41 Ultimate Gifts for College Students

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Thinking of getting something special for your loved on who is either headed to or currently in college? Well look no further! We’ve put together the ultimate list of gifts for college students that is sure to give you an idea or two for that special collegiate in your life. This list offers both practical gifts for college students such as luxury towel sets or shower shoes as well as gifts that are simply fun and will put a smile on his or her face.

Have a look at this list of 40 college student gifts and good luck choosing just one!

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Herschel Heritage Backpack

Herschel makes it to the top of our list of gifts for college students with its strong name among backpacks and totes and is quite popular among college students because of its classic design that remains timeless as well as intact over the years. This backpack contains a laptop sleeve (completely necessary for any modern college student) as well as padded shoulder straps for when your student needs to really hit the books.

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Bose QuietComfort 35 Headphones


These wireless noise canceling headphones by Bose make the top of our list of gifts for college students because they are a godsend to students trying to study in any atmosphere. When I was in college, places like the library or lobby were hardly the most quiet places to focus on class material. These headphones can play great-quality music for up to 20 hours and will pair with up to 2 devices. This is a great gift for any college student who’s into music or who is easily distracted by noise or environment.

Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Bluetooth...
  • Three levels of world-class noise cancellation for...
  • Alexa-enabled for voice access to music,...
  • Noise-rejecting dual-microphone system for clear...

Keurig Coffee Maker

College students live and breathe convenience, and the Keurig coffee maker is no exception to this rule. This slim coffee maker weighs only 7 pounds and will fit in both dorm rooms as well as campus apartments. Students will be excited to customize their coffee and can now brew up to 30 ounces at once.

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Keurig K-Select Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup...
  • WHAT'S IN THE BOX: A bonus 6 count K Cup pod...
  • BREWS MULTIPLE K CUP POD SIZES: (6, 8, 10, 12...
  • STRONG BREW: kicks up your coffee's strength and...

Hate getting a gift when the batteries aren’t included? Consider adding the actual Kcups to this gift so that your gift isn’t an inconvenience.

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Dunkin' Donuts Original Blend Medium Roast Coffee,...
  • Contains 60 K Cups
  • For use in all Keurig K-Cup Brewers
  • 100% Premium Arabica Coffee

Amazon Egift Card

Hey, a gift card may not seem like the most personal gift for a college student, but it’s probably the most practical (especially if you rocked the ACT or SAT!). Everyone has an Amazon account and everyone hates going to the store. You can choose the amount and deliver these Egift cards via email or text message. The recipient will be impressed with how digitally savvy your gift is.

Amazon.com eGift Card
  • Amazon.com Gift Cards never expire and carry no...
  • Multiple gift card designs and denominations to...
  • Redeemable towards millions of items store-wide at...

Lightweight Laundry Basket

This folding laundry basket is lightweight and its fun designs make laundry seem like less of a chore. This bag is cotton and waterproof and will stay upright even when it’s empty. This makes a great, practical gift for college students!

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DOKEHOM 19-Inches Thickened Large Laundry Basket...
  • UPGRADED MATERIAL: Extra thickened Cotton with...
  • UPGRADED SIZE: Large 14"(D) x 19"(H) cloth canvas...
  • UPGRADED HANDLE: Extra thickened and large leather...

Gift Card To Their Favorite Restaurant

Broke college students deserve to eat something besides ramen every once and awhile. They will definitely appreciate a gift card to their favorite restaurant and also feel special that you remembered the places they like to eat at.

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Panera Bread Gift Cards - Email Delivery
  • Give the gift of good taste with a Panera Bread...
  • This Card may only be used for making purchases at...
  • For Panera Bread locations, please visit...

Apple Watch


The Apple watch is a perfect gift for students who want to stay connected without having to pull out their cell phone just to do so. This Series 4 watch is a step up from its predecessors with a 30% larger screen and 50% louder speakers. This watch can keep track of your health with its electrical and optical heart sensors, it can make calls with its built-in speaker and microphone, can be used for purchases using Apple Pay, as well as keep track of any appointments or notifications. The Apple watch makes it near the top of our list of gifts for college students because it’s a great gift for personal development and overall connectedness.

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Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS + Cellular, 40mm) -...
  • GPS + Cellular
  • Over 30% larger display
  • Electrical and optical heart sensors

Insulated Water Bottle

This functional water bottle keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours. Coming in at 17 ounces, it’s super lightweight and easy to transport. These bottles are made with stainless steel and are BPA free, so you can rest assured it can be used safely for many years!

