The typical college experience these days may not quite resemble the shenanigans of Animal House, but any student on your gift-giving list is probably in need of the same campus essentials we all used to get us through - albeit with more WiFi. Gift giving is not always an easy process. From high tech gadgets like wireless earbuds that’ll ease them into adulthood, to useful dorm room must-haves, and, of course, some fashion items like dress sneakers to get the party started, we present 55 of the best gifts for college students. Togas and kegs not included...
The 55 Best Gifts For College Students
Just in time for the holidays
The Best Gifts for College Students, at a Glance:
- The Best Tech Gift: Anker Nebula Capsule Pro Projector, $299.99
- The Best Clothing Gift: Nike Sportswear Club Fleece Pullover Hoodie, $65
- The Best Kitchen Gift: Bean and Bud Rise Coffee, $29.99
- The Best Home Gift: Swiss Champ Swiss Army Knife, $107
- The Best Traveling Gift: Deux Main Mission Essential Travel Bag, $439
- Best Office Gift: Eterluck Wooden Docking Station, $49.97
- Best Beauty Gift: Gentleman Jon Complete Wet Shave Kit, $49.50
The Best Tech Gifts:
Tech and college are one-in-one. We took a look at headphones, speakers, projectors and other items that can help transform a dorm.
Our Editors' Pick for a Tech Gift for College Students
TVs are overrated. Turn any dorm room into a movie theater with this smart mini projector which connects to WiFi to deliver bright and vivid video picture as large as 100 inches, as well as 360-degree sound. Coming in at only 15 ounces, it’s easily portable and can even be used outdoors!
Then again, all that college junk food (and beer) can make it all too easy to gain the notorious Freshman Fifteen. Life is about balance, so encourage some healthy habits with the latest Fitbit model, the Charge 4. This updated version of the classic boasts all the same fitness features but with added swimproof capabilities, GPS, and new Active Zone Minutes which track how long someone is exercising in their desired heart rate range.
Remember when we could actually hold pictures in our hands?! This easy-to-use Bluetooth printer connects to any smartphone in order to turn digital snaps into physical photos. Now all their college memories can live on Instagram and decorate their dorm room walls! (Besides, we all know they’re going to delete those drunk pics online as soon as they start looking for a job.)
When situations call for more serious concentration (like studying or going through a breakup), these wireless noise-cancelling headphones are here to block out the world. Bose’s renowned QuietComfort over-ear model connects to Bluetooth and also works with Amazon Alexa, so music, entertainment, news, and more are just a voice request away, no switching devices required.
For just $39.99 you can get the college student in your life a replacement for the earbuds they always seem to be losing. The JBL Vibe Beam True Wireless Earbuds has a TalkThru feature which allows you to hear yourself as you are talking, an Ambient Aware feature allows you the ability to remain aware of your surrounding as music is playing, and the speakers/sound quality is awesome!
Tablets are becoming a must-have for students, and the Amazon Fire 7 Tablet is a great and affordable option. In addition to helpful tools such as a notepad, the Fire 7 also offers you fast performance, an extended battery life of up to ten hours, multiple apps available for your entertainment such as Netflix, Facebook, Hulu, Instagram, TikTok, and more.
What college student doesn't need a laptop? The Lenovo Ideapad 1 15.6" HD Laptop is an excellent option to consider as it boasts responsive performance, a frameless display for more screen and Dolby Audio speakers, an HD camera, a Smartnoise Cancelling feature and more.
The Best Clothing Gifts for Students:
College students are always in need of something new to wear. Here are some suggestions for the holidays.
Our Editor's Pick for Best Clothing Gift
There's nothing like rocking a hoodie on campus during those nice chill breezy days. The gift of a hoodie is one that will always come in handy, and Nike's Fleece Pullover Hoodie is comfortable, comes in multiple colors and sizes, and is under the $75 mark which is a snag for hoodies these days (especially with it being Nike).
Every girl needs an adequate sports bra for training, and it doesn't get any better than the Nike Pro Swoosh Medium Bra. Designed for high performance, this bra brings unparalleled comfort to your workouts with a racerback design and wide straps. The tight-fit design contours your body and supports every move to keep you focused on your goals. Perfect for the athletic lady in your life.
