Dear College Students, These 10 Black Friday Purchases Will Definitely Get You On Your Parents' Nice List This Christmas

Dear College Students, These 10 Black Friday Purchases Will Definitely Get You On Your Parents' Nice List This Christmas

They gave you the gift of life, it's the least you can do.


After Halloween, people are going to be searching for the best deals for the holidays. Waiting until Thanksgiving or Black Friday to decide what to purchase is dangerous. If you are a college student, now is the time to start looking for gifts for your parents. They are always thinking about you. Here are 10 Black Friday gift ideas that your parents will love.

1. Laptop

Whether your parents need to organize files for work or watch tutorials for a DIY project, this is an excellent idea for a gift. Remember to give them instructions on learning about new computer programs (remember, they completed school without Google) if they need help. Just look for any special discount tags, and take your pick.

2. Google Home

This is a gift that the whole family can enjoy. Once it is programmed, parents can ask questions on different topics, listen to their favorite playlists, and schedule morning routines. This is a fun gift that will make everybody's life a lot easier.

3. Half-zip or full-zip fleece jacket

Your mom or dad will definitely need a jacket for the winter. Hot chocolate or a fireplace (while good options) are still not enough. With the temperatures slowly getting colder, this is a gift that will keep them both warm and happy.

4. Ceramic ornament

This is a gift that your parents will love for Christmas. You can also try to get an ornament that is customizable so you can add their picture or a family photo. It will make a great addition to the tree, and they will appreciate the thought.

5. Ready For Anything pouch

This is a gift that your mom will love. She can put all her items in this pouch like a cell phone, keys, makeup kit, and credit cards. It is a simple yet thoughtful gift that she will definitely appreciate.

6. Photo blanket

Just like a glass ornament, you can personalize this gift with a photo. It can be used both indoors and outdoors for every season. Do not forget to have it decorated with a cool design.

7. Coffee mug

Parents need coffee when they wake up (just like college students need to check their messages) before they start their day. Make sure to get them one that will fit their personality. Something funny or customized with a quote should be good.

8. Adjustable cell phone stand

Everyone uses a phone, even parents. The only problem is leaving it in a spot where it can be easily knocked over. Give them this gift to provide a simple and efficient way to keep their iPhone or Smartphone in place so it can be charged without putting it at risk of damage.

9. Nest thermostat

This is an excellent gift for parents because it works with Alexa. The Nest adjusts the settings of the thermostat and it tracks logged temperatures. The Nest will turn off to save energy (thanks to Alexa), making it the perfect Christmas gift.

10. Fitbit

This is great for parents who enjoy working out and want to keep track of their progress in a fast and easy way. This gift can be adjusted and programmed by the user, and has many cool features like tracking exercise, water, calories, and weight. Parents that want to exercise but do not have time to go to the gym will really enjoy this gift.

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1. Knit/Fleece Socks

Actually, any socks in general, #TBH.

2. Makeup

Hit up Ulta, Sephora or Amazon Beauty. Highlight/contour sets are always something us gals want but can never afford. There are also a lot of great makeup gift ideas here.

3. Big Comfy Sweaters

American Eagle / H&M; are great places to find these. FYI, you really can't mess up buying a girl a sweater!

4. Love Your Melon Hats

They're for a good cause and they're cute, so why not purchase one?

5. Comfy Lounging Clothes

Joggers, sweatshirts, half zips, hoodies...

6. 5 for $25


7. Jewelry

Alex & Ani and Pandora are always popping. Also, if you are shopping for a significant other, just listen to Bey!

8. Blanket Scarves

Ooooo... comfy and cute, that's like two gifts in one.

9. Coffee Accessories

Mugs, travel mugs, and coffee itself are all important to us.

10. Bras/Bralettes

If you're shopping for a close friend, then this is something you should look into, because a girl can never have enough bras.

11. Boots/Booties

A girl can never have enough of those either -- Christmas is a great excuse for another pair!

12. Handbags/Purses

We appreciate the names: Michael, Kate, Louis...

13. Fun Snacks and Candies

The stuff that we complain about that makes us fat is probably exactly the stuff we want.

14. College/Team Spirit Wear

You'll appreciate this gift so much when coming into college; having apparel different than the other students who raided the bookstore the first week and are all wearing the same thing.

