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Gifts for the college athlete?

MidwestmomofboysMidwestmomofboys Registered User Posts: 2,852 Senior Member
Any suggestions for gifts for the student who will be competing in college? Are there essentials (or non-essentials) for travel or for another part of a college athlete's day that might make a good gift? We have one in college so know the drill for the dorm room etc., but the needs/wants of a college athlete are new to us.

Thank you!

Replies to: Gifts for the college athlete?

  • ThanksforsharingThanksforsharing Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    Bose Quiet Comfort 25 (noise cancelling) headphones. Great for travel AND studying. Bought them for our daughter and she loves them.
  • Ohiodad51Ohiodad51 Registered User Posts: 2,233 Senior Member
    Good headphones, definitely. Also charging "bricks" for the phone and laptop. Food. Lots and lots of food ;)
  • fenwayparkfenwaypark Registered User Posts: 696 Member
    Gift cards for GNC.
  • TyberiusTyberius Registered User Posts: 159 Junior Member
    DVDs of favorite movies to watch on long bus rides (when they are done studying of course!)
  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone Registered User Posts: 14,063 Senior Member
    Things for the bus rides - headphones, pillows, blanket, entertainment depending on what the student can tolerate as far as reading while moving (mine can't), a tablet is easier than a laptop. Mine asked for prewrap this year and it was cheaper to send her a case, so she now has a lifetime supply in a rainbow of colors.

    Some teams give a lot of clothing, others not so much. My daughter doesn't like the cleats the team provides, so she still buys her own ($125). She also wants a special mouth guard ($100).
  • takeitallintakeitallin Registered User Posts: 3,303 Senior Member
    Definitely a pocket phone charger for when they travel. Ditto on the headphones. My son loves this personal care tote from LL Bean http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/73889?feat=514033-GN3&page=personal-organizer-toiletry-bag-small. It's great to keep packed and ready to go for travel.
  • MidwestmomofboysMidwestmomofboys Registered User Posts: 2,852 Senior Member
    Great ideas, everyone, thank you!
  • classicalmamaclassicalmama Registered User Posts: 2,261 Senior Member
    My kid had Bose earphones and told his brother to get sturdier ones to survive bus trips--he said get the kind that musicians use in the studio.

    The lists above are great. I'll add gift cards to Panera or another shop serving bagels/bready stuff that they can grab before early morning work outs, when the cafeteria is still closed.
  • Ohiodad51Ohiodad51 Registered User Posts: 2,233 Senior Member
    Beats are the headphones of choice from what I have seen. My kid has put his through the ringer over the last few years of getting tossed in work out bags or on bus trips with the team.
  • cnp55cnp55 Registered User Posts: 3,707 Senior Member
    You might check what the team is required to wear when they travel. My son's team traveled in suits or jackets and tie. An extra set of traveling clothes in this case was a good idea. And yes -- headphones, traveling study helpers etc. The parent group generally provided box lunches for the bus ride back to campus -- as well as a hot post game meal. I know these things were much appreciated. (You might want to plan for some of that sort of thing in your budget -- it ran us $300-500/year)
  • Hastomen123Hastomen123 Registered User Posts: 89 Junior Member
    Any suggestions on a recording device to use for missed classes while traveling? Is that kosher? It would be much more helpful for my daughter than just looking at a classmate's notes.
  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone Registered User Posts: 14,063 Senior Member
    One thing my daughter did for a classmate in a fall sport (hers is spring) was to 'teach' him what he missed. It was great for her as often she realized she didn't quite have all the info down either. I don't know if the professor would allow another student to video the class on a tablet, but that would be great. Obviously he'd have to find someone in each course to do this, but as I said my daughter was happy to do it as it helped her too.
  • classicalmamaclassicalmama Registered User Posts: 2,261 Senior Member
    As a college teacher, I can weight in on the recording issue. It's important to go to office hours (rather than ask at the end of class when the teacher is distractedly gathering materials and fielding questions) and ask the teacher's permission to record. I think most teachers would be fine with it as long as they know it's happening--and he/she might well just point your student to other resources to help her stay on top of class.

    As far as what device to use, most kids just use their phones.
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