Holiday Gift Guide 2016


If there’s one thing that could be considered more stressful than taking out a student loan, it’s buying last-minute holiday gifts. Luckily, just like Climb strives to make the loan process as easy as possible, we’re now here to help take the pain out of choosing a present for your class Secret Santa or your mom who claims she “doesn’t need anything.” So whether you’re a student who’s trying to save money or trying to find the perfect gift for your friend who never stops coding, we’ve got some ideas to share.

December is a prime time for deals—on certain items. Being a student often means being on a budget, but fortunately there are products that cost less this month, for those of us looking to spread some holiday cheer without spending too much money. One such set of December discount items is kitchenware. For shoppers who need a new pan to take to the holiday potluck, stores tend to reduce their prices around this time. Another place you can find deals is the hardware store; if you need to find a gift for the DIYer in your life, tools also get their prices lowered in December. Also a good deal this month is, a bit surprisingly, toys. According to Benjamin Glaser of DealNews, “the best time to buy is the second week of December, when discounts are at their peak, but selection is still good too … And if you see a deal on a really in-demand toy, like PAW Patrol or Star Wars merchandise, snap it up immediately.”

Now, what if you happen to be looking for a gift for a student? We’ve got some ideas for that as well. A lot of the schools we work with are coding bootcamps, and as such, many of our Borrowers are actively pursuing their passion for coding. If your recipient happens to be one of those people, you might consider Raspberry Pi, a docking station, or this deck of UX cards to map out a site’s infrastructure. If you’re a traditionalist who prefers to stick with standard gifts, you could even give this Mac-scented candle. (Yes, that’s a thing that exists. What does it smell like, you ask? No idea. But it might be worth buying just to find out.) For our more jet-set students, such as those heading to Minerva’s various international locations, you could also give a scratch-off world map to mark off each country as they travel from campus to campus.

Finally, there’s something that every student desperately wants: energy. You might want to consider getting them something coffee-related, such as a coffee maker, grounds, or a travel mug—there’s even one you can plug into a USB port or car power adaptor to heat up your coffee! Additionally, there’s a manual grinder, for when you want to get an arm workout in the middle of sitting at your computer, and credit for CUPS, an app that helps you get discounted coffee from local cafes. Don’t want to take the time out of your study session to get a refill? Don’t worry, there’s an absurdly large mug for that. Basically what we’re saying is, caffeine-related products are the gifts that keep on giving.

Good luck, and happy shopping!