All I want for Christmas is…

Mollie Shepardson

This time of year is when your relatives and friends turn into Sherlock Holmes proteges and begin to snoop for clues as to what holiday gifts to present you with on December 25. This year, save them the time and energy by handing them – or better yet, posting on your social networking site – your wish list.

With finals, essays, equations and theorems swirling around in your head, you may need some help getting started. The following gift ideas are just a few of the many items that could make the difference between getting what you want and getting that knitted holiday sweater from your grandma.

#1 iHome iPod Dock – This multi-tasking machine will charge your iPod while making sure that you’re awake for that 8am psychology class.

#2 Bedlounge – Whether you’re typing a paper on your laptop, studying for a test or relaxing while watching TV, this comfortable lounge chair offers the perfect support system for your neck, back and arms.

#3 Rosetta Stone – This language learning system has proven helpful for struggling foreign-language students and knowledge-hungry people in general.

#4 School Spirit Clothes/Gear – What better way to show your campus camaraderie than by wearing a logo sweatshirt with your school’s name or mascot to the basketball game Friday night or your first class on Monday morning?

#5 iTunes Gift Card – Studies have proven that listening to classical music while studying can help to improve comprehension. This is what you can tell your grandparents when requesting an iTunes gift card for the holidays. Lil Wayne may not be a classical musician but his songs could be interpreted as poetry, right?

#6 Livescribe Echo Smartpen – This tech-savvy gift comes in handy when your morning caffeine hasn’t set in for the day. When you can’t seem to turn your brain on during your professor’s two-hour lecture on the origins of man, let this pen do the work for you. It will record the lecture so that you can go back and review the entire thing instead of trying to decipher what your scribbled notes are supposed to mean.

#7 Marvel Glass Tumbler Set – For the thirsty college student who enjoys a comic book or two, these assorted glasses are this season’s comic relief, no pun intended.

#8 Violight Cell Phone Sanitizer – With all of the germs that spread from door knob to desk to hand rail to cell phone, it’s a wonder that students aren’t in bed with the flu for half of the year. This sanitizer is not only entertaining to watch, it also kills the germs that are living on your lifeline.

#9 Nook – Although you may never want to read another book for the rest of your life, let alone over your holiday break, this electronic reading device will make you think twice about ruling out the written word. Who knows, maybe you’ll even enjoy reading.but maybe not.

#10 Surround Sound Chairs – These chairs make the couch look like a thing of the past. With surround sound capabilities, these chairs offer a better movie-viewing, music-listening, or video-watching experience without the typical surround sound system price.