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10 Gift Ideas for College Students

The opinions expressed in this article are the writer’s own and do not reflect the views of Her Campus.

Are you struggling to find a gift for a college student? Use this list as your unofficial guide to college-inspired gifts this holiday season!

Filtered Water bottle

One of the biggest downsides of having roommates is going to fill up your water bottle only to find that the water pitcher is empty. Save a college student the hassle of having to remember to refill the Brita and gift them a filtered water bottle instead!

Essential oil Diffuser

Who doesn’t love a room that smells good? Although candles are not dorm friendly, essential oil diffusers are! If you know someone living in a dorm, gift them an essential oil diffuser this holiday season!

Safety alarm

Safety should always be prioritized, especially when living alone on a college campus. This safety alarm is a siren, strobe light, and keychain all in one, making it a convenient and practical gift for college students.


As a college student, it can be overwhelming trying to balance schoolwork and a social life. A planner is the perfect gift to help organize a stressed college student.

air fryer

An air fryer is the perfect gift for college students who love to cook! Air fryers are quick and easy to use, accommodating that on-the-go college student lifestyle.

trader joe’s college cookbook

This cookbook is literally made for college students! From appetizers to desserts, this cookbook includes a variety of easy-to-make recipes that are dorm friendly!

portable charger

Do you know a college student that never remembers to charge her phone? Save a student from being stuck in class with a low phone battery with a portable charger!

echo dot

College students are typically stretched on time due to their busy schedules, so a little bit of help goes a long way. An Amazon Echo Dot offers hands-free assistance and can be used as a speaker, alarm clock or search engine. Give a busy college student a helping hand this holiday season!

portable blender

Blenders are big, loud and can be expensive — making them unfit for dorm living. Instead, consider gifting a portable blender so your college student can enjoy smoothies and milkshakes without the hassle of a full-size blender.

college christmas ornament

Looking for a long-lasting and thoughtful gift? A Christmas ornament featuring one’s college is a meaningful gift that can be kept for years to come.

Jenna Marandola

South Carolina '24

Jenna is a junior public relations major at the University of South Carolina. She is a foodie and hopes to travel anywhere and everywhere. She loves cooking and is always down for a trip to the beach.