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22 Best Gifts For College Students, From College Freshmen to Seniors

22 Best Gifts For College Students, From College Freshmen to Seniors

A curated list of the best gifts for college students, featuring the best hand-picked and reviewed gifts for college freshmen and seniors with cool, funny and useful dorm, tech and clothing gifts for college guys and girls.

So you’re getting a gift for college students…from what we’ve found, there aren’t that many good articles out there that highlight cool, practical and funny gifts for college students. So, in an effort to aide you in your gift-buying journey, we’ve curated a list of what we believe are some of the best gifts for college students — based on product design, humor and utility. Below you’ll find top-rated, modern reusable water bottles, portable Bluetooth speakers, desk gadgets like a bamboo charging doc and portable LED study lamp, a few funny cat-themed dorm decor pieces, and a number of hand-picked, college-oriented pieces of apparel and gear, like sweatshirts, backpacks, and more. We tried to balance a number of qualities that come to define college student life and imagine you’ll find at least one thing you deem fit for a gift for college students. It may be helpful to note that if you’re on a gift-buying shopping spree, we’ve also curated posts on the best gifts for guys, best Fair Trade gifts for her, and the best eco-friendly gifts for kