The Paralegal Gift List

The next few lists will be devoted to specific careers, and students who are studying in those areas. Students can sometimes be difficult to shop for. Gifts that support a career choice are thoughtful and useful.

If you know a student who is studying how to become a paralegal, here are some gifts tailored just for them.

1.  Post-it Printed Message Flags  – to mark documents that need to be signed, filed, etc. A package of 120 flags in 4 colors cost from $4.50-$8.00

2.  High Quality Business Paper – For resumes and cover letters. Look for at least 25 percent cotton and a watermarked. 500 Sheets will run you anywhere from  $18 to $32

3.  Thank You Notes – To send after those important job interviews. You can find these personalized and monogrammed for $5 to $20 for a box of 20

4.  Briefcase or Laptop Case – A must for all aspiring paralegals. Special cases are designed for quick airport security processing  and will hold a computer, files and supplies. A major investment that can last for years, this gift costs  between $50-$150

5.  Legal-ruled Pads – You can never have too many. A dozen 50-sheet pads cost $6-$10

6.  Paralegal Coffee Mug – from’s collection of paralegal supplies, this witty mug is $19.99

7.  Mouse Pad – Also from is this cute mouse pad for just $14.10

8.  Wheeled Litigation Bag – This can be a huge expense for a Paralegal, running from $200-$600

9.  Planner/Calendar – A good leather planner book can last a lifetime with yearly updated refills. Dayrunner has a large variety for every style and budget.

10. Business Card Holder – Find one that has a legal motif in metal or wood, at a variety of prices.

11. Paralegal Survival Kit – This ultimate gift basket from is designed specifically for the paralegal on your gift list. It includes a wristwatch, a Mini Buddha Board, CD and Comic Blocks.  From afar, the Classic Billable Hour® Watch looks like a standard professional’s watch, but it is uniquely designed for paralegals. It features a Seiko movement housed in a water resistant polished alloy gold tone casing and a padded black leather band. $109.99

12. Binder Clip Cufflinks – For a fun gift, print this article from the Funny or Die website and enclose it with a box of binder clips. $1.50 for 12


The Ultimate What Do I Gift Them List

Buying Christmas gifts, especially when you’re a student can be a challenge – of both time and money. What can you give that is inexpensive and easy to find? You don’t have to be Martha Stewart to craft something elaborate, or give up and give gift cards – it you only have a few dollars to spend, here are 30 ideas for easy, inexpensive and thoughtful gifts.

1. Bottle of gourmet barbeque or steak sauce and basting brush

2. Bookmark, with or without book

3. Candle with a Bic lighter

4. Candy or nuts – in a glass jar or coffee mug, a pound of pistachios or stack of fancy chocolate bars tied with a ribbon

5. Cards for different occasions and a calendar – fill in the birthdays of relatives or friends.

6. Christmas ornament

7. Coffee or travel mug with a box of tea bags or one-pot bag of coffee

8. Deck of cards or travel-size board game

9. Donation in someone’s name.  Here is a list of great ones.

10. Emergency Snack Stash – granola bars, M&Ms, chips, crackers, etc

11. Flashlight with batteries

12. Gourmet bread or cookie mix

13. Journal, stationary, notepaper, or notebook and a really nice pen or pens

14. Key chain

15. Magazines tied together with a pretty ribbon

16. Movie night basket – a DVD or Netflix gift subscription, microwave popcorn, drink mix, movie theatre candy like Snow Caps or Twizlers

17. Newspaper – Buy through, and you’ll save 50% or more off of the subscription cost.

18. Pepper mill and fresh peppercorns

19. Purse-size photo  album or a picture frame – with or without a picture of the two of you

20. Poinsettia or other potted plant with a red ribbon tied around it

21. Rechargeable batteries and a recharger

22. Reusable shopping bags

23. Scarf

24. Seeds and garden gloves, vase or ceramic pot

25. Soaps and bath puff

26. Socks

27. Study Supplies – post it notes, notepaper, good pens

28. Supplies for anyone with, or planning on, a teaching career  – bulletin board borders, flash cards, games for rainy days, maps electric pencil sharpener and stapler, 3-hole punch

29. Touch gloves for anyone who has a Smartphone.

30. Stainless steel water bottle

Stuff Your Student’s Stockings With Study Supplies

It looked like your child took everything but the kitchen sink with them to college. But now they have a semester almost under their belt, they may have found some needs – especially in the way of supplies to help them study. They may be running low on pens and pencils, or they might like some of the new gadgets available for study hounds. There are items you can give them now that will last them throughout their business careers. Here’s a  l-i-s-t.

