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.
Bose 700 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Comfy, Casual Sneakers
The hardest part about recommending an Allbirds shoe is choosing just one style and color. Allbirds is blowing up the shoe industry with their naturally-sourced sneakers made from ingredients like eucalyptus tree, castor bean, and Merino wool. Our top recommendation for a casual college sneaker is the Wool Runners by Allbirds. These shoes come in a variety of colors (both neutral as well as bold and bright color schemes) but they all possess the same simplicity in chic design. While you’re at it, order a pair for yourself, too! Each shoe is carbon neutral, so you can feel good about getting a few pairs.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Pampering Bath Set
Just because they’re going to be living off ramen for the next 4 years doesn’t meant they can’t have a little pampering every now and then. We love this Soap & Glory bath set with shower gel and body butter. This is an affordable gift that looks luxurious and will be loved by all!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Don’t let your loved ones get hangry (especially after a demanding ACT prep course). 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!
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,
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 16 packs from Mizon, great for those who are addicted to skincare. All these Korean-inspired 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!
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.
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!
ToDo 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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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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