Inspired by vintage basketball aesthetics and personal flair, the Converse CONS Pro Leather Sneaker is a hardcourt homage to the 1970s and 1980s. Offered in a premium leather upper and 1980s-inspired tongue label, the CONS Fastbreak Pro Leather brings luxe finishes to the shoe with a grippy rubber outsole and cushioning CX. A must-have for any Converse lovers.
DIESEL’s latest wearable for men and women blends style, innovation, and technology seamlessly. The smartwatch boasts features such as increased speed and performance with Snapdragon Wear™ 4100+ Platform, rapid charging, wellness features and more. The Gen 6 DIESEL Griffed combines utility through its clip aesthetic and Diesel ethos on the display; it comes with multiple bezel colorway options like silver/black, gunmetal/black and silver and bracelet in stainless steel, DIESEL branded nylon and silicone, and leather. Nice little watch for the wintertime.
Whether they’re typing out their thesis or, let’s be real, playing video games, most students these days spend a lot of time staring at a screen. Help them avoid the detrimental effects of blue light exposure, including eye fatigue, blurry vision, headaches, and trouble sleeping, with these blue light-blocking glasses. The frames are stylish while the non-prescription lenses use advanced technology to filter out all the harmful rays.
Built to get you through all seasons in the most stylish way possible, Canada Goose's Unisex Freestyle Vest is technical, cutting, edge, and cool. Regeneration is designed with purpose, with each garment utilizing surplus fabrics and materials upcycled into a functional, distinct collection that reinforces Canada Goose's commitment to sustainability. A great investment for sure.
If you haven't yet copped a pair of glasses from Vontélle, consider doing so for the holidays. The glasses feature an exclusive rectangle retro square frame build, a multi-faceted temple lens, a rich olive-green frame, and a blonde wood-like temple that has a rustic appeal. A perfect mixture of vintage and modern, and a great look.
A new bag for the holidays and new year? That seems like a great gift don't you think? From luxe festive flair to timeless holiday style, Coach is one of your one-stop shop's for gift-giving this season. There's two different colors available to choose from in the Soft Tabby Shoulder style as well.
A cozy-cool beanie with a built-in Bluetooth speaker?! OK, this is actually genius. Available in a range of 30 colors and styles, these knit smart beanies make for the ideal winter accessory, allowing wearers to play music and even answer phone calls without fidgeting with their phone or AirPods. It boasts 6 hours of continuous battery life, so they can quite literally wear their favorite tunes all day.
And to store all the above grooming essentials? A timeless leather toiletry bag fit for a gentleman. We love the selection at Leatherology. This double-zip pick comes with two waterproof-lined compartments while the outer full-grain leather can be customized in various colors. You can even opt for a monogram for just $10 extra!
Armitron has loads of affordable options when it comes to watches, and one of them is this beautiful 33mm Prismatica Watch which intricately designed and features a one-of-a-kind dial that changes color with the minute hand every 10 minutes. An awesome pick up for the holiday season.
Sure it’s a bit on the nose, but showing school spirit never goes out of style. These officially-licensed NCAA crewneck shirts are available in the school colors and logos of dozens of colleges and universities across the country. It’s a must for wearing around campus or to the big game.
befree zipOns are the ultimate pair of athleisure pants that zip on and off over the sides of the legs allowing users to layer up or take layers off in any position. Made with moisture wicking fabric and deep pockets, befree zipOns deliver zippable, breathable, and adaptable convenience other athleisure wear can’t offer.
You know we always to include options for the luxury lovers, and the Wyndham Parka Black Label Jacket is just in time for the winter season. Available in both a Titanium and Coastal Grey colorway, this slim-fitting style maximizes warmth with a heavy-duty two-way zipper and soft ribbed knit cuffs to block cold air out. The adjustable down-filled hood adds warmth and element protection, with streamlined details, all to give you the ultimate warmth and comfort for the cool weather.
The classic MB.02 is a tribute to Melo’s Rookie of the Year accomplishment and honors his Buzz City team with its striking teal colorway. Featuring LaMelo's ROTY stats on the left heel counter and a bold avian treatment outlined in royal blue and white, these erformance-backed kicks make a wide-spanning style statement symbolic of Melo’s soaring start. Additionally, the shoes feature tonal metallic accents add a hit of luster, and the instantly recognizable “1 of 1” branding. A cool gift for basketball lovers.
