Holiday Gift Guide - Page 12 - Dorm essentials

Holiday Gift Guide
- Page 12
Dorm essentials

Brighten a college student’s day with a thoughtful gift


By Sarah Cavill, Contributing Writer


Between eating ramen, studying and scraping for change in the bottom of their backpacks to support the next Starbucks run, college students aren’t known for living in the lap of luxury. All the more reason to make their holiday season a fun one. Of course, tuition and all the incidentals can be pricey, so gift options can run the gamut from small and sweet to something more substantial depending on budget.




Although we certainly want our college kids to be using their own brains as much as possible, it’s quite helpful to have a digital assistant – or smart speaker –at the ready. The Google Home can be used to cast TV shows or play music, but it’s most efficient as a voice activated Google. Want to know the weather on campus or the time the bookstore opens? Google Home is there. In addition to voice activation, the Google Home has several manual controls. It is also available in three different speaker sizes. All operate the same way, but the price and sound quality may vary.




Cats are the reason the internet was invented and college students know this better than anyone. This charming book collects all the best cat pictures from the Cats of Instagram feed, and compiles them into sections of cats yawning, cuddling and wearing bowties – sure to please cat lovers who no doubt miss their own furry felines at home. Available where books are sold.




The tradition of sending care packages to hungry, tired college students never gets old. Everyone loves a treat during midterms or finals, or a special gift for the holidays to share with roomies and suite mates. Knack curates a variety of different baskets for all occasions and their college options are chock full of delicious, delightful items. The Ultimate Care Package is a decadent mix of salty and sweet with snack choices ranging from salami and popcorn to chocolate and cookies, guaranteed to be devoured before the “thank you” text is tapped out. Available at




There isn’t much about dorm life that says “decadent,” so this cozy and beautiful Pavot bathrobe by Yves Delorme is the perfect gift to make your college students feel warm and loved while they are away. Primarily made of cotton, but with 17 percent modal for a brushed, soft feel and embroidered with a whimsical flower on the shoulder and back, this lovely item should last all four years and beyond. A coordinating cosmetic bag is also available. Sold at local Yves Delorme locations in Baltimore, Annapolis and Bethesda.




“Turn your dorm room into a spa,” says Erica Wolfe of Baltimore based beauty company Becca and Mars. Wolfe sells a variety of gift packs, including the Calm Yourself set with body oil and sugar scrub, and new for the holidays, the “Holiday Sugar Scrub Gift Set.” Becca and Mars scrubs include a sugar to polish, apricot kernel oil to soften, and scents of refreshing orange with spicy clove, peppermint vanilla, or Winter Night, a mix of ginger, clove and citrus. These soothing smells will remind kids of happy times at home, and offer a chance for much needed self-care. Available online at and local gourmet and gift stores.




Hydration and caffeination are key to a successful college experience and a woke thermos or water bottle is a good solution, while also helping a cause, and cutting down on single-use cups and bottles. Together with, d.stil is working to bring safe water to under-served communities around the world. A portion of proceeds go to with every d.stil sale. These fashionable bottles with a purpose are also functional. The flip straw bottle in Powdered Sky, has a large opening for ice or infusions, and a slim profile for easy carry in backpacks or car cup-holders. The thermal tumblers are ideal vessels for coffee or tea, with an easy to twist wide lid, and insulation that keeps your hot drink hot throughout a full morning of classes. •