Here are some suggestions for what to put in a dorm room gift basket.
Gifts of Food
Free food is always appreciated by college students. While fruit, baked goods, and other fresh items are nice to include in moderation, it's best to stick with relatively healthy and filling nonperishables. Good choices include:
- Dried fruit
- Energy bars or protein bars
- Healthy cereal bars
- Applesauce cups or fruit cups
- Microwavable soup cups
- Microwavable popcorn bags
- Baked potato chips or crackers
- Organic cookies, crackers, or graham crackers
- Coffee, hot chocolate, and tea packets
It's also helpful to include some basic eating "equipment" like bowls, mugs, cups, In addition, gift certificates to grocery stores and local restaurants are terrific gifts for students, as are basic dorm room cookbooks.
College students always need basic school supplies, so throwing a few in a gift basket can come in handy. While small items like these don't scream "present," the cost of buying lots of small school supplies can add up, so it's helpful to get a head start on shopping with a few essentials. Here are a few simple items that just about all college students need at one time or another:
- Paper clips or binder clips
- A stapler with staples
- Rubber bands
- A printer cartridge
- Scissors and tape
- Pens and pencils
- A ruler or protractor
- Index cards
Basic Bathroom Stuff
College students have awful lots of new responsibilities, and one of the most basic ones is keeping themselves clean without Mom and Dad buying them the appropriate bath products. Help students out with basics like bars of soap, washcloths, disposable razors, and sample sizes of shampoo and conditioner. Small bottles of scented lotion add a nice touch. If there's room in the basket, throw in a decent pair of flip flops, as students should wear these in the dorm showers. Toothbrush holders and soap dishes that snap shut also are useful, as are toenail clippers.
Basic Cleaning Stuff
In addition to keeping themselves clean, students are also going to be responsible for keeping their rooms clean. While big containers of cleaning materials aren't a good fit for a gift basket, the basket can include some smaller items like sponges, microfiber cleaning rags, and air fresheners.
Other Useful Gift Basket Items
College students really aren't that hard to buy form as they need just about everything! Here are some simple items that will be very handy to have in a dorm room:
- A key chain
- A wallet
- Basic sewing supplies
- A small clock
- Photo frames
- A small flashlight
- Gift certificates for music downloads
- Socks, underwear, gloves, and other small items of clothing
College students who are moving into the dorms don't need luxury items. They need basics like nonperishable food, school supplies, and bathroom and cleaning materials. Consider giving an incoming freshman a gift basket filled with some of these items.