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Everyone knows the age-old tradition of the Wish List, a long list used to give ideas to your family about what in the world to get you for the holidays. As Christmas is approaching, I realized my wish list was way too “adult” for my liking. The idea of just asking for business professional attire (gotta love meetings) and an immersion blender (gotta love soup) was devastating to me because that just seems way too boring for Christmas. This time of year is really when you realize how dull a college student’s wish list can be simply because we need the things to survive, not to have fun. 

So, while you can still ask for that air fryer to help out with those five-minute grab-and-go meals, here are some ideas if you’d at least like to smile (maybe even laugh) during the holidays. Of course, that’s if those finals a week or two before did not annihilate every funny bone in your body. 


Everyone needs to spice up their living room or bedroom with a stupid tapestry. Nothing makes someone laugh after a long day quite like seeing Pitbull or Bibble from Barbie giving you a motivational quote on your wall. No Christmas was as hilarious as when my friends and I decided we should all get each other tapestries as gifts. That’s how I ended up with Gibby from iCarly telling me to “Stay Classy” on the living room wall of my apartment.

Tapestries can be versatile as well since some people would prefer the more aesthetic variety in comparison to the funny ones. If you’d rather stick with the standard ocean wave tapestry then that is also an option to ask for (a bit more boring to me though). 


Having a car interior that matches your outfits or aesthetic can offer a new excitement to something so routine: driving your car to campus or work. Adding little flowers to the vents of your car or even a crochet plant to hang from the rearview mirror can offer an entirely new vibe to an environment that gets a little too consistent in someone’s routine. I added a fluffy steering wheel cover from Walmart myself. 


I know what you’re thinking, why would a cookbook be considered an exciting gift idea? Well, it’s painfully obvious you’ve never made a Minecraft cake at midnight with your friends. By simply going to Target, your family members can easily find a variety of cookbooks that can bring some difference to your easy college meals. Some other intriguing cookbooks I have found are Studio Ghibli, Snoop Dogg, Tiana, and Five Nights at Freddy’s. There are many more so your meals can be just as diverse as your search history. 

Savannah Jenkins is a writer for Her Campus at NC State University. She is responsible for writing articles monthly to be reviewed and published. This is her first year on Her Campus. Outside of Her Campus, Savannah is the Public Relations Coordinator for Phi Sigma Rho Sorority at NC State and helps other women in STEM have a community to rely on. She helps organize service events for the sorority, such as volunteering at animal shelters, homeless shelters, and working with other female-based organizations. She is also a part of Zoology club and the Environmental Conservation Association. While in high school, she took part in Creative Writing club and creative writing classes from NCSSM. She is a sophomore at NC State University majoring in Zoology with minors in Nutrition and Wildlife Science. After graduation, she hopes to take part in international wildlife conservation to have both of her passions fulfilled: saving animals and travel. Savannah was born and raised in Lincolnton, NC with her younger brother, her cat Lucky, and her dog Foxy. She enjoys reading, listening to music, volunteering, writing, and traveling in her free time. While in Lincolnton, she helped dogs and cats get adopted through Helping Animals to Survive (HATS) which made the shelter no kill and made it possible for animals to get adopted for only $20 at the local Petsmart.