18 Terrific Christmas Gifts Ideas For College Students

a puppy of a French bulldog in Christmas decorations

Oh, the weather outside is frightful… Isn’t it? And you still have to get outside and buy gifts for your college friends. Oh, wait! You can actually stay at home and just order them online. It’s definitely not the hardest but not the easiest thing to do. Check out our list of Christmas gifts for college students before your shopping anxiety starts.


A perfect gift is not only nice and memorable but also useful, especially for a student. Gadgets are great helpers in studying. Hence they are brilliant gifts. Ask yourself what you would like to get for Christmas. Perhaps, your friends have the same tastes. Also, you need to make sure your friends don’t already own one of the items you want to get for them. Some of the gadgets listed below may become one of the best motivational gifts for college students.

1 – Headphones

Wireless or noise-canceling headphones are what each college student needs for concentrating while studying in noisy dorm rooms. They are pretty affordable, and there are a bunch of various types of them. Wireless headphones are great for working out, running, or doing chores while listening to favorite music or audiobook. Noise-canceling headphones are designed to block ambient noises and talks so that one can focus while studying.


2 – Portable chargers

Your friends will definitely appreciate a charger as a gift. Having your devices dead while not be able to plug them in might become a tense situation. Portable and wireless chargers are multipurpose and can be used with different gadgets. There are even solar chargers that are indispensable while camping.

a black portable charger lying on the table

3 – Digital cameras

Although modern cell phones have built-in cameras, students who are interested in photography would prefer professional digital cameras. They have much more features and will be more functional for vlogs and photoshoots. You can easily find a compact and powerful camera for under $500.

close up view of camera lens

4 – Digital notepads

It’s easier to carry one small notepad in your bag or backpack rather than a pile of notebooks. It saves all the written files to the Evernote account, and it is great for taking notes or drawing schemes, charts, maps, and diagrams. Quick access to files and high usability makes digital notepads great gifts.

someone holds a pen above a digital notepad

5 – Bluetooth speakers

Portable speakers are great for parties or relaxed chilling out. It can play music, audiobooks, and calming sounds of nature or white noise. It can be voice-controlled and connected to any device.

a grey bluetooth speaker on an orange mat

6 – Fitness trackers

Don’t forget about sports lovers. Sports watches help keep track of pulse, burnt calories, and the number of miles you run daily. They are one of the best gifts for a college boyfriend or girlfriend.

five fitness trackers of different types on one hand

Games, Interests, and Hobbies

1 – Party games

“Never have I ever” set or “Cards Against Humanity” will draw attention to your friend if they bring it to a party. They are affordable, funny, and easy to play, so buy some good board games if you don’t know what to give your friend for Christmas.

three students are playing board games and drinking wine

2 – A survival set

If your college mate is interested in hiking or forest exploring, get him a backpack with a built-in solar battery or a multi-purpose knife with a set of different useful tools for camping. There are also sets that contain everything you need for surviving in the wild nature or in case of a zombie apocalypse. This is an excellent gift for guys.

a cardboard survival kit for zombie apocalypse

3 – Craft materials

It’s a great gift for college girls and boys who are in love with crafting. Consider these items:

  • supplies for knitting (yarn, needles, and crochets);
  • supplies for woodcarving (wax, carbon sheets, wooden mallet);
  • materials for jewelry making (beads, cords, threads, and tools);
  • wax and molds for candle making.

It all depends on what kind of handicraft your buddy prefers. Just ask what they need, and they will appreciate your attention to their hobby.

various craft materials

4 – Personalized T-shirts or bags

Find out if your friend is a fan of a certain band, movie, or comic-book character. It’s much easier to buy a perfect gift for a person whose tastes you are familiar with. Afterward, you should go online shopping for the item you chose.

several personalized superhero t-shirts

5 – Funny gifts

It may be a set of party glasses with funny lettering, a joking book (“The Manual to Manhood,” “Life’s Missing Instruction Manual”), a funny pillow, or a pack of lottery tickets.

The cover of the book titles manual to manhood

6 – Gift cards

It is a present for someone who you think will spend money more wisely than you. You can find different kinds of gift cards for many stores online, even Itunes. And don’t forget about subscriptions, such as for Netflix.

colored iTunes gift card

Household Items And Devices

Being away from home may be difficult and intimidating. You may find some of these useful Christmas gift ideas for college freshmen and other students suitable for this year presents. Keep in mind the items you’ll see below if you’re looking for a gift for a college boyfriend or girlfriend.

1 – A cookbook or cooking utensils

It’s always a great gift for a beginner cook, especially for a student who has left his home and now is about to start adult life by cooking his own meal. Who knows, maybe one day your present will lead your friend to become the next Jamie Oliver.

a page from the cookbook with a recipe of pancakes

2 – A portable vacuum cleaner

Keeping a dorm room clean might be hard sometimes. Portable vacuum cleaners with sanitizing features are great gifts for students who live in rooms with a messy person. Such vacuum cleaners are compact and easy to transport, and still, they are powerful enough to clean the room perfectly.

a woman using a portable vacuum cleaner in the living room

3 – Cozy socks or pajamas

Gifts that make your friend feeling like at home are a perfect cure for homesick. Pick some cozy and warm pajamas and a pair of funny socks. Wearing warm and soft pajamas and a pair of socks with funny prints will create a Christmas mood even if your friend is far from home at the time.

a blond girl in pajamas and socks is sitting on the sofa

4 – Candles and blankets

These are great gifts for college girls because they love making their bedrooms neat and cozy. Some good-smelling candles and furry woolen blankets will make a great present on a cold wintry day.

candels, pillows with lights, and knitted blankets

5 – Instant photo printers for phones

Help your college friend decorate a room with printed photos to make the atmosphere brighter and more relaxed. Instant printers don’t have any wires. You can use them to print favorite photos from any cell phone.

an instant photo portable printer with an iphone on it, and three colorful picters

6 – A travel mug or a water bottle

Thermal mugs help to keep your drinks hot or cold for a long time. So they are very useful when one needs to spend hours in a library or when someone is going to be outside for a long period of time. Coffee-loving college students should get enough caffeine, or they can start freaking out.

three travel thermal mugs

Find the best present for your college friend, considering their preferences. But if you are unaware of what preferences they have, there’s a thing each student needs – money. We know that sounds boring, but it’s better than nothing. Perhaps, the next year you will succeed in choosing some better presents.

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