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S'well SATB-17-A15 Vacuum Insulated Stainless...
  • Our bottles feature triple-walled construction,...
  • Our bottles are made from premium grade, BPA-free...
  • 17oz emulates a standard size water bottle, and is...

Apple Charging Case

We love charging protective battery packs case because they’re sleek and comes in a variety of color options to fit the college student in your life. This charging case eliminates the need for annoying cables as well as provides high impact protection so that the user can rest assured their phone is safe even on their clumsiest days.

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Alpatronix BX190 3200mAh Battery Charger Case with...
  • Powerful Rechargeable Case: 3200mAh UL-certified...
  • Qi Wireless Charging: Charge the battery case with...
  • 360° Certified Protection: Protects your iPhone...

Automatic Toothbrush

More practical than fun (depending on how you get your kicks), the Philips Sonicare toothbrush is able to remove 6 times more plaque than a manual toothbrush as well helps to insure you get the 2 minutes of toothbrushing recommended by dentists with its smart timer. I got this toothbrush for my birthday and it honestly is one of the more memorable gifts I’ve received and get solid use out of.

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Philips Sonicare 2 Series plaque control...
  • A gap between the handle and the brush head is...
  • Removes up to 6x more plaque than a manual...
  • Patented sonic technology: with up to 31,000 brush...

Wine Tumbler

Move over, wine glasses. We have a better, more durable gift for college students that won’t break over the years of use. These stainless steel tumblers are super simple and modern and have been compared to the quality of the YETI (but without the price tag) in keeping hot things hot and cold things cold. This tumbler is mobile, as it comes with a lid and vacuum insulation, meaning it will never be hot or cold to the touch.

Simple Modern Spirit 12oz Wine Tumbler Glass with...
  • Vacuum Insulated: Simple Modern Spirit tumblers...
  • 18/8 Stainless Steel: Tumbler is made from premium...
  • Premium Copper Coated Insulation Layer: The...

Bean Box Gourmet 3 Month Subscription

Did you know coffee can help you focus?

Caffeine is a natural part of getting through college classes. We love the Bean Box Gourmet Coffee Sampler because you can choose between a 3, 6, or 12-month subscription and try a new set of coffees each month. Each box comes with four 1.8 oz bags of coffee from some of Seattle’s top roasters. This can be a luxurious break from the budget Folger’s coffee the typical college student is sipping on.

Bean Box Gourmet Coffee Sampler - 3-Month Gift...
  • BEAN BOX SAMPLER GIFT SUBSCRIPTION: Every month...
  • GUARANTEED FRESHNESS: Every coffee we ship is...
  • SUPPORTING LOCAL ROASTERS: Buying a Bean Box...

Polaroid Camera

For the socialite in your life, Polaroid’s original OneStep is a super fun favor to bring to parties and gatherings and brings nonstop entertainment as you can watch the polaroid picture develop in minutes. Unlike its 90s counterpart, this camera features a strong flash, a self-timer mode, as well as various options for film color. 

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Polaroid Originals OneStep 2 VF - White (9008) -...
  • Easy to use: Just point & shoot. Compose your...
  • Self-timer function - 60-day battery life: high...
  • High-quality lens: Optical grade Polycarbonate and...

External Phone Charger

Friends don’t let friends have dead phones. An external phone charger is the best gift for college students to make sure they have no excuse for not picking up the phone! This external battery has the capacity to charge an Iphone 8 plus nearly two-and-a-half times! The charges of your phone are super fast and this external battery comes with an 18-month warranty, so you can rest assured your phone will get the charges it needs.

Anker PowerCore Lite 10000mAh, USB-C Input (Only),...
  • The Anker Advantage: Join the 30 million+ powered...
  • Slim Size, Big Power: One of the slimmest and...
  • High-Speed Charging: Anker's exclusive PowerIQ and...

Phone Wallet

This is the perfect gift for college students that seem to lose their credit cards or money every time they go out. This iPhone wallet is super slim and lightweight and classier than a typical phone case with its smooth synthetic leather material. There is also an added benefit of raised edges to help protect your phone screen from cracks and scratches.

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Compatible with iPhone 6S Case, Cobble Pro Premium...
  • Material: High-grade synthetic Leather with...
  • Perfect fit, slim and sleek design adds no burden...
  • Precise cuttings allow easy access to all ports...

