When it comes to Christmas gifts, it isn’t always easy to find the right one. Many times we settle for the same old gift card to Starbucks that you would give to anyone between the age of 18 to 22. However, there is another opportunity to get a truly spectacular gift for your college aged compatriot. Here are 10 CHRISTMAS GIFTS THAT ANY COLLEGE STUDENT WOULD LOVE, hand-curated by a college student herself.
1) Minibru French Press Mug
Ah coffee, the beloved nectar of life to many a college student. The only problem is that most coffee makers aren’t really equipped for a single serving size. But behold, this mug with a French press attachment has come to save the day. Now you just add grounds to the line, fill with hot water, and poof, the perfect French press cup of coffee.
2) Log Pillow
Most people have heard the phrase “slept like a log” before, but few have attempted to sleep ON a log. This quirky pillow provides all the comfort of a pillow with its polyester and spandex cover filled with micro beads, but with the added flair of this natural print. As far as funky dorm decor goes, this is pretty much the greatest pillow ever.
3) Wallet Ninja Multi-Tool
At some point or another, your collegiate friend or relative is probably going to need a tool when none are available. However, instead of having to maneuver through life unprepared, get them this 18-in-1 multi-tool. Box opener, screwdriver, and phone stand are just a few of its capabilities. It is forged from quadruple heat treated steel and is the size of a credit card so where you go, it goes.
4) No Place Like Home Candles
Admit it, at some point or another you’ve buckled and given someone a candle as a last minute gift. However, I can assure you that this candle will not go ignored on some dusty shelf. Each of these candles is based after a state and is perfect for an out-of-state student to keep in their dorm. The candles are clean burning and crafted in the USA. However, be sure to check with the university’s dorm policy on candles before you gift this. Some schools prohibit candles in the dorms.
5) 2-in-1 Charging Solution
This wall adapter may well be the best Christmas gift for a tech-loving college student. It plugs into a regular electrical socket and can charge up to 5 devices. It has hidden micro-USB cables that can be peeled back for easy use. But the best part is that it can travel. The top attachment can be removed to charge up to two devices up to 3 times faster than a typical charger and can fill a devices battery up to four times.
6) Outdoor Wireless Speaker
Everybody who loves music loves bluetooth speakers, however they aren’t always the most durable contraptions. If you know a traveling (or maybe just clumsy) college student, this speaker is the way to go. It’s durable and built to last. It can even play music while underwater.
7) Field Notes Memo Book
From chalkboards to adult coloring books, people love to scribble. The same is true for college students. This set of three memo books is capable of containing any of your college student’s musings, notes, and doodles. They come in blank, lined, and graph paper and are portably sized.
8) 5 Ingredient College Cookbook
We all know of the reputation of college cuisine, but not many college students have the time for culinary lessons. This cookbook is built with college students in mind and tells you everything you need to know such as what cooking utensils you need and what the nutritional properties of the ingredients are. It even offers alternate suggestions in the recipes to keep them fresh and exciting.
9) Can Planter
Plants live in a space, clean the air, and provide a stress relieving hobby. That’s what makes them so popular in dorms. These ceramic can planters are petite enough to keep in a windowsill, but large enough to grow a variety of herbs and plants. It comes with all the fixings to cultivate the seeds along with the instructions on how to care for the plant. The cans come with a choice of sunflower, wild strawberry, mint, and basil seeds.
10) World Map Laundry Bag
Lugging laundry to the washing room is no one’s favorite task, but this printed laundry bag definitely makes it cooler. The bag can hold over 6 and a half pounds of clothes and can fold into a compact pouch when not in use. It’s perfect for any jetsetting college student you may know.
*Post written by Ruth Duncan
It’s back! During Finals Week, come de-stress in the library’s Reading Room, located on the first floor. There will be FREE snacks, water bottles, and more!
Welcome to #BookFaceFriday! Today, student assistant Jeff Walker poses with a biography of Bach. Follow the #BookFaceFriday hashtag for more fun book faces- it’s a country-wide library trend!
The library is open extra hours for finals week! Come study in The Logos and improve your test scores.
Come join us for our Christmas Story Time! Stay afterward to check out all of the Christmas-themed children’s books in the Family Room.
