If you know a student who makes frequent withdrawals from the Bank of Mom and Dad, and a Bank of Mom and Dad who wants to wash their hands of their best customer, this gift should keep both parties happy. There is real money hidden inside each bar in amounts ranging from $1-$50.
If you want to get them something that will let them invest in their future, stock gift cards are a brilliant way to go. It’s a gift with a little bit more thought behind it than cold hard cash and it’s also a guarantee for you that the money is being used wisely and isn’t going straight in the beer fund.
Help reinforce good choices by giving a young person this hilarious version of the world’s most famous death game. Just load up a water balloon and pass the pistol around the table, then wait to see who gets soaked.
Dorm rooms tend not to be the most beautiful of places to live and being there a whole year might feel a bit daunting, especially with the dull décor. Do away with their whitewash woes with this Banksy Wall Art Decal that they can use to customize their quarters and make their home away from home a little more exciting.
We know that if we were students we’d be pretty upset if we couldn’t find our way home with our laundry. That being said, we probably wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of the dirty laundry bag either. Stave off the chores a little while longer and make them work for their washing by piecing together their route home first.
Having to repeat yourself is such a bore. These comfortable foam sandals leave a clear message behind you, so you can give the command without opening your mouth. Trips to the beach will get a lot cheaper and easier now that your minions know exactly what to do.
There’s plenty to keep them busy while they’re at college and if they’re too busy with their books for a full game of chess, this is the perfect addition to their dorm or college house. The vertical chess set stays out of the way and lets them keep a game going for as long as it takes to call checkmate.
Make sure that they’re never caught short (of battery, at least) with this pocket-sized power pack that is perfect for their portable devices. This charger harnesses the power of the biggest battery in our solar system so they should never have an excuse for not returning your call.
Sometimes, you need to get down to business and do your work, but other times, you need to procrastinate—help your friend do the latter. There’s a time and a place for efficiency and that’s not when you have a pen that can bend in your hands.
The 21st Century can be an overwhelming place – space exploration, nuclear weapons, Justin Bieber… The Knowledge Book distills thousands of years of humankind’s most significant ideas and achievements— explains how they are linked and why they are important—and packs everything into a single, irresistibly readable volume.
Being in college isn’t easy. They’ll have plenty of work to do on the way to graduation. It doesn’t hurt for them to let their hair down once in a while and what better way to do it than watching their favorite band, cheering their team, or taking a trip to the theatre. We can’t think of a better way to unwind and forget about the stresses of study for an evening.
Men of discerning tastes should not suffer the indignity of walking back and forth from the couch to the kitchen for a beer. We put a man on the moon for God’s sake. Hand-made by Amish craftsmen and built to last for generations, this is no flimsy Walmart furniture. Class out the wazoo.
Only a complete tool gives an empty toolbox as a gift. We know you’re better than that, and you know it too. Enter the Loaded Toolbox — the prime companion of the jack of all trades. This is the classic entry level gift, the rite of passage into handyman or handywoman-hood. Life is a long journey full of creaky door hinges, rusty bolts, and other mechanical nuisances. Give them the tools they need — literally — to navigate this unforgiving landscape.
The classic party game where everyone either reveals reputation-demolishing secrets about their past or shamelessly lies to save face. Depending on the temperament of the various participants, it can make for an hour or so of good-natured ribbing, or it can devolve into closet doors being flung open to reveal hideous skeletons beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. In other words, it’s rip-roaring fun. But depending on your own personal history, you may want to sit this one out.
Lottery tickets are a great gift you can pick up at your local convenience store, that come with a serious upside. If they win big you may get a piece of the action. Lottery tickets are often things that people won't buy for themselves, believing that they never win anything, but who could help but get their hopes up when you present them with a dozen chances to strike it rich and travel the world in a super yacht?
The infamous deepwater blobfish has been voted ugliest animal in the world. This unfinished project of Mother Nature is sadly going extinct, so enjoy them while you can. Adds a touch of charm and pity to any living room or bedroom.
If you’re sending a student off to college and it’s the first time they’ve lived away from home, send them with this ingenious induction cooktop. This clever culinary contraption not only gives them a convenient way of cooking delicious food, it has an inbuilt memory that can recall their favorite cooking methods so all they need to worry about is the ingredients. Plus they can’t burn down the dorm with it.
Polaroids may be dead, but the people who like to use them aren’t. Not all of them anyway. There’s something especially gratifying about holding a tangible photograph, especially in a world dominated by virtual commodities where everything is becoming digital. Having an instant printer on hand means they don’t have to wait for a photo printing company to print their photos from the cloud and mail them by horseback or whatever. And we all know that nobody has time to wait for a horse these days. Oh, and we should also mention: these look way better than Polaroids.
Who has time for trial and error? Folks today demand fast-acting, proven solutions to their everyday conundrums. A modern stand-in for the tried and trusted Farmer’s Almanac, this back pocket companion is more reliable than your great-grandmother and more concise than an open-ended Google search. Believe it or not, some of the “smartest” solutions have been around for ages.
