College is all about living your best life on a budget — which means you’ve probably got your fingers crossed for some amazing presents this holiday season. And we all know the best gifts are the ones you’ll *actually* use, so you don’t have to lie to grandma and tell her you loved that weird fuzzy sweater that’s buried at the bottom of your closet.
Shower caddies and bed risers are must-haves for every college student but, they’re not exactly the most exciting gifts to unwrap on Christmas morning. So I’ve scoured countless retailers, racked my own brain, and bugged my friends for their good ideas to curate a roundup of presents that check all the boxes: these gifts are both useful AF and so cute they’ll get compliments from your RA. Here are the best gifts that any college student would be excited to unbox…
Essentials Snacks Variety Pack
Even if you have no clue what they’re into, I can guarantee any college student will love this. (And if you wanted to send me one, I wouldn’t be mad.)
Every college student in America is currently stuck in their room attending hours of virtual classes – clear out all the resulting funk (stress BO, dirty laundry, pet dander, etc.) with this surprisingly chic air purifier.
Icon Clash Jacket
Every college student needs a good windbreaker to hold them over when it’s gross out, and this super warm one has cool reflective accents to make sure you stand out in the crowd.
Fauna Faux Fur Throw Blanket
Everyone wants to rip open their gift and find a big pile of fluff inside.
32 oz Wide Mouth
Necessary hardware for every student (you don’t have to be a VSCO girl).
3-in-1 Wireless Charger Station for iPhone, iWatch, Airpods
Charge up their phone, watch, and earbuds (so, basically their entire life) with this all-in-one charging booth.
Faux-Fur Adjustable Superstorage Lapdesk
This customizable lapdesk is ideal for when you to finish an assignment but cannot bring yourself to get out of bed…
Botanical Bath Bomb Gift Set
Treat yourself to one of these babies after each and every test – you’ve earned it.
Bed of Roses Laundry Backpack
While everyone is lugging their broken laundry baskets down five flights of stairs, you’ll be drippin’ on all of ’em with this bad boy.
Smartphone Portable Phone Projector
Even the tiniest dorm room instantly becomes a party space with this sick projector.
Faux Mongolian Body Pillow Cover
Another gift that’s very important for studying (or watching Netflix) in bed.
Harry Potter™ Gift Crate
PSA: Red Solo cups do NOT count as appropriate kitchenware. Gift them this Harry Potter-themed gift set with all the kitchen essentials they never thought to buy.
$249 $194 (22% off)
Obviously, you need some fancy noise-cancelling headphones to study better 😉 But seriously, these babies have amazing sound, plus you can engrave them for free!
Surreal Mug Set
As long as it holds coffee, they’ll love it.
Nighttime Gummy Formula
In a college dorm, getting a good night sleep is *truly* priceless. These melatonin/CBD gummies will put you to sleep naturally in minutes.
Women’s Oakmont TR
Walking to campus just got a whooole lot comfier – and more stylish, too.
Limited-Edition K-Mini® Brewer
You’ll thank me for this when you make it to your 8 a.m. class. Plus, this brewer with removable Brewmoji decals will look adorable in a dorm room.
Pamper Pals Kit
Consider this a full hair makeover to go. With a detangling brush, hair mask, and microfiber wrap, it’s like a trip to the salon from your dorm bathroom.
Custom iPhone Case
Your phone deserves a cute upgrade, and these liquid glitter cases can be customized however your heart desires.
I’m not even going to explain this one – I think the chic logo print speaks for itself.
Even if their school year is mostly virtual, every person on your list could use a new mask.
Zodiac Silk Beauty Eye Mask
Sleep just once with an eye mask and I swear to you, it will change your life.
All-In-One Portable Razor
This razor comes with a refillable spray bottle and a shea butter moisturizing bar built right in – what I’m saying is, this’ll save you one less trip to the communal bathrooms.
Giant Jumbling Tower Game
Write a different dare on each block and this gift becomes the ultimate party game.
Light Up Makeup Mirror
Dorm rooms aren’t exactly known for their optimal lighting — this dimmable lighted one will save you from leaving foundation lines on your face.
Glitter Animal Print
Jot down every assignment, exam, and date night into this creative planner that actually makes organizing fun.
Stars Pattern Laptop Sleeve
Keep that laptop protected and lookin’ cute.
Nice 2 Treat U
Midterm stress and sleeping in your makeup after a night out can really mess with your skin, so you’ll need this kit to revive that glow.
Switch 32GB Lite
Friday nights look a lot different in 2020. A Nintendo Switch is just the thing they need to fill yet another boring night in.
Espresso Please Gift Box
If college students got school supply lists, “a sh*tload of caffeine” would be item number one.
At-Home Tool Kit
Before you try to tackle that IKEA dresser, get yourself a cute mini tool kit.
Portable Facial Humidifier
This chic facial humidifier will keep your skin refreshed and hydrated — even after a long night of studying (or partying).
Everything Bagel Making Mix
Anything to save a trip to Trader Joe’s…
Forever Eye Mask
We stan waste-free skincare! Just add your favorite cream or serum to these reusable eye patches to nix those finals week bags.
Tori Tie Dye Ribbed Beanie
Their morning commute requires a 35-minute walk across campus in 35 degree weather. Any and all knitwear is appreciated.
Retro Sunset Embroidery Kit
This is a soothing quarantine hobby that ends in a trendy piece of home decor. It’s like two gifts in one, really.
The Pine Forest
Question: How ya gonna tell time, when your phone is at the bottom of your backpack? Answer: this sick-as-hell watch.
Hemp Extract Spa Treatment Set
Slather up your feet while you’re in a bio lecture Zoom – no one will know.
Everyone–and I do mean everyone–could use a little piece of desk candy.
Awaken And Refresh Shower Steamers
I can guarantee you “a little relaxation” is number one on the wishlist of any given college student.
Undies might not seem like the cutest gift, but trust me, college students could always use a handful more (anything to avoid doing laundry 😬). This isn’t just any old underwear, though — it’s super-soft, seamless, and actually the comfiest ones I’ve ever put on my butt.
Scratch Off Map of The World
Them: When I lived in Barcelona…
Give *that* person this scratch off world map, so they can brag to everyone that they studied abroad.
Wave Pattern Folding Tote
Books, laundry, groceries – you’ll be using this do-it-all tote daily.
PopWallet+ Cosmic Marble
Every college student needs this handy (and cute!) wallet to keep their ID and cards all in one place.
Bring all of your dirty laundry home (sorry mom 😬) in this thoughtfully designed suitcase.
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