Gift Ideas For Students

From as young as kindergartners to full-grown university-goers, students range in a variety of ways, e.g. age, background, educational level, to the point that they contribute to a diverse, but interesting melting pot of individuals in the field of education. For twelve years or more, students work hard to gain knowledge, establish friendships, and everything in between: it’s after they walk across that graduation stage that they’re rewarded for all of their achievements in their young lives. That said, whether you choose to give them a graduation gift, or one for birthdays or Christmas, they’ll be sure to appreciate it. Our gifts ideas for students will help you get started.

10 Things to Consider When Looking for a Gift for Students

So it's that time of the year again, with a fresh set of eyes just looking to take their first step as fully-fledged students. Whether you're sad to let them go or find yourself relieved, it's natural to want to ply the college-bound students with gifts. Gift ideas for students can be hard to think of, that’s why we’ve created our student gifts department to save you the stress!

We took all the questioning out of the thoughtful gift giving for you and put together an amazing list of all the interesting stuff you can get for students. But first, you have to consider a few things before buying gifts for students.

1. Why are you giving this gift?

The very first question to ask is why you are giving the gift in the first place. We give gifts for lots of reasons. Are you buying the gift because you feel obligated, or because you genuinely want to do something nice for them? Remember, gifts can be given for a number of reasons and obligation is not one of them. To your knowledge, students are the easiest folks to buy for.

2. Can you afford it?

Set your budget for the gift and stick to it and gift giving on any occasion will become less stressful. You don’t want to look cheap, but you can’t afford to blow your budget. The last thing you want to do is to put yourself in debt to buy a gift. Avoid going too far over your budget because it restricts your options. Remember, it’s the thoughts that count.

3. Do they have it already?

Students usually buy everything they want on their own. They don’t ask for anything and they say they don’t need anything, but you still want to get them something to show your love, respect, or appreciation. Before you make a purchase, check with their close circles to see if they have it already. This way, you can save yourself from a great deal of embarrassment.

4. Buy an age-appropriate gift

It can be tempting to get the student something they'll grow into or grow into liking down the track before their time, but keeping it age-appropriate is a safer bet. Plus, it guarantees they will like the gift you got them rather than simply tossing it aside and forgetting about it. For example, a gift for a freshman may not well be appreciated by a sophomore student.

5. Should you ask them what they want?

It’s a common tendency to ask the recipient what he or she wants. Of course, this is the easy option, but it also shows that you haven't taken the time to think about them. You may well be taking a chance when buying a gift. You cannot be sure whether he or she will like it, but you can hope for the best. Well, it’s always best to stick to safe options. Students can be quite frank when it comes to gifts and they will probably tell you exactly what they want.

6. Is the gift really useful?

Remember, you're buying a gift for a student. A college student gift doesn’t have to be complicated, whether it’s for Christmas, birthday, or a special occasion. It just needs to be relevant and thoughtful. The key to selecting a gift for college-going students is to pick something that they wouldn’t normally buy for themselves or something that fits their needs. College can be a hectic time which is why useful gifts for college students make for thoughtful gifts.

7. Make a list of the things they want

Make a list of all the things they like or want. Discreetly, go through their online wish lists. Students tend to make a bucket list of things they’ve been stalking for a long time or wish to get this holiday season. Be it a Kindle, or the new iPhone 7, a coffee maker, a Bluetooth speaker, a fitness tracker, or a sandwich maker – there’s a ton of things every student wish for. There are tons of products out there to help them run their lives more efficiently.

8. Simple is always best

Students love the simple things. At the risk of sounding cliché, when it comes to holiday gift-giving, it truly is the thought that counts. Buying on credit, or spending money that isn't really yours completely misses the point of the whole gift-giving thing. Not only does this philosophy set realistic expectations, it allows for more thought and meaning to go into each gift. Bear in mind students can be more drawn to the pretty little things you bought them, so simplicity is a must. Simple, personalized gifts are always a great option, as they eliminate the worry of finding the perfect item and they have a personal and sentimental touch.

9. Think outside the box

Not everything has to have a special or well thought-out meaning, sometimes gifts can just be fun and that's OK. It’s easy to go to a store and pick out yet another funky t-shirt or a stainless steel water bottle and call it a day. But you can do better than that. Think outside the box. Don’t just give a Kindle. Give your crazy liberal pal a Kindle hidden inside his or her favorite author’s autobiography. Know someone that listens to music all the time? Give the music lover a nice pair of noise-cancelling earbuds from the brand of their liking. Sometimes it's the little things that make people happy.

