Best Gifts College Students

The time spent at college is often considered to be the best time of your life. College students are studying in their chosen field of interest while meeting new people who share their same passions. It’s not only a time for learning and making best friends, but also the first taste of independence and the ability to fully embrace self-expression.

Best Gifts College Students

Best Gifts College Students

While college student life can bring amazing fun, it also comes with plenty of challenges too. Students are figuring out new life skills like cooking (and cleaning) for themselves, household budgeting, interpersonal skills (life with roommates), time management, and balancing personal health and wellness.

There is no shortage of things that a college student needs (and wants), but they often have very little cash to spend on things. Continue reading to find ideas for fun gifts college students and a wide range of college student gift ideas.


Fun Gifts for College Students

These gift ideas are just fun and something that should bring a smile to a busy student!


“Adult In Training” Socks

This fun pair of socks is the perfect way to let a student know that although they do have many new responsibilities, they aren’t expected to fully “adult” at all times.


Dinosaur Memo Holder

This fun memo holder is something that will both get years of use and bring lots of smiles. Dino holds important reminders in his mouth while also keeping pens handy to make additional notes!


Plush Squirrel Travel Neck Pillow 

This adorable travel pillow brings a little more fun to a roadtrip, train ride, or flight home. Snuggle up in comfort with these adorable squirrel design neck pillows.


Snack Box Sampler with Candy Bars, Cookies, Chips, and Candy

This snack box should have something for everyone — and plenty of options to share with friends and study groups!


Practical Gifts for College Students

Practical gifts may not have always been appreciated during youth, but college students will often find they have a new appreciation for practical things. Check out these great practical student gifts that can make life a little easier!


Redi-Tag Tabbed Divider Sticky Note Pad

These highly-rated sticky notes help keep “tabs” on each subject with color-coded ease. Over 2,500+ ratings!


Power Strip Surge Protector with 6 USB Charging Ports and 6 Outlets

In today’s modern world, there never seem to be enough power outlets for all the gadgets in our lives. Add surge protection and extra outlets with this 6 foot heavy guage extension cord and keep all devices fully charged.


Backpack Laundry Bag with Drawstring Closure + Mesh Pocket 

This highly-rated laundry bag has a inside pocket to stash a wallet and keys, and an exterior mesh bag to carry detergent. Plus, the smart backpack design makes it much easier to carry a load of laundry to and from the laundromat!


Adjustable Phone / Tablet Stand (Cradle Dock Compatible)

This adjustable stand is small but sturdy and versatile enough to hold smartphones, tablets, and more in either portrait or landscape orientation. Smart design also allows device to be plugged in for charging while it’s sitting on display!


Plastic Bathroom Shower Organizer Tote / Caddy

An essential for anyone sharing a shower space, this plastic shower organizer makes it easy to carry bathing essentials to / from the bathroom. Separate bins keep things organized, the holes in the bottom of the container allow for proper water drainage, and the sturdy handle makes it easy to tote.


All-Purpose First Aid Kit

Be prepared for minor injuries with this 299-piece first aid kit with all the essentials!


LED Desk Lamp with USB Charging Port, 4 Lighting Modes and 5 Brightness Levels

This slim desk lamp has different modes for work, study, reading, or relaxing. The flexible arm allows light to be directed to where it’s needed. Plus it includes a convenient USB charging port!


Kitchen Gifts for College Students

As this could be the first time a student spends time in the kitchen, they are about certain to need hard-working tools to get things done easily. Invest in smart products now that will be easy to use and last for years.


Ninja Mega Kitchen Blender / Food Processor 

This Ninja blender is a versatile appliance that is built to last and is perfect for frozen blending, food processing and Nutrient and Vitamin extraction. Blending healthy smoothies directly into a portable to-go container to saves valuable time every day.


Microwave Popcorn Maker (multiple colors available) – Use Any Kernels, Salt, Oil

This BPA-free silicone microwave popcorn maker is an amazing way to make a quick bowl popcorn — the quintessential student snack! Simply add kernels, stir with a small amount of oil, and in a few minutes enjoy a perfect bowl of popped corn! The bowl is dishwasher safe and folds down compactly for easy dorm room / small apartment storage.


Gifts for Female College Students

These gifts are sure to be a welcome addition to the arsenal of tools that the female students are sure to love!


