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Holiday Gifts for your College Student


Whether you relish hunting up the best Black Friday deals, or prefer strolling the shops of your own downtown as snowflakes fall, 'tis the season. Here are awesome gift ideas for college students and surefire ways to put smiles on the faces of the ones you love.

Gift cards they'll actually use:

You can never go wrong with a simple Amazon gift card

☐ ZipcarUber or Lyft

 Ticketmaster gift card to see a concert

 Audible audiobook subscription

☐ Local coffee shop or restaurant in their college town — many places have e-gift cards now, making it easy to give!

Electronics they'll love you for:

☐ Bluetooth speaker like the UE Boom or the Bose SoundLink Micro

 AirPod wireless headphones

☐ Noise cancelling headphones

 Portable phone charger/power bank

 Smartphone picture printer, such as KiiPix

Campus safety essentials:

Campus safety gift ideas for college students

Protect your student's belongings and important documents with a dorm room safe

Axon's TASER self-defense device

Pepper spray

Wearsafe tag pairs with your iPhone and offers immediate emergency phone calls in a click of a discreet button, plus it has GPS location and audio streaming features

*Disclaimer: Before investing, check to see if these safety items are allowed in your state or on your student's campus. 

Cozy, weekend must-haves:

Holiday gift ideas for college students

☐ Onesie pajamas are a hot commodity and college students love being cozy. Kohls has some great options to check out

☐ Slippers they can wear outside. Find durable ones like these

☐ A heated throw blanket or a cozy robe to stay warm while they binge watch Netflix study

 An easy brunch cookbook (college students LOVE brunch)

 Wax warmers are great candle alternatives for students living in a dorm

☐ Quality hot chocolate or coffee to drink out of their new mug!

Stocking stuffers they'll savor:

Holiday stocking gift ideas for college students

☐ 10-foot phone charger

 Coffee mug with a family photo (or better yet, one of the pet)

 Sriracha To-Go Bottle Keychain

☐ Nice pens or office supplies

 PopSocket phone grip

☐ Poo-pourri Toilet Spray (no, seriously)

Lottery tickets

Gifts they won't even think to ask for:


☐ Hydro Flask Water Bottle or Yeti drinkware

 School gear like a new sweatshirt or a warm hat

Active games to play with friends like Spikeball (works great at tailgates) or Kan Jam (here's a fun glow in the dark set)

Entertaining games like Bonanza, Balderdash, Game of Things, Cards Against Humanity, or What Do You Meme?

☐ Eno or Kammok Roo Hammock – perfect for campus hangouts

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