What to buy for college students?
How to ensure they find value in the chosen gift?
What would make their studies easier and also bring a smile to their young faces?
Finally, what gifts would let them know just how much they mean to you and how proud you are of them?
It can be a daunting task to just think of ideal gifting options for your student friend. Well, we’ve got your back on these difficult yet relevant questions!
We’ve studied, researched, and curated the best gift ideas to save you the stress. So without further ado, we present 26 Gift Ideas for College Students and we’ve broken them down into different sections for your ease of use.
1. Healthy Snacks Care Package Snack Box
Studying can be a tiring affair! We recommend some snack material to keep the blood sugar up for those late-night cramming sessions. With this care package of 50 snack items, you’ll bring a smile to their face and a much-needed energy boost to get them through the study session. A balanced healthy diet is essential but a little of what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger and giving a care package is good for the heart and soul. We think this is a great way to show that you’re thinking of them. Plus they’ll be the most popular student on campus with these delicious treats.
2. Water Bottle with Motivational Time Marker
Food and Water go hand in hand. If food has been sorted, the water needs can’t be left unattended. This 32oz leakproof water bottle will keep the collegians hydrated and happy. It is recommended that men drink 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of water a day and women should drink 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) a day, and this bottle understands how crucial these facts are. With its motivational measurement guide and encouraging words printed on the bottle, you can be sure that they’ll stay on track and be at the top of their game at all times. Believe us, they will love this thoughtful gift idea.
3. Quaker Instant Oatmeal Variety Pack
People say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If that’s true, this gift idea is a king amongst food groups and meals. The King of all meals, this slow energy release breakfast will keep the student in your life full of energy throughout the day until it’s time to put the feeding bag back on and refuel. Every morning when they are making their hearty breakfast of instant oats they will think of you and your loving concern.
4. How to Feed Yourself: 100 Fast, Cheap, and Reliable Recipes
It’s probably their first time away from home therefore they may need some recipe ideas and cookery guides so with this knowledgeable and informative cookbook with 100 recipes, you will ensure that they are feeding their bodies as well as their minds, after all – studying is a hungry business. They’ll go from zero to hero amongst their friends when they are conjuring up hearty, healthy, and wholesome meals. A healthy diet goes with a healthy mind.
5. Undated Student Assignment Book
This undated student assignment book is a must-have organizer for students. As they say,’ Failing to prepare is preparing to fail’, so prepare to be a winner in the eyes of the student that you gift this to. They will be organized and always know exactly where they should be and at what time and when their next assignment is due to be handed in. We live in a digital world but there is something wonderfully handy about this old-school ‘analog’ assignment book and the laminated cover will protect from the usual suspects like coffee cup stains from those late-night study sessions.
6. The Freshman Survival Guide: Soulful Advice for Studying, Socializing, and Everything In Between
The leap from home life to College life isn’t always the easiest transition but with this fantastic guide of how to survive the first year of college, it is ensured to be an educational one. Covering everything from the pitfalls, and also the peaks, of student life in the first year of studying, you will have peace of mind when you gift this indispensable road map for success to your College freshman student. The hardest lessons to learn in life are the practical ones but this quality book takes even the most innocent newbie by the hand and gently explains some truths about student life in the twenty-first century. Peace of mind is priceless, after all.
7. How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age
This classic book by Dale Carnegie dates back to nineteen thirty-six but has been updated to be just as useful and relevant today as it was all those years ago. With the joys of the twenty-first century come also the pitfalls of the social media generation. Making friends face to face, rather than online, can be a daunting task so with this book (also available in Kindle and Audiobook formats) they will be armed with the knowledge of social interaction and with tips and tricks to deal with nervous first encounters and introductions to their fellow Alumnus.
8. BAD PEOPLE – The Party Game You Probably Shouldn’t Play + The NSFW Expansion Pack
Making friends isn’t always easy but with the ‘Bad People’ card game it’s going to be a whole lot easier and a whole lot funnier. This hilarious game will bring the best and worst (in a good way) out of their new friends and themselves. Playing games is an age-old, tried and tested, way of creating lasting friendships and relationships. As children what do we do? We play games and those memories last a lifetime. Give the gift of friendship and popularity to your freshly ordained fresher student today. They’ll appreciate the sentiment!
