We know that gift-giving can be difficult, especially for college students with ever-changing taste in clothes, music and décor. We have compiled a list of meaningful gifts that are sure to make the student in your life smile this Christmas:
- A GenSend Experience: 2020 was all about staying at home, but 2021 can be about sending your student out to live their life on mission. You can give your college student the gift of a spiritually stimulating summer through one of our exciting new GenSend opportunities! From Puerto Rico to New York City, your student has options for where they want to serve and see lives changed by the hope of the gospel. By funding your student’s trip, they’ll be able to eagerly anticipate a summer break that will be both meaningful and challenging. What better way to celebrate the season of giving than gifting a student with a transformative mission experience?
- A Care Package: Throughout the year, it’s common for university students to discover a care package by the door during finals week or mid-term season. This year, however, has looked a little different for students, as many have had to move home due to COVID-19. With the shift to online classes, it can be easy to forget that their academic load is still extremely stressful, and the simple pick-me-up of a care package can truly turn a student’s week around. Find out their favorite candies, snag a gift card to a local coffeeshop or maybe write a note of encouragement acknowledging the frustration that comes with the uncertainty of their futures.
- A Thoughtful Donation: Give a gift that speaks to your students interests or passions from our Christmas gift catalog. Donate farm animals in honor of the animal lover. Are they studying to become a teacher? Donate ESL training materials to help refugees learn English. Have they become at-home chefs during the pandemic? Give the gift of meals for children or a cooking set for a family in need.
- House-Warming Bundles: Many students who had not planned on moving back home last semester are looking forward to returning to their apartments or dorms in the coming year, and the comfort of a house-warming present always makes a home cozier. You can feel good about the items we suggest, knowing they help a vulnerable community in need. Buy home décor and accessories from fair trade makers around the world. Shop for fragrant soaps and bath products made by refugees, get diffusers and candles that support formerly trafficked women, or buy practical household necessities and kitchen items that will help their makers combat poverty. Whatever you get, you know you will be helping both your student and a family in need!
These are just some of the many ways you can show your college student that you care this Christmas. For other ideas, browse our catalog and follow our social media channels!
Published December 2, 2020