Dorm Room Needs

Updated on December 16, 2009
M.F. asks from Fort Mill, SC
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Hey All,

My sister-in-law will be attending Michigan State this Winter. As a Christmas gift, I want to get her a few things for her dorm. I never went to a big college so I haven't a clue what things she would be able to actually use.

I am not looking to spend much...less than $50 is possible. My mother-in-law has not been any help at all. All she said was that she needs dorm stuff and to just give her a gift card to IKEA or Bed Bath and Beyond. However...she won't have anyone to take her shopping if I do that. She's moving in soon after the New Year and both of her parents will be out of town on and off for the few weeks leading up to that, and I don't want to take her ONLY because then the spending would get out of control. I'd love to take her if her parents give her some $$$ to spend but I don't know what they are planning.

I would really like to get her some stuff she can use and that she would enjoy while away. Can you help me? I have seen all kinds of stuff at IKEA but again...I don't know what her dorm would look like and what she would actually be able to use. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Maybe you can tell me what some of your or your kids favorite things were.

Thanks in advance,

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So What Happened?

Thanks everyone. I am thinking of getting her a folding laundry basket with some laundry supplies, a shower caddy with bathroom items, and possibly some shower flip flops and towels. Either that or I will get her a bed set. I would like to take her to the store with a gift card but that would just take too long and I would have my daughters with us...not fun to shop for ever with a 4 and 6 year matter how great they are!

Thanks again and Merry Christmas...or whatever it is you may be celebrating =)

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answers from Detroit on

I agree that Ikea is great for dorm stuff. You could give her a gift certificate and offer to take her shopping there so she can spend it (then she knows what you are wiling to spend before you go there.) You could even tell her mom your thoughts and see if her mom is also giving money for stuff.

At Ikea, one of the great things are their conforters and duvet covers. That is good for a dorm since you would only need to wash the duvet cover instead of always having to wash the whole thing if she spill "pop" or "juice" on it!!! Also, foldable laundry baskets, sheets, or bags make great gifts.
You could also go with a college sweatshirt, t-shirt, or other clothing with MSU on the front. Those sweatshirts can be a bit pricy, but they are nice.

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answers from Detroit on

I recieved a heated mattress pad when I went off to college, it was the best present I ever received to take to college, I used it all the way until I got married more than 10 years later. Best of luck, you can find these at almost retailer such as Wal-Mart or Target.

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answers from Detroit on

Hi M.
I found a good list for you
A few other good articles about how to adjust, how to make friends. And list of items that are not permitted on campus, sometimes including air conditioners, space heaters, pets, toasters, etc.
Ikea is fun, go as soon as the open, use the yellow hand cart, the grocery styles one will hurt your back. I left and had to go right to the chiropractors.
A. H



answers from Detroit on

I was a student at MSU in the 90's. You know what I needed most for school? CASH!!! Just give her a $50 bill and let her decide how to spend it. This is the best possible gift you could give her.



answers from Detroit on

I agree with all that Denise D says about bath and bedding items! What would be very nice would be if you had the time to take her shopping (with a gift card - like the other poster said, it allows her to know how much she can spend). But if you don't have the time for that, I'd go with the towels, bathroom caddy, bedding, etc.



answers from Detroit on

I would go with storage items/bins, towels, bedding, or laundry hamper. I know Bed, Bath and Beyond has "dorm size" bedding in a bag, usually fairly reasonable, especially with a coupon. You could also get her a bunch of stuff for the bathroom (ie lotions, soaps, shampoo, etc) in a bin to carry it or hold it. A nice comfy robe, slippers or flip flops for the shower (especially if the showers/bathroom in community).

Good luck and have fun. I am sure whatever you get her she will greatly appreciate.

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