The High School Senior Christmas Shopping List

Your student doesn’t want to have money in their name in January when you file their financial aid forms. Students do not have an asset protection allowance. Every dollar they have in their name is going to increase their expected family contribution.
Therefore buy what they need for college in the fall for their Christmas presents, and use their money doing it.
Here is their Holiday shopping list.
The Gizmo’s and Gadget’s
The Computer (let’s start with the really fun one): if your student does not yet have a computer of their own, or the one they do have is outdated; you should certainly consider this as the “A” #1 gift. Consider a multimedia computer with a TV tuner card. You can kill a lot of birds with one stone here. Not only will a multimedia machine act as their computer, but it will also be their TV, their DVD player, their TV recorder, and their stereo. It is truly the Jack of all appliances. And it makes for a great entertainment system for the very few hours they will not spend studying.
A laptop is preferred. There isn't much room in a dorm room, so you don't want to take up precious space with a big desktop unit. Besides, they'll want to be able to take the computer to the library, or class, or home.
If you don’t want to send your student out the door with one do it all machine like above, here are the minimum requirements for a student computer (considering Microsoft Vista is now standard):
v Processor: AMD, Intel Pentium 4-M (minimum 800mhz speed)
v Memory: at least 1GB (I would recommend 2GB or even 4GB; more memory is often the single most important factor to computer performance)
v Hard Drive: at least 100GB
v Disk Drive: DVD+RW
v Wireless and wired networking equipped
v Operating system: Windows Vista Home or Apple MAC OS X (ten)
v Software: Microsoft Office XP Standard or Student edition
Standard computers would include:
v Dell Inspiron 1720 (I have had a Dell in the past and love their customer service)
v HP Pavillion (Two of our desktop machines are HP and we’ve had great success with them)
Multimedia Machines would include:
v Apple MacBook or MacBook Pro
v Dell XPS
v Toshiba Satellite X205 (my current laptop is a Toshiba and I have been very happy with it)
v HP Pavillion HDX
The Printer: although many schools and professors are now allowing students to submit papers in electronic format, this is far from being the norm. So, your student is going to need someway to print off that earth-shattering report on Machiavelli. Printers are dirt cheap today compared to what you got yesterday. You can often pick up a good printer/scanner/copier for less than $150 or even $100
Surge protector: protect the investment you just made.
Phone: I grew up in a telephone family -- literally. My family has been in the telephone business since before there was copper wire; so what I am about to say would have been heresy at my family’s Thanksgiving dinner a few years ago. Go get your student a prepaid wireless phone. Don't bother with the hard wired phones anymore. Phones can double as MP3 players as well.
A digital voice recorder for class lectures: skip the old tape recorder -- your student will likely download the recording to their computer anyway. If you bought a good phone, the phone may double for a voice recorder as well.
Digital camera: they’ll want to preserve the rest of their high school year and college. has excellent reviews of digital cameras. You can get one heck of a good camera for little money these days.
Other appliances:
If you didn’t go the multimedia computer route, then your student is going to want these as well --
· TV – small LCD TV’s are very reasonable now
· DVD player
· Portable Stereo or iPod dock
v Coffee Maker – they can’t be a Starbucks all the time
v Microwave – if you check out, you’ll find quite a few small microwaves for under $100
v Refrigerator – you can get several dorm-sized refrigerators for under $100 as well
v Art – Most college art isn’t much more than posters on the wall
For around the dorm room
v Kitchen type tools: bowl, cup, glasses, can/bottle opener, etc.
v Desk Lamp
v Alarm clock (one with a really loud and annoying alarm -- they'll need it)
v Bulletin board and dry-erase calendar board
v A small toolkit (I do not suggest the Craftsman, rolling tool chest; a small bag will do)
v Bed linens & Bedding

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