6 gift ideas for your future college student

Getting accepted into college is a momentous occasion. Endless amounts of hard work and dedication lead to that one piece of mail that makes your day, your month, your year. The time for celebration is here!

The first day of classes can feel far away and just around the corner all at once. If you’re looking for ways to congratulate a #ColoStateBound Ram and make their CSU journey feel even more real, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve curated a guide of wearable, hangable, and otherwise show-your-Ram-Pride-able pieces of gear that will celebrate the future Ram in your life and hold them over until their first day of classes. All of these items are available through the CSU Bookstore and can be shipped, picked up, and even charged to your CSU account.

#1. A perfectly productive planner

Photo of three planners

For the organized Ram in your life (or maybe the one who needs a nudge in that direction), a sturdy planner could be the way to go. A planner or calendar can be a great way to finish out the last few months before your first class at CSU. You’ll arrive on campus with a strong path forward toward your first official semester of classes, club meetings, movie nights, and outdoor adventures.

#2. Fun-and-functional flair

Small pieces of flair like enamel pins, stickers, and decals are a great way to personalize a laptop case, water bottle, denim jacket, backpack, or planner. And, let’s be honest, much like free T-shirts and free pizza, no college student can have enough stickers.

#3. Refreshing room decor

Flags and posters are a great way to show CSU pride in just about any place, and a great way to visualize the goal of getting to campus. Hang them in a bedroom, in a window, on your porch, or any place where you like to sit and daydream about your future in Fort Collins.

#4. All-day accessories

A quick addition to any outfit in any season, hats and bandanas can be a great way to show your Ram pride wherever you go. Go with a classic cap or a fun beanie to keep your Ram’s noggin warm in the winter.

#5. Big, blissful blankets

For the cozy-craving Ram, a soft, fluffy blanket can be the ideal gift. Future Rams can cuddle up in their blanket gifts at home and then bring them to campus for the perfect study buddy.

#6. A snuggly sweatshirt

Everyone needs that one hoodie that holds all their college memories and has been washed into soft oblivion. A classic CSU pullover or crew sweatshirt could be your future Ram’s new favorite thing to throw on before they go to class.

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Mary Alice Truitt

Mary Alice has been a visual creator and communicator for the CSU Office of Admissions since September of 2019. She is a life-long learner and is passionate about access, inclusion, pub trivia, and her Spotify playlists.