42 Practical & Useful Gift Ideas for College Students That Girls & Boys Will Love


Deciding what to gift a college student for a holiday, a birthday or just because, can be well…

…difficult.

Gifts college students will actually use can be even tougher to pin point!

You don’t know how much space they have or if they already have what they need to get started.

What we do know is:

They usually have less space and can use basic necessities.

And one thing is for sure, students definitely appreciate snacks!

Looking for less expensive gifts? Check out 20 Cheap Gift Ideas for College Students Under $25!

42 Gifts College Students Will Actually Use

1. Amazon Prime Subscription

42 Gifts College Students Will Actually Use!

It has FREE 2 Day shipping, exclusive deals and promos, unlimited photo storage, unlimited streaming of movies, TV shows and music.

An Amazon Prime subscription would make a great gift for just about anyone.

2. Mini Coffee Brewer

42 Gifts College Students Will Actually Use

College students go through a lot of coffee! Get them this compact Keurig K15 Personal Coffee Brewer, it’s the perfect size for a small dorm room.

3. Snack Care Package

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Snacks are always appreciated! This pre-made box has just about everything!

4. Shoe Organizers

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Space is limited in a dorm, being organized matters! Consider getting an over the door shoe organizer, there are lots of different options.

5. Microwave Baking Cooking Gadgets Kit

42 Gifts College Students Will Actually Use!

For those times when all you have is a microwave. One of these microwave baking cooking gadgets kits will do the trick.

6. Blender with Travel Sport Bottle

42 Gifts College Students Will Actually Use!

Blender & travel bottle all in one – talk about convenient!

7. Amazon Fire Stick or Roku

42 Gifts College Students Will Actually Use!

An Amazon Fire Stick or a Roku player will let your college student stream video services like Netflix.

8. First Aid Kit

42 Gifts College Students Will Actually Use!

Chances are that a first aid kit wasn’t on a college student’s packing list, but they are always nice to have on hand. This can be kept long after college as well.

You can get a pre-made first aid kit like this or make one yourself.

9. Fun Sticky Notes

42 Gifts College Students Will Actually Use

For those students who are serious about their note taking! Get them some fun sticky notes to make class work a little better.

10. Safety Pepper Spray

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It’s best to be prepared for the worst, even if they never need it. These safety pepper gel sprays are available in Blue or Pink or Black.

11. Food Storage Set

42 Gifts College Students Will Actually Use!

Another item that may have been left off the packing list but is still very needed. A food storage set like this one would be perfect for the food prepping college student.

12. Flash Drive
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The flash drive – A must have item for students.

13. Dust Buster

42 gifts college students will actually use

A small dust buster vacuum is really nice to have when a small mess or spill happens!

14. Electronics Organizer Bag
42 Gifts College Students Will Actually Use!

We all have quite a few electronic devices these days. A busy college student on the go would appreciate an electronic organizer.

15. Compact Drying Rack
42 Gifts College Students Will Actually Use!

For those who have delicate clothing that needs to be air dried, a compact drying rack like this one is just what you need.

P.S. Shipping is free with ANY beauty purchase!

16. Nice Bath Towels
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Soft bath towels are a luxury any student can appreciate. (Shipping is free with ANY beauty purchase!)

17. Charging Station With Usb Outlet Multiplier

 

42 gifts college students will actually use

This charging station is surge protected and it has twin smartphone holders! College students can always use more outlets for their gadgets.

18. Laptop Backpack
42 Gifts College Students Will Actually Use

College students have to carry around a lot when running around campus, including a laptop. A laptop backpack would definitely be put to use!

19. Black & Decker EasySteam Iron
42 Gifts College Students Will Actually Use

How many students do you know that brought a handy iron to college? It’s important to look professional when applying for jobs or internships!

(Shipping is free with ANY beauty purchase!)

20. Tabletop Ironing Board
42 Gifts College Students Will Actually Use

On that same note: This ironing board is great for when you’re limited on space.

(Shipping is free with ANY beauty purchase!)

21. Essentials Care Package

This home essentials care package would make a great for a gift for a college student.

22. Rapid Ramen Cooker

42 Gifts College Students Will Actually Use!

Microwave perfect ramen in half the time with this Rapid Ramen Cooker!

23. Room Organizers
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Make the most out of small dorm spaces with these organizers.

24. Desk Organizer
42 Gifts College Students Will Actually Use!

Cluttered desks are a problem in college, fix that problem with a simple desk organizer.

25. Makeup Organizer

42 Gifts College Students Will Actually Use

As I’ve said before, it’s all about organization in cramped dorm rooms. This organizer is perfect for the make up enthusiast.

Plus, shipping is free with ANY beauty purchase!

26. Mesh Wash Bags
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Simplify laundry day by sorting and protecting your garments in these mesh zip bags.

Shipping is free with ANY beauty purchase!

27. Urban Shelf
42 Gifts College Students Will Actually Use!

This Urban Shelf would be endlessly useful for a college student.

28. Pop-Up Hamper
42 Gifts College Students Will Actually Use!

This mesh pop-up hamper makes carrying your clothing to the laundry mat so much easier! It has handles and pockets to store laundry detergent and dryer sheets,

29. Men’s Shaving Set

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Gift them a nice shaving set, with enough razors to last a long time! Get it one of these from Dorco.

Shipping is free!

30. Women’s Shaving Set

42 gifts college students will actually use

Ladies shave, too! Get this set from Dorco.

Shipping is free.

31. Soft & Cozy Sheet Set

42 Gifts College Students Will Actually Use!

New sheets aren’t something a college student can always afford. Treat them to a nice, soft set like this one.

32. Essential Total Kitchen 59-Piece Combo Set

42 Gifts College Students Will Actually Use!

Have a student who moved out the dorms into an apartment? They probably need just about everything for their kitchen!

33. Book of College Hacks

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Hacks every college student needs to know!

34. How to Become a Straight-A Student Book

The Unconventional Strategies Real College Students Use to Score High While Studying Less. Get it from Thriftbooks.

Shipping is only $1 or free on orders over $10!

35. Goodnight Dorm Room Book

All the Advice I Wish I Got Before Going to College. Get it from Amazon.

36. The Naked Roommate Book

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And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College. Get it from Thirftbooks.

Shipping is only $1 or free on orders over $10!

37. 1001 Things Every College Student Needs to Know Book

(Like Buying Your Books Before Exams Start). Get it from Thirftbooks.

Shipping is only $1 or free on orders over $10!

38. A Short History of Nearly Everything Book

Get it from Thriftbooks.

Shipping is only $1 or free on orders over $10!

39. Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words Book

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Get this book from Amazon.

40. Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot Book.

Get it from Thriftbooks.

Shipping is only $1 or free on orders over $10!

41. Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever Book.

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Get it from Thriftbooks.

Shipping is only $1 or free on orders over $10!

42. The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies Book.

Based on the Timeless Wisdom of India’s 5,000-Year-Old Medical System. Get from Amazon.

Also Read: Stocking Stuffer Ideas for College Students



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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.

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