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College is expensive. These holiday gifts for your parents aren't

Mediafeed logo Mediafeed 12/13/2021 Melanie Lowe
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1. A Bath Bomb

Your parents would love the gift of relaxation this year. Lush has an incredible collection of Bath Bombs under $10 that will turn a nightly bath into a well-deserved, sweet-smelling spa session.

2. A Blanket

Etsy is a great place to shop for handmade knit blankets for a budget-friendly price. You’ll find a large selection of colors and styles as well as blankets that can be personalized with a person’s name. 

3. A Board Game

Clue, Monopoly, Trouble, Pictionary - the options are endless. Shop Walmart’s board games under $10, and challenge the adults to a round of their favorite pastime.

4. Coffee Sampler

Parents love coffee. Starbucks has an impressive selection of coffee blends with prices as low as $10. You can also opt for a Starbucks gift card so that they can treat themselves to their favorite holiday drink. 

5. Cookies

Buy your favorite cookie mix from the grocery store and surprise the parents with homemade cookies. You can even wrap them up in a cute little box and place them under the tree. 

6. Cookware

You’d be surprised to find how inexpensive quality cookware can be. If your parents love to cook, treat them to a new set of pots and pans at Kmart for a super low price.

7. A Decorated Mug

World Market has a selection of coffee mugs and teacups that are too cute to pass up. After all they’ve done, the least you can do is brew your parents a fresh cup of coffee in the morning. 

8. Desk Decor

Amazon has an entire section dedicated to desk decor that will come in handy if your parents are still working from home. Choose between desk calendars, Post-It dispensers, magnets, pen holders and more.

9. Your Favorite Book

With all the school work you’ve been doing, chances are you’ve read (or at least heard of) a good book or two. Check out the Best Books of 2021 to save money on popular titles.

10. A Framed Photo

What better way to celebrate the holiday season than with your favorite memory as a family? Print out a picture from your last family vacation, and place it in an affordable frame from Target.

11. Gift Cards

If you're still struggling to shop, go the safe route and get your parents a gift card to their favorite store. Here at CouponCabin, you can actually earn cash back on the purchase of digital gift cards. We have a whole list of available gift cards for stores like Home DepotMacy’sOld NavyUlta and more. 

12. A Groupon

This one’s a no-brainer! Treat your parents to dinner at their favorite restaurant with a restaurant voucher from Groupon. Save even more when you shop with our Groupon coupons.

13. Hats & Gloves

Everyone could use a new pair of gloves this time of year. JCPenney has a large selection of winter hats, scarves and gloves, and these JCPenney coupons will help you save up to 30%.

14. Holiday Treats

You really can’t go wrong with chocolate. We have a whole list of coupons and promo codes for chocolates so that you can save money at Edible ArrangementsGodiva and Lindt Chocolates.

15. Jewelry

There are a ton of online boutiques like Ana Luisa that sell affordable necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings. The retailer has been known to offer massive discounts during the holiday season. 

16. A Letter

If you really can’t afford to shop this year, consider writing your parents a letter. You can include how much you love them and how much they mean to you. It will be the best gift they ever get. We promise. 

17. A Lunch Date

Treat your parents to lunch at their favorite lunch spot. They’ll love being able to catch up with their kid over sushi, sandwiches, pizza or pasta. Don’t forget to order dessert! 

18. A Magazine Subscription

Looking for a gift that will last all year? Subscribe to your parent’s favorite magazine. DiscountMags and have popular magazine subscriptions priced as low as $12 for all 12 issues.

19. A New Tote

If Mom and Dad are always on the go, consider the collection of tote bags from LL Bean. With prices as low as $24, you’ll save even more when you shop online with an LL Bean promo code!

20. A New Wallet

If it seems like your parents have been using the same wallet since you were born, shop at 6PM to find one for cheap. You’ll find discounted wallets in a variety of sizes and styles with prices as low as $7.

21. An Ornament

You can never have too many ornaments. Check out Macy’s selection of on-sale holiday ornaments, and make sure you’re around to help your parents decorate the tree this year. 

22. A Portrait

Yes, a handmade portrait can be within your budget this year. Etsy has this amazing personalized portrait canvas for just $24. You can send a photo of your parents for the artist to recreate. 

23. A Puzzle

Are your parents puzzle people? has an entire section dedicated to puzzles. Keep in mind that offering to do the puzzle with them will probably mean more than any other present.

24. Scented Candles

The candles at Bath & Body Works are simply irresistible. Check out our list of Bath & Body Works coupons to save on scents like Vanilla Bean Noel and Twisted Peppermint.

25. School Spirit Wear

You’ve got school spirit, and your parents should, too! There’s no doubt the rents would adore a t-shirt from your school. Shop the college section at FansEdge with a coupon to save on apparel.

26. Skincare

There are a ton of skincare brands that students can afford, like The Ordinary and Glossier. You can treat Mom and Dad to a new moisturizer, serum, lotion or anti-aging treatment. 

27. A Tumblr

If your parents are always on the go, purchase them a new tumblr for Christmas this year. You can find inexpensive drinkware at Bed Bath and BeyondTarget and Walmart

28. A TV Subscription

Are your parents constantly asking for your Hulu password? This year, you can get them their own subscription to HuluNetflixDisney+ or Amazon Prime. Promise to pay for their first month! 

29. A Welcome Mat

There are so many adorable welcome mats online at Etsy. We love this Friends-themed welcome mat that reads Welcome Friends… How You Doin? If your parents like Friends, you have to get it! 

30. Wine Glasses

Wine glasses are an elegant gift that won’t break the bank. We’ve seen a set of 12 stemless wine glasses at Walmart for just $10. That’ll leave room in your budget for an inexpensive bottle of vino.

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