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Gift Guides2018-08-28T12:39:58+00:00

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Send a Little Halloween Love…

Have Some Halloween Fun! When my daughter left for college, I sent her a Halloween care package.  It was nothing fancy; just some dollar store decorations, candy for her to share with her suitemates and some fun things that could be used for a makeshift costume. Remember that UPS shipping within the state of Florida is typically overnight at no additional cost; a perk I have often enjoyed. If you are creative,  Pinterest has some great Halloween themed care package suggestions.  Some sayings you can put inside include: I Miss you Boo (with a ghost next to it) No tricks just treats! Hey Pumpkin, you deserve this Going batty without you Well… you get the point. We’ve taken the guesswork out of what to send and went right to the source… our interns. They may be adults but they are still not too old for a good, old-fashioned Halloween gift. Here are the […]

Time to WIN! Fall Fanatical Sweepstakes

HaveUHeard's Fall Fanatical Sweepstakes of Dooney & Bourke Collegiate Collection Bag It's time for HaveUHeard's Fall Fanatics Sweepstakes! We will give away one Fanatics -Dooney & Bourke collegiate collection bag.  Show your school spirit in style. The perfect accessory for your next tailgate. If you are the ultimate sports fan, then enter to win a collegiate bag of your choice- whether it is a small wristlet to use on Gamedays, a crossbody or satchel, rep your favorite team in style. Fanatics is your go-to place for licensed sports merchandise from your favorite team apparel and jerseys to memorabilia and collectibles. You’ll definitely want to check them out! HaveUHeard is your guide to getting to know your student’s University and surrounding community. Filled with insider tips and info from IRL parents and students. The lucky winner can choose any college collection bag available on the Fanatics website. Currently, only UF, FSU and UM [...]

What to Wear for Sorority Rush

Four Rounds and you’re IN!! I remember my daughters going through rush. The first one was convinced that her outfit selections were the reason she got dropped from many of the houses. That is very hard to hear from your daughter especially when you have spent much of their lives trying to teach them that beauty comes from within. That is not to say that there were not moments in which I tried to teach them that they needed to dress appropriately; appropriately for job interviews, appropriately for family get-togethers. You get the point. I did not want them so focused on brands or trying to dress in a way that was not representative of who they were. But, recruitment is one of those times when you are judged on appearances. I am not suggesting that those going through recruitment should dress in a way that does not make them feel comfortable. […]

Is Their Stuff Safe?

One more thing to worry about, is the stuff safe? Right up there with the call from my college daughter that she lost her phone, keys, student ID, (fill in the blank)

What to Get Dad on a Limited Budget

Cash-Strapped Students Here is Your Answer My sister and I are daddy’s girls but not in the way you would think. We grew up playing sports and having him as our coach. He would bake cookies with us, rough house with us and talk to us in the same way he would talk to my brother. That was until we were teenagers wearing makeup, dressing in what he would consider too short dresses and skirts and showed an interest in boys. Then he became a protective dad. No matter the relationship, the one thing my brothers and I had in common is that we have a very limited budget when it comes to picking out a Father’s Day gift. Many college students are in the same position. So we pooled our money together to come up with one great gift. We’ve always managed to be as creative as possible when it comes […]

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Cash Strapped Students!

You Want to Do Something Nice If you’re like me, you talk to your mom about five times a day— no? Just me? Well, you probably at least talk to her once a day. If not, then I guess you’re like my brother who talks to my mom more like once a week. We both adore my mom and think the world of her but have different ways of showing it. One thing my brother and I both have in common are that we’re both college students with a rather limited budget. This usually doesn’t mean much because beer— er, I mean tuna, is cheap. But I’m not about to give the woman who gave me life the “tuna” of gifts as a present for Mother’s Day. If I did, I’d never hear the end of it. Many of us college students find ourselves in the same position many times throughout the […]

High School Graduation Gift Ideas

Get Them Something Practial Yet Fun When my older daughter graduated from high school, not only did she go to a lot of graduation parties, but she had a joint one with her best friend. She received gift cards, money and a lot of logoed apparel and decorations from the college she was going to (UF). By the time my younger daughter graduated, the gifts she received, in addition to money and gift cards, were from the college registry she set up. Today, the lists have gotten longer but so have the places to buy gifts, many of which are now online.   Whether your student is having a graduation party, sending out announcements or just has a big family that is looking to get the high school grad a gift, HaveUHeard pulled together a list of the most requested graduation gifts for 2018 according to our very unscientific high school and […]