Hangry Kit

Don’t let your loved ones get hangry. The hangry kits are fabulous gifts for college students because they’re all the favorite junk foods in a box that are delivered to your door. What is better than that? There is a nice assortment of and variety of items included and all snacks are fresh and never stale. The box design is delightful, with a first aid symbol noting how serious hangry symptoms are. The biggest problem the recipient will have with this gift is not finishing the contents of the box in one sitting!

Hangry Kit Essential Kit, Care Package and Snack...
  • LONG DISTANCE LOVE - What do you get the person...
  • SURPRISE SNACKS!! - Loved Ones, Friends and Family...
  • TOP NOTCH BRAND NAME SNACKS - There is so much...

Fuzzy Socks

These fuzzy woolen socks are the perfect gift of stretchy comfort! These are a perfect gift in the winter or for those who are eternally cold indoors. There are plenty of options to choose from in design, so you can choose the perfect sock for your beloved college attendee,

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Loritta 5 Pairs Womens Vintage Style Winter Warm...
  • Material: Womens winter socks made of warm wool....
  • Size: Our wool socks are free size 23 to 25cm,...
  • Design: Vintage and trendy design thick warm socks...

Face Masks

These face masks are such a fun gift for college students, although it may be skewed towards female recipients (although they are for male and female use). This pack comes with 15 packs from The Face Shop, so you know you’re giving quality facial care. All the ingredients are natural and address various skin issues, so it makes for a fun activity to share with others if you’re having a night in with pampering!

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The Face Shop Facial Mask Sheets (15 Treatments),...
  • Naturally extracted from fresh pure juice, the...
  • Air pocket pulp sheet boosts transmission of...
  • 1. Aloe 2. Pomegranate 3. Lemon 4. Rice 5. Mung...

Stress Balls

Fidget spinners, move aside. Stress balls are the original way to wind down if you’re stressed or just looking for a ball to toss or bounce around to find a mental break. Although college is pseudo-adulthood.. low responsibilities and bills, there is still enough stress in classes and social activities that make this a perfect stress relief gift for college students.

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Stress Relief Balls (3-pack) - Tear-Resistant,...
  • THE PERFECT SQUISHY STRESS RELIEF BALL: Whether in...
  • COMPLETELY FREE OF ANY HARMFUL ADDITIVES: Made...
  • SO MANY USES: Perfect for the classroom, home or...

Day-to-Day Calendar

Texts from Mittens is a fun daily calendar with text conversation screenshots between humans and a cat named Mittens. This is a super fun gift for college students who are crazy about cats, especially dog-hating, self-absorbed, neurotic cats like Mittens!

Texts from Mittens the Cat 2019 Day-to-Day...
  • Angie Bailey
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Calendar: 640 pages

To-Do List Pads

Known as micro-progress, the idea of making a list and just getting started can give you enough momentum to tackle even bigger problems or tasks. We love this designated task list because it breaks what needs to be done into various categories such as things to buy, what to remember, what to delegate, etc. Every college student is juggling tasks between classes and social and this makes a great gift for college students because you’re helping them keep their work organized and on-time!

Knock Knock What To Get Done (So I Can Have a...
  • Knock Knock
  • Publisher: Knock Knock
  • Edition no. 0 (06/01/2017)

Plastic Shot Glasses

Plastic shot glasses are a necessity for legal-drinking age college students. Mostly because this keeps students from drinking out of the same shot glasses, which is gross and asking to get sick. These shot glasses come in a fun variety of colors and make a great addition to parties and gatherings.

Party Essentials N15090 Plastic Shot Glasses,...
  • Northwest Enterprises 1-ounce quality hard plastic...
  • Each package contains 50 shot glasses; combine...
  • Classic barware styling; hand washable; reusable;...

Tea Box Sampler

This tea variety box is a perfect gift for college students who don’t live and breathe coffee in the morning. We love this set because it comes in a well-designed cardboard box, making a great presentation as a gift. This tea box comes with an assorted arrangement of 48 types of teas, which is fun for the recipient to go through and sample all the different kinds of tea options out there! This is a gift that anyone will appreciate!

Taylors of Harrogate Classic Tea Variety Box, 48...
  • Varieties included: English Breakfast, Earl Grey,...
  • Assorted range of 48 tea bags
  • Variety packs include six tea bags of each...

All-In-One Wine Opener

This is a great gift for college students who are obviously of legal drinking age. This wine opener serves multiple functions, including bottle opener and wine stopper. This is one of those basic staples of a college household, that it would be a shame to go on without a good-quality wine opener.

