30 Best Gifts For College Students

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Harini Natarajan Hyderabd040-395603080 August 16, 2019
College isn’t just about having fun and hanging out with friends. It also involves juggling classes, new responsibilities, part-time jobs, relationships – and finances.

While choosing a gift for your college-going friend, you need to ensure that it is functional, practical, fun, and compact – and something that they will need and use.

We have chosen the top 30 gift ideas for college students, keeping in mind the best ones. These ideas will help you decide what to pick and what not to. Scroll away!
1. LED Digital Alarm Clock
Travelwey Home LED digital alarm clock has a simple design and is easy to operate. This not just your average alarm clock. It has some cool features, including a night light on the top, which will satisfy those midnight reading sprees of college students without disturbing their roommates.
Key FeaturesEasy to operateComes with a night lightLoud alarm for heavy sleepersCan be set to snooze for straight 5 minutes or 9 minutesJumbo LED digits with sliders for light adjustmentStandard US 120V outlet with battery backup
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2. Power Bank
Anker PowerCore 20100 mAh portable power bank charges any mobile in a few minutes through its PowerIQ and VoltageBoost technology. It is lightweight and is very useful for college kids who use their mobile phones extensively.
Key FeaturesHigh-speed chargingLightweightSelf-recharge in 10 minutes with 2-ampere chargerCertified safetyComes with a micro USB cable, travel pouch, and welcome guideLightning cable for iPhone available separately18-month warranty
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3. Portable Table
This portable college table by Lifetime can help students during exams and important assignments. It has a four-seater capacity bed with three height settings and is ideal for individual or group study sessions.
Key FeaturesMade of polythene plastic and powder-coated steel48-inch x 24-inch dimensions4-seater capacityFoldableAdjustable to 3 height settings (24-inch, 29-inch, and 36-inch)Convenient to move around
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4. Table Lamp
TaoTronics LED desk lamp comes with five lighting modes and seven brightness levels, allowing students to use it without irritating their eyes. The flicker-free lighting system can be used for long hours as it saves more than 75% electricity than normal desk lamps.
Key FeaturesLighting without flickers7 different brightness levels5 color modesVersatile designReduces electricity usage by 75%1-year warranty + 18 months extended warranty
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5. Toaster
Say goodbye to sudden hunger pangs with the KRUPS stainless steel toaster. It is available with 5-level functions – Cancel, Toasting, Defrost, Reheat, and Bagel, in addition to a 6-level browning control. The toaster also comes with a removable crumb tray for easy cleaning.
Key FeaturesMade of high-quality brushed and combed stainless steelBlue LED indicators5 functions: Cancel, Toasting, Defrost, Reheat, and Bagel6-level browning controlRemovable crumb tray2-year warranty
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6. Electric Iron
Don’t let your child or friend struggle with a pile of dirty clothes at the hostel. Gift them the Rowenta Micro Steam Stainless Steel Iron with 700-watt power. The iron comes with easy temperature control and distributes steam equally, making the clothes look crisp and wrinkle-free. The 3-way shut off system ensures that your child/friend is safe from accidents.
Key Features1700 W powerStainless steel soleplate, made in GermanyEqual steam distributionEasy temperature controlEasy to fill tap water to iron3-way shut-off system
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7. Sewing Kit
The sewing kit by Artika has more than 50 sewing items. It comes in handy during emergencies and can help one quickly fix any wardrobe malfunction. Whether you are a true fashionista or not, this DIY travel sewing kit can help you avoid any fashion faux pas.
Key FeaturesComes in a premium PU caseConsists of golden eye needles, metal thimble, stainless steel scissorsLightweight and safe to carry around40 sewing pins and 38 spoolsGreat for emergency sewing fixes
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8. Lap Desk
This memory foam lap desk by Sofia+Sam would make for a practical gift for college students. When students don’t feel like using the table and chair, this lap desk can be a boon. It is tough and portable, and it can double up as a writing desk as well.
Key FeaturesComfortable and multipurpose oversized lap deskComes with a memory foam cushion, wrist rest, and handleSupports laptops with a screen size of up to 20 inchesTough and portable22″ x 14.5″ x 2.55″ dimensions
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9. Laptop Backpack
The SwissGear travel laptop backpack is made of durable 1200D polyester material that can carry laptops up to 17 inches long. It comes with a separate iPad compartment and other multiple pockets. One can carry all their college essentials in this 31-liter backpack with adjustable straps and a padded back panel.
