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The Essential Online School Supply List

Do online students needs school supplies? Of course they do! But, taking classes at online schools does require some adjustments to the paper-pen-notebook list of a traditional school. Here is a list of items that are essential for anyone studying online.

Laptop – A computer is of course essential for online studies. Investing in a laptop or notebook computer gives you the freedom to study, do homework, and even attend class from anywhere.

Laptop Bag – A portable computer needs a good carrying case with padding and storage.

External Hard Drive – No matter what size your laptop’s hard drive is, you need an external drive to back up your data.

Desk – Having a desk, even if it is a small table in a corner where you can keep all your class-related work is essential for staying organized.

Chair – You will be spending many hours at your desk while online, make sure you have a good supportive desk chair.

Bulletin Board – A small cork board or whiteboard is handy to keep schedule reminders and notes within reach.

Calendar/Planner – Keep track of your assignments, projects, class meetings and appointments in one organized place.

File Drawer or Box – Not all of your materials will be saved online. And it is a good idea to have paper copies of some materials. Find a one-drawer file or a portable box to keep things files by class.

Notebooks – Three-ring binders give you the flexibility of taking notes and then organizing and storing them later. Find one with sections, or buy several colors for quick organization.

Calculator – If you will be taking math or science classes, invest in a good calculator.

Note cards – You can use note cards to organize information and as flash cards to help you study.

Headphones – If you are studying when others are home, a good pair of headphones will let you plug into your classes privately and will block out household noise. If your classes include Skype chats, look for headphones with a built-in microphone.

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 Zazzle.com’s collection of paralegal supplies, this witty mug is $19.99

7.  Mouse Pad – Also from Zazzle.com 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 TheBillableHour.com 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 Discountednewspapers.com, 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.