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Dec 14, 2020
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What’s a Rich Text element?

The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs,

blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and

format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

Static and dynamic content editing

A rich text element can be used with static or dynamic content. For static content, just drop it into any page and begin editing. For dynamic content, add a rich text field to any collection and then connect a rich text element to that field in the settings panel. Voila!

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How to customize formatting for each rich text

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

  • after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.
  • after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Just like that the 2020 holiday season has arrived -- and who would have thought we would make it this far? Time has passed at a snail’s pace since the beginning of the new year, and here we are nearing the end of that same year. January 2020 may be the last memories some college students have of a normal life. This year has been a bumpy one to say the least -- a pandemic spread across the country and left us with much uncertainty and a lot of time at home. 

Stocking Stuffers

The college student in your life has likely been one of the most affected by the pandemic. This academic year has looked quite different from the past -- virtual instruction with limited in-person classes, possibly living at home as opposed to on campus, social lives hanging on by a thread, and plenty of cancelled or missed opportunities. 

That’s right -- college freshmen had to miss out on their high school graduations and attend their first year that was very different from what they had been imagining. Students experienced a number of cancelled events -- athletics, musical performances, art shows, plays, final presentations and group study sessions, traditional college events that could not happen like homecoming, graduation, and so much more. Now, the graduating class of 2021, much like the seniors of 2020, have their graduation and final semester hanging in a balance of uncertainty. This is especially difficult when their lives should be a time of celebration and enjoyment, but they are faced dealing with the difficulties of the world. 

For these reasons -- the 2020 holiday season needs to go above and beyond for your college student! Help lift their chins, make them smile, and give them a glimmer of holiday cheer to ward off all the disappointment of the past year. 

With that being said -- ditch the fuzzy socks and put down the lip balm! It’s time to take your stocking stuffer game to the next level. Everyone loves opening holiday gifts and seeing all of the exciting new gadgets and clothes they will use going into the new year! But there’s something to be said about the sheer excitement that comes from tearing through all of the little gifts in your stocking -- they make you smile and laugh, and even sometimes say, “I needed this!” 

We’ve put together a list of the best little gifts to put inside your college student’s stocking this year -- certified Gen Z approved so you know you’re making the right choice! 

  • PPE 
  • Self-care Products
  • Essential Oils 
  • Candy 
  • Lottery Tickets
  • Gift Cards 
  • Books 
  • Bluetooth Speaker 
  • Polaroid Camera 
  • Cute Socks 
PPE
Small bottles of hand sanitizer or an extra face mask will make a great addition to their stocking -- and help keep them safe!

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) So, why is PPE at the top of our list? Simple -- we had to get the not so glamorous items out of the way to make room for the fun and exciting ones! 

PPE is more important now than ever -- especially as we enter the colder and wetter months. We all know that one young adult who would forget their head if it wasn’t attached -- well the same applies for PPE. We all know that one person who leaves the dorm without a mask and has to go back for it, making them late to class. 

Get them a few extra masks and bottles of hand sanitizer -- maybe even some lotion to go along since sanitizer often leaves the hands feeling very dry. That way they have a mask for the car, in their backpack, maybe even one for the coat pocket, with sanitizer to go along. 

You’ll be happy that they’re being safe and protected, even if their faces aren’t beaming with smiles at the sight of some hand sanitizer. 

Self-Care Products 

A sweet smelling bath bomb, warm candle, and cozy blanket are sure fire mood boosters for your burnt out college student. 

If there’s anything college students are desperate for at the end of a long and gruelling semester (especially one without any breaks accompanied by virtual finals and presentations) -- it’s a little R&R. Rest and relaxation is the key. They’re bound to come home for the holidays exhausted and a little out of it, so let them sleep it off and spend a few days lounging around the house. 

What a better accompaniment than some items that will aid in their rejuvenating process? Here’s our best lineup of self care items -- face masks, skin serum, bath bombs, nail polish, hair masks or treatments, personal journal, small candles, adult coloring book with a set of gel pens, and maybe even a cute little stuffed animal with big eyes and a huge smile. 

Self care is often something college students lack and is most prevalent around the time of finals when students spend most of the day studying, writing papers, giving presentations, and only stop to eat and sleep, with the occasional shower sprinkled in the mix. 

Because of this, they are bound to love and enjoy some self care items -- especially if they know you support their rest and relaxation. It will help improve their mental health and generally make them feel better. 

Essential Oils 

Essential oils have a number of benefits -- you can customize the ones you choose based on your students needs. 

The self care doesn’t stop with some face masks and a bath bomb! Grab them a few essential oils to put in their new diffuser. 

Aromatherapy has become increasingly popular over the last few years. If you don’t know what essential oils are, they are highly concentrated and very potent oils that have been extracted from plants in order to obtain their benefits. These are natural, so no need to worry about toxicity, unless you have animals -- then be sure to see which oils can affect your pet.  

This can even be a customizable gift because there are so many types of oils on the market with different properties and benefits. We’ve included a guide to essential oils to help get you started. 

