Mary Dell writes: Looking for inspiration for holiday gifts for a high schooler, soon to leave for college or a recent grad in her first apartment? We browsed real and virtual aisles at The Container Store, Nike, Apple, J Crew, Microsoft, LL Bean, and Amazon and found these ideas so, look no further! Here is our Holiday Gift Guide: 25 Ideas Under $25.
1. Electric Kettle < Hamilton Beach Ensemble Cord Free Pouring Kettle
Kids in college and those right out of school have one thing in common: living space with tiny (or nonexistent) kitchens. Having an ability to boil water for tea or hot chocolate is a little bit of luxury achievable with this cute electric kettle.
2. Card game Cards Against Humanity
Sometimes a grown up toy is just what our grown up kids will love the most.
3. Scratch Map Luckies of London Scratch Map (USLUSCR)
How to rekindle memories of all those family vacations or inspire discussions about study abroad? This scratch map would be a perfect way to brighten up a drab dorm wall.
4. Battery charger Jackery® Mini Premium iPhone Charger 3200mAh Power Pack – Ultra-Compact Aluminum Portable Battery Charger External Battery Pack for Apple iPhone 6 Plus, 6, 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, iPad, Air, Mini, Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note, Nexus, LG, HTC, Moto. Power Bank, iPad Charger, Portable Charger, Backup Battery, External Charger, USB Battery Charger (Orange)
This little charger packs a big punch with a wide range of devices.
Wearing a wrinkled shirt to class may not trouble your college student but he should look crisp for an interview. Space saving ironing mat to the rescue!
6. Sunbeam hot shot Sunbeam 6131 Hot Shot Hot Water Dispenser, Black
How cute is this cup-at-a-time hot water dispenser? This is a great choice for a dorm room.
7. Lap top desk LapGear Classic Original Wood Lapdesk (45364)
Your college student will study in bed as much as at her desk so help make it easier and safer to do so with this handsome, and non flammable, laptop desk.
Wallet, passport, valuable jewelry all fit snugly in this dorm safe.
9. Brita water filter Brita Slim Water Filter Pitcher, 5 Cup
Buying cases of water in water bottles is costly, environmentally wrong and a space hog. A Brita water system solves each of these problems.
10. Whirley Pop popcorn Wabash Valley Farms 25008 Whirley-Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper
Better tasting than microwave-cooked popcorn, this Whirley Pop claims to cook without sticking to the bottom of the pot.
Storage is at a premium in apartment living. This is a stylish, lightweight, and inexpensive way to add extra shelf space in a closet that has none. Plus, as young adults move frequently, this “built-in” is one they can take with them to their next abode.
12. Serving tray
This tray, in cheery lacquered red, will add a festive touch to any apartment. Extremely versatile, it could find a home in the kitchen, living room or bedroom.
Holding a bike up to 50 pounds, this unique bike life mounts on a ceiling, freeing up floor space.
14. Mixing bowls
For those getting used to cooking for themselves for the first time, a set of mixing bowls is a must-have. Here is a cute set we would love, too!
15. Nike kit bag
This cute Nike bag is the perfect size to go inside a gym bag for storing keys, ID, and other essentials.
16. Nike Elite socks
Socks may seem like a mundane purchase, but how about a new pair as a stocking stuffer?
Who doesn’t need help rounding up their collection of gadgets, cords, and chargers?
Losing a laptop is a traumatic experience. Consider packing off your college student with a combination laptop lock like this one.
19. Noika headphones
Brightly colored and an upgrade from the basic ear buds that come with many devices, check out these headphones.
Lightweight and capable of eight hours of playing time, this Nokia speaker can enhance the quality of listening with any device.
A festive touch for your college daughter, this J Crew headband is adorable with just the right amount of glitz for the holidays.
22. J Crew boxers
And, a festive gift for your college son!
23. LL Bean tote bag
A classic, this small-size tote comes from one of our all-time favorite store, LL Bean.
We can only hope that our kids wears a hat when it is freezing cold outside. With this ragg wool hat, lined with micro fleece inside, they just might do it!
We fell in love with this Nantucket bike basket. Maybe your young adult daughter will, too.
Millennials love a gift of experience even more than a “thing” so consider a gift certificate for your young adult: car rentals, Zipcar, Getaround, Uber, Lyft, airlines, sporting event, classes, college book store, philanthropy, museum membership.