The Right Gifts Can Pave the Way to College

Some observe snowy sidewalks and twinkling lights as peacefully as Currier and Ives did, but for many the signs of the season whisper words a bit different than what the carolers sing.  For college-bound teens and their parents, who see glossy specialty store wishbooks and college viewbooks arriving faster than an Alberta Clipper, this time of year is “beginning to look a lot like” decisions.

What can parents do to alleviate anxiety and bring joy to their teenagers’ lives right now?  Choose gifts that will have an impact long after that sweater goes out of fashion or the latest video game starts gathering dust on the shelf!

Ah, but what kind of gifts?  Scott Friedhoff, vice president for enrollment and communications at Allegheny College, has 10 suggestions for gifts that are sure to please your preoccupied teen and shine a holiday light on the important journey ahead.