Your Holiday Wish List: 10 Perfect Presents for College Students


The holiday season has arrived, and with it comes many gift-giving opportunities. If you’re not sure what to ask for this year, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 gifts any college student would love to receive. Search no further—your dream gift is here!

1. Keurig Mini Coffee Maker

Who doesn’t have use for a small, portable, in-home coffee maker? Not only that, but Keurig also sells tea, apple cider, and other types of pods, so even if you’re not a coffee drinker, this gift can still be extremely useful for you.

2. LED Dimmable Office Desk Lamp with USB Charging Port

This desk lamp is both sophisticated and affordable! With multiple color modes and brightness levels, you’ll be all set for any kind of darkness you find yourself in. And with a built-in USB port, you can even charge your cell phone while you use it.

3. A suitcase

Whether you’re an avid traveler or just need something to use next time you fly home for vacation, a new suitcase is a very practical gift to ask for. You can even customize it perfectly to your tastes by choosing the size, style, and print that you like most. Safe travels!

4. Echo Dot (3rd Generation)

It’s hard to think of something the Echo Dot can’t help you with. It reads audio books, plays music, answers questions, and more. Not only that, but the Echo Dot will end up being a gift that’ll benefit everyone in your dorm room or apartment—your roommates will thank you!

5. MINI JAMBOX by Jawbone Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

You’ll instantly be the life of the party (or the study session!) with this portable and powerful Bluetooth speaker. Small enough to fit in your pocket, it is uber-convenient! And with a feature that allows you to play in unison with a friend’s Jambox, you can have double the volume and double the fun.

6. Homesick Candles

Who knew a single candle could encompass the smell of your city, state, or country? The scent of your Homesick Candle is sure to take you back to your roots. Homesick Candles also sells candles that smell like certain holidays and other special events. Add warmth and fresh scents to your room this season! (That is, if candles are allowed where you live.)

7. A tool kit

Did something break in your dorm room? Fear no more! With this handy tool kit, you’ll be equipped to fix anything. The tools come in a sleek, vegan leather case, which you can purchase in black or pink. 

8. A subscription

What better gift than one that keeps on giving? Whether the subscription is for a magazine or a box of products, it’ll make you happy every time it comes in the mail. And subscriptions can be surprisingly useful—the POPSUGAR Must-Have Box, for example, features everything from beauty products to cleaning supplies.

9. Narwhal Heated Slippers

Ever had a cold winter night when ordinary slippers just weren’t warm enough? With these heated slippers, your feet will never be cold again. Granted, lots of heated slippers exist out there, but why settle for plain ones when you can get slippers shaped like narwhals?

10. Photo clip mobile

What better way to display photos of college fun than on a mobile? This one is both affordable and trendy and would look great in any dorm room or apartment.

Related: The Essential College Student Gift Guide for Parents

Here’s to a holiday season filled with awesome presents! But no matter what gifts you get, remember that the gift of a college education is by far the most important—and one that not everyone is privileged to get.

Happy holidays!

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About Tamar Lilienthal

Tamar Lilienthal is a high school senior from Coral Springs, Florida. Her passion has been writing for as long as she can remember, and she hopes to pursue it as a career. She has written for publications like National Geographic Kids, and she is so excited that she has the opportunity to write for CollegeXpress! Tamar is also a dancer, and she is trained in tap, ballet, jazz, and contemporary. She loves sunny weather and her cockapoo, Bubbles. She plans on taking a gap year and then attending the University of Pennsylvania in fall 2019. 


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