*This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure for more info.
Not-Boring Stocking Stuffers for College Students: 37 Awesome Ideas
Unique small gifts that aren’t just junk!
In this post, you’ll find fun, cool, and great stocking stuffers for college students.
Stocking stuffers (also known as stocking fillers) are small gifts that can fit into – well, a stocking.
Candy and gift cards are often the go-to’s because you just can’t go wrong with them. They’re tried and true, but also far from unique.
Finding really good stocking stuffer ideas takes a little more time…
College students are in a transition period of life, which makes them kind of weird to shop for. The same goes for stocking stuffers for teens: figuring out what they’d really like isn’t exactly straight forward.
Even when you ask, the answer is usually unhelpful!
So to help save you some time and guesswork –
I searched to the ends of the internet to find the best stocking stuffers for college students.
Here’s what I found:
Table of Contents
37 Unique Stocking Stuffers College Students Will Get Excited About
Favorite Ideas for 2019
These are the stocking stuffers college students (and even college-bound teens) are hoping to get this year!
1. Mini Nutella
Nutella is a delicious spread that is loved by almost everyone. I’d even say it’s loved most by teens and students!
2. A Little Burt’s Bees Gift Set
Burt’s Bees beauty items make nice little gifts. A lip balm or a body scrub would fit well in a stocking.
You could cram in a small gift set.
3. Pizza Pouch
Does your teen love a good gag gift?
Then this portable pizza pouch is sure to get a laugh!
It’s a necklace that can hold a piece of pizza, what’s not to love?
4. Super Warm & Soft Alpaca Wool Socks
Socks are a classic Christmas gift that college students definitely appreciate.
Skip the merino wool this year. You can give something a little more unique by going with a pair of Alpaca wool socks.
Compared to sheep wool, alpaca wool is warmer and better at wicking away moisture.
5. Keychain Sized Sriracha
The oh-so-popular Sriracha Sauce is available in a mini, to-go keychain. Which is so neat and cute in my opinion!
This would make a fun novelty stocking stuffer for any fan of the hot sauce.
A college student is sure to get a kick out of it and find plenty of uses for it.
6. Portable Mini Essential Oil Diffuser
College kids who love essential oils would also love a mini, portable essential oil diffuser.
It’s a convenient way to freshen up a dorm room, work space, or car.
7. PopSocket Phone Grip & Stand
You may or may not have heard about these cool phone gadgets, but they’re awesome!
It makes holding onto a phone, while taking a picture or doing anything else on it, SO much easier.
PopSockets are great stocking stuffers for college students, teens, or pretty much anyone.
There’s even mini Popsockets – so cute!
8. TONYMOLY Hand Cream Set
College girls are sure to enjoy any beauty care related gift.
I love TONYMOLY’s whole aesthetic! You can’t go wrong with something from this brand.
This little gift set is available in 3 delightful scents (like honey).
9. Simulated Pimple Popping Toy
If nothing else, it’ll get a laugh!
This is just one of many silly stocking stuffer ideas I have in this list, get ready for more.
10. Movie Tickets
These make great stocking stuffers for college students and teens. The price of a movie ticket can be an expense they can’t afford to spare.
But students can use a break from studying every now and then.
During a holiday break, it’s always nice to have something to do!
11. Portable Charger
A portable power bank for charging devices is useful to have when running around campus, taking a camping trip, or traveling.
They’re even small enough to fit in a Christmas stocking.
College students LOVE portable chargers as they have lots of devices that need charging.
12. A Good Book or Two
Not textbooks for class:
But, something that can help ease the nerves about college and make the transition smoother.
You could add in a book that has been on their reading wish list for a long time.
Either way, win-win! 1001 Things Every College Student Needs to Know is a great pick.
13. nügg Face Mask Glow Kit
Applying face masks together is a relaxing way to get in some bonding time.
These little babies are uber-cute and the perfect size to slip in a stocking.
A Birchbox is one-stop-shop for stocking stuffers. In each box is curated assortment of goodies.
You could order one box ahead of time or you could gift a few months subscription.
Awesome Cheap Ideas
Stocking Stuffers under $10
15. Serial Killers: Adult Coloring Book
Adult coloring books are fun stocking fillers!
This serial killer themed one is perfect for the true crime lover in your life.
16. Extra Long Charging Cable
Useful little things are some of the best stocking stuffers for college students.
Dorm beds are high off the ground and a regular length cable doesn’t quite cut it.There’s no doubt that 6 feet would be plenty of reach, though.
17. Cute Animal Sticky Notes
Sticky notes are a students best friend! They’re used to mark important passages and pages in textbooks.
Animal sticky notes are a practical and cute gift all rolled into one.
18. Loch Ness Monster Bookmark
Are you shopping for a bookworm this holiday season?