Is your student in need of relaxation and sleep? Whisk them away to immediate calmness with lavender oil. If they need an energy boost with some sense of clarity -- grab a cleansing lemon oil. These are only two of the many oils out there. 

Candy 

Young woman eating candy
A little bit of candy does wonders to boost cheeriness and bring in some happy thoughts. 

Even though this one may seem self explanatory, we needed to remind you that candy is a necessary addition for your college student’s stocking. It’ll get used, or eaten, within a matter of days to minutes depending on how badly they want it! 

You can never go wrong with a few bags or boxes of their favorite candy. It will bring up heartwarming and nostalgic memories of childhood and better times -- a little happiness boost they needed. 

This is also a great budget friendly idea if you’re trying to save on stocking stuffers and spend money in other gifts. Remember, candy is never a bad choice. 

Lottery Tickets

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Lottery tickets will give them something to do -- while hopefully bringing in a big winner!

The ‘broke college student’ isn’t just a stereotype, it’s a real thing. Financial stress affects 60% of all college students -- that’s seven out of ten students that feel worried about paying for their tuition and monthly expenses. Now that they’re home for the holidays, they may have spent all the money they saved from working this summer, and may even be getting a seasonal job while they’re home. 

Lottery tickets are not only entertaining and will give them something fun to do for a few minutes, but also they might win a decent prize! This could potentially help alleviate some of the everyday burden they carry when it comes to money. 

If all else fails -- you spent a couple extra bucks for them to have a fun few moments anticipating a million dollar winner. 

Gift Card to Their Favorite Coffee Chain

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The gift of coffee is the gift of gold -- they will probably use all of their gift card before going back for the spring semester. 

College students run on two things -- caffeine and adrenaline. Most college students have a meal plan and we would be willing to bet -- at least half of their meal swipes go towards the barista. This usually means a large hot coffee or latte and some type of food item to go with it. 

So, give them the gift of money towards their favorite coffee chain, and don’t worry -- they WILL use it, maybe even before they head back to college! Some chains offer a pack of three to four $10 gift cards which they can spend at their leisure, or put it all together and give them one big $50 gift card. 

Most chains now offer apps with the ability to upload a gift card balance to the app. All your student has to do is upload the money, hand the barista their phone to scan for payment, and they're out the door! This is one of the easiest forms of payment out there. 

Books

Small gift
A good book will offer them a momentary escape from reality and into the world of whatever they’re reading about. 

Is your college student a bookworm? After a semester spent memorizing words from a textbook, reading countless excerpts, and a plethora of novels they never wanted to read in the first place -- give them the gift of something they do want to read. 

With everything going on in the world, all anyone wants to do is escape from reality for a moment and be transported into a different world. A good book offers so many emotions -- they can make you laugh and cry, build suspense and mystery, and intrigue us enough to spend the whole day reading. This might be exactly what they need. 

Even if they haven’t liked to read in the past, give them a popular book, or something to read about that they are interested in and always talk about. You never know what could happen. 

Bluetooth Speaker

Bluetooth Speaker
Allow them to play music out loud instead of cramming it into their headphones. 

If your college student has made it this far without getting a bluetooth speaker -- the time to get them one is now! Earbuds are becoming a thing of the past. In college, everyone has a speaker because listening to music with a group of people is one of the best parts about college life. 

Music requests, playing your favorite songs for others to hear, and discovering new music are all part of being Gen Z. Music is everything to them -- they play music at parties, when they’re studying or hanging out with friends, and even in the shower. 

If you want to spend some quality time with your college student this holiday season, give them a speaker and ask them to show you their favorite music -- they will be happy to oblige. 

Polaroid Camera

Polaroid Camera
Polaroid cameras are back in style and will print your photos in minutes. Image courtesy of Google Sites.

Polaroid Cameras are trending and have been for a few years now. With the rise of Instagram, Snapchat, VSCO, and other photo sharing sites -- picture taking has become an important staple of Gen Z life. College students are forever taking pictures with friends, of themselves, and looking to document all of the amazing moments in their lives. 

With a polaroid camera they can capture special moments and see them develop right before their eyes. They will love taking pictures with friends and even when they pull the camera out of their stocking -- the picture taking will begin. 

Cute Socks 

Cute Socks

If there’s something that will lift their spirits -- it’s a pair of cute socks that have a catchy slogan, funny picture, or famous quote that’s from their favorite movie, TV show, Hollywood star, or professional athlete.

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Cute and funny socks are a great way to make the college student in your life smile.

Cute socks are so versatile too because you can select funny dress socks for underneath their business attire or fun fuzzy socks for lounging on the couch, cuddled under a soft blanket on a cold winter day. They will never be disappointed to receive a pair of these because they can show them off with a cute outfit, wear them on an off-day, and overall -- socks are just a necessary clothing item.

These ten stocking stuffers are fun and exciting ways to boost their serotonin and get your college student smiling again. This holiday season is sure to be one of the best!

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