August Gift Guide

If you’re heading off to college this fall, chances are you already have a long list of things to bring with you. Below are some items you might not have thought of yet as well as a great read to get you psyched to start school.


Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories? Open her heart to someone? Or will she just go on living inside somebody else’s fiction?

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, hardcover $18.99


Look, bed risers are vital in a dorm room. Everyone knows this. And these bed risers have outlets. Outlets! Regular and USB! I’m sure you’ll agree that this is genius. Also, does it bother anyone else that Bed Bath & Beyond doesn’t use the Oxford comma? Just me? Okay, then.

7-Inch Power Bed Riser (Set of 4), Bed Bath & Beyond, $29.99


There’s a lot going on at college. What better way to keep track of it all then with an awesome themed dry erase board? PB Teen has 19 different universities to choose from in case you won’t be joining the Crimson Tide in September.

Collegiate Dry Erase Calendar, PB Teen, $59

tool kit

Be honest. Are you a little bit worried about meeting people and making friends? You know a really good way to endear yourself to others? Lend them tools when they realize that their 30 year-old desk keeps wobbling. Plus, a nice tool kit will come in handy after you graduate and have to assemble an entire apartment’s worth of Ikea furniture. Trust me on this.

42-Piece Household Tool Kit, Home Depot, $10.97