9. 3D Printed Cocktail Dice (Drinking Game)
Okay, we can’t ignore the elephant in the room any longer. Obviously, College student life is going to involve taking a drink every now and then. The team at perfectgift4.com always advises responsible drinking but we realize that a good old-fashioned drinking game is one way that people bond and have fun. Armed with this Cocktail Dice drinking game, your student friend will be the life and soul of the party and a notch above the usual classic of Beer Pong. (Nothing wrong with beer pong but Cocktails are at another level!)
10. Twister Ultimate : Compatible with Alexa
Do you remember playing Twister as a kid? The team at perfectgift4.com does and we also remember the hilarity that ensued. With this BIGGER Twister mat, the game becomes bigger, better, and funnier. Playable inside or outside this is the game that keeps on giving good times while making laughable memories. A perfect game for team building and bonding.When it’s time for a break from studying and being studious, it’s time for Twister! Send this to a student friend or family member today and you’ll be twisted up in “thanks and gratitude” for your thoughtful gift.
11. Student Life Print – Off to university gift
We know that the posters or art that people put on their walls is a very personal and stylized choice so we aren’t going to suggest the age-old offering of ‘the female tennis player scratching her butt’ wall decor. This simple and classic design of ‘Study Party Sleep Repeat’ is unassuming and decorous enough to compliment any decoration style of a student dorm room. At the very least it could adorn a bathroom wall with humor, style, and elan.
12. Call Your Mother- Linen pillow
This gift idea isn’t just for parents to gift. This is a humorous gift that could be from a friend or anyone for that matter. ‘Call your Mother’ is the internationally recognized phrase that strikes fear and also longing into the hearts of every student. It’s sometimes a chore but it’s always a heartwarming experience to call back home and keep in touch with your loved ones. Student life isn’t forever, family is! A beautiful gift on so many levels. Buy it today and pull the guilt lever on your student buddy.
13. Wooden Photo Board For Wall
What better way to gift memories to a College student? This wooden photo board with included lighting is a wonderful gift that you could (if you so desired) decorate with photographs of happy moments that you’ve shared and present it to them as a constant beautiful reminder of just how you feel about each other. A perfect gift that will hang on their wall and illuminate just how important you are to each other. Timeless and classic.
14. Turkish Couch/Bed Throw Blanket
No student’s room is complete without the classic ‘throw’. It is actually illegal in every country of the world for a student NOT to own at least one throw! (Okay, that might not be factual but it may as well be illegal.) This ‘fits all’ item is a student staple that is multifunctional and will be welcomed open-heartedly by anyone. It is an amazingly simple gift that will create a ‘home away from home’ emotion whether it is used to cover a sofa, a bed, or is used to put over yourself for warmth and comfort whilst watching the latest Netflix drama or reading and studying. Highly recommended as a gift. What are you waiting for? This is a winner of a gift idea!
15. Study for Success Procrastination Cure Jar
This Jar of love and motivation is a real BANGER of a gift for a student. Simply open the jar and remove a random little scroll and when they read the scroll it will give them motivation in a fortune cookie way, keeping them on track with their studies and putting a spring in their step. They will truly feel loved with this gift. There are enough motivational scrolls to keep them going for a month and a half, by which time they will have forgotten the first ones they read and once they start again it will be like reading them for the first time. You are going to be their motivational speaker all year round however far away you are.
16. Desk York Laptop Table for Bed/Sofa/Recliner
As we feature this Flexi Laptop Table, we are jealous that you’re going to buy this for your loved one as this is an amazing piece of kit! If you have ever had to write any lengthy essay or article, sitting at your trusty laptop, you will know the pain of ‘essay writer neck’. This is the ailment, nay affliction, that we all suffer when we spend long hours studying/typing on our electronic devices. Now, imagine there was a cure for this! WELCOME to the cure. With this amazing piece of kit, your student friend will find comfort and succor in the fact that this is a positionable desk that fits them rather than vice versa. It has built-in fans that will keep the laptop cool as they study through the night in comfort, and another bonus is that once they have finished studying they can use the adjustable laptop stand to watch movies or TV Shows to relax and wind down. You just became a legend by buying this gift. Well done!
17. Multifunction Electric Hot Pot
Now, this is something we wish we had been gifted when at College. This smooth little operator is a dream come true. It is beautiful, useful and its safety features mean that it is not only easy on the eyes but also it’s going to be protective of the student in your life. It turns itself off if it boils dry! It also makes perfect noodles, eggs, boils water, and is the perfect partner to a late-night hungry student wanting a cup of Joe or a quick snack. This gift idea really is an all-rounder.