Supplies that may need to be replenished

  • Binder clips
  • Blank CDs
  • Book covers
  • Colored stickers and labels
  • Composition Books and Blue Books – small booklets used for essay exams
  • Correction fluid or tape
  • Crayons/Markers/Colored Pencils
  • Dividers for notebook
  • Erasers
  • File folders
  • Glue
  • Graph paper
  • Highlighters
  • Index cards in several colors
  • Ink for computer printer
  • Lined pads of paper
  • Notebook paper, Spiral Notebooks
  • Paper clips
  • Pencils – regular, mechanical and replacement lead
  • Pens
  • Post-It Cover-Up Tape – cover up key words in your notes, a textbook, or a study guide for a have a fill in the blank test.
  • Post-it notes
  • Report covers
  • Rubber bands
  • Staples
  • Three-ring binder s
  • White out
  • White Paper

Here are some one-time buys for the New Year:

  • Calendar/organizer
  • Pencil sharpener – electric models are very affordable
  • Booklights
  • Bulletin board and push pins
  • Backpack or Messenger Bag
  • Calculator
  • CD burner
  • Computer
  • Electric cords, cables, and power strips
  • Dictionary
  • Drawer organizers
  • Ear plugs or headphones
  • Ethernet card
  • External hardrive
  • Flash drive
  • Hole puncher
  • Paper cutter
  • Desk accessories like an inbox/outbox or memo holder
  • Lap desk
  • MLA Style Guided
  • Planner Book
  • Printer/Scanner
  • Electric Stapler
  • Thesaurus
  • Wall Calendar
  • Water bottle
  • Wireless adapter  

Here are “luxury items” for your favorite student

Space Living’s Bookchair – a stylish bookholder or copyholder for comfortable hands-free reading.

The BookMarker – Flag Pen & Bookmark that is a flat pen that stores in your textbook, works as a highlighter and carries 100 transparent write-on flags

Apple iPad – They all want one.

Livescribe Pulse Pen – an actual ink pen that records what you’re writing and what you’re hearing as you take lecture notes.

Wacom Bamboo Tablet Pen – a great tool for doodling and drawing, but it’s also a great device for marking up PDFs with circles and highlights.

Doxie Portable Scanner  – it fits in a book bag, and can capture images and copy study group notes on the fly.

Amazon Kindle – The price is coming down and the newer models allow you to mark up PDFs and textbooks with highlights and notes.

Quick Healthy Study Snacks

Whether you’re attending The University of Phoenix or Harvard Business School, the inevitable is about to happen — It’s exam time! You need to keep the engine fueled up to get through studying and test-taking. Instead of grabbing a Twinkie, here are some healthy snack alternatives.

If you like salty snacks:
Pumpkin seeds in shell – buy them or make your own
Edamame – sprinkled with a pinch of sea salt
Olives, pickles, etc.

If you have a sweet tooth:
Jell-O Mousse Temptations
Pudding Cup
Skinny Cow Chocolate Truffle Bars
Jelly Belly 100-calorie pack
Frozen Fruit Bar
Frozen Yogurt
Lowfat chocolate milk
M&M’s Minis – mixed with granola
Animal Cookies
Fiber One Bars
Fig Newtons (also in Raspberry)
Graham Crackers
Granola and Cereal Bars
Honey Graham Sticks
Trader Joe’s Chocolate Graham Toucan Cookies
Nature Valley Fruit Crisps
Apple slices – dipped in 2 tbsp caramel topping
Banana – rolled in 1 tbsp frozen semisweet chocolate chips
Grapefruit – sprinkle wih 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar and broiled for 5 minutes
Grapes – red, green, or purple
Honeydew Melon
Kiwis – cut in half and eat with a spoo
Mango tossed with lime juice and red pepper flakes
Medjool dates
Oranges or Mandarin Oranges
Strawberries dipped in chocolate or rolled in powdered sugar
Dried Fruits – raisins, apricots, figs, and dates, pineapple, papaya
Fruit Leathers
Frozen Fruit – grapes, blueberries, strawberries, peaches, mangoes, melon
Applesauce – sprinkled with cinnamon or warm
Fruit Cups

If you crave crunchy:
Rice Cakes
Rye Crispbread
Wasa Multigrain Crispbread
Carrot sticks or Baby Carrots
Celery Sticks
Cucumber slices
Peppers (green, red, or yellow)
Snap Peas or Snow Peas
Tomato slices or grape or cherry tomatoes
Zucchini slices
Baked Apple or Banana Chips
Baked Cheetos or Lays Potato Chips
Tortilla Chips
Vegetable Chips (140 calories)
Chili con Queso
Salad Dressing
Bean Dip
Guacamole – make your own by mashing an avocado and adding mayo

