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Holiday gift ideas for your college student

by on December 07, 2016 5:28 PM

If you have someone on your holiday gift list who is a high school senior, or perhaps someone who is already a college student, I hope you may find these holiday gift ideas helpful for the young adults in your life:

■ A cookbook, such as “27 Easy College Cookbook Recipes” by Diana Bricker, “4 Ingredients: One Pot, One Bowl” by Kim McCosker or “This is A Cookbook: Recipes for Real Life” by Mac and Eli Sussman

■ “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens,” by Sean Covey

■ A gift certificate for Starbucks or an off-campus eatery for a meal or snack away from the dining hall

■ Tickets to a college sporting event or big-name concert

■ For all those future or current college writing assignments, I recommend “The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century” by Steven Pinker or “On Writing Well” by William Zinsser

■ A gas gift card

■ Personalized stationery for thanking the teachers who wrote college application recommendations, for future graduation gifts, or for internship assignments

■ A phone case with external battery to extend the life of an iPhone or iPad

■ “How to Be a Straight A Student” by Cal Newport

■ A loyalty card for a local grocery store

■ A monthly subscription to the digital music service provider Spotify

■ Snapchat glasses for instant Snapchat pictures

■ “The ABCs of Adulthood” by Deborah Copaken and Randy Polumbo

■ A donation to your child’s favorite charity made in his/her name 

Happy holidays from College Gateways.

Heather Ricker-Gilbert is an independent college admissions consultant and welcomes your comments and questions at [email protected]  or



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