hygiene kit. Also, be sure to include a year’s supply of deodorant. Both boys and girls will benefit from large amounts of toothpaste, a few toothbrushes, dental floss, contact solution (for contact lens wearers), and over-the-counter medicine like ibuprofen, cold medicine, and cough drops. College students who are away from home enjoy their college experience more when they know that the comforts of home are still possible. Also, don’t forget to make sure their cell phones have adequate minutes and text options so you can stay in touch with them whenever they get the urge to call home for a chat.