Christmas gift cards can be a godsend if you’ve ever had a child in college. They can be used to purchase the kinds of things that nickel and dime you to death: toiletries, books, electronics, dorm room furnishings or spending money for “hot dates.”
1. Christmas gift card to any chain drug store:
Rite-Aid, CVS, Eckert or any locally-based drug store would be a perfect place from which to purchase a gift card as a Christmas present for a college student. They always need things like shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, shower soap, makeup and greeting cards, and a gift card will save you aggravation and postage if you regularly mail them things like this.
2. Christmas gift card to their College Bookstore:
I was aghast when I checked my daughter’s college credit card bill and discovered she charged a four-dollar item at the college bookstore. Her excuse: she was out of money that day and really needed that notebook! A Christmas gift card to the college bookstore will come in handy, especially right after Christmas when they start new classes and are assigned new books and new accessory requirements.
3. Christmas gift card to any electronics or office supply store:
While most college students arrive at college with a computer, things like CDs for computer record backups, paper, the occasional need to replace a mouse or any part of their computer can dig into any scholarship, allowance money, or income they may earn. A Christmas gift card to a local electronics store like Circuit City or Best Buy, or office supply store like Staples or Office Max will give them that extra cushion they need when these needs arise.
4. Christmas gift card to Walmart:
Walmarts are everywhere, undoubtedly have the lowest prices and the super centers also serve as supermarkets where you can buy everything from food to toilet paper. And dorm rooms are mini-apartments after all, and need at least some semblance of civility. Curtains, blankets, small appliances like coffee pots or microwaves can be acquired with a Christmas gift card from Walmart. College students also seem go through towels and sheets at a rate that baffles most parents. They use towels for everything from drying off after a shower to cleaning up after that dorm room party, to sopping up the puddles created when they left open the windows despite warnings of a thunderstorm. Sheets are often seen hanging out of windows with “Go Team” spray-painted on them. A gift card to Walmart at Christmas will give your college student the means to replace the causalities of college life.
5. Christmas gift card to any chain restaurant or local hangout:
Places like Bennigans, TGI Fridays and The Olive Garden provide college students with reasonably priced places to take a date or spend an evening out with the girls to celebrate things like birthdays or end of semester exams. Each town also always has a few local places where the kids like to congregate. A Christmas gift card to one or more of these places will be accepted with glee. Of course, warnings to “use it responsibly,” go with it!
Merry Christmas gift card shopping!