It is actually not that hard to please college students. College students are juggling their classes, social lives, and work on a tiny budget. So, the best gifts take a little of that pressure off of them.
Take a look at these cool gifts that college students everywhere are hoping to be gifted.
1. Care Package
Price: Boxes as low as $22 and Premium boxes available for up to $100.
Recommendation: College 101 and Move-In Package, $34
Packages come in a variety of sweet and savory and big in small. Sending a student you know one of these will make them feel the love.
2. Waterproof Portable Speaker
Price: These speakers start at around $20 for the most basic quality and can be as expensive as a couple hundred dollars. However, there are plenty of great options under a hundred.
Recommendation: JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Students need something that they can use to bump cool tunes everywhere including the pool and the shower.
3. Carry On Suitcase
Price: You can find a basic, very nice hardshell carry on for around sixty bucks.
Recommendation: AmazonBasics 20-Inch Hardside Spinner Luggage
College students can use their suitcase on a quick weekend getaway, a fun-filled spring break, or to come home to visit you! Gifting them a carry on size means they get to skip baggage claim.
4. A Bundle of their College’s merchandise
Price: Varies depending on the school, the student, and the items.
Recommendation: Fanchest College Team Memorabilia Package, $59
College merchandise can be expensive, so gifting a student a box full of it will allow them to show their full school spirit while at college-themed events.
5. A Wireless Charging Case
Price: $20 - $40
Recommendation: Mophie Power Capsule External Battery Charger , $30.83
Students can put all their devices in one portable case and allow them to charge effortlessly.
6. Framed memories
Price: Varies widely
Recommendation: Use framebridge.com to buy custom frames, share your photos, and have them delivered in frame and ready to gift.
Gifting your student a photo of your favorite memory with them will make them feel close to home.
7. Cold Brew & Iced Coffee Maker
Price: They go for as little as $15 and for as much as $90.
Recommendation: Takeya Deluxe Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker, $16.99
I don't know a single college student who doesn't drink coffee, giving them their own iced coffee maker will help them save by stopping them from spending five bucks a day at Starbucks.
8. Tumbler to Keep Drinks
Price: Tumblers come in all different materials, sizes, and designs. You can grab one at the dollar store for a few dollars or get nicer quality one for a bit more.
Recommendation: Yeti Rambler 20 OZ Tumbler , $29.99
Since we're no longer in the business of polluting our oceans with plastic water bottles, a tumbler is a necessity in the life of a college student.
9. An Amazon Prime membership
Price: Plans start at $39.99
Recommendation: One Year of Prime, $119
A prime membership will not only give students free 2-day shipping, but it will give them access to a ton of movies and TV shows online for free.
10. A Device to Find Their Things
Price: $18 - $50
Recommendation: Tile Mate with Replaceable Battery - 4 pack
These nifty little things allow you to track the location of anything you put it on.
11. Concert Tickets
Price: Widely Varies depending on artist, time of year, and location.
Recommendation: Try a local festival with a cool lineup, that way they're sure to find an artist they like.
College students are on limited budgets so if an artist come into town that they want to see, it's likely they can't afford it.
12. Extra-long, Reinforced Phone Charger
Price: $12 - $40
Recommendation: Native Union Belt Cable XL - 10ft for iPhone, $34.99 Native Union 10ft Ultra-Strong Charging Cable with Weighted Knot for Samsung, $34.99
With the tight budget, the last thing a student wants to spend their money on is a phone charger. Getting them in extra long, extra durable one is the best way to go.
13. A Weighted Blanket
Price: $25 - $100
Recommendation: YnM Weighted Blanket (20 lbs, 60''x80'', Queen Size), $59.41
This comforting blanket can help any college student feel more relaxed in those tiny beds.
14. Microwave-safe Ramen Cooker
Price: Under $10
Recommendation: Rapid Ramen Cooker, $6.99
Ramen is an affordable and iconic meal for college students everywhere. They need a way to cook them!
15. Spotify Subscription
Price: Subscription gift cards are available in time periods of three, six, and twelve-month periods ranging from $30 - $99.
Recommendation: 12 Month Premium Subscription, $99
College students listen to music 24/7. Gift them 12 months of free, unlimited, and adless music and podcasts.
16. Message in a Bottle Flash Drive
Recommendation: Message in a Bottle 8GB Cork Flash Drive, $9.99
This unique gift is purely a conversation started and keepsake. They will think of the person who gave it to them every time they use it.
17. Scratch Map
Price: $12 - $45
Recommendation: Gold Scratch Off World Map Wall Poster with US States, $35.99
This poster will allow every trip it's recipient takes to feel like a great accomplishment!
18. Universal Phone Mount
Price: $10 - $30
Recommendation: Cell Phone Clip-on Stand Holder With Grip, $12.99
Since your student's phone will most likely double as their TV, giving them this will allow them to mount their phone to their bedside table and watch hands free.
19. Backpack or Tote
Price: $25 - $150+
Recommendation: Bopai 15 inch Super Slim Laptop Backpack, $56
This one is self-explanatory. In school, you need a backpack. It is nice to get college students a more mature sleek design that they can use in the workplace.
20. First Aid Kit
Price: $10 - $100 depending on how extensive the medical need is.
Recommendation: College First Aid Medical Kit, $49.95
College students often don't think about their need for first aid supplies. Be the person that saves the day by providing one before they need it.
21. Under-Bed Personal Safe
Price: $30 - $100
Recommendation: ECR4Kids Lock and Roll Portable Under-Bed Personal Safe, $75.17
Dorm rooms are not the most private. It is likely that your student is living with one or two other people. Give them a place to keep their valuables and important documents is just plain thoughtful.
22. Indestructible External Hard Drive
Price: $50 - $200 depending on size and lifespan of drive
Recommendation: WD 1TB My Passport Ultra Silver Portable External Hard Drive, $59.99
An external hard drive provides a place to backup photos, papers, and other assignments that students are in jeopardy of losing.
23. Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription
Price: $100 - $600
Recommendation: The entire collection of 20+ creative desktop and mobile apps, $239.88
Students can use these programs for the rest of their college career- and lives!
24. Card Games
Price: $20 - $30
Recommendation: Cards Against Humanity, $25
This fun game is a staple in college resident life.
Send any one of these gifts to a college student you know and I promise it will be a hit!