Caboodles On-The-Go-Girl Cosmetic Case

These cosmetic cases have been around for decades and are not showing any signs of losing popularity points. Multiple compartments and a portable design allow ladies to easily keep track of and carry their skincare and cosmetic essentials for wherever life takes them!


Plus, in addition to the specific gifts above, there are lots of ways to delight a student with a special gift whether large or small.

  • tablet
  • laptop
  • phone
  • backpack
  • sleep aids (whitenoise, lavender, pillows, sheets)
  • fidget spinner
  • pens & notepads
  • field notes & moleskine


If you are still looking for additional gift ideas, check out these other great posts with gift ideas:


What were some of your favorite things that helped make student life easier?

39 Responses

  1. isimmonite says:

    Alyce – You clearly put a lot of effort into this post with all the items that might meet a student’s wish list at Christmas. At this time of year, I am usually wracking my brains as to what people of student age would actually want, and hate buying things that may be just ignored or passed on. With that in mind, this post was very useful in presenting products to buy that will be welcomed by them. The post has also given me some other ideas based on the products you show. Thanks

  2. Riaz Shah says:

    The Cellphone stand and the LED desk lamp is really important I’d say, I remember back when I was studying, I was arranging books and sometimes look for boxes or even polystyrene foam boxes to make my own phone holder to help me read some files as I don’t have an iPad haha. Definitely getting those for my nephew, great suggestions, thanks 😀

    • Alyce says:

      It’s amazing how items that seem to little and inexpensive can be so wonderfully useful! It’s very thoughtful of you to think of gifting these items to your nephew. 

  3. Kelly says:

    This is a really sensible list. College is underrated in England, but I still know many who would love the Adult in training socks (my husband for example) and many many more who would appreciate all those practical gifts. College is a time when young ones find out how expensive it is just to live and practical gifts are really appreciated at that age.

  4. Alicia Watts says:

    Good article.  You have really brought out some good gifts.  I would have thought about like sheets, towels.  I like the squirrel pillow, the dinosaur that holds post notes. Always food any kind of food.  My daughter went and she needed a popcorn popper definitely.  She wanted the magic bullet.  So everything you have is on point.  Alicia

  5. Wildecoll says:

    As much as you have varieties of what you can buy for them, you can also make mistakes when buying gifts for them because they might not have interest in what you’ve gotten. What you should do is just study the person you want to get a gift for, know what he/she would like. I personally love the Adjustable Phone / Tablet Stand, it is something that college students use generally. I’ll bookmark this website so I don’t lost it.

    • Alyce says:

      I suppose that gift cards are so popular because it can be a challenge to pick something out — even when you truly want to delight someone with a great gift. Hopefully this article can help you to find some gift items that work for the people in your life!

  6. Wildecoll says:

    This is a very good post, it’s true that college students never run out of things to buy but the issue of limit cash gets it all down the “can’t” list, this list is full of stuffs they’ll definitely love because they all have that you h and feeling of tenderness, fun and youthfulness. The LED lamps is what I love most here, who knows, I might get one for my cousin. Thanks for sharing such an informative article, it is useful.

  7. Irina says:

    How many things nice and fun! I passed a lot of college-age, but I would like to have most of these things in the house. I studied each one and in the end, I felt suddenly a better mood. I have no family members in college but I have a child who will go to school next year. But I do not think you have to wait to enter the school to provide some of these objects.

    • Alyce says:

      Irina, these gift ideas are great because they absolutely work for lots of different situations!! Go ahead and pick up the things that you would like in your house — they will be enjoyable and useful whether you are a student or not!

  8. Cathy Allen says:

    What cool gift ideas! I never went to college, but a lot of these gifts are good for first-time apartment dwellers. The TaoTronix desk lamp sounds so awesome I want one now! The adjustable phone stand looks so simple, but it seems so handy when you think about it. Who wants to hold the phone while they’re trying to read from it or watch videos? Having a stand makes the experience much more fun. Charging ports aren’t as expensive as they used to be, and they are handy in any living situation. I love your suggestions. People with college-bound kids should definitely read this!

  9. Happier At Home says:

    How fun is this post!  I thoroughly enjoyed this post about the best gifts for college students!  Some of my favorite people are currently learning in a university setting right now!  With Christmas right around the corner, you offer several great options!  I would have never thought of these if not for your sharing them!  You’ve categorized the options between gender, dorm necessities, kitchen gadgets, technology, and others!  I’m impressed by this great list!  Thank you so much!  

