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17 Incredibly Useful (But Cheap) Gifts for College Students
Practical gifts college students totally want you to buy
Deciding on what to give a college student is never as simple as it seems.
What will they actually use at school?
Well, for one: food.
It’s something that will always be met with a smile. Broke students aren’t hard to please.
In this post, I have more cheap ideas (like food) that will hit the nail on the head.
Here are 17 useful gifts for college students that will make them wonder, “how did you know I needed this??”
Super Useful Gifts for Students in College
Kids in college have lots of gadgets that need charging. Yet dorm rooms never seem to have enough outlets to plug everything in.
An outlet extender can help them make the most out of limited socket options. Make sure to pick one that’s surge protected so nothing expensive gets fried!
For better or for worse:
Ramen noodles and college students go together like peanut butter and jelly. A microwave-safe cooker is a handy little tool they’ll use often.
Most dorm dwellers only have access to a microwave and a mini-fridge.
Which is why egg cookers are awesome practical college gifts.
They make cooking faster and easier. As I’m sure you know, making healthier choices is so much easier when it’s convenient!
Paper bookmarks only last so long. They’re easy to bend and they don’t stand a chance against spilled beverages.
However, metal bookmarks can stand years of abuse. Even at the hands of a student flipping through endless textbooks.
College students own an average of 7 tech devices according to a 2013 study. I’m sure that number has gone up by now!
A pouch for organizing it all is a big help for sorting out the jumbled pile of cords in their backpack.
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You can’t go wrong with a book packed full of wisdom.
1001 Things Every College Student Needs to Know delivers that with a healthy dose of humor.
College students go through a lot of coffee and caffeine in general.
Keurigs are popular but they aren’t the end-all, be-all for coffee makers.
Making a perfect cup of joe is just as easy with a French press. It’s miles cheaper than paying for k-cups, too!
Students always have pages to mark in their textbooks.
Cute animal sticky note tabs can make homework time a little more fun.
It’s best to be prepared for the worst, even if they never need it.
College girls will appreciate a gift of keychain-ready pepper spray.
While you can use a laptop almost anywhere, it’s not always comfortable to do so.
That’s where a lap desk comes in. It’s an ergonomic solution that students are sure to appreciate for Christmas.
A small handheld vacuum is really nice to have when a small mess or spill happens! Chances are he or she doesn’t have a regular-sized vacuum anyway.
Is your college kid’s backpack looking a little worse for wear?
A sturdy laptop bag is a welcome sight for weary shoulders.
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A convenient bedside shelf will get endless use in a college dorm. They’ll finally have somewhere to set stuff!
Razors are pricey in general, but they are especially so on a college budget. You’re sure to hear a big THANK YOU if you give them refills!
Here are some nice inexpensive options:
Smoothie lovers will really like this next idea:
It’s a blender and travel bottle all in one – talk about convenient!
College life and living with roommates is a big transition for some kids.
A good book can help with navigating those waters.
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Remember – college students can always find a use for food.
When in doubt, go with a gift of snacks!
Final thoughts on practical gifts for college students
There you have it. Those are the most useful Christmas gifts for college students that are cheap. You can be sure that these ideas are perfect for the college guy or girl in your life.
What’s the best helpful gift you’ve received?
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