Key FeaturesMade with durable 1200D polyester materialCan carry laptops up to 17 inches longSeparate iPad compartment and other multiple pocketsPadded back panel and adjustable straps for extra comfortExterior Dimensions – 18.5″ X 13.5″ X 9″; laptop compartment dimensions – 17″ X 12.5″ X 2.531-liter capacity
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10. Insulated Water Bottle
Hydro Cell water bottles are made of high-grade stainless steel and have two caps. The double-walled layer aids temperature control while the non-corrosive and anti-slip layer ensures that the water is clean and safe for consumption even after multiple uses. The water bottles are also BPA-free (free of Bisphenol A, a synthetic organic compound).
Key FeaturesAvailable inmultiple colorsMade of high-grade stainless steelNon-corrosive and anti-slip layerDouble-walled layer for temperature controlBPA-freeLifetime warranty
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11. Memory Foam Pillow
This memory foam pillow by Coop Home Goods lets one sleep comfortably without causing any neck strain. The pillow’s outer cover is made of 60% polyester and 40% rayon, and the inner side is made of certified memory foam. The pillow is hypoallergenic and dust mite-resistant and comes with a 5-year warranty.
Key FeaturesOuter cover made of 60% polyester and 40% rayonAdjustable design for utmost comfortHypoallergenicDust mite-resistantCertified memory foam5-year warranty
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12. Mesh Shower Caddy
The Attmu Mesh Shower Caddy comes with eight small and one large compartment, allowing you to store all your toiletries in one place. The tough mesh material and durable handle ensure that you can put it up anywhere without any hassle.
Key FeaturesTough mesh materialDurable handle8 small compartments and 1 large compartmentLightweight and versatileQuick-dry materialCompletely rust-proof30-day money-back guarantee
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13. Clip-On Fan
Beat the summer heat with the SkyGenius portable mini desk fan. It comes with a 2600 mAh battery that is replaceable and rechargeable. It also is equipped with 360-degree vertical and horizontal rotation.
Key FeaturesPowerful and portableFashionableReplaceable and rechargeable 2600 mAh battery360-degree vertical and horizontal rotationCan be clipped anywhere19x15x10 cm dimensions
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14. Clip-On Reading Light
This reading light by TopElek has seven LEDs and nine modes to control color temperature. This reading light is equipped with a 1000 mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery. It also has a 360-degree flexible gooseneck for convenient adjustment to adjust it conveniently anywhere and anytime. The strong clip ensures that the light holds securely on any material you wish to clamp.
Key Features7 LED lights, 3 color temperature settings, and 3 brightness settingsZero flickerLightweight and portable360-degree flexible gooseneckBuilt-in 1000 mAh rechargeable battery
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15. Kindle
The new waterproof Kindle Paperwhite is the best gift for college students who love reading. The sleek and lightweight design, combined with long-lasting battery life, gives one uninterrupted reading experience. The built-in adjustable LED light and two different storage options enhance your overall reading experience.
Key FeaturesVery thin and lightweight300 PPI glare-free displayWaterproof8GB and 32 GB storage optionsAudible integratedLong-lasting battery lifeBuilt-in adjustable LED light
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16. 2-in-1 Straightener and Curler
If you are looking for gifts for college girls, the Furiden hair straightener plus styler will work best. The product is convenient to use due to its 360-degree swivel long cord and the auto shut-off feature. The balanced heat place helps to curl hair in just 15 seconds.
Key FeaturesOne step straightener and stylerEasy to useCurls hair in 15 secondsEnergy-saving product360-degree swivel long cordBalanced heat plateAuto shut off featureComes with a heat resistant glove, flat iron bag, salon comb, and 2 salon hair clips
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17. Scientific Calculator
This calculator would be an ideal gift for any student who loves math. The multi-view display shows multiple calculations at once and can easily convert decimals and fractions.
Key FeaturesIdeal for problems that don’t involve graphing technologyMulti-view displayMathPrint to display mathematical symbols, expressions, and fractions as they areEasy to convert fractions, decimals, and terms into alternate representations
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18. Coffee Mug
Let the students enjoy their hot beverages in the Yeti Rambler stainless steel mug. It is made of high-quality material and has a comfortable handle for an easy grip.
Key Features14 oz capacityHighly durableDishwasher-safeComfortable handle for easy gripDuracoat color prevents scratching and peeling.Advanced design prevents frostbite.
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19. Electronic Pocketbook
The Rocketbook Everlast smart reusable notebook allows students to write as many notes as they want without wasting paper. This is an innovative approach to conserve natural resources while being equally efficient.
