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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


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