Monthly Archives: May 2013

College Bound Gift Ideas

College is the next step for many high school graduates, and that often means the high school graduation gift is all about gearing up the new college freshman. We’ve put together a list to help with a few ideas, although in putting this list together one thing became crystal clear to me…it’s been more then a few years since I packed up for college and things have changed a wee bit!

1. The No Wash Shirt

Wool & Prince Shirt

Ok, technically this shirt is actually sold out, but it is the first thing that I thought of for this list. I don’t know what guy (yes, we’re stereotyping guys here) wouldn’t have loved this shirt in college. The guy that created this button down shirt, wore it for 100 days straight without washing it **and** it never needed ironed. Genius! So yes, he’s actually sold out right now and I think he only produced the first edition in one style, but this could be the future of the college guy’s wardrobe. You heard it here…maybe not first…but, we’re passing on the good info!

Wool&Prince: Shirt

2. Personalize The Dorm Room

WallPops Wall Decals

Anyone who’s lived in a dorm room knows it’s all about personalizing your space in a temporary way that’s not going to cost you $$$ when it’s time to move out. These temporary wall stickers are a great way to add color and personality to an institutional looking dorm room. They peel off easily so the dorm-dweller can move out damage-free or
redecorate weekly.

WallPops: Wall Decals

3. Personalize The Technology

Batman Keyboard Decal

For the most part, a laptop is a laptop is a laptop and every student has one, and quite possibly an iPad or a tablet as well. Never fear, you can personalize those now too. Man, too bad they didn’t have these to personalize the Brother Word Processor when I was in college 🙂 Here are just a few selections from Etsy that I had to share:

Etsy: PikaNOM Apple Laptop Decal
Etsy: Batman Logo for MacBook Keyboard
Etsy: Cool Keyboard Decal
Etsy: Lotus Flower Laptop Decal

4. It’s All About The Laundry

Izola Laundry Bag

One of the constants in college is laundry and the way it pile’s up. It’s safe to say, college students can’t have too many bags to stuff it in and lug it to the laundry room…or more likely a visit home. This is a pretty cool take on the standard laundry bag with a personalized name, year, college name and school colors.

Izola: Laundry Bag

5. Music Is Mandatory For Optimal Studying


The music might change, but the significance that it plays in the college experience remains the same. When everyone else is using the round, colorful headphones, they can standout in the crowd with this cool square version.

GIZMINE: Headphones

Speakers from ThinkGeek

If you follow giftbug on Pinterest and Twitter (and if you don’t, what are you waiting for?!) you know that I’m a big fan of ThinkGeek for go-to gadget gifts. These speakers will bring a great vibe (yes, I just said vibe) to the dorm room for the study session or the mandatory study breaks.

ThinkGeek: Speakers

6. The Everything Else Category

Hydration Stations are big at a lot of the college campuses, so you can’t go wrong with a cool water bottle like Nalgene (which has the added bonus of being nearly indestructible).

Nalgene: Water Bottle

A mobile surge protector is a must-have and I love this one with the USB ports built into it and the AC outlets rotate to accommodate large plugs.

Amazon: Surge Protector

It’s pretty much a dorm room constant that there is never enough storage. These storage bins are great because they are also collapsible so when everything is on the floor and the bins are empty, you can fold them up and put them out of the way.

The Container Store: Storage Cube

No matter how high-tech we get, there are two low-tech staples that will always remain necessary (like Macgyver and his duct tape), you can never have too many binder clips and post-it notes.

Amazon: Colorful Binder Clips
ThinkGeek: Origami Sticky Notes

And lastly, if you’re the cool, hip Aunt or Uncle, you can always make sure they’re stocked up on red Solo cups…

Amazon: Red Solo Cups


Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

T-minus 10 days until Mother’s Day and you’re starting to sweat aren’t you? We’re sorry that giftbug isn’t here yet to help you pick the perfect gift for your Mom or your wife, but let us see if we can help this year with a few suggestions…

1. The Sweet Tooth

jeni's ice cream

What a beautiful world we live in with decadent luxuries like gourmet ice cream delivery, yes that’s right GOURMET ice cream DELIVERY! If you can’t be with her on her special day, send her something as sweet as she is from the flavor artists that have hand crafted batches of ice cream with names like Goat Cheese With Red Cherries and Brown Butter Almond Brittle. They’ve even created a special collection for Mother’s Day that includes flavors like  Riesling Poached Pear Sorbet, however seeing as none of the collection includes a very important ingredient called chocolate, for my Mom and Mother-in-law I’m thinking Roxbury Road and Queen City Cayenne are what’s called for here.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

2. The Wine Lover

picnic gift - Sangria Pitcher

Spring is here, and what better way to toast Mom than out on the patio with a cool pitcher of Sangria in Mom’s beautiful new Sangria pitcher. This cheerful pitcher is handmade and hand-painted in Toledo, Spain and each one is unique. As an authentic Sangria pitcher it has a lightly pinched spout to keep the fruit and ice in it’s place, pouring out only the refreshing, homemade cocktail. (Remember part of this whole beautiful scene we’ve painted here involves you making the sangria and serving Mom…)

Sangria Pitcher from La Tienda

3. The Coffee Lover

Aeropress Coffee Maker

Anyone who loves a great cup of coffee, REALLY loves a great cup of coffee and they are going to REALLY love this. The AeroPress is basically two pieces of plastic that fit in a purse, briefcase or diaper bag and with just hot water and some great coffee grounds they can brew a pretty fantastic cup of coffee in just 30 seconds. Professional tasters/coffee snobs are praising the smooth rich flavor and you can’t beat the convenience and portability. Have great coffee grinds, will travel.

The Aero Press from Seattle Coffee Gear

4. The Gardener

Hummingbird Feeder

Anyone that I know who loves to garden or landscape, loves their hummingbirds. This is a really fabulous feeder that is unique, handmade and recycled. It will be a great statement piece in the garden for flying visitors as well as the two-legged kind. I love how original and colorful it is and I’m sure your gardening Mom will as well.

Flower Hummingbird Feeder from Uncommon Goods

5. The New Mom

Rockabye Baby Lullabies: Dave Matthews Band

For the new Moms who wouldn’t trade a minute of their new normal, where sleep is a rare extravagance, speed showering is an Olympic sport and grown-up time in general has been traded in for the best job they’ll ever have; this is the perfect gift to merge a little piece of their old life with their new one. Plus, it’s never too early to introduce their mini-me to what great rock and roll sounds like.

Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Dave Matthews Band

From Pearl Jam and Bon Jovi to U2 and Guns N Roses there are more than a dozen bands who have made their music available to their future fans.  “Rockabye Baby transforms timeless rock songs into beautiful instrumental lullabies. Guitars and drums are traded for soothing mellotrons, vibraphones and bells, and the volume is turned down from an eleven to a two.”  Sooo…all I’ll say about this unique version is that it also doubles as an awesome name that tune drinking game when Mom finally does get that much needed night out.