Key FeaturesEnvironment-friendly32 reusable pagesEasy to clean with a wipe clothAvailable in multiple colorsWorks with any marker, highlighter, or Pilot Frixion pen
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20. Blanket
Bedsure Sherpa fleece blanket is a good gift for college students to use during the winter season and cold nights for a comfortable sleep.
Key FeaturesDouble-sided soft blanketMade of reversible materialMade of 100% microfiber polyester fabricComes in multiple colors and size
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21. Pop up Laundry Bag
Students can organize and store unclean clothes and linen in this Mesh Popup Laundry bag. This helps them save time and energy.
Key FeaturesMade of a sturdy meshVersatile storage solution for the homeComes in different colorsDurable handlesTwistable frame
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22. Desk Organizer
Organize stationery with the SimpleHouseware Mesh Desk Organizer. This is a convenient product that can be kept in small spaces where there isn’t enough room for storage.
Key FeaturesSpace-saving designComes with a drawerMultiple compartments for easy storage13.25″L x 13″W x 9″D dimensions
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23. 2-in-1 Trimmer and Shaver
Looking for gifts for college-going guys? Buy the Philips Norelco trimmer that comes with a dual-edged blade for easy cutting and trimming. It comes with click-on combs to ensure a fast and even trim. It can shave hair of any length and is comfortable on your skin.
Key FeaturesRechargeable one-blade trimmerDual-sided blade for precise cutting and trimmingEasy rubber gripOne blade can last up to 4 months
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24. Bluetooth Headset
This over-the-head bluetooth speaker by Mpow 059 is a great gift for all music lovers. Just charge once and enjoy 20 hours of non-stop music!
Key FeaturesHi-fi sound outputComfortable ear cushion20 hours of music time with a single chargeCan be used in wired and wireless modesFoldable headbandComes in multiple colors
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25. Planner
The Simple Elephant Planner let students organize all their upcoming tasks and manage timetables easily. Gift it to a college student to make their life more productive.
Key FeaturesHigh-quality no-bleed paper (110gsm)Dedicated pen holderDurable soft leatherette hardcover3 bookmarks and 58 note pagesFree sheet of stickers
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26. UNO Cards
The classic UNO card game can be an amazing gift to a college student living in a hostel.
They can play this game with a single friend or a big group of friends. Either way, it guarantees a lot of fun!
Key FeaturesPack of 112 cards32 special action cards3 customizable cardsCan be played by up to 10 players
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27. Laptop Cooling Pad
The Havit Laptop Cooling Pad can be a great gift for college students who use laptops frequently for study, work, or gaming purposes. It has two shield holders at the back, which provide two height levels for better viewing and typing. This helps prevent neck and back pain as you can adjust the height based on your comfort.
Key FeaturesSlim and portableLED indicator to know the working status2 adjustable height settings3 ultra-quiet fans for zero disturbanceBuilt-in dual USB portsErgonomic
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28. Electric Toothbrush
The Oral-B White Pro Electric Toothbrush is a great gift idea for college students who are very particular about their oral hygiene. It comes with a pressure sensor that stops the pulsations in case you brush too hard. It also comes with a built-in 2-minute timer that pulses every 30 seconds so that you can switch the areas of the mouth. The pack contains one Oral-B professional handle, one cross-action bush head, and one charger.
Key Features300 times better than a regular brush3D cleaning actionBuilt-in 2 -minute timerEffective to clean plaqueReplaceable and compatible head
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29. Yoga Mat
The BalanceForm GoYoga Mat is a useful addition to every college student’s daily routine. It is made of genuine BalanceFoam that comes with a two-year warranty. It cushions the elbows, hips, knees, and spine on hard floors and also keeps you balanced. The double-sided non-slip surfaces help prevent injuries while exercising. It is comfortable and suitable for people of all ages and sizes.
Key FeaturesMade of eco-friendly materialComfortableMoisture-resistantLightweightComes with a free yoga mat strapAvailable in multiple colors
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30. Fitness Band
FitBit Charge 3 is a useful device for students to keep a tab on their daily activities and calorie intake. It encourages them to move around and stay healthier. The design is durable and swim-proof, and the device is wearable in the shower as well. You can also connect it to your smartphone to get call and text notifications on your wrist.
Key FeaturesTracks calorie intakeMonitors heart rateGet your call, text or mobile notifications on the OLED screenConnect with GPS to see real-time pace and distanceSync stats between your electronic devices
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Most college students struggle with finances because they don’t earn themselves. These gifts can go a long way in helping them. But you don’t have to limit yourself to the options mentioned above. You can also try customizing gifts as per the choice of the person you are gifting it to.

Which of the gifts would you pick? Why? Do share your thoughts with us by leaving a comment in the box below.
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