7 gift cards college students want
Want to get your college student a great gift? Forget cash. Give them a gift card.
It’s not that cash isn’t a good gift, or very desired. There’s hardly a college student that couldn’t use more! It’s just that cash doesn’t feel special as it generally just goes toward paying expenses.
Gift cards, on the other hand, do feel special. A gift card gives your college student “free money” toward something they really want but might not be able to afford. It truly feels like a gift. And, every time they use the card, they will remember who gave it to them!
The vast majority of stores and service providers offer gift cards, making them easy to find. Even better, many have mobile apps, making your gift even easier to give. And, you can easily add to the gift card balance when funds run out.
Here are some of the most popular gift cards on college campuses today:
The cost of books and other college supplies is one expense often overlooked by students.Yet the average cost is over $ 1,200 per school year. A gift card to the campus bookstore lets your college student buy the books and supplies their tight budget might have led them to skip. It’s a great gift and a good investment in their education.
Coffee fuels the majority of college students, especially during finals. There’s nothing better than some free Frappuccinos and muffins! While Starbucks is a great choice because of all their locations, college students will also appreciate gift cards from a local coffee shop on or near campus.
What can’t you buy at Amazon? Did you know that 80% of people in the U.S. make a purchase at Amazon.com at least once a month? College students can buy music, electronics, books, clothing, and more – even have groceries delivered in many cities. All without having to go anywhere, so they can spend even more time studying.
Apple Music or Spotify
One thing that hasn’t changed with college students and likely never will is the importance of music. What has changed is how they listen to it. Music subscription services like Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal are incredibly popular among college students, giving instant access to most every song. With a gift card for one of these services, students can sign up, upgrade, or get off the family plan with their own subscription.
Just as how we listen to music has changed, so has the way we watch TV. With Netflix, or any of the other streaming services like Amazon Prime and Hulu, we can watch thousands of movies and TV shows. Is Netflix popular with college students? It certainly is. Recent research shows 92% of students have access to Netflix.The problem is that many are using their parents’ or friends’ accounts (only one-third have their own account). A gift card lets them enjoy all the benefits of their own account without the limitations of using someone else’s account.
You know what they say about “all work and no play.” GameStop is a favorite destination for the latest new and used games and accessories. Yes, your student is at college to study, but everyone needs some downtime.
Affordable, stylish clothes, electronics, household appliances, groceries, and more, all at great prices, can be found at Target. The retailer is also the perfect go-to place for the student who wants to upgrade their living space with bedding, pictures, furnishings and more.
When you’re sending a student off to college, there’s nothing better than tucking a gift card in their pocket. Your college student will love any one of the popular gift cards listed above, and perhaps best of all, will think of you every time they use it.