10. Make it personal

Shopping for gifts can be fun, but you must exercise some responsibility and wisdom as you make your choices and spend your money. Chances are that student has everything he or she needs. We don’t believe it, but that’s OK. Find something he or she is passionate about and then include a little bit of yourself to make it more personal.

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One of a Kind Gift Ideas for Students

Is there a special student in your life? Maybe your child, your sibling, a close friend, or your grandchild. Shopping for students can be stressful. Where do you begin? We can help you find the perfect gift for the busy student in your life.

Is this student currently away at college, or still at home in school? Depending on their situation, you can find the perfect gift that they are sure to love, or find incredibly useful! From gifts they can put to good use in a dorm room, to fun care packages that will make them feel special, and everything in between, we cover it all in our gift guides for students.

Make a Student Feel Special for the Hard Work Done

Being a student is a stressful time in life, and things can get incredibly chaotic. Between classes and working, and figuring out what to do with life, it isn’t always easy! Sometimes the only thing you can do to make a student feel calm is get them a unique gift that will make them feel appreciated. Whether it is their birthday, or just a random time when you are thinking about them, the time is always right to send a gift to that special person in your life.

We have a wide range of options for original gifts for students, because each student is unique! Maybe they are interested in science, or journalism, or art, or technology. We keep all of that, and more, in mind when creating our list of gifts. No matter who your student is, what their interests are, and what their age is, there is something to be found that will be perfect.

With the knowledge you have of this student, you can easily look through our list of gift ideas and find the perfect item that will make any long week at college better, or make them feel appreciated on their birthday or other special day. Or, for the younger students in your life, we’ve got fun and unique ideas that will make them happy as well! No matter who you need to shop for, we have got ideas in mind to help you out.

Ways to Make the Gift Extra Special

1. Make it age-appropriate.

Of course, you can’t be giving a new car to your first-grader as a gift, nor an easy-reading story book to a college undergraduate. Making sure that you well know the recipient’s age (or at least, a close estimate of it) will not only narrow your gift choices to select, but also be much more appreciated by them.

2. Go for love, not money.

Sometimes, it’s not the expensive items that make or break the deal for gift-giving—in fact, the effort put into making it or purchasing based on their personal interests is much more worth it. The student will be sure to be ecstatic upon receiving the gift, and they’ll remember it in the long years to come.

3. Make it aesthetically-pleasing.

Besides the actual content of the gift, presentation is also key to making it extra special for the student. Even the smallest things such as wrapping it in colorful, shiny wrapping paper or securing the gift box with a bow will make a huge difference than if you were to just throw it all together haphazardly—trust us, people know when a gift is well thought-out!

4. Go the extra mile.

This relates similarly to the previous point, but by all means, it’s not just a matter of doing the bare minimum of gift-giving: adding an extra touch such as a heartfelt message in a homemade card or presenting it to them in person will certainly make their day just a little bit brighter than it already is—believe us, it makes a huge difference in the aesthetics of the gift inside!

5. Cater to their passions.

Obvious as it sounds, students aren’t students 24/7: they have a life, too! From practicing sports to engaging in the creative arts, they also have hobbies just like anyone else, and giving them a gift based on their interests goes to show that you genuinely care about them, as well as taken the time to look into the right gift for them. Really, it shows in their facial expressions upon receiving and opening the gift, so make sure to keep it like that when it comes to buying or making the present for them! It’ll be guaranteed that you’ll make their day!

From Tech Gadgets to Graduation Gifts for All Pockets!

Maybe graduation is coming up - that is a big moment for any student! Don’t forget to get them a special gift to help show how proud you are of their big accomplishment. We’ve got gifts great for graduation as well. Take a look through our ideas and see what you can find. Whether someone is graduating high school, college, or graduate school, we have got gift ideas to mark the special moment.

For the special student or students in your life, look no further than our gift guides with great ideas for students of all ages and interests. No matter your budget, you can find something unique that they will for sure have not received before. Don’t stick to the same old gifts, get something different that they will appreciate and remember forever! Why not start looking today?