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By Anny Chih, 24 hours Vancouver

Spices make a great gift for students to add flavour when they do a little home cooking. 
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Spices make a great gift for students to add flavour when they do a little home cooking. (FOTOLIA)

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Aside from tuition money and a job offer, the two most useful gifts to students are hardware and software. But though laptops and subscriptions to Adobe Creative Cloud save students from camping out in computer labs, most gift budgets fall short of their sticker prices. For the budget conscientious, there are plenty of other practical presents students will appreciate this holiday, including these top five picks of the season.

1. Wallet with gift cards

Being broke is stressful but finding that your wallet is falling apart from non-use is downright depressing. A new wallet filled with gift cards for a variety of stores is a gift that continues giving throughout the year. Every large coffee bought before a night of exam prep and sweater purchased to brave the cold while waiting outside for the bus will be a reminder that someone cares.

2. External hard drive

Some of life’s most memorable moments happen during post-secondary and an external hard drive helps preserve these years in the form of photos and videos. An alternative to a physical hard drive is cloud storage through services like Google Cloud or Amazon Cloud, but these are more difficult to wrap.

3. Business cards and a professional portfolio

Students looking for a leg up during networking events will appreciate professional business cards embossed with their school emblem this holiday. Leather portfolios to showcase their class projects are also thoughtful gifts for job seekers.

4. Single-cup coffee maker with refills

Coffee is the stuff of life for many post-secondary students but going to the cafeteria each morning is both time consuming and expensive. Pod-based single cup coffee machines like Keurig and Tassimo are cheaper alternatives that save both minutes and money. Remember to wrap some refills too!

5. Cooking sauces and spices

The student diet typically consists of fast foods and there’s not much incentive to change this when the pantry has only plain pasta or rice. Cooking sauces and spices add flavour to home-cooked meals, and may be just the right ingredients to encourage students to eat better.

 

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