Big ideas can change the world, but so do small acts. Not all of us can create the next Google or reinvent the energy industry, but we can all be better at being human. This international, online-integrated card game provides the ideas and the motivation to spread goodwill everywhere you go, one act at a time.
Drinking coffee is for amateurs: give the gift of intense doses of caffeine. Help them run marathons, finish difficult projects, and—if they eat too many—question if their eye is supposed to be twitching. As a gift to you, if you ever need to paint your house, get them on board – they can see way more colors than you can now.
Insomniacs often say they’ve tried everything in order to get to sleep. But in reality, how many insomniacs have ever tried hypnotizing themselves with a pulsating blue light? Well, here’s your chance to call bullsh*t on them. Making use of an age-old meditative technique, the insomniac sleep inducer helps people enter the land of a thousand winks by synchronizing and slowly lowering the frequency of their breathing. After that, it’s nothing but hours of the old snoozy-woozy.
Since the dawn of time, chaos, terror, and death have periodically rained down from the sky. Only the lucky were spared. But now we have weather radios, so you can go inside instead of dying. This one also conveniently charges your phone so the next hurricane doesn’t have to interrupt your game of angry birds.
Being in college is a time when you mature from a teenager to a young adult and while they’re afforded a first-class education, there are some extra-curricular things that they may need to know to get through the tentative first steps of adulthood. This book should do the trick. It’s mostly pictures too, because they’ve probably had enough of textbooks by now.
There are some things that a college education won’t give them the right tools for, like a roadside emergency, so it’s good they’ve got you looking out for them with this kit. It has everything they may need in case of an emergency and even if you’re the one driving out to rescue them, we’re sure you’ll be glad to know they’re safe.
If you know a college student who likes to dine al fresco in fine fashion, this stylish suitcase will make a great gift for them. While it looks like a pristine picnic basket, it actually opens up to become a grill that they can take on the go. It’s the textbook culinary companion for summer evenings spent on the college green.
A college degree will tell them everything that they need to know about their chosen field and will help them to land the job of their dreams, but what about the practicalities of life? This gift if the perfect companion for a college student about to step out into the big wide world and will help them survive the real-life challenges that are bound to come their way.
We know that their time in college will predominantly involve piles of books and pages of essays, so give them a bit of a break and a chance to let their hair down with a trip to an amusement park. We would say it’d be a good opportunity for them to relax, but we’re not sure how relaxing a high-speed rollercoaster ride could be...
Look, we know that not everybody needs to have a giant five pound gummy bear, but not everybody technically needs pants, either. Having a giant gummy bear is like having a pair of pants: once you have one, it is hard to imagine life without it. The point is that need has nothing to do with it.
Their toothbrush cleans their mouth, but then what cleans their toothbrush? How have you not been thinking about this? If you don’t have one of these, your mouth and your toothbrush are just playing volleyball with all that crap that comes off your teeth. Life is gross enough without walking around with a bacteria factory in your face.
The pink flamingo is royalty in the plastic animal kingdom. Nary a beast can approach its fame, distinction, and nobility in that realm. Its closest rival is probably the rubber chicken, but most rubber chickens don’t even have heads. And now the pink flamingo extends its influence even further by offering itself up as the guzzling vessel of choice for the most lit parties. The days of using a beer bong that looks like something their neighbor just got done using to fill his diesel tractor are long gone.
Card games are a staple of the drunken party scene for a reason. They help break the ice and give people something to do through those long awkward moments early in the night when everyone is still mostly sober. They also keep those same people occupied and out of mischief later on when their inhibitions have been loosened up and they start getting ideas. Best of all, this game is simple and straightforward enough to keep anyone entertained for hours in between shots.
So, they got to college, now what? This book is an essential on any student’s shelf to give them the guidance they need during their time on campus, as well as in the big wide world after graduation. Full of practical, everyday instructions as well as some not-so-everyday know-how, we think this book is just about perfect for every person who’s finding their feet.
You probably want to make sure they’re eating enough when they’re living away and even though they probably don’t want you to fuss, we think they’ll enjoy these novel little sweet-treats being delivered to their dorm. These cupcakes are perfect for occasions where they can’t be at home or if you just want to send them something to cheer them up.
Everyone likes a nice stiff after-dinner drink, but sometimes you get tired of swearing at strangers and getting in fights with the sheriff. What’s a country boy to do? A great gift for anyone who’s looking to tone it down a notch but can’t give up the taste of that sweet Kentucky nectar. Or anyone who wants an extra special kick to start the day.
Good and bad are always subjective, an eternal truth reinforced by these confusingly labeled shot glasses. They’re also primarily determined in retrospect, which means the moment of decision is not the time to worry about such trivial concepts anyway. A very philosophical gift for someone entering a philosophical phase of life.