Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Starving College Student

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What? Not done with your holiday shopping? Yeah, neither are we. But we've been making lists -- and checking them twice -- and we've got some suggestions for the nice people on your list. Today, Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Starving College Student.

There's no single word that universally describes the living situation of a college student like "starving." Doesn't matter what school or city or time of year. If you're in school, you're probably eating more ramen and drinking more shitty coffee than you ever imagined you would. The good news is that the holidays are here, and that means gifts. Do the education-loving young adults in your life a favor and ditch the books and tech-gadgets for stuff we really need. Put some flavor in that stocking and something savory under the tree.

See also:
- Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Aspiring Bartender

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Give the gift of greens, as in veggies.

Costco (or CSA) Membership
Buying toilet paper in the smallest possible portions is neither efficient nor financially savvy. But for the starving student, "the necessities" quickly become optional. And that's not a good thing.

Give your coed a Costco membership ($55 for a Gold Star membership) and he or she can save a small fortune on groceries and more. As another option, consider a Community Supported Agriculture membership, offered locally by Maya's Farm ($300 for a 12 week membership) among others. For five of our favorites, check out list of Five Favorite CSAs in Metro Phoenix. This way you'll sleep easy knowing your student is getting healthy dose of greens and they won't have to make any extra trips to the store.

A Gift Card to La Grande Orange Grocery
When it comes to studying, the college student can spend only so many hours in the library before one of two things happens. First, his or her head will explode from the utter silence and social isolation. Or two, he or she will pass out from lack of caffeine (a drug to which nine out of ten college students are addicted) and/or food. Neither is good.

The solution is a place like LGO, where coffee and food and a friendly neighborhood hangout collide. A gift card makes the trip worthwhile -- a.k.a. free -- and there's really no better deal than that.

Location Info

La Grande Orange Grocery

4410 N. 40th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Four Peaks Brewing Company

1340 E. 8th St., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

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