If you like creamy snacks:
Cottage cheese
Instant Pudding
Smoothies – Blend fruit with juice, yogurt or milk, and ice. Thicken with bananas.
Decaf Cappuccino
Soy and Rice Drinks
Vanilla-almond shake: Blend 1/2 cup skim milk with 1/2 cup frozen yogurt and 1 drop almond extract

If you’re craving protein:
Sardines: Even the ones packed in olive oil only have about 110 calories
Tuna Salad in a Pouch: The StarKist Lunch To-Go, Bumble Bee Fat Free Tuna Salad Kit
Turkey Breast wrapped around 2 bread-and-butter pickles
Balance Bar
Peanut Butter spread on veggies, crackers or apples

If you are on the go, you can toss these in your book bag:
Hard Boiled Egg sliced and sprinkled with salt and cumin, celery seed, or nutmeg
Protein bar
Pudding Cup
Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino bar
Trail Mix – Make your own with granola, whole grain cereals, peanuts, cashews, almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, raisins, dried apricots, apples, pineapple, or cranberries.
Cheese Sticks
Dry Cereal: Fill a sandwich bag with your favorite cereal and mix in a few raisins or nuts

For something substantial:
Baked Potato (pierce and microwave for 4 minutes)
Black beans combined with 1 tbsp salsa, 1 tbsp cottage cheese and 1/2 tbsp guacamole
Hot cereal
Lean Pockets
Ore Ida Bagel Bites
Soup Cup
Veggie Pockets

The Munchie List

Even super students who have earned their share of scholarships and grants still have to work to stretch their grocery budgets. While ramen noodles, peanut butter and mac & cheese might be easy to grab when you’re hungry, they might not be the best choices. Here is a list of easy grab and go foods for college students:

1.  Yogurt – they’re easy to take along in your book bag and can provide 40 percent of your daily calcium needs.

2.  Instant Oatmeal – in either individual packets or in bulk is nutritious and easy to cook in a microwave oven.

3.  Potatoes – Microwave a potato by poking holes in it with a fork. Throw in some frozen broccoli salsa, bacon bits or cheese to top it off.

4.  Eggs – Many stores will sell packs of 6 eggs so they won’t go bad before you get around to eating them. Make easy scrambled eggs in the microwave. Roll in a flour tortilla with shredded cheese and spinach leaves.

5.  Ramen noodles – You can improve the flavor and nutrition by tossing the sodium overloaded seasoning packet. Replace it with a handful of frozen mixed vegetables, a can of salad shrimp or canned chicken breast.

6.  Condiments – instead of spending money and taking up room with full size bottles of ketchup and mustard, grab a couple extra fast food packets when you’re out.

7.  Water – The best beverage for your waistline, skin and budget is water. Invest in a Brita water filter pitcher to improve the flavor.

8.  Tea bags – these are cheap and can be used to make hot or cold drinks.

9.  Canned tuna, chicken, shrimp – You can make salads or eat straight from the can.

10.  Fruit – Always a healthy choice, apples are always plentiful and affordable year round. Dried fruits are a good alternative as well.

11.  Veggies – Carrots, last a long time in the fridge.

12.  Avocados – Make your own guacamole with mashed avocado mixed with little mayonnaise and salsa.

13.  Rice – Quick rice can be made in the microwave and mixed with veggies, beans and cheese.

The Sanity of My … List-O-Mania

Why is it called a “laundry list?” I’ve never seen a list that actually mentioned laundry. The phrase is used regularly in business and personal life. According to WikiAnswers,  “It may originate from as early as the Civil War, when soldiers would jot a list of their items to be laundered (and hopefully returned). In any event, it comes from the late nineteenth to early twentieth century when many sent their laundry out to be cleaned.”

When you send your laundry to a commercial laundry service, it’s wise to list what you’ve dropped off. And, the laundry has to mark each piece of clothing per customer so it can be sorted into piles to end up with like colors and in correct water temperature. It stands to reason that customers with long laundry lists had more clothes and were possibly more affluent. That’s how the term has evolved into its present day use meaning a long detailed list of items. Hence, the name of this blog, List-A-Lot.

I manage my life list by list. Grocery lists, lists of websites to visit, books to read, chores to do. I started list-making in high school, and continued it through college. In fact, I chose the college I attended by making a list of what I thought were the best colleges.  I find that when I write down a list, it frees my brain up so that I don’t worry about forgetting things. Lists that help me make choices, lists of things I need to do, checklists for all kinds of things.

And that’s what this blog will be. A list of lists, relevant to college students. Feel free to send me ideas and requests for lists and I will do my best to list ones that you use, or research lists you think would be helpful.

I’ll be back with my first list shortly. First I have to sharpen my pencil, get another Diet Coke, let the cat in, have some lunch…

— Sarah