Any gift ideas for a new college student moving to the dorms?

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I need a gift idea for someone moving away from home to college for the first time. They will be living in the college dorms. Can you help me?

Start with the basics, just like starting out in your first apartment. If they don’t have it already they will need sheets and bedding for the dorm room bed including a pillow, blanket and sheets. Find out if they have a colour they really like if you buy those. If you know their tastes try to get something that fits their preferences. If it isn’t going to be a surprise take the person shopping with you and let them pick out what they want. Bedding usually isn’t provided at dorms. Another idea is to give them rolls of quarters, detergent and a laundry basket or clothes hamper since they will have to do their own laundry and maybe a short instruction manual on clothing care of they haven’t learned how to do this already. There are some nice collapsible hampers available that are easy to pack. If they are taking a car with them consider a gas card or if they will be commuting at all via public transportation, check into a bus pass to buy them. Try getting a gift certificate from the local college bookstore to help offset the high cost of textbooks or from an online book source. You might pay a month of cell phone coverage or get them a calling card for calling home if they don’t have a cell phone. New students often get homesick and a calling card is a nice touch to make it so they can reach a friendly voice when they need to. If you have a much bigger gift giving budget, a small dorm room refrigerator is nice. For a really generous gift, a laptop is almost a necessity for college students away from home now. Whatever you give as a gift, big or small, is sure to be appreciated. College students are often struggling with money. Mama Nono

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