Gifts for College Students – 37 Gifts College Students Will Actually Appreciate

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Shopping, in general, is an obstacle in itself. But shopping for a college student is an entirely different beast. You spend weeks bookmarking items to purchase for their new dorm or apartment, yet somehow end up forgetting something they need. No amount of pre-check-in reading will prepare you for this experience—trust us. Bed-in-a-bag and instant oatmeal are essential, but we guarantee there are a few other important knick-knacks you left off the Amazon registry

Whether a freshman or super senior, college looks a bit different for students this year—and likely will remain this way for the foreseeable future. To help ease the pain, we compiled a list of classic college goods (bed sheets, desk supplies, etc.) and pandemic essentials (phone sanitizer, masks, etc.) your student will actually use. Ahead, the 36 best gifts to get the student on your list.

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Pixel Buds



The Pixel Buds comfortably rest in your ear while providing a crisp, polished sound.

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Soft Lounge Long Slip Dress

The viral TikTok slip dress that doubles as loungewear or a casual Hinge date getup. 

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Char Perfect Pot

Our Place


You can cook a slew of different meals in this multipurpose pot, which saves you more space than the typical pan set. 

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Smells Like T.H.E.M Candle

Febreeze can only do so much. Blk Sunflower’s candles have a throw like no other that quickly fills up a room. 

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Vital Seamless 2.0 Leggings



Half the fun of going to the gym is dressing up in a cute Gymshark outfit. 

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The Bigger Carry-On Flex



Away’s Flex line was specifically designed for over-packers. Heading home for a weekend or holiday break? This suitcase comes equipped with double zippers that expand to fit all the outfits they’ll need to flex on hometown haters. 

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10.2-inch iPad (8th Gen)



Everyone who has an iPad is automatically better than everyone else. Sorry, I don’t make the rules. 

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Start’rs Bundle

A star skincare bundle for your star pupil.  

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System Tote



A tote that makes them look like they have their life together, even if they were the life of the party the night before.

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Paisley Shorts (Yellow)

Visionary Society


And the award for the most stylish person on campus goes to…

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Classic Clog

Slides are so yesteryear. Introducing the new “it” shoe of the pandemic: Crocs. They’re comfy, lightweight, and versatile—sport mode or slip-on? You have options. 

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Easy Beauty Bundle

The Lip Bar


Zoom ready in five minutes—no beauty filter needed.

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Deluxe Brush Set



Invest in the budding beauty blogger with a quality makeup brush set that includes every tool they need for a full face beat. 

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Air Max 270 Premium Sneaker



Sure, no one will see their fly kicks through Zoom, but that’s what Instagram is for, right? 

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Fire TV Stick

How else will they binge-watch The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel?

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Classic Duvet Cover



Upgrade their typical bed-in-a-bag with a soft, fluffy duvet cover that screams peace and comfort. 

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Air Fryer

Everything tastes better when it’s air-fried. 

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Ilsa Elite Carryall

For the Gossip Girl-obsessed.

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Flawless Candle

My Secret Scent
My Secret Scent


For the person who burns the midnight oil to prep for a midterm, here’s a soy wax candle that burns for 80 hours long. 

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Office Accessories Organizer



A clutter-free space equals a clutter-free mind. 

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Apple Watch Series 6

Apple Watch serves many purposes, but the tech brand recently announced the arrival of its newest service: Apple Fitness+. The new program provides users with workout videos on top of the many health services the pint-size gadget offers. 

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Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Is it really a shower if you don’t pretend to be headlining your own concert?  

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September 2020

College exams and papers are stressful enough. A beauty subscription service will help to keep those stress-induced pimples at bay.

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Mini Video Projector

Turn their dorm/living room into a mini movie theater—socially distanced, of course. 

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Black History Expansion Pack

Black Card Revoked


College doesn’t teach you everything. 

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Hollywood Lighted Makeup Vanity Mirror



A flawless makeup look requires good lighting.  

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Classic Core Sheet Set



Luxurious sheets will make them feel at home. 

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Acid Lime Jowa Hoody

Daily Paper


The perfect hoodie does not exi—

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Shades of Legs



Spruce up their dorm room by decorating their walls with unique artwork.

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Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case



$159.98 (20% off)

Who doesn’t own a pair?  

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