Cool and Quirky Gift Ideas for a College Trunk Party

College trunk party gifts
Someone close heading out to college soon, and you're stuck at what to get them for their trunk party? Let us help you out with that. We will provide great gifts ideas that you can choose from.
Handy Tip
These days, many students have a registry set up in one (or many) stores. Make sure that you check whether that is the case before you go ahead and buy them a gift.
Your niece is heading off to college, and while you're happy she's on her way to a bright future, you're also a little sad that she's going away. But, being the brave soul that you are, you want to be there for her through this obviously tough time. So there will be none of those melancholic evenings that you'll allow yourself to get her and you down. What you're going to do instead, is turn this time of change into the most memorable time for her, and you're going to do that by throwing her an ultra cool trunk party and getting her all the college supplies she needs.

Now, if you're not aware of what a trunk party is, let's just get you up-to-date. A trunk party is like a going away or a graduation party where people gather to congratulate the person and bring along gifts and things that the person headed to college will need. But why a trunk party? This is a modern, very interesting twist to the old concept where students headed off to college in the olden times would fill all their things in a trunk (that being the prime mode of luggage) and set forth. So a trunk party has at its base exactly the same concept―you bring in supplies and other essentials that the student will need while at college, and you put them in a trunk. In this Buzzle article, we will provide you with some amazing gift ideas to give at a trunk party.
Trunk Party Gift Ideas
While a trunk party expects you to bring in college supplies that are required by the students for their academics, they also stretch forth to include other essentials that will be required to make the dorm room a home away from home. Here are a list of trunk party gifts that you can look into and make a great choice from.
College Supplies
College Supplies
We are starting off the list with college supplies. If those studies at college are anything to go by, then a huge stock of these supplies (running into notebooks, pens, pencils, markers, glue sticks, post it notes, staplers, tapes, scissors, calculators, erasers, and anything else you can think of) are some of the most essential things that they'll need. While you can't give them a supply worth 4 years, you can definitely start them off with a pretty big stock.
Gift Certificates/Coupons/Discount Cards
Gift Certificates
Here is another very handy, very useful, and very economical gift that you can give them to ease their financial pressures a little and help them out. Gift them gift cards, certificates, and/or discount cards of places that you know they will frequently visit, like, departmental stores, grocery shops, stationery stores (yeah, that's how fast they run out of stationery), gas stations, restaurants, and the like. You will need to do a quick survey of the kind of stores and establishments that are found around their college campus and then buy coupons or cards from the ones that fit your budget. Many establishments these days even offer the option of buying these cards online.
Gift Basket of Cleaning Supplies
Gift Basket
The college dorm is going to be their home away from home, and they will have to carry out all their cleaning duties themselves. Gifting them a basket of cleaning supplies will go a long way in helping them adjust and acclimatize to the new duties. Many do not even know what they are required to buy, and a ready basket will not only give them a head start but also help them understand what they need to buy in the following months. Include things like washing detergent, soaps, and fabric softeners, rags, dish soap, dish bar, toilet cleaners, assorted brushes, moth balls, air fresheners, and other cleaning supplies.
Assorted Electronics
Assorted Electronics
And while we are on the subject of turning their dorm room into a home away from home, let's not forget the basic appliances and gadgets. It's not necessary that you have to buy them very expensive devices that are way beyond your budget, but if your budget permits, you can give them gadgets like an iron, blender, juicer, electronic alarm clock, and a teapot. It will be much appreciated, we assure you that. To save you the effort and to give them exactly what they want, you can ask them what they would like while stating your budget.
Grooming Supplies
Grooming Supplies
Grooming supplies that run into shampoos, soaps, conditioners, lotions, creams, razors, tweezers, and other toiletries are also a great way to get them started out with their new life at college. You can either give them an assorted basket of these grooming products (as shown in the image above), or you can ask them what they would prefer. Sometimes, people have one particular product (like soaps in place of body washes) or brand that they prefer. So knowing their choice, will allow you to pick the perfect gift for them.
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Pillows and Beddings
Pillows and Beddings
So, we know that getting a good night's sleep is absolutely necessary for them to do well in their classes ... and what better way to do this than to buy them a set of bedding and pillows that is really comfortable? They will be ever so grateful, we can guarantee you that. Get their favorite color and watch them leap with joy.
Comfy Pajama Sets
Comfy Pajama Sets
Because we are on the subject of getting to bed, why not gift them a set (or 3) of cotton pajamas? Hear us out―this is something that will come in handy not only when they're sleeping (because, oh my God, so comfortable), but because it doubles as home clothes, they can walk around it in the main dorm as well. Go in for easy-to-maintain materials like cotton or even satin. Something that they feel really, really good wearing.
First Aid Kit
First Aid Kit
Not many might think this is a 'cool' gift, but there's no doubting the fact that it is an essential one. We don't really need to tell you how important it is to have a first aid kit handy for emergencies and the like, and because many people will not really think of this one, you can safely buy them one.
Bundle of Cash
Bundle of Cash
And then there is always cash that you can give them. This will help them in more ways than one, and it's something that will never ever go waste. The best thing about this gift is that you can set a budget according to what is OK for you, and they will still be thrilled with the gift... more than thrilled.
Around-the-Campus Gifts
Around the Campus Gifts
How about an assortment of gifts that they can use around the campus? Like this cute tote bag that they can carry around when they shop for groceries? Or how about a T-shirt with a great quote? And aren't you simply loving these flip-flops? We know that these gifts may not be very expensive, but they definitely have their own utilitarian value. And if it seems weird to give them just one of these items, club them together and give them as a set. They won't mind, not at all.
Any one of these gifts will make the recipient jump with joy, and they'll be forever grateful for you making their life a lot easier, their first time away from home. Now all you have to do is decide which gift you want to make them happy with.
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