Shopping Guide for New Students

Top 7 Categories of What They Need! Back to school-college is the second biggest consumer spending season right behind winter holiday season. Parents expect to spend an average of $1,347 on their soon-to-be college student. College shopping is big business. Is it too early to shop? No, definitely not. HaveUHeard how much there is to shop for? Look at the college checklist from the top retailers and you will see an average of 126 items. It is very easy to get caught up in the excitement of shopping with your student for college; the lists can get overwhelming so we tried to break it down for you. You may also want to read our blog on Dorm Décor. There are lots of good ideas there as well. The average traditional dorm size is only about 130 square feet and most likely, that is shared space. It is hard to think that all […]

Exam Care Packages

Surprise Them With a Box of Love! Midterm and final exams can be some of the biggest stressors for your student. I typically do not get to speak to my daughter during exam weeks. My calls usually get a “sorry I cannot talk right now” text response followed by an “I’m at the library mom” text. I also know that she is not going to eat healthily and probably going to consume any form of caffeine she can get whether it is coffee or energy drinks and late-night snacks most likely consisting of pizza and junk. Everything from eating habits to sleep habits, from study skills to exercise changes during exam time. I hate to say it but I had my share of all-nighters when I went to UF and, no matter how good a student you may have, when there is a grade on the line, students will do whatever it […]

Graduation Gift Guide

Finally, They Are Graduating! It seemed this day was always way off in the future, but it’s true; graduation is almost here. Many people, including Aunt Sadie, will be asking what good gifts for college graduates are these days; so HaveUHeard pulled together a list of the most requested graduation gifts for 2018 according to our very unscientific college student survey. Choosing the right gift can be tricky but this list will help! We’ve added links to websites and products, (and yes, the ads and links that appear on our blogs are partners of HaveUHeard. ALL opinions and products mentioned in our blogs are 100% our own. We hope you will patronize these businesses. Partnerships like these make HaveUHeard possible.)   Electronics TV– One of the most requested items by students as many of them will actually be moving into their own apartments and can no longer share with their roommate or […]

Ultimate Study Abroad Gift Guide

Leaving On A Jet Plane?  My daughter studied abroad for almost 10 weeks during the summer between her sophomore and junior year of college. I remember wondering how she was going to be able to pack 10 weeks’ worth of clothing, shoes, accessories, toiletries into one 50 lb. suitcase. I watched as she packed, weighed her suitcase, and then repacked to meet the weight restrictions. I stayed out of her room for the most part because every time I did walk in and see about 10 pairs of shoes lined up, I would start to laugh. I could not imagine why she would need that many, but I also knew she would figure it out no matter how many times she had to re-pack.  She did end up realizing that there were items she definitely needed to take and that she would have to just put together outfits that could be mixed […]

Valentines Day Gift Guide

Sent With Love As far back as I can remember we always celebrated Valentine’s Day; not in the religious sense; it was a tradition I grew up with and continued when I became a mom. My daughters (a UF graduate and a current UF student) have not been home for Valentine’s Day for years so I use the holiday as an opportunity to send them a little love from home. There are so many gift ideas for Valentine’s Day. Just sharing the love from HaveUHeard. We’ve added links to websites and products, (and yes, the ads and links that appear on our blogs are partners of HaveUHeard. ALL opinions about products mentioned in our blogs are 100% our own. We hope you will patronize these businesses. Partnerships like these make HaveUHeard possible)   SWEETS FOR THE SWEET!   What student doesn’t love candy? For that matter, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t […]

Twas the Night before Holiday Vacation

And So the Story Goes… Winter break, visions of sugar plums dancing in your head, family time and maybe a family vacation; and having your student home. But your vision and your student’s vision of winter break may just be polar opposites. Hanging out with you on vacation every day may not be what your student is planning on doing.  And while we are all excited to have our kids home, there needs to be a mutual meeting of the minds, so to speak. Yes, some have had very stressful semesters and may need this downtime. If that is the case, definitely give them a few days to get used to being home. Expect that they have changed; just as you too have changed as you both adjusted to a new family dynamic. You may notice a new sense of independence and self-sufficiency. And that is something to be excited about. Of course, how […]

Tis the Season – Our Gift Guide

The Best Gift List! Oprah has her favorite things list; Ellen Degeneres has her 12 Days of Giveaways and now, HaveUHeard pulled together a list of the most requested holiday gifts according to our very unscientific but college student survey. Choosing the right gift can be tricky but this list will help! The holiday season is not that far away so you may want to get a jump on these items. We’ve added links to websites and products, (and yes, the ads and links that appear on our blogs are partners of HaveUHeard. ALL opinions and products mentioned in our blogs are 100% our own. We hope you will patronize these businesses. Partnerships like these make HaveUHeard possible)   ELECTRONIC DEVICES TV– One of the most requested items by students. Look at some of the SmartTV’s. They have come down significantly in price. Great for students moving or living in apartments where […]