20 Cheap & Awesome Gift Ideas for College Students (Under $25)

Shopping for a college student can be a bit of a challenge…

especially when you don’t have a lot of money to spend.

That’s why in today’s post I’ve rounded up 20 CHEAP gift ideas for college students.

The best part:

All 20 of these gift ideas are under $25!

Cheap Gift Ideas for College Students

Candles (cheap gift ideas for college)

cheap gift ideas for college

Candles make a great gift and they are affordable.

Some of my favorites candles are the Bath & Body Works 3-Wick Candles; they are regularly priced at $22.50.

But:

If you wait for a sale you can get them for even less. They go on sale often, especially around the holidays.

Another option is to get a few smaller candles to give your giftee a variety of scents.

The candle doesn’t even need to come from Bath & Body Works, a hand picked scent from your local Walmart would be just as appreciated.

Insulated Water Bottle (cheap gift ideas for college)

cheap-gift-ideas-for-college

A reusable water bottle is a nice gift for any student, beacuse running around campus all day requires hydration.

An insulated water bottle or tumbler keeps cold drinks cold and more importantly, coffee hot throughout the day! A gift like this would get endless uses.

This option is a beautiful blue color or, here are the best water bottles on Amazon right now for less 25 bucks.

Relaxation Gift Set (cheap gift ideas for college)

Relaxation Gift Set (cheap gift ideas for college)

When you are in school you are busy and quite often stressed. Give a college student something they can use and take a break with – they need to relax sometimes to be successful!

Here are the best relaxation gift sets UNDER $25 on Amazon right now.

Mermaid Blanket (cheap gift ideas for college)

cheap gift ideas for college

This gift is fun and warm! Mermaids and mermaid things are pretty popular right now.

A mermaid tail blanket is sure to be LOVED by a college aged twenty-something.

As an added bonus:

There are lots of colors to choose from – making it easy to find one that’s perfect for your college student! Personally, I like this colorful white “tail” best.

P.S. Make sure to choose an ADULT size mermaid blanket.

bonsai tree (cheap gift ideas for college)

cheap gift ideas for college

For some, gardening is a way to relax.

And:

When you don’t have space for a garden, you can still have space to grow a little Bonsai Tree. Plus, they’re really cute!

A little greenery can go a long way in college dorm room. Here are the best live bonsai tree and bonsai tree starter kits on Amazon right now.

burt's bees gift set (cheap gift ideas for college)

cheap gift ideas for college

For the student in your life who could use a little pampering, a Burt’s Bees gift set could be just what you’re looking for.

It’s easy to pick one up from your local Target, where they have has smaller and larger sets.

Or:

Amazon has carries quite a few, and some that are more for guys, under $25, as well.

razor kit (cheap gift ideas for college)

cheap gift ideas for college

Razors are expensive – ANY college student would appreciate a fresh one.

This Bigfoot Single Blade Safety Razor Kit (gold or silver) is another inexpensive gift idea for a student. It has cheaper replacement blades AND a lifetime warranty.

It may say “for men” but this has 5 star reviews from women, too!

pizza pouch (cheap gift ideas for college)

pizza pouch (cheap gift ideas for college)

This portable pizza pouch is sure to get a laugh! It’s a perfect stocking stuffer for any pizza lover.

It’s a necklace that can hold a piece of pizza, what’s not to love?

Dry Erase Calendar (cheap gift ideas for college)

cheap gift ideas for college

When you’re going to school, there is a lot of planning to do and dates to remember.

Help a college student save paper by gifting them an erasable calendar.

See all the BEST dry erase calendars on Amazon right now here.

Breakfast Sandwich Maker (cheap gift ideas for college)

cheap gift ideas for college

Who doesn’t love a good sandwich for breakfast?

A student can’t always afford to go out to eat, but they can afford to make these breakfast sandwiches themselves.

What to know about these gadgets:

It cooks breakfast sandwiches in 5 minutes and can be cleaned easily in a dishwasher.

You can get a breakfast sandwich maker like the ones pictured above here at Walmart or here on Amazon.

portable speaker (cheap gift ideas for college)

cheap gift ideas for college

Music – it’s an essential in college.

It helps pass time between classes and can be motivating to listen to while doing home work.

A gift of a portable speaker, like any of these, is sure to be a hit with a college student.

lap desk (cheap gift ideas for college)

lap desk (cheap gift ideas for college)

College students spend a fair amount of time working on a laptop and doing homework by hand.

Make it easier for them to work from the comfort of their bed by gifting them a lap desk.

A simple one like this provides ample surface to work on, without having to work from a traditional desk. They’re kind of awesome!

Portable Charger (cheap gift ideas for college)

cheap gift ideas for college

The last thing a college student needs is for their phone to run out of battery in the middle of class.

Portable chargers are great to have when running around campus or going on a camping trip.

There are both smaller chargers, like this Lipstick-Sized Portable Charger, and bigger ones, like this Candy bar-Sized Ultra Compact Portable Charger.

Shower Caddy (cheap gift ideas for college)

cheap gift ideas for college

Any student who lives in a dorm can use a handy shower caddy to transport everything they need quickly to and from shared shower spaces.

You don’t want anyone else using your toothbrush, that’s why its important to keep it with you.

inflatable chair (cheap gift ideas for college)

cheap gift ideas for college

Students don’t have a lot of extra money to spend on furniture.

And whether they live in an apartment or a dorm, they are sure to like getting an inflatable chair to furnish their space.

Plus:

They are super easy to transport, making it easy on a college student when its time to move. Check out the top inflatable furniture on Amazon (under $25) here.

Scratch Off World Map (cheap gift ideas for college)

cheap gifts idea for college

Give this fun gift to someone who wants to travel!

They can scratch off places they want to visit or wait until they have made the trip. The goal is to travel the world and clear the map.

Get a scratch off world map for under budget here.

basic kitch utensils (cheap gift ideas for college)

cheap gift ideas for college

It’s too easy to forget what all the tools you need in the kitchen are when you get your own place for the first time.

A kitchen essentials utensil set is a great gift for a college student who has just moved out into their own apartment.

beard hat (cheap gift ideas for college)

cheap gift ideas for college

College students love these! They keep the face warm, look “cool” and are just generally fun.

Get a beard hat for less than 25 bucks here.

air plants (cheap gift ideas for college)

air plants (cheap gift ideas for college)

Air plants are a unique gift and some of the EASIEST plants to grow. This makes them perfect for decorating dorm rooms or small spaces.

A gift of air plants would be a welcome surprise for a plant loving student.

rechargable book light (cheap gift ideas for college)

rechargable book light (cheap gift ideas for college)

When you’re in college, you and your roommate aren’t always on the same schedule.

That’s where a rechargeable book light comes in. It lets a college student read or study in the dark while their roommate can still catch some sleep.

Need more gift ideas? Here are 42 more gift ideas.

Jen
Jen

I'm Jen, one of the co-founders of College Life Made Easy: a lifestyle blog that focuses on helping students navigate college life on topics of finance, organization, dorm living and more.

No Comments Yet

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Advertise on College Life Made Easy