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If you are anything like me, you get stressed out at the idea of buying gifts. That’s because buying gifts is stressful! You have to try and stay within your budget, you need to figure out what to buy for each person on your list, and you have to somehow find time to do all of it in your spare time! If you happen to be shopping for a college student this can be even more stressful.
Maybe they don’t live near you and you simply don’t know what they need, or maybe you just don’t remember being college-aged and have no clue what to buy for them.
Guess what though? Gifts can be bought for just about any budget and shopping online makes shopping so much easier than trying to find time to shop at the mall. It makes finding gifts for those on your list not quite as difficult as it seems.
Whether they live in a dorm, their own place, or maybe they are back at home, but they all have a lot of wants and needs in common. They are mostly young adults and as such can use some great young adult stuff that will make life a little bit easier for them to navigate adulthood.
I have decided to put together a list of 16 Gift Ideas for College Students that range from stuff that they want to gear that they need.
Gift Ideas for the College Student in Your Life
Let’s face it, most college students drink alcohol. Between parties and turning twenty-one, college students often experiment with adult beverages, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be smart about it.
Having a breathalyzer at their disposal would allow them to test their blood alcohol content at a moment’s notice. They would always be able to tell who shouldn’t be getting behind the wheel of a car.
This fuel-cell breathalyzer is super simple to use and very portable. The digital display makes reading the results so easy. Plus it’s something a college student can easily throw in their purse or keep in their glove compartment.
It’s a must-have!
If you really want to make a college student smile, get them some Airpods. Wireless earbuds, in general, are a hot item right now for college-aged folks (and many others), but Airpods are the ones that most of them really want.
The insulated, wide mouth hydro-flask (specifically the 32-ounce bottle) is the hot ticket item right now. To be fair, these things are awesome and great for making sure your loved ones stay hydrated!
Hey…everyone can use a nice toothbrush and college students rarely have an extra $40 to spend on one. That’s what makes this such a great gift!
Those devices have to stay charged! Plus, dorm rooms are quite small so a 10 ft charging cable could possibly keep them connected all over their room.
If you want to help a college student eat healthier, consider giving them the gift of a mini-fridge for their dorm! College students love to have a fridge in their rooms to keep snacks on hand and keep them from having to make food runs often.
You have probably found yourself without a place to charge your devices before, so you can understand the need for a laptop travel charger. Students are on deadlines for their homework, help them stay powered up with a laptop travel charger like this one.
None of us has just one device anymore and that is especially true about young people. A multi-port charger like this one is great for college students to help them keep their gadgets in one place and keep from having too many cords plugged into their outlets.
Give the gift of a clean floor! It is no secret that just like us, college students are strapped for time. Help them keep their space clean with a Roomba vacuum.
Whether they listen to music to help them study, or they want to be able to play music when their next party is happening, a portable BlueTooth speaker is a must-have.
Who wants to walk down those dorm halls with bare feet? NO ONE. That being said, you don’t necessarily want to take the time to get your shoes on either. A pair of slide-on slippers is a great compromise.
The Echo Dot can do tons of things that could be useful for college students. The small design is perfect for a small space, and it’s a high tech gadget that is easy on the budget. This is a great gift option for college students.
College students need to take time for fun and relaxation too, or else they will quickly burn out. A mini projector like this could give them a fun way to watch movies in the dorm.
Another great way for young people to get some entertainment. You can stream Netflix or other services right here on the tablet, you can load up your ebook textbooks, play games and more.
Many college students are full of angst as to what to do next. This book will help them navigate their 20s.
When all else fails, giving a college student an Amazon gift card for a gift is always a good choice. They can order almost anything they want or need.
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.