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17 Gift Cards To Buy For The College Student In Your Life

You want to get them something nice for Christmas? Trust me when I say gift cards are the most useful thing you could buy.

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Everyone knows that college students appreciate any and all gifts that come their way.

However, they can be hard to shop for. What do you get for an adult who is still kind of financially dependent on their parents and doesn't really have their own place yet? Well, I have a suggestion for you: gift cards. Gift cards are the holy grail of Christmas gifts.

You're basically just getting them whatever they want, which, after all, means that you've gotten the perfect gift. If you need some advice on which gift cards to give them, I suggest you do one of these.

1. Amazon

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They can get literally anything they need from Amazon... all without having to leave the dorm!

2. Gas cards

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Driving gets expensive quick, so having even some of your gas paid for is helpful

3. Chick-fil-A

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Tbh who doesn't like Chick-fil-A

4. Target

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Everyone loves Target

5. A nicer restaurant

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Even if you can't pay for their whole meal, your gift card could make it affordable for them to even go to a nicer restaurant

6. A coffee shop

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If you want to be extra thoughtful, you could google the best local coffee shops near their campus, but you could also just do Starbucks.

7. Barnes and Noble

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While Barnes and Noble might not be everyone's first choice, your studious, book-loving college student probably loves going there. Plus, they have lots of fun things that aren't books.

8. Kroger

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Even college kids have to eat. Help buy them some groceries.

9. Michael's 

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For those stressful moments you need to unwind, crafts are perfect. But, craft supplies can be expensive, so give them this to help them out.

10. Panera Bread 

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It's a little nicer than fast food, but still pretty affordable. So you just know every college student loves it.

11. Subway

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College students rarely eat healthy food, but when they do, it's probably at Subway.

12. A music store 

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Even if they don't play music, it can still be fun to go vinyl or even CDs.

13. Walmart

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The Amazon of physical stores.

14. A department store 

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Maybe they need some new clothes for something, but most of the college students I know are more likely to spend their money on food unless they absolutely have to have some new clothing item. You can help them out with that.

15. Movie theater 

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Movies are fun, but so expensive! Gift cards to the movies are a great way to give your college student something fun.

16. Chipotle 

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Nearly every person I know likes eating at Chipotle. And for a lot of people, there's so much food in one thing that they can eat out of it twice and have a decent meal both times.

17. Or, just give them money

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Because everyone loves money.

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When You Make A Girl An Aunt, You Change Her World In All The Best Ways

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest girl in the world.

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My brother and his wife recently blessed our family with the sweetest bundle of joy on planet earth. OK, I may be a little bias but I believe it to be completely true. I have never been baby crazy, but this sweet-cheeked angel is the only exception. I am at an age where I do not want children yet, but being able to love on my nephew like he is my own is so satisfying.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a very protective person.

From making sure the car seat is strapped in properly before every trip, to watching baby boy breathe while he sleeps, you'll never meet someone, besides mommy and daddy of course, who is more concerned with the safety of that little person than me.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her a miniature best friend.

There is something about an aunt that is so fun. An aunt is a person you go to when you think you're in trouble or when you want something mom and dad said you couldn't have. An aunt is someone who takes you to get ice cream and play in the park to cool down after having a temper tantrum. I can't wait to be the one he runs to.

When you make a girl an aunt, she gets to skip on the difficulty of disciplining.

Being an aunt means you get to be fun. Not to say I wouldn't correct my nephew if he were behaving poorly, but for the most part, I get to giggle and play and leave the hard stuff for my brother.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her the best listening ears.

As of right now I only listen to the sweet coos and hungry cries but I am fully prepared to listen to all the problems in his life in the future.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the best advice giver.

By the time my nephew needs advice, hopefully, I will have all of my life lessons perfected into relatable stories.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a number-one fan

Anything you do in life sweet boy, I will be cheering you on. I already know you are going to do great things.

When you make a girl an aunt, she learns what true love is.

The love I have for my nephew is so pure. Its the love that is just there. I don't have to choose to show love every day, I don't have to forgive, I don't have to worry if it is reciprocated, it is just there.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest person in the world.

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A Lollipop Made Me A Better Person.

It's the little things in life that will bring you and others joy.

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If you asked me before what was one thing that would change my life, I probably would have told you something like money or love, but I never would have told you a lollipop of all things.

It was a homework assignment, one that I never completed but will never forget. Our teacher told us to come up and pick a lollipop. Once we all did, she told us about the "lollipop challenge," our homework assignment. We had to find a stranger and compliment them with this lollipop. The idea was to make someone's day a bit brighter, but our class broke out into laughter instead, as I'm sure you can imagine why.

I realized there was much more to this than a funny way to strike up a conversation (though it's a great idea). The lollipop moment was a way of making you notice the impact you can have on others if you choose to. It was about taking responsibility and action when it wasn't required or even asked of you.

I started looking for ways to use this lollipop and I became so aware of how many people could use a little more laughter. Truth is, I never needed a lollipop to see that, but I did need the lollipop to remind me I could do something about it, so I didn't complete the homework. Instead, I kept the lollipop on my desk to remind me each day I had a choice: spread good vibes or allow bad ones to thrive.

I could give a thousand examples of why random selfless acts are important, but I think we all know the power they possess and sometimes we just need to be reminded they are there. I challenge you to not wait until you see the need to be kind. Go the extra step, pay attention to the details, and spread the love!

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