"I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles."
Audrey Hepburn

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Fashionable Giving part 5: The College Kid

Bonjour babes! I hope you are all enjoying Christmas week and are almost ready for Saturday! Hopefully, you even get some time off from work (or school) this year and can just relax, bake cookies, decorate your house or do whatever else your spirit-filled heart desires! This season is truly my favorite time of year, and I am thrilled to say one of my biggest Christmas wishes just might come true: a white Christmas! I wish for it every year dolls and it never happens, but the lovely weathermen keep telling me my wish will be granted this year! Wouldn't that be lovely? Are any of you expecting a white Christmas this year, or wishing for it?

As we are getting dangerously close to the biggest gift-giving holiday of the year (3 days!) most of you are probably good little shoppers and have presents for your loved ones all lined up. Buuuut if you, like me, are down to the wire here and still frantically searching for a few more perfect presents, Fashionable Giving part 5: The College Rendition is here just in time! If you have a cousin, a younger sibling, or friends still in school, then you know that selecting personal gifts for the college kid can be tricky. But if you try to remember your own time in college and what things you desired most, gift-giving will be easier. Remember to take into account your student's schedule, interests and living situation and you will be sure to select the perfect present!

Under $25
I was first introduced to this genius product when Vivian of Diamonds and Tulle posted about it, and I have been obsessed ever since! It truly is perfect for a college student who doesn't want to carry a purse around when she goes out for a night on the town! She can conveniently keep her ID, credit card and money tucked in with her phone and be set! Currently, they are only available for the iPhone and blackberry, but they do come in 4 colors! Price: $14.99 Buy here
Ok, so this would only be for the 21+ college crowd :) but I just think it is darling! What an adorable way to class up any evening of partying! Price: $12.00 Buy here
Magazines are one of the fabulous little luxuries in life that people don't really need, but they are fun nonetheless! Since college students don't typically have a 'luxury items" budget, why not give them the gift of luxury with a subscription to their favorite magazine? Price: Will vary by magazine, but these days they don't cost much. Elle goes for $8/year and vogue for $15. Just Google the magazine name and subscription to purchase. Elle here, Vogue here.
Under $50
Whether your favorite collegiate lives in a dorm or apartment, cute decorations to make their home-away-from-home more cozy are always appreciated. And what better way to show your love than with this cuddly handmade heart pillow? Price: $26.00 Buy here (I highly recommend Etsy when searching for unique gifts!)
As someone who just graduated from college mere months ago, trust me when I say that one of the most popular forms of activity at college are movie nights! Since, again, college kids don't have large discretionary budgets, they have to get creative on ways to have fun, and movie nights in the dorm/apartment with buddies are a popular choice. Give your college kid everything they need to host a rocking movie night with this gift bucket including popcorn, candy and a movie gift card! Price: $29.99 Buy here
Keep their feetsies warm all year long with these precious sock monkey slippers! Price: $28.00 Buy here
Under $100
I know gift cards aren't considered personal, but if you put together a gift card bundle to your student's favorite restaurants and/or stores, they will definitely appreciate the thought! An aunt did this for me one year, and it was wonderful because I thought of her every time I used the cards and got to have a night off from eating school food! Price: You can customize to fit your budget, but I think 3-4 $20 cards would be a nice bundle. You can typically buy any gift card you need at local grocery stores, but if not check the websites.
How cool is this clock! Not only will it help keep your college kid on time for classes, but it also encourages their creativity as they can decorate the face of the clock however they see fit. Whether they draw decorative numerals or jot down important appointments, this gift will surely provide entertainment! Price: $95.00 Buy here
This decorative 6-piece set of martini glasses would ensure your collegiate's status as the classiest hostess on campus! Price: $95.00 Buy here
 Over $100

This another customizable gift, as you can create a funny or serious college survival kit based on your student's personality. You can add a very personal touch by including your own "college advice" or anecdotes. You can included items such as homemade food, rolls of quarter and laundry products, movie tickets, screwdriver, hammer, gift cards (including for gas!) etc. Get creative! Price: You decide, but I would expect to spend over $100 if you really want to put together a useful kit. 
The GPS my mom gave me was one of the best presents I have ever received, because it has saved me from many potentially scary situations! I feel 10x safer knowing that I am never truly lost. This is a great item for a college student with a car who is far away form home and unfamiliar with his new town! Price: $149.99 Buy here
Many wonderful memories are made at a moment's notice in college. Help your favorite collegiate be ready at a moment's notice to capture them all with this super chic digital camera! Price: $119.99 Buy here
Ok dolls, I can't wait to hear which of these gifts inspires you ! Don't forget to check out part 1part 2, part 3 and part 4 of the fashionable giving series! Tune in tomorrow for the final fashionable giving post on what to give the friend who has everything!I'd love to hear feedback on what you have thought of this gift guide as well and you can always email me: lwainman321@gmail.com. Night ladies!


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  1. perfect ideas! no one's done a college gift guide!
    ps--i did a back to school week with lots of college tips

  2. My favorite gift ideas are the magazine subscription and the camera - such perfect holiday ideas!

    xoxo Hannah

  3. love love love all these gift ideas! especially the magazine subscription!

    thankyou for the comment on my blog & MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  4. I love that bottle-opener key! What a great gift idea--there are several people I know that would love that!

  5. thank you so much for the comment :) if it wasnt for GOD i wouldnt be here either :) merry christmas.

    followed you back.

  6. Great ideas! the key to open a bottle is so cool!



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