The Best Kitchen Gifts for College Students:
Kitchen appliances and food in general are an incredibly helpful gift and resource to college students. Here are some suggestions.
Our Editor's Pick for Best Kitchen Gift
College kids are both endlessly stressed and forever exhausted. The perfect cure? CBD-infused coffee! Bean & Bud’s quality-sourced coffee beans provide an invigorating wake up call that mixes energizing caffeine with anxiety-reducing CBD to ensure your favorite scholar is prepared to handle anything.
And what better way to enjoy those beans than by turning ‘em into cold brew? Iced coffee lovers will appreciate the money-saving ease of brewing their own with this fridge-friendly cold brew maker (which kind of looks like it belongs in a lab, so it’s definitely on theme). Its stainless steel filter and cap and BPA-free silicone airtight seal keep the brew fresh for up to two weeks!
Because we all remember the struggle of college cafeteria food, provide the gift of flavor with the TRUFF variety pack. So long as they keep hot sauce in their bag (swag), your recipient can upgrade just about any meal with this truffle-infused selection of spicy condiments. Bonus: they come in a very fancy gift box!
One word: snacks! A nostalgic taste of all the treats mom used to buy, the CraveBox Care Package, which is stuffed with 45 pantry favorites ranging from the sweet to the salty (and everything in between), will keep them satisfied between meals - and whenever they have the munchies.
Whether you are camping or not, the Hast Mag-nect Camping Knife is a solid addition to your kitchen. The knife is made with Japanese carbon steel, and features a hingeless and screwless wooden knife box that effortlessly carries the Hast 6.3 chef knife, while also transforming into a cutting board that is made up of two pieces that automatically connect with eight powerful magnets. Cool huh?
There’s only so much microwaveable ramen one person can handle, but as it turns out, there’s a whole world of microwave meals you can make in a cup. This cookbook is the ultimate resource for the cooking (and time management) impaired, with 250 budget-friendly and individually-portioned recipes suitable for every craving.
And since they’ll need a mug to cook in (and drink copious amounts of coffee out of), going the novelty route is always a good idea. This ceramic mug which reads, “Oh Crap! I’m An ADULT Now!” is sure to get lots of laughs and plenty of use. Nothing like the taste of harsh reality to wake you up in the morning.
Bottled beverage fans who may or may not be sneaking booze into their dorm room will also appreciate these clever strip magnets that allow them to make the most of their mini fridge space by suspending bottles from the ceiling inside. Each order comes with two strips and each strip features three super-strong neodymium magnets (i.e. enough to hold a floating six-pack).
They’ve gotta stay hydrated beyond beer and coffee somehow, so remind them to sip throughout the day with this 40 oz. bottle from the cult-favorite Hydro Flask brand itself. Sustainable, BPA-free, and made of stainless steel with TempShield insulation to keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold. Choose from seven colors!
Speaking of keeping drinks cold, they’re gonna need a slightly larger option for all those tailgates, road trips, and frat parties on their calendar. Treat them to one of the best coolers on the market: the YETI Roadie 24. It’s lightweight, compact, and boasts YETI’s Permafrost insulation proven to keep even ice cold for days.
The Best Home Gifts for College Students;
Everybody needs home appliances. Everyone. Here's some suggestions for students.
Our Editors Pick for Best Home Gift
The first rule of adulthood (and, we guess, the Boy Scouts)? Be prepared. That’ll be easy with this deluxe version of the classic Swiss Army Knife. The Swiss Champ packs a whopping 33 functions inside its pocket-sized body, featuring a corkscrew (important), a can opener (also important), a ruler, a magnifying glass, scissors, a nail file, pliers, tweezers, and multiple screwdrivers of different sizes - just to name a few.
And since you never know what adventures await on campus, it’s always smart to have first aid supplies on hand. Obviously they’ll never buy this for themselves, but Welly’s fun and functional first aid kit, which includes Ibuprofen, antibiotic ointment, butterfly strips, tape, and a whole lot of bandages, all in a convenient tin, will be much appreciated on any particularly wild night.
Now that we’re on the subject of hilarious homewares, can we all just take a second to appreciate this hyper-realistic pizza blanket?! Measuring 60-inches in diameter, and made from soft flannel, this deliciously cozy piece of bedding basically turns people into human Hot Pockets - in the best way possible. (Also available in tortilla and waffle prints. Yum.)
