Is your child graduating from high school this year? Will they be headed off to college in the fall? It's never too early to start deciding what they should pack for their dorm room. Here is a list of kitchen appliances that your son or daughter might appreciate:
Mini fridge: Some dorms may have a maximum permitted size for mini fridges. Others may require that all mini fridges are rented from the university. Since this varies from university to university, make sure to find out any requirements before you go shopping for one of these kitchen appliances. Whatever the rules, they will be essential for keeping energy drinks and snacks cold for late-night study sessions.
Coffee maker: Does your child prefer flavored drinks from a coffee shop? This preference may change after a few late nights when they need coffee after the nearest coffee shops have closed. If they can't stand drip coffee, consider sending a small and inexpensive espresso maker, rather than a regular coffee maker. When packing up the kitchen appliances that they'll be taking, be sure to include a few creamers or syrups in their favorite flavors.
Toaster oven: Your child's dorm probably forbids toasters and toaster ovens in their actual dorm rooms. However, they may allow your son or daughter to bring one for use in the common areas. If allowed, choose a toaster oven instead of a toaster. Not only can a toaster oven make toast, but medium sized ones can also be used to cook small frozen pizzas and TV dinners. Even if your child is getting an unlimited meal plan from the commissary, these kitchen appliances can be extremely handy if your son or daughter wants a meal in the middle of the night or when the commissary is otherwise closed.
Blender: These kitchen appliances are a source of quick and easy breakfasts when your child is running late for class. A few ice cubes, a splash of milk, a banana and a spoonful of peanut butter are all that is needed for a smoothie that can be enjoyed on the go, as they head to class. Make a custom recipe book to include with the blender that is filled with more fast and delicious smoothies for your child to enjoy.
Popcorn maker: Popcorn can be a delicious alternative to many unhealthy snacks. When choosing one of these kitchen appliances, you may want to choose one which has a lid that functions as a serving bowl. This way, they will have one less dish to find or wash.