What Every College-bound Student Needs

February 12th, 2013 posted by Family Corner Staff


If there’s one day that high school seniors (and their exhausted parents!) both anxiously await, it’s graduation day. And while college-bound students should be equipped with positive attitudes and good study skills, there are some practical necessities that make great graduation gifts as well. Attaché cases? That’s so yesterday! Today’s students favor the backpack –casually slung over one shoulder, of course — for notebooks, snacks and other essentials. If a book bag is a mobile desk, then a toiletry kit/organizer is a mobile bath – an absolute must-have for dorm life, spring break getaways, even visits home! Which, of course, suggests luggage – from weekend/vacation carry-on bags to larger, roomier suitcases that can accommodate everything needed for a long semester break.

College is a time for new experiences – and for many students, that might include ironing! High school grads quickly learn that life isn’t entirely permanent press. Today’s full featured, standard iron is surprisingly lightweight, fabric-friendly and easy to use. Or consider a travel iron for that on-the-go student. Some graduation gifts remain timeless classics, marking this important milestone in an individual’s life. A fine pen is a “grown-up” gift for any budding adult. A new watch suggests a time of great changes – literally! Another gift idea that “tops” the list? Hats. In fact, it’s hard to imagine today’s student without one! The selection is vast: hats with college emblems, pro team logos, hometown names and more. Naturally, college-bound students have an appetite for learning – and there are some great gift ideas to satisfy their hunger!

A hot pot conveniently heats soups, stews and leftovers for a quick meal or snack. A coffee maker (considered by many to be survival equipment!) is ideal for a dorm room or that first apartment. And there are a number of cookbooks especially published for the “starving student” and the unique challenges of cooking on campus. The Starving Students’ Cookbook is a great buy at $8.99. High school graduation is an event to celebrate. And for those students continuing their education, it’s a wonderful opportunity for family and friends to give useful, practical gifts – gifts that grads will not only enjoy, but appreciate. As you celebrate your graduates accomplishments, you also hope to make their road just a little smoother as they step into the future. Why not start with a cooking set or housewares for the new apartment? They will like that a lot more than instructions to eat right and to iron their clothes. And rather than reminding them to always be on time, give them a watch, to say you’ll always be watching out for them.

A nice wallet is a subtle message that you know they’ll soon fill it up. If they are setting out on their own, luggage is a gift that will last for years. They’ll think of you every time they pack their bags – and they’ll think about visiting home. Don’t let on that you’re a tiny bit sad as they prepare to go. Now’s the time to celebrate! Send a pretty bouquet, or a gift basket full of delights. Throw a party. Turn the volume up. Dance a little. Sing a little. Call for pizza. Talk all night. Then send your loved one on their way with a smile on your face (even if there is a tear in your eye). And after they’re gone, sit down and order a gift subscription to a magazine or two that will help them on the job or brighten their day. Then keep right on smiling. They’ll be OK.

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