If your college student has moved into a new apartment or is lacking furniture, it might be helpful to give them the gift of a brand new sofa. The Friheten Sleeper Sofa from Ikea has the ability to transform into a bed, making this a place that either you can sleep on, or your guests if you have them over. Nothing like a good sleeper sofa.
Relieve tension, enhance recovery and avoid pain with pinpointed accuracy. TB12’s Vibrating Pliability Sphere helps you zero in and target trouble spots like the shoulders, lower back, IT band, glutes, and calves. With four vibration levels and a non-slip silicone exterior, you can make the most of your self-pliability work where you need it most.
Not everything has to be practical. When it comes to college, we all know there will be plenty of fun and games involved, so help make them the life of the party with this hilarious alternative to Cards Against Humanity. Cheeky cards prompt friends to call each other out by naming “Who’s more likely to…” Knowing college kids, they’ll probably find a way to turn it into a drinking game, which they’ll really appreciate you for.
The Best Traveling Gift:
Whether students are traveling home, on a vacations, or for their foreign studies, they're going to need some traveling essentials.
Our Editors Chose for Best Traveling Gift
Made for the gentlemen who likes to travel in style. Functional and efficient, this handcrafted Leather Mission Essential Bag simplifies everything that represents being on the go. With interior pockets and a zipper closure, this wash kit is the perfect sidekick as you travel for the holidays.
Weekend trips, overnight stays, sports practice, gym sessions… oh my! The duffle bag that’ll remain their favorite companion throughout all of that and more? The signature Novel Duffle by Herschel. A hidden shoe compartment stores their favorite kicks while a removable shoulder strap makes it easy to schlep around. Available in 28 colors and prints, this high-quality grab-and-go bag will fit anyone’s tastes.
If you are ever in a position where you might need to do your laundry on the road, the Scrubba Portable Wash Bag is something that could come in handy as it has the capacity to hold up to 6 liters worth of stuff, which definitely works if you are going to be traveling for a hot minute. Plus it's foldable and easy to pack which makes it a very helpful resource.
Losing your passport, ID, or debit cards while traveling is a nightmare. The Zoppen Passport Holder helps you avoid that as it has multiple holders and slots to prevent you from losing those essential belongings.
The Best Office Gifts for College Students:
Students need to essentially have their own office/work station. Here's some suggestions
Our Editor's Choice for Best Office Gift
Chances are your college kid is dealing with a small room, which means they have to utilize all the space they’ve got. Help them stay organized with an all-in-one wooden docking station. This pick can top any dresser or nightstand and features room to dock and charge multiple devices from iPhones to Apple Watches, as well as designated space to store glasses, pens, and keys. Plus, it comes with a RFID blocking wallet made of vegan leather that will keep their cards and personal information protected.
Working from bed is always ideal, but without the proper setup it can also be incredibly uncomfortable. An adjustable laptop bed desk, like this one by Nearpow, solves that problem. It’s multifunctional, portable, and can be adjusted to five different heights and three surface angles for ultimate usability. Gives new meaning to the term “protect ya neck.”
Every single college student needs a desk. And since every college student needs a desk, check out the Comhar All-in-One Standing Desk that will help you achieve stylish home office setups while maintaining wellness at work at the same time. A two-for-one combo if you will that works very well.
The Best Beauty Gifts for College Students:
Self care is the best care, and you are best self when you are groomed. Here's some beauty and grooming products to consider giving this holiday season.
Our Editor's Choice for Best Beauty Gift
For the dapper dude on your list, this fancy (yet affordable) kit ensures that he never misses a shave - even in his overcrowded shared bathroom. It comes with a sleek safety razor, badger hair shave brush, sandalwood shave soap, an alum block to prevent razor burn, and five extra blades. A forever-fresh face in a box!
When it comes to grooming, um, elsewhere, nothing beats the products by Manscaped. Their famous must-haves come together in their Performance Package, a bundle of hygiene appliances and skincare (for sensitive areas) including the Weed Whacker ear and nose hair trimmer and the Lawn Mower 3.0 waterproof trimmer featuring Advanced SkinSafe™ Technology. They even throw in a pair of boxers!
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