Born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1965, Eoin Colfer first became interested in writing through stories about Vikings and adventure. He taught primary school before penning his first book, Benny And Omar. But it was the arrival of his second book, Artemis Fowl, that brought Colfer the recognition he now has as a talented author of children’s books. The Artemis Fowl series follows a preteen boy with criminal genius and the fairy world that he uncovers.
Colfer has now written over 15 books for young adult audiences. He plans to keep writing as long as possible.
I will keep writing until people stop reading or I run out of ideas. Hopefully neither of these will happen anytime soon.
For a list of Colfer books that the library has available, click here.
From all of us at the library, have a wonderful holiday! Check out the graphic below for the library’s hours:
When it comes to Thanksgiving, we’ve all heard the tale of the Pilgrims and the Native Americans having a meal together, but how well do you really know the story? We’ve put together seven facts about Thanksgiving that you probably didn’t know. Grab hold of your pumpkin pie and get ready to learn!
1:The food isn’t what you think
The meal eaten by our forefathers is not what you would see today. At the meal, we know they had wheat, corn, barley, waterfowl, turkey, cod, bass, and deer. It is also believed that they ate clams, eel, lobster, mussels, acorns, chestnuts, walnuts, ground nuts, squash, beans, raspberries, strawberries, grapes, gooseberries, onions, leeks, sorrel, yarrow, lettuce, carrots, radishes, currants, liverwort, watercress, and a small number of eggs. They would not have had the ingredients or means to make desserts, so no pecan pie for them! There were also no potatoes nor sweet potatoes as they had not yet been introduced to New England.
2: It was longer than a one day celebration
The festival was recorded as a three day long celebration during which the Native American and Pilgrims would have eaten and enjoyed time together. It was much different than the dinner and nap situation of which many households partake in today.
3: The popcorn story is a myth
You may have heard the myth that popcorn was discovered on the first Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, this is false. The corn available to them was Indian corn, a variety that does not pop well. Popcorn was actually a product of the 1820’s discovered by using a breed of maize domesticated by pre-Columbian indigenous people.
4: It didn’t become an official holiday until much later
Something that many people don’t know is that the Pilgrims did not celebrate Thanksgiving as an annual event. The famed Thanksgiving feast was a one time celebration. There were later times of thanksgiving instituted on a case-by-case basis by later presidents, but the holiday we know of today is largely because of the lobbying of Mrs. Sarah Josepha Hale. She lobbied with several presidents over the years from 1827 to 1863 until President Lincoln finally instituted the holiday.
5: The American story
The story of the first Thanksgiving feast is that of a rare cooperation between the white settlers and native populations. The passengers of the Mayflower suffered many trials during the early portion of their settlement. They endured a treacherous 66 day crossing and suffered from exposure, disease, and malnutrition after their arrival. Only half of the settlers lived to see their first Massachusetts spring. However, they received a visit from an Abenaki Indian that shockingly spoke English. They were later introduced to Squanto, who was a member of the Pawtuxet tribe and had been captured by an English captain who sold him into slavery. He taught the settlers how to survive with skills such as cultivating corn, extracting sap from trees, avoiding poisonous plants, and catching fish in the rivers. He also helped them form an alliance with the local Wampanoag Tribe. Governor William Bradford invited a group of their native allies over for a celebration after the first successful corn harvest. After that, the rest is history.
6: Ancient origins
Celebrations of thanksgiving didn’t magically appear during the 1620’s. Cultures around the world had performed similar celebrations throughout history. Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans all have recorded celebrations paying tribute to their gods after a harvest. The Jewish festival of Sukkot also bears a resemblance to Thanksgiving. Even the Native Americans had harvest feasts and celebrations before the settlers arrived.
7: A day of mourning
Many people take issue with how the Thanksgiving celebration is represented. They feel as if the way the first feast was portrayed shows a deceptively sunny version of the interactions between white settlers and Native Americans. Because of this, many people (native and non-native alike) use Thanksgiving as a time of mourning to remember the history of conflict between white immigrants and settlers that has haunted this country since settlers arrived.
*Post written by Ruth Duncan