Shopping on a tight budget? That’s no excuse to give gifts that come across as, uhh, “underwhelming”. With a little bit of creativity you can still give gifts that thrill even while spending less than $50.
Gift Giving on a Student’s Budget
The secret to great gift giving on a tight budget is to make sure your gift fills a genuine need in the recipient’s life.
Law students need love too!
If you know your recipient well, think about some of the challenges they face, their interests, and their desires. Sometimes from an outside perspective you can identify a particular product that would make their life genuinely better which they may never have discovered by themselves. Giving a gift like that has value which goes way beyond monetary worth, and is sure to be treasured for years to come.
The Best Gifts for Law Students costing under $50
- Every law student secretly dreams of one day arguing before the Supreme Court — it just doesn’t get any higher than this in the legal profession. Author Jeffrey Toobin gives a behind closed doors view of the most powerful courtroom in the nation that anyone with even a vague interest in the law will find difficult to put down.
- No one should even vaguely consider going to Law School without reading Scott Turow’s epic story of life as a first-year law student (called 1Ls) at Harvard Law School. If you show up to law school without the ability to summon an appropriate Turow witticism at will, it’s a surefire recipe for social failure.
- A good legal dictionary is a must, and Black’s is the best of the best. Trust me, buy this for them and they’ll be thinking of you often.
- Buying a gift for the pragmatic type? Yeah, pretty much all lawyers tend to be. And if there’s one thing law students all have in common, it’s ambition to succeed — especially when it comes to beating out other law students. If they’re not reading this book, their competitors will be.
- Even the best can use a little help from time to time…
- Hey, we all like a little bit of quality entertainment from time to time, and to help assuage guilt over using valuable study-time for watching TV, let’s make it something at least relating to our profession, shall we?
- You’d be amazed how sore one can get just sitting hunched over a book all day. Law school requires spending more time at a desk than at perhaps any other time in your life, so anything you can do to offer a little bit of relief will be so welcome they will consider you a saint!
- OK, so this one probably runs a bit over our budget, but it may also be one of the most essential. In law school we end up hauling around a LOT of books– seriously, I have friends who shouldered 30+ pound packs on a daily basis. So, unless they’re training to be a climbing porter, you might want to give them something to help lighten the load. They’ll not only thank you now, they’ll be grateful most of all years in the future when they’re the only one of their friends not suffering from chronic back pain.
What do you think, readers?
Are you a law student (or former law student)? Tell us below what (budget-minded) gift you most appreciated during law school!