The holidays are fun, but they don’t really last long. This is especially true for students who have to go back to university after the holiday break. Give them a gift that will help them survive the demands of college. But how do you know which one to pick?

Believe it or not, there’s actually a science to gift-giving. Research has shown that the giver must strike a balance between personalization and utility when it comes to their presents. If you have a wish list or registry, it’s smart to stick with what your recipient listed. Giftees appreciate presents from their wish list better than unrequested ones. If you don’t have a wish list to base your gift on, get them a present they can use every day. People appreciate useful things better as gifts rather than self-purchases.

Planner Kit

Calendar Files and Coins
Multitasking is unavoidable when you’re a college student. It’s easy to get caught up with one task and forget the next until it’s too late. Planner kits are a great way to help them organize their hectic life on campus. It’s better not only for their grades but also for their health.

Being overwhelmed by tasks creates stress and will often lead to all-nighters studying for an exam or cramming for a paper. A planner assists them in keeping track of their work. It allows them to use that extra time to rest instead of stressing out because of overdue assignments.

Bookstore Gift Card

Textbook prices are continuing to increase in the US. This leaves most college students opting out of buying books because of high costs. Don’t let your recipient get left behind. Give them a gift card that they can use to buy essential textbooks for their classes. If they already have complete workbooks, they can always use the card to buy novels or even stationery.

Portable Charger

Running out of battery while you’re out is the worst, especially if you need to call an Uber to get home. A portable charger ensures that they won’t have to deal with a dead battery again. Remember that the higher the capacity of the charger, the bigger and heavier it gets. The amount of time to charge it also increases.

You don’t want your recipient to lug around a heavy brick just to charge their phone on the go. Find a balance between capacity and form factor. For example, an iPhone 8 has a capacity of 1,821 mAh (milliamp hours). A portable charger with about 2,000 mAh is enough to charge the phone from 0 to 100%. It’s also likely small, if not, smaller than an iPhone 8.

Vacuum Flask

Nothing keeps you alert while studying in the library like a hot sip of coffee. Unfortunately, big cafes don’t really offer budget-friendly brews. Mugs, on the other hand, can cause spillage that can distract the user from their work. A vacuum flask allows your giftee to make their own coffee and keep it warm throughout their study session without the fear of spillage. What’s great is that a vacuum flask also works for cold beverages like energy drinks and smoothies.

Bedside Caddy

College dorm rooms don’t have a lot of storage space. A bedside caddy is a perfect gift for a student who’s living with multiple roommates in a tight room. It works by using the weight of the mattress to attach itself on the side of the bed. The caddy gives the recipient easy storage for their phone, glasses, books, and other useful items — all within arm’s reach.

College students often have to deal with seemingly impossible schedules and expensive course materials. This is why they should be given simple, but useful presents that make their university lives easier. While gifts like clothes and cosmetics are great, practical gifts will always be appreciated.