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College Birthday Gift Guide

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UFL chapter.

It is rare for one to be able to celebrate his or her loved ones with gifts to demonstrate appreciation. Birthdays are so special, and when you’re in college and away from home, birthdays can be really different. With the help of one’s friends, birthdays can be just as special while in school. Gifts are one of the hardest parts of birthdays because college students don’t always have the money to buy extravagant gifts or the time to think about and find meaningful presents. Even though money might be tight, college students still want their friends to feel special on their day. Here are 10 gift ideas under $50 for your college girlfriends to make the gift-giving process even simpler: 

1. Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask ($24)

The Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask is an incredibly moisturizing lip product that will make your friend feel luxurious. This product is trending because it is high quality and fun to use. Your friend will feel fancy using the small brush applicator to put this nourishing product on her lips. Multiple shade and flavor options include berry, pumpkin, gummy bear, sweet candy and vanilla. 

2. Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Blush ($23)

Nobody is more popular on TikTok right now than Alix Earle. She is the ultimate “it-girl” and trendsetter. If she loves this Rare Beauty liquid blush created by Selena Gomez, people believe everyone will. Sephora sells this product in two finishes and 13 shades, so there is the perfect color for everyone. 

3. Gucci Perfume Set ($36)

This Gucci Flora Gorgeous Gardenia perfume gift set includes two travel-size fragrances. This floral scent has notes of pear, white gardenia and brown sugar. It is a layerable scent and perfect for one who is on the go. This fancy fragrance will make your friend feel beautiful.

4. Personalized Claw Clip (starting at $11)

Claw clips are commonly used by college students because they are good for a bad hair day, easy to use and less damaging than hair ties. According to board-certified dermatologist Mona Gohara, MD, hair ties used for high ponytails can damage the shaft of the hair and can lead to hair loss (Byrdie). These personalized claw clips avoid this harm to your hair and add a stylish touch. You can add your friend’s name, initials or any other words they might like to make the gift super personal. 

5. Customizable Friendship Bracelet ($38)

What is more representative of your love for a friend than a customizable friendship bracelet? These bracelets are not only stylish but also very meaningful. Baublebar’s bright woven pattern design is super cute and can match any outfit. You can add up to nine characters for your friend, whether it be her initials, full name or a phrase.

6. Lululemon Belt Bag ($38)

Belt bags are so popular because they are easy to throw on when running errands, staying active or traveling. The bag comes in 16 colors which allows you to find a bag your friend will love. College girls are always on the go, so the Lululemon belt bag will be handy. 

7. Baked by Melissa Mini Cupcakes (starting at $37)

Gourmet miniature cupcakes from New York are a delicious birthday gift. Baked by Melissa has a plethora of scrumptious flavors to choose from to make up a customizable mini cupcake box. Some of my favorite flavors include cookie dough, rainbow cookie, cookie & cream, tie-dye and red velvet. You can order anytime, seven days a week, and the bakery also offers next-day delivery.

8. Restaurant Gift Card (any value)

Gift cards are great because they give the recipient flexibility to spend how they want, and the gift giver has the flexibility to spend however much they want. A gift card for your friend’s favorite restaurant is thoughtful and useful. This gift will always be greatly appreciated.

9. Gratitude Journal ($20)

This journal is a great gift for a friend who is trying to become more mindful and aware of her blessings. It takes around five minutes each day for one to fill out the questions. The purpose of this journal is to boost productivity, positivity, happiness, fulfillment and gratitude. The journal also is a great self-care tool at an affordable price. 

10. Sprinkle Birthday Candle ($31)

Candier sells the cutest candles with fun phrases and unique waxes. This candle reads “Go Shawty It’s Yo Birthday” and has sprinkles in its wax. Underneath, it has a few sentences written to your best friend. It smells like buttercream and candied vanilla which will make any room smell like a birthday party. 

Remember, it is not about the money spent but the thought and demonstrated love that makes a birthday so special. This list will assist you in finding a sincere and personalized gift for your college-aged female friend without breaking the bank. 

Hey everyone! I am Neenah Brown, a second-year English major at the University of Florida. I am so excited to be able to pursue my passion for journalism on the Her Campus UFL team! In my free time, I like to work out, play tennis, shop, spend time with friends, go to the beach and eat at Chick-Fil-A. My writing is usually about shopping and clothing trends and college life as a Gator. After graduation, I plan on attending law school.