Wing Corkscrew Wine Opener by HiCoup - All-in-one...
  • COMBINING FUNCTION AND STYLE, this sturdy wine...
  • ERGONOMICALLY DESIGNED HANDLE makes this classic...
  • NO NEED TO MANUALLY WRESTLE THE CORK OUT OF THE...

Luxury Towel Set

Just because college students are living on a budget doesn’t mean that you have to gift them budget items. If you are looking for a bit more of a luxurious gift for the special college student in your life, why not give them this luxury towel set. This set comes with 2 hotel & spa-quality bath towels, washcloths, and hand towels. There are plenty of color options that will allow you to choose the right towel set for your loved one.

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Superior 900 GSM Luxury Bathroom 6-Piece Towel...
  • PREMIUM BATHROOM TOWELS. This set includes 2 face...
  • LONG-STAPLE COMBED COTTON. Superior's 100% Premium...
  • CLASSIC STYLE. Updating linens is a quick and easy...

Thermos

A good-quality therms needs to be in every college student’s residence. This vacuum insulated thermos made by the one-and-only Thermos, is perfect for bringing hot coffee or tea to-go whether you’re running to class or just meeting friends. This thermos also works for cold items, so if you are traveling with a cold beverage, perhaps going tailgating or for drinking water between classes, this thermos lets you do all of these things! This is a great gift for college students, as it serves multiple functions and every single person will be able to get great use out of it!

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Thermos Vacuum Insulated 16 Ounce Compact...
  • Thermos vacuum insulation technology locks in...
  • Durable 18/8 stainless steel interior and exterior...
  • Convenient twist and pour stopper makes serving...

Moscow Mule Set

Moscow mules are such a popular drink at the bars these days, so why not gift a moscow mule set so the recipient can make them from the convenience of their own home?! This moscow mule set is a great gift for college students because it comes with a set of 4 copper mugs and straws, so these delicious, homemade drinks can be shared with friends.

Copper Moscow Mule Mugs - Set of 4 - Highest...
  • Copper Cure - PREMIUM QUALITY 100% PURE COPPER...
  • Copper Cure - EXCLUSIVE BONUS - we provide 4...
  • Copper Cure - EXCLUSIVE GIFT BOX - If you are in...

Face Cleansing Kit

When kids go to college, their lifestyle and eating patterns change dramatically. This can be really hard on the skin and can lead to breakouts. We recommend a face cleaning kit as a gift for college students because it helps to keep them following a daily cleaning routine that will help keep acne and breakouts at bay.

ProactivMD Essentials System, Introductory Size
  • Includes Deep Cleansing Face Wash, Balancing...
  • Deep Cleansing Face Wash, A gentle liquid cleanser...
  • Balancing Toner sweeps away impurities leaving...

Mesh Shower Caddy

These mesh shower caddies are so much less bulky than the plastic buckets students used to bring to the showers in the past. There are plenty of pockets so that you can store all the items you need in one bag. This shower caddy is great gift for college students who are living in any shared residency, as they will likely be needing to transport their belongings to and from the shower daily.

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Attmu Mesh Shower Caddy, Quick Dry Shower Tote Bag...
  • TOP QUALITY - The shower bag made of tough and...
  • VERSATILE - Our shower tote has 8 outer...
  • QUICKLY DRY - Quick dry time and completely...

Antimicrobial Shower Shoes

Shower shoes are an essential gift for college students, especially if they are spending their first year living in the dorms. Some schools still provide communal bathrooms, which means you’re going to want to give some antimicrobial shower shoes to protect their feet from what lurks on those shower floors. These shoes are great for the dorm showers as well as for the gym, as they have drainage holes to allow any excess water to flow out of the shoes and back onto the floor. The rhinestone design makes these shoes appear much cuter when worn!

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Showaflops Womens' Antimicrobial Shower & Water...
  • The first - and most stylish - flip flops designed...
  • Perfect for public showers, gyms, steam rooms,...
  • Include unique drainage hole designs,...

Comfy Slippers

We recommend slippers as a gift for college students because we don’t know how clean they keep their floors and we know that college students love comfort at home. These slippers are extremely comfortable and have an anti-slip sole so that college students aren’t sliding around their floors and getting injured at home. These slippers are lightweight and, because they are made of breathable cotton, will not overheat your feet or make them sweaty.

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ofoot Women's Indoor Slippers,Memory Foam Washable...
  • 100% COTTON: Women and men indoor slippers,Optimum...
  • COLORS & SIZES: Four solid colors:Gray, Black,...
  • MEMORY FOAM INSOLE: Arch supportive and...