This Nessie Tale bookmark will please any avid reader. It’s definitely a unique idea!
19. Petit Bunny Gloss Bar
These Petit Bunny Bars are great stocking stuffer ideas for a college girl based on looks alone. The packaging is adorable.
Plus, it’s actually a pretty nice tinted lip balm.
20. Pocket Bowie Wisdom
Pocket Bowie Wisdom is a cool stocking filler idea for college students who are a fan of the icon.
The little book is a collection of Bowie’s most memorable and inspiring quotes.
21. Watercolor Temporary Tattoos
My next cheap stocking stuffer idea is:
They’re are fun for both teens and college students. Because the best way to try out a tattoo is by starting with a temporary one, right?
These watercolor flowers are delicate, beautiful, and surprisingly convincing.
22. Bullet Journal
Bullet journals are all the rage and a nice stocking stuffer for college students/teens.
Bullet journaling is an open-ended way to track just about anything – like moods, habits, schedules, etc. It’s like an artistic alternative to a planner!
BUJOs are so much more than that.
23. Washi Tape
Washi Tape comes in all kinds of crazy patterns like bacon, skittles, puppies, kittens, etc. Pretty much any design you can think of!
Students and teens can use it to decorate their room, planner, or bullet journal. It’s a versatile tape that has lots of fun uses.
24. Mini House of Sheet Masks
Here’s a great stocking stuffer idea for a college girl:
A face mask bundle in packaging that reminds me of a dollhouse.! It’s simply darling and it comes in two colors.
25. Magical Farting Creatures Coloring Book
Like the cover says, magical creatures that fart are funny!
Adult coloring books have been popular for some time, so you can be sure a student would delight in one. As an added bonus, coloring can help reduce stress.
26. Paint By Sticker Book
A paint by sticker book is similar to an adult coloring book. The main difference is that no colored pencils or artistic skills are needed.
Depending on the giftee, it could be even more fun!
27. Vineyard Vines Whale Sticker
Earlier in 2019 when Target started carrying Vineyard Vines, people went nuts over it. The clothing line sold out in minutes.
So I think it’s safe to say it’s a popular brand.
A Vineyard Vines whale sticker is a cheap stocking stuffer idea that’ll make a great impression.
28. Harry Potter Page Clips
Fun little page clips will help break of the monotony of reading textbooks.
If your college kid is a Harry Potter fan on any level, this idea is a slam dunk!
29. nügg Happy Lips Balm
Dry, chapped lips run rampant during wintertime.
All natural, ultra moisturizing lip balm is the solution! This little gift will be met with a big smile.
30. TONYMOLY Magic Food Banana Hand Milk
How’s this for a unique college stocking stuffer?
It’s hand lotion in a neat banana shaped container!
It smells fantastic and I think it’s a winning gift idea for girls.
Stocking stuffers under $5
31. Cable Chompers
Ever had a charging cable fray on you?
It’s such a pain! But, luckily there’s a solution.
These cute, little things called cable chompers extend cable life by protecting charging cables from bending too much!
They’re adorable and useful, making them awesome cheap stocking stuffers for college students and teens.
32. Da Bomb Bath Fizzer
There’s nothing better than unwinding after a long day of classes with a relaxing bath.
That’s why bath bombs make wonderful stocking stuffers college students can enjoy. Teens love them, too!
They really do make for excellent little presents. Da Bom makes lots of different bath fizzers to choose from.
33. A Pack of Dude Wipes
Dude Wipes claim to be the slickest, thickest, & sickest flushable wipes on the market.
Give the gift of fresh butts to the college guys in your life this year. Bathroom trips may never be the same for them.
34. Reusable Metal Straw
The reusable straw trend is here to stay.
A metal straw is a sustainable but still affordable little gift to put in a stocking.
35. iClips Magnetic Page Markers
Bookmarks are definitely stocking stuffer sized!
These magnetic ones come in lots of different cute deigns, like sloths.
36. Scalp Massager
If you’ve never used one of these scalp massagers, you need to!
It feels AH-MAZING!
Which is why it lands a spot on my list of stocking stuffer ideas. This gift is sure to subtlety wow.
37. Lottery Tickets or Scratch Offs
Need a gift for a kid who’s hard to shop for?
Lottery tickets are a fun idea. They’re a gift that can give even more at no extra cost for the giver.
Buy a handful and see how the odds play out!
Final Thoughts on Stocking Stuffer Ideas for College Students
What do you think of these stocking filler ideas?
Amazing, or nah? Let me know by leaving a comment!
More great gift ideas:
- College Girl Christmas Gifts: 50 Most Wished For Ideas
- Really Good Gifts for College Students (9 OMG Certified Ideas)
- The Practical Gifts College Students Actually Want You to Buy