15. Small Room Decor and Accessories

Francesca's is great with these things like canvas quotes, wall decals and more.

16. Keychains

Yes, the typical Kylie Jenner fur ball is so basic... but we love it.

17. Anything Nike

Just buy it.

18. A Polaroid Camera

I mean who doesn't want one?

19. Bath Bombs

Don't even go anywhere but Lush to get these.

20. Candles

I don't know what it is, but chicks dig good smell. Take a visit to Bath & Body Works (I'm addicted!) and you should be set for a couple years worth of gifts!

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9 Things You Have Been Taking For Granted But Should Be Extra Thankful For This Year

7. Your bed...


You've most likely witnessed lots of things this past year that you haven't given a second thought to. No worries! Everybody gets caught up in the routines we have and it's easy to forget how amazing certain things are. I'm here to remind you of 9 things that you should be grateful for this Thanksgiving.

1. The changing seasons

Of course, a bragging point for Michigan is we truly experience the full force of every season that mother nature has to offer! While winter might be slow, that first snowfall s unforgettable and watching the first flowers bloom in spring is always refreshing. Be thankful as we watch how nature keeps herself in balance and how she shares her shapeshifting powers with us! It's a luxury, not every place on Earth has.

2. Pillows!

How could you not be thankful for pillows? They cradle your head and body pillows provide the perfect cuddle buddy for those cold nights. They can be soft and comforting or firm and helpful! Either way, pillows are always there for you and will never leave you. Pro Tip: Remember to wash your pillows, also. Seriously.

3. Your right to vote.

We have such an amazing ability in this country to speak our minds about who we want representing us! Regardless of your party, you are able to let your government know what you think freely and that is magical, especially when there are still places in the world where they are not able to exercise these same rights. Always remember to thoroughly educate yourself and get out there to show people what you think! We can all move towards a better future by working the polls.

4. All the places where you can charge your phone...

Your room, your car, class, your laptop, a portable charger, etc. There are now so many different ways and places to charge your phone that it's almost rare your phone dies at all? It's pretty crazy when you think of all the new ways there are to charge your phone and hopefully you remember the blessings you've been bestowed with to worry about where you can charge up. Some people have way more serious problems than that.

5. Water!

Water is the most healing element that mother nature has given us. It keeps us healthy, hydrated, and alive. We can wash ourselves and make tasty food with it, but not everybody has that! When remembering people in Flint, stay aware they still need help due to the condition of their water. (If you can donate in any way, here is some ways to help.)

6. Literature!

Literature is one of the ways we can educate ourselves about people, history, politics, religion, language, cultures, etc. There's a book out there in every genre, covering any topic under the sun and has historically been one of humanity's leading ways of informing the people or spreading change.

Revolutions have been started due to literature. On the other side of this coin, we should all be grateful for our literacy! The fact that we can all read independently, even if there is some struggle sometimes, means we always have the power to educate ourselves further. Remember your favorite authors this Thanksgiving!

7. Your bed...

Your bed is one of the comfiest things in your life! It cradles you when you've had a hard day, provides a warm space for you when you come home at night, and is the one place I know I can go to if I just need to calm down. Embrace the comfort and ease your bed provides you with every day.

8. Sunshine!

Sunshine. The sun can literally help fight depression and make people feel happier overall. During the early stages of spring and summer, we all feel elated to have the heat of the sun wrapping around us outside instead of the bitter frost of winter. The sun feeds our plants, warms our hearts, and sometimes causes us to groan when we step outside, but we wouldn't have life at all without the sun! Thank the sun for her hard work this Thanksgiving.

9. Freedom of religion...

This one is heavier, but freedom of religion is one of our greatest strengths and the very idea that our country is founded on! Pilgrims came here seeking refuge from religious persecution in England. Now, we can worship freely in any way that we wish to worship. Regardless of people being prejudice or rude, always remember and hold dear to your heart your right to worship. It's a beautiful thing to walk down the street and see dozens of people who all follow faith differently.

In all, we have lots of things to be thankful for. Some small, some we don't think of, and others we take for granted. Be thankful, remember those who struggle, and don't eat so much turkey that you immediately fall into a food coma after dinner.

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