Laptop Tote Bag

College students nowadays have so many more chic options other than just dragging their big backpack to classes. This laptop totebag by Utotebag is a perfect gift for college students who make a point to look good for classes and don’t have an interest carrying their laptop in a Jansport backpack.

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Utotebag Women Laptop Tote Bag, 15.6 Inch Notebook...
  • Durable: The surface material is made of high...
  • Large capacity-size: 17x5.7x12 inches (L * W * H),...
  • Internal structure of : The main compartment is...

Microwave Pasta Cooker

This may seem like a gag gift, but it’s a legitimate gift for college students because it brings two of the best things together.. microwave and pasta. This microwave pasta cooker makes the perfect gift for college students because it takes all the work out of making pasta noodles.

Microwave Pasta Cooker - The Original Fasta Pasta...
  • Perfect al dente pasta everytime
  • Saves time, energy and water
  • No boil over

Workout Bag


Whether you’re taking a break from GRE prep or just unwinding after class, going to the gym in style makes the workout seem to go by quicker. We love this ban.do workout bag because of the cute slogans and design. This makes a perfect gift for college students who are active and enjoy getting to the gym to both look and feel good. They’ll think of you every time they are getting to the gym, preparing to become better versions of themselves.

ban.do Work It Out I Did My Best Gym Bag
  • Made from cotton twill with cotton webbing handles
  • Flat base panel and side pockets
  • Branded gold metal zipper pull

Yoga Mat

This makes our list of gifts for college students that enjoy a bit of yoga for stress relief or fitness. College can be full of stressors, figuring out how to juggle classes, social life, a potential job, and household chores like laundry and cooking. We think this yoga mat is a really cute and fun way to release all the tension from the day and let it go on the mat. Most colleges and universities offer yoga classes that this mat can be used for.

ban.do Women's Wine Yoga Mat, Red/Pink, One Size
  • Height Height: 0.25in / 0.5cm
  • Width Length: 68in / 172.5cm

Uber Gift Card

The Uber gift card makes our list of perfect gifts for college students because many students have no car and still need a safe and reliable way to get places, especially after late nights studying or out with friends. It is not always safe to be walking home alone off campus, so gifting an Uber gift card gives students a safer option. This gift is guaranteed to be used up!

Uber Gift Card - Email Delivery
  • This card is redeemable via the Uber app within...
  • You may be required to add a secondary payment...
  • No returns and no refunds on gift cards.

Roku Streaming Device

College students have a ton of free time. And they certainly are spending some of it bingeing on their favorite tv shows. Give the gift of a Roku, and they can actually steam all their tv on an actual television instead of staring at their computer. Whatever method they use to stream tv, the Roku can connect and play from the tv.

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Roku Streaming Stick+ | 4K/HDR/HD Streaming Player...
  • New 2017 model!
  • Powerful, portable, exceptional wireless
  • Advanced wireless receiver for 4x the range

Amazon Echo

The Amazon Echo is perfect for tech savvy college kids. Alexa will do anything you ask, such as ordering pizza, calling an uber, or whatever else young kids do these days. The echo is great for playing music, as it will play from your favorite apps like Spotify, Pandora, and Amazon Music. Podcasts, audiobooks, radio, and basically any other audio can be listened to using this device. Alexa is basically your personal assistant and can hear you from nearly any direction. This is a great gift for college students who are living in the dorms or have moved off campus!

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Echo Dot (3rd Gen) - Smart speaker with Alexa -...
  • Our most popular smart speaker - Now with a fabric...
  • Voice control your music - Stream songs from...
  • Bigger, better sound - Pair with a second Echo Dot...

Herschel Weekend Bag

This is our second Herschel recommendation, mostly because we love the brand and their quality bags. This duffel bag is perfect for weekend trips, whether it be a quick road trip, home visit, or overnight at a friend’s. Plenty of color scheme options are available, making this the perfect gift for college students, both male and female.

Nikon DSLR

Give the gift of photography… that doesn’t involve the iphone. Students who have an interested in photography will appreciate this gift and have a blast learning all the features of a DSLR and the kind of photos they can take. This is a great gift for college students who are interested in the arts or have a genuine interest in learning photography, as the Nikon D5500 is a fabulous starter DSLR camera.

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Nikon D5500 DX-format Digital SLR Dual Lens Kit w/...
  • 24.2-megapixel image sensor with no optical...
  • Compact design with swiveling touchscreen...
  • Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity for instant photo...