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If you are looking for the perfect gifts to give to teens and college students, I feel your pain. As kids get older it becomes harder and harder to shop for them, especially within means. Teens pretty much either want pricey high tech gadgets or games, and college students are so confused they don’t know what they want!
Having been through the teen years already, and now living through the college years, I’ve been there and done that. I came up with this list of items wanted, mostly because they were either wanted or needed by J-bird over the last couple of years. While not every teen or college student will need these exact items, I hope this will be a start for you to work with. Some of the items on this list were sent to me by the manufacturers for review and consideration, at some point during the year. It was not required to have them included in this guide. This is my guide for my readers. Other items I purchased on my own, with my money, for my personal use.
I’ve compiled this list for you because unlike some companies that create guides for their own product pushes. I have no agenda, except to create some great content and guides, but more importantly to give you some ideas on items that my son has used and/or uses and has found extremely useful as a teen and college student. I hope that you will find these items just as remarkably useful as he has. I hope that your children that receive them as a gift really enjoys them too! The items are numbered in no specific order, and it is done so solely for your convenience. Enjoy.
The Holiday Gift Guide picture below is linked to a Mama’s Mission’s Gift Guide For Teens & College Students pdf so that you may take it with you on your next shopping trip. The links below have been added for your convenience and will help you find these items online from the convenience of your own living room. This is just one of the many guides I have posted this week. Be sure to check out the 3 other Holiday Gift Guides I created For New Mamas, The MAN and Hot Toys For Boys & Girls! If you have any product suggestions you’d like to see included. Be sure to send me an email!!
I humbly present to you…
Holiday Gift Guide
For Teens & College Students
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Help your kids stay organized with labels! Print useful labels from your smartphone, tablet, PC or Mac. Print date labels for food items, QR code labels, or labels to organize cables. Create ribbons for gifts, or even labels with symbols or handwritten messages. There is a preview options for previewing the labels before printing. You can even use a smartphone with voice recognition to create labels fast. The Epson iLabel App is available on iOS or Android devices or choose from other compatible apps available. With multiple tapes to choose from (up to 1″ wide) and an automatic cutter, you’ve got all you need for customized labels on the go. The printer works on batteries or via AC plug and doesn’t take up a lot of space.
2. Master Lock SafeSpace Portable Safe – $15.88
Whether leaving your important personal belongings in your dorm or in your bookbag, it’s important to keep everything under lock and key. This would be a great idea as a gift and help you ease your mind! This safe is durable and the water resistant construction protects valuables secure and dry. They can set their own combination for easy recall and convenience and the lock up and lock down integrated cable can be used as a handle or for securing the safe. J-bird keeps one these in his dorm room. It is secured and tucked away and helps keep his valuable items from sight. The shock absorbing foam lines the safe’s interior to keep items protected during transport and also has ear bud/charging cable access port to allow them to listen to music or charge devices while securely stored.
3. Martian Watches Notifier Smartwatch – $99.99
During his last visit J-bird noticed this watch on Papas dresser. He asked if he could have simply based on its beautiful design. When he found out all the neat things it does, he HAD to have it! The Martian Notifier is an attractive, colorful analog wristwatch with an integrated OLED readout that acts as a hands-free gateway to the world, keeping you well informed while your phone remains in a pocket, purse or backpack. This unique smartwatch gives you the ability to receive real-time alerts and notifications on your wrist. Used in conjunction with the free Martian Notifier App, you will automatically receive notifications — including Caller ID, texts, Facebook, Twitter, Weather, Email, Calendar, Instagram, Pinterest, favorite games, bank alerts, fitness stats, and any other alert your device allows. You can also initiate voice commands on your smartphone’s speakerphone for uses such as “read text” while you’re on the move.
The weather was awful the other day and the printing stations at school were down. Whats a kid to do when they have to turn in a paper STAT!? Perfectly sized for the dorm, and great for kids rooms too, all their printing needs will be taken care of! Your student will be able to print from virtually anywhere with the Envy HP Printer/Copier/Scanner. The Envy HP Printer/Copier/Scanner allows you to print wirelessly from your smartphone, tablet and Internet-connected PC. There are so many different options with this printer and it can fill all of the needs that your student shall have!
5. Amazon Student Prime Membership – $49 after six month free trial
Student Prime will give your student some very cool perks like free movie streaming, free shipping, and a few other great perks. With Amazon Prime students are given access to all of the things that a typical Amazon Prime membership includes but at a much cheaper rate. They will have access to Prime Instant Video titles, Prime Music, and a Kindle book to borrow for free each month from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. Your student will be able to keep this for four years or until they graduate, whichever comes first. All you need is an .edu email address to qualify. Mamas can sign up for a
I’m actually about to order this for J-bird. His roomies can share it and probably come up with stuff for the 6th edition. This gift idea would be a little on the humorous side of gift giving, yet is packed with a ton of information! This book is now in it’s 5th edition, and is on the New York Times bestselling list! The Naked Roommate is the #1 go-to guide on dorm and college life! Harlan Cohen’s tips and advice on student life -from sharing a bathroom with 40 strangers to sharing lecture notes-provide the behind-the-scenes look at EVERYTHING freshmen need to know about college (but never knew they needed to know). This essential, fully updated edition is packed with real-life advice on everything from managing money to managing stress. Hilarious and outrageous, with stories from students on over 100 college campuses this book covers the basics, and then some!
7. Fine Living Shower Caddy Tote Bag – $13.99
Such a simple item yet during back to school shopping it was completely sold out EVERYWHERE we went. Eventually a friend of mine actually ordered him one from Amazon. Even for a great item for teens that are entering the “I need to smell and look good phase.” They can keep all their items in one place, instead of scattered all over the bathroom. For students living in college dorm rooms, it allows them to keep all of their shower necessities in one organized area and easy to carry to the shower area to get ready for the day! The Caddy has been cleverly designed with 4 exterior pockets and is made to keep water from collecting inside. These gorgeous shower totes are sturdy, showerproof and keep their shape in the shower. The QuickDry Technology allows them to save time and leave the bag hanging to dry quickly.
8. High Energy Snack Food Gift Basket – $48.45
Every college kid loves snacks and of course they can use snacks that are packed with protein for energy! This beautiful gift basket is sure to be a hit with any teen, athlete or student on your list and something they will really enjoy! It comes loaded with all of the items pictured and these are some of the all time favorite items for any person!
Alternatively you can try the services provided by Amazon Pantry. I use Amazon Pantry to send J-bird snacks and what not while he’s away at college. Here’s a photo of the last box he ordered. He logs into my Amazon account, selects the items he wants. Then I verify everything and click order! It’s just $5.99 to fill up a pretty big box of select snacks, drinks, foods and other items that are carried by the pantry.
Disclosure: The above post contains affiliate links. Should you choose to purchase an item using one of these links I may be compensated for your referral. I have not received any compensation for sharing the items included in this gift guide. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.