When we start living on our own in a dorm or apartment, we will realize how many essential household items we need to go buy. Turn potential expensive gifts that you’ll never use into ones that you can’t live without. Call me no fun, or old, or stingy, but the idea of having your birthday help pay for the things you NEED instead of want will help your wallet as you begin life out in the real world. Trust me, I’m a college graduate.
1. A Suitcase
Each carry-on suitcase by Away contains an ejectable battery on the outside of its shell, for easy access when you’re literally and physically dying, with three hours left in your trip home or back to campus with 6% left. Each suitcase has 11 color options, including the privilege of a 3D shaded monogram on the bag or on a bag-tag. It will be easy to convince your parents, grandparents, or cool aunt why, for only $225, they can ensure their baby (you) will have enough charge to text them back and ensure you got back safe.
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2. Coffee Maker
I would recommend all college students to not only have their own coffee maker, but a Keurig at that. The two other machines that utilize K-Cups (The Bunn MyCafe MCU and the Cuisinart SS-700), are still more expensive than Keurig’s $70 option. I have used this $70 option time and time again, and it has proved uber reliable over several years. Place a Keurig on your list and be self-sufficient all throughout college. You’ll be convinced when you arrive on campus and realize how reliable your small college town’s coffee shop is (not).
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3. Makeup/Mall Gift Card
I’m no expert, but I know a girl doesn’t want makeup, she needs it. If your gift givers are not in the mood to buy you a $200 suitcase, then ask for a gift card from a makeup brand that you tried once, but never touched again because it was too expensive. Alternatively, ask for a gift card to the mall near your house. This way you can use it at any one of the makeup stands.
4. Gas Gift Card
BORING. Ugh, so boring. But practical. And sensical. Avoid the $50 frustration at the pump by asking for a gift card to your local gas station.
5. Spotify Premium
Your Student Spotify subscription also comes with Hulu and Showtime streaming services. YES! If you pay your monthly fees of $0.99 for the first three months, and then the student fee of $4.99/month, you will have a free Hulu and Showtime subscriptions as long as you continue to pay your premium bill. These costs add up, so ask a family member to put their credit card number down for your account and stream music and shows.
6. A Vacuum That Works
Your vacuum helps you clean up the mess before you hold that pregame you’ve always wanted to host. Whether a hookup or your parents are coming over, you only have a little time in your day to clean the mess that is your dorm or apartment, so make it quick and do it well with these high rated and reviewed cordless and space-efficient vacuums. The Tineco A10 Hero Cordless Vacuum has a price tag $160 less than the Dyson V7 Cordless Vacuum. Each gets the job done very well, but the price difference for the Dyson means it will do everything stronger, more quiet, and longer than the Tineco vacuum. You can’t go wrong with either.
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