Gift ideas you should and shouldn’t give - Metro US

Gift ideas you should and shouldn’t give

With Black Friday less than two weeks away, the lists of what’s hot and what’s not for this holiday season are being unveiled.

Gift cards and Apple products are among the most wanted gifts for college students, according to Her Campus, an online college magazine for women.

The site, founded by three Harvard students, released yesterday its list of the most “collegiette” friendly gifts.

“The smallest gifts usually make the biggest impact,” the site said.

That’s why gift cards appear on the list twice.

The site suggests gift cards for essential purchases at stores like CVS and Target. It also suggests gift cards for luxury buys for dorm room decor or spa treatments.

And college students never cringe at seeing a little green in their stockings.

“Cash. It seems tacky and tasteless, but it may mean a night out with friends, a movie date or a week of Spring Break in the long run,” the site said.

Also released yesterday was the list of the most dangerous toys.

The World Against Toys Causing Harm put on display at an event at Brighton’s Franciscan Hospital for Children. The toys, the organization said, can cause serious harm to children including eye injuries, choking and strangulation.

“There’s no excuse for putting profits before safety,” said Joan Siff, the organization’s director.

Collegiate gifts

Anything Apple

Victoria’s Secret PINK NFL gear

Gift cards for essentials and luxuries

Digital cameras

Bracelets and watches


Single-serve coffee maker

Greek Life-themed items


Dangerous toys

Guidecraft’s Twist ‘n Sort. Can cause a choking hazard.

Bandai’s Power Rangers Samurai Mega Blade. Rigid plastic blade can cause serious facial or other impact injuries.

The Original Toy Company’s Fold & Go Trampoline. Potential for head, neck and other bodily injuries.

Haba’s pulling animal duck. Potential for strangulation.

Schylling’s school bus. Potential for choking injuries.

Zing Toy’s Z-Curve Bow. Potential for eye injuries.

JJI Toys’ Stepper Stilts. Potential for head and other impact injuries.

Jakks Pacific’s sword fighting Jack Sparrow. Potential for eye injuries.

Big Time Toys’ Incredible Shrinky Dinks Maker. Potential for electrical shock and burn injuries.

Bandai’s “Gigan” Godzilla figure. Potential for impact and puncture wounds.

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