  10. Ron says:

    As I browsed around your site it seems you have great insight as to what a college student really needs. I really like the led lamp with USB port and the power strip with multiple USB ports.  Since we live “The age of Technology” I think these and other items related to device charging are super Gifts for most any college student.

  11. Anthony Hu says:

    Thank you for your post. It is a nice idea to have a gifts for college students. My son is in college now and I usually give him cash, but I think it is good idea to give him gift as a inspiration and motivation token.

    I am surprised that my son loves cooking and he seldom eat at  school cafeteria, instead he makes his own food.  Kitchen gifts are certainly the best gifts for my son. I see that you suggest Ninja Mega Kitchen Blender / Food Processor. My loves smoothies and will like the Ninja blender. 

    My son certainly like other kitchen utensils. I guess Ninja Mega Kitchen should have the all of them and I am going to order one sets of stuff for my son.

    It is kind of you sharing this helpful idea with us.

  12. Renea says:

    Really cool post. You have lots of good ideas of gifts for a college student. The Dino memo holder is so cute and the pop corn popper would be a hit for a gift:) My daughter is in college and I will definitely use some of your ideas for her. My youngest son starts colleges next fall, so will be coming back to your site for more ideas then. 🙂

  13. Stephanie says:

    I had most of the practical gifs you mentioned when I was in college. I got it all by myself though because I didn’t had anyone to help me with anything. Really wish I could’ve seen an article like this back in the days. It would’ve saved me so much time and unnecessary headaches. 

    • Alyce says:

      It’s wonderful to have someone who will surprise you with a gift, especially in those college years when funds can be tight. I’m glad to hear that you were able to get some of these items on your own and that you found them to be practical as well!

  14. Michel says:

    College is a great experience and often remembered by all the good times had with friends. We just tend to forget that that was the time of our lives where we felt the poorest. We never had any money and we were always looking to save a buck or two.

    You have come up with some very useful gifts for students here. I am sure they will appreciate something like the power strip surge protector, especially with all the gadgets and technology that they walk around with nowadays.

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Michel, those were definitely some cash-strapped times, and practical gifts were very much welcomed and appreciated!!!

  15. Claudio says:

    Searching on the internet I found your site where you promote different products all very useful by the way. Within a few days I have my lady’s birthday I am looking for something to give her. 

    I think you may like the cosmetic case, the last one that appears. I will save your site to show it to my lady before making the purchase. Thank you!

  16. C says:

    Thank you! These are great gift ideas. I like how you always put together so many helpful things within an article to create a full picture. I like the dinosaur memo pad, because of course I like dinosaurs. And the squirrel neck pillow. That’s a good idea to include practical gifts, for example the first aid kit is really practical and could be really helpful.

    maybe a doorway pull-up bar could be good for college students, so they could do some pull-ups in their dorm room if they are too busy to go to the gym for a full workout. They just have to make sure that they’re allowed to put it up in their dorm. Also, gift cards for the grocery store, that way they can always get whatever food they need.

    Great article and I look forward to reading your next one.

  17. Chloe says:

    These are by fat a wide variety of stuffs any college student would ask for. Looking a the lots of things these students would need when they ate going to school, one would certainly need some discount to help reduce the expenses that would go with it. Currently I don’t have a kid in college buy i know just the right person that needs to see these offers. Thanks for sharing this wonderful information.

    • Alyce says:

      Thank you Chloe, I appreciate you sharing this with someone who can use the information about things a college student might need!

  18. Tracy says:

    For what is worth, this post has come very handy to me and I must say that I picked up quite a couple of things from this list. My cousin is in college and I know that he would definitely be in need of a couple of these things listed on this list and I’m surely going to get a couple in line with my budget. To be honest, this list has some very basic things that most college students lack and they would be very appreciative if they can get some our of this. Thumbs up to you for sharing this

  19. John says:

    When I was in college,I used to love it when I receive  good gifts. Seeing this list is very awesome because I have a nephew who is going to college soon and I want to give  him something nice as well. I like that dinosaur memo holder and those last few tips you have are also very good and I think I know now what to give him. Is there a set of gifts you can recommend?

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