18. USB Headset with Microphone
“This is where we are, people…we are through the looking glass!” This quote from the movie ‘Stargate’ seemed dramatic but that’s exactly where we are. We are in a world of technological advancements and Skype and Zoom calls. Most business and plenty of student’s classes happen online so gifting your student loved one the accessibility and means to have crystal clear conversations and to hear the other people online is a gift that they will thank you for forever. Welcome to the new world….it’s digital.
19. Fitness Tracker & Health Monitor
Whilst studying at College it is sometimes easy to forget about exercise and looking after your health. (unless you are on a sports scholarship then it is ALL you are thinking about.) With this fantastic gift, you can look out for the student in your life by gifting them this fitness tracking waterproof watch. It’s easy to lose track of our exercise routines but this device will keep them on track and let them know just how many steps they are taking and how much exercise they are actually doing. Healthy heart, healthy mind. You’re a great friend for gifting this to your buddy.
20. 4-Port USB C Charger
We are proud to present this beautiful yet powerful item. A power bank that fits inside a backpack or a pocket and will easily charge laptops and iPads to keep your student buddy ready and able to complete their studies and to keep in touch with you whenever and wherever they are.Good times! You really will be the apple of their eyes and the person that they think of whenever they plug their devices into this sweet piece of technology to recharge their connection to the twenty-first century.
21. Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
It’s the 21st century. When you go off to college you need your independence, but you can’t be alone. It’s too frustrating. What keeps you connected? Internet for starters, but you will need a good device with that. Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 is definitely one of the best tablets for students, it can keep you connected with your family, friends, loved ones, but of course, it’s a productivity machine – You can use Stylus Pen to take notes, you can use the keyboard to make notes, you can do any day-to-day task that your laptop can, it’s just a bit more convenient.
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22. Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 4
We know….you’re thinking that we are trying to get you to buy an outrageously priced tech gadget. Nope! This Chromebook is a fine piece of tech but at a rock bottom price that won’t kill your bank account, and will aid your student friend in their studies to set them firmly on their way to success. The Chromebook is super durable to withstand the thuds and falls associated with college life and is a worthy companion with its long-lasting battery.
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23. Amazon.com eGift Card
College students are synonymous with never having enough money. With this gift idea, you push away the pain of poverty and give them the gift of Music and Movies or the choice of ordering whichever supplies they are running short on with an Amazon gift card. They can order much-needed items from the Amazon site or sign up to Amazon Prime and receive as much entertainment as they need all by watching their favorite shows online. You can’t go wrong with this gift idea.
24. Travel Laptop Backpack
Wow! This piece of kit is something only Marty McFly could dream about! The awesome backpack will fit your student’s books, laptops, iPad, and snacks along with a power bank (Sold separately. See our section on Electronics & Computers) to keep them supercharged, ready, and able to finish their work wherever they are. They will love this gift as it’s stylish, waterproof, utterly useful, and spacious enough to carry everything they need to study along with room for eatables. The student that has everything, needs this bag in their lives to carry their precious belongings!
25. Unisex Graphic Hooded Sweatshirt
One of the most versatile fashion clothing items of the last twenty-odd years is the ‘Hoodie’. It is a staple of everyone’s wardrobe and it is also much loved. The hoodie is so great because it ties around the waist, around the shoulders, or just sits nicely over your arm or tucked away in your backpack. This warm fleece lightweight hoodie is a must-have item in any College student’s wardrobe. Check the weather in the morning and there is a chance of rain or cold? Grab your loyal and trusted hoodie and it’s got you covered, literally. Buy this stylish and dependable gift idea for the student in your life and you’re scoring heart points!
26. Windproof Travel Umbrella
An umbrella? Is that it?! Well, Yes it is. An umbrella is an essential item for a student but no one ever talks about it. It’s like a dirty little secret but the humble umbrella is a steadfast friend that is as reliable as the day following night and obviously rain falling from the sky. This ‘windproof’ compact umbrella is a fantastic gift idea as you literally have your friend covered from the rainy days in their college life. Every time the heavens open, your student friend will reach for their trusty covering and think of you. Congratulations, you are now a ‘Boss level’ friend. Well done!
We hope you got some great ideas from our round-up of the 26 Best Gift Ideas for College Students. From umbrellas to cooking pots, recipe books to fleecy hoodies, we hope that your student friend will love what you have picked to gift them. It’s time to make their College life interesting – before, during, and after it!
Check back soon for more gift ideas. (Maybe even some ideas for you.)
Please let us know in the comments section what you bought for your student friend or family member. We would love to know what was your favorite gifting item.