11 Stocking Stuffers College Kids Might Love More Than What's Under The Tree

11 Stocking Stuffers College Kids Might Love More Than What's Under The Tree

Socks. Please buy us socks.

The holiday season is approaching and just like that, you need to find stocking stuffers and Secret Santa gifts for your closest friends and also almost complete strangers. Here are a few easy cheats that you can use to bring out smiles from whoever you're handing off the gift wrap to.

1. Slippers

Holiday slippers? Regular slippers? Funny slippers? Any pair will do to keep their feet warm against the attack of cold hardwood floors in winter.

2. A journal

If they're into drawing, make it a sketch pad. If they write lots of lists then a bullet book is perfect!

3. Pens

There are some people who have a favorite pen. If that's the case find out, you'll be surprised how much joy writing utensils can bring.

4. Headphones

Now, I'm not talking about Beats by Dre here. For a stocking stuffer, you can simply grab a pair of earbuds out of the checkout line so they have an extra pair to keep in their coat or purse or bookbag.

5. Music gift cards

Do they prefer iTunes? Spotify? Pandora Plus? Slip a gift card in their stocking and let them listen to you for a month or two.

6. A framed photo

If the person you're buying for is close to you, or if they're not that close to you but you have a photo with them, pop it into a frame for a little sentimentality.

7. Candy

Like Halloween part two! Load up their stocking with all of their favorite snacks.

8. Playing cards

A great small gift to slip in and an endless list of possible games coming with it.

9. A Nerf gun

Let out your childish side and remind everyone about how the holidays felt as a kid.

10. Socks

As a kid, these were not exciting but now as an adult? Amazing.

11. Their favorite CD

Sometimes people forget about the good old fashion joy of listening to an album all the way through in the car, get them the album they've been begging you to listen to.

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Why I Listen to Depressing Music Even Though I'm Depressed

Music that's powerful, music that speaks to me, music that means something.

It took me a long time to find my preferred genre of music. In middle school, I remember listening to pop songs that I often heard on the radio. I could (and still can) rap the entirety of Super Bass by Nicki Minaj and I dreamt about my crush professing his love to me by serenading me with Stereo Hearts by Gym Class Heroes. 

By my freshman year of high school, those songs were no longer cool, so I went along with the crowd and started listening to the next most popular type of music: trap music. In my experience, these artists talked solely about fucking bitches and smoking ganja, even though, at that point in my life, I had no intent of having intercourse or "doing" the marijuana (boy was I naive). Though I listened to these genres to appease everyone else, I never felt completed like so many people claimed to feel when they listened to music. I did not have a passion for any bands or artists and I did not feel any sort of deep connection while I was listening.

It wasn’t until my sophomore year that I decided to explore certain genres that I hadn’t yet explored. The first bands I really grew to love were the Arctic Monkeys, Cage the Elephant, and The Kooks. Their music not only sounded great, but the lyrics actually meant something. They spoke about relationships, internal struggles, mental issues, and societal problems. Their lyrics resonated with me, and, surprisingly, the most depressing of their material resonated the most.

I have suffered from depression for as long as I can remember, though I was not diagnosed until a little over a year ago. I’ve been on meds and have learned coping techniques, but the most counterintuitive of those techniques is listening to these depressing songs.

One of the hardest struggles I have with depression is not being able to tell people how I am feeling, not because I don’t want to, but because I don’t have the words. I find that listening to others put into words the exact emotions that I have not been able to convey myself is quite reassuring.  These songs help me better understand my own emotions and give me an idea of how to turn those emotions into spoken language. 

When Alex Turner says “you can shriek until you’re hollow or whisper it the other way” or when AJJ says "everything is real, but it's also just as fake” I feel as if someone has entered my thoughts and put into lyrics the fears and feelings I struggle with on a daily basis. These songs make me feel as if there is a whole community of people out there who experience the same, seemingly-lonely experiences that I do. I feel more connected to the world when I listen to this type of music. I feel understood.

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Two Inspiring Movies Everyone Should See

Movies that take you on an emotional roller coaster.

I have always loved watching movies, especially ones with inspiring and emotional storylines. I get very invested and intrigued (maybe a little too much), but I love having that whirlwind of emotions throughout the entire movie.

Recently, I got the opportunity to see two amazing movies that I think are very important and had a huge effect on me. The films were “Lady Bird” and “Call Me by Your Name”. Both of these films came out in 2017 so they are fairly new. They are making a huge impact and receiving a lot of deserved recognition.

“Lady Bird” has such a special storyline. It follows the relationship between a mother and daughter in such a realistic way. As many girls know, a relationship with a mother is not always an easy one and the film really captures that frustration.

It follows the life of a young girl that is about to leave to go to college. So many things change for girls during this time and there are so many emotional challenges and obstacles. I absolutely love how this film displays this situation and many relationships in a very graphic and honest way. I think it is so important for young girls to watch this film and channel all those feelings. It is incredibly relatable and it reminds girls to be courageous.

“Call Me by Your Name” is seriously one of the best movies I have seen in a long time. It is a love story, which we have seen is countless movies, but this film displays a relationship in such a unique and beautiful way.

The best thing about this movie is that it is awkward at some points and maybe even a little uncomfortable. I admire this because love and relationships aren’t always magical and perfect. It expresses a type of love that is so unapologetic and pure. I could watch it over and over and still have the same inspiring feeling at the end. If you are a fan of emotional love stories or small independent films watch this movie. You will not regret it.

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