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Liz O'Neill

Liz O'Neill

Posted: December 20, 2010 11:18 AM

The holidays are a time for charity and selflessness. And perhaps nothing is more charitable than giving to a college student. But just like the Salvation Army, college students maintain a list of preferred giving policies. This year, you might wish to consult the following college gift "don'ts" before you wrap up a return trip to the mall.


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This is a gift that says, “I know you’re spending four years of your life and roughly the price of a small house on your college education, but I thought this handy guidebook (only $19.99!) might really launch your career.” It also says, in smaller print, “I have no idea who you are as an individual, or what the heck you read. I could have taken five minutes to ask your mom, or your girlfriend or anyone who spends more than 10 seconds picking out gifts for people. But to be honest, I think most of the choices you make for yourself are big, fat wastes of time.”
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