What To Buy Teen Guys Who Are Going To College - 18 Cool Gift Ideas
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Read on for lots of ideas:
A Fun Book
There are lots of informative books that are really fun to give and read but offer lots of practical advice too.
One of my favorites is The Naked Roomate: and 107 other issues you might run into at college by Harlen Cohen.
You can tell by the title that this is a fun book but there is lots of really practical advice in here too It covers all the topics he will need to know a little bit about before he goes to college including finances, roomates, relationships, sex or no sex, dorm life, friendships, laundry and lots more.
Appliances For His Dorm Room
Some ideas include an electric kettle, this is great for making tea and for boiling water quickly for pasta. A microwave is another top idea. Great for making quick snacks or making quick popcorn for movie nights. A mini fridge is great for keeping drinks cool especially when he is studying.
Other useful ideas could be a coffee making machine or a toaster oven. Before you buy any stuff, check what is provided in his dorm. There is no use buying him a microwave is there is one just down the corridoor.
A little handheld vacuum can also be really useful for keeping a clean living space. A travel iron or even a full sized iron to ensure he looks smart when he needs to.
A Leatherman Tool
There are always times when he or somebody else will need a screwdriver, bottle opener, can opener or other tool and nobody else will have one.
Or if you prefer, a tool kit can be even better.
Music Gadgets (Speakers and Headphones)
Many students like listening to music and if this is the case he might appreciate some bluetooth speakers. He can pair the speakers with his phone, tablet or any device with bluetooth capability. Then he can stream music from his device to the speakers. Most bluetooth speakers are lightweight and portable so are easy to transfer from a parent’s home to a dorm room. As they are so portable he can also easily take them to other people’s rooms to listen to music. Or take them to a party, outdoors or wherever he wants to listen to the latest tunes.
Gift Cards / Vouchers
Amazon Prime Subscription
Amazon Prime gives lots of benefits which include free one day delivery. This is great for getting those all important text books. Other advantages include borrowing one kindle book per month from the kindle lenders library which has over 500 000 books. There is unlimited streaming of over 15000 videos with prime video. Listen to more than a million songs and hundreds of playlists, ad-free, with Prime Music. There’s unlimited free storage for photos as well as early access to kindle lightning deals and great student offers and prize draws.
A media streamer device connects a television to the Internet and allows you to stream video and music from online services.
These are great to have in a dorm room as it can give you access to a lot more TV and music channels.
There are lots of media streaming devices available.
Apple TV will work with other Apple devices such as the ipad. There is the amazon fire TV stick which works will if he has a prime membership.
Other media streamers include Roku which is a great choice if he wants to enjoy netflix.
There is also Google chromecast.
Tablet, Laptop or Cellphone
A prepaid cellphone can also be very useful. You can always get in touch with him and he can get in touch with you too.
A portable charger is another idea, so he can charge his devices wherever he goes.
Student Id Holder / Lanyard
There are some really fun themed bathrobes including Jedi knight robes.
You can also take this idea a little further and post him small packages throughout the year of things he might need and appreciate. There is nothing better than receiving a package from home.
You can add whatever you want to these packages. Perhaps think of things that are easier to post such as a pizza gift card or some new socks and underwear.
Decor, Accessories and Other Items for Their Dorm Room
There are all kinds of decor and accessories you can get for a dorm room to make him feel at home.
Some ideas include a nightlight, an electric blanket (great if he is going to a colder climate), some wall art or a poster, an alarm clock, a bean bag chair, throw rugs to cover any cold floors or a comfortor.
Some organisational stuff such as a shower caddy to store all his stuff in the bathroom or a room tidy for his bedroom. Fluffy towels are also useful and comforting to have.
You can also personalize a gift for him for his dorm room. What about some framed photos or a personalized mug.
A bed rest is great if he likes to study, read or watch TV while on the couch or in bed. Bed rests give some extra support when lying or sitting on the bed.
A lapdesk is another idea. Put your laptop on the lapdesk while working on the bed or couch. It will stop your legs getting hot from the laptop and make it comfortable to use.
A foldable clothes drying rack is another practical idea.
Tech to Help Them With Their Studies
A lifescribe smart pen is another idea. It will records everything he writes and heasr in lectures.
Don't forget essential but perhaps not very exciting stuff such as USB cables.
Backpacks and laptop bags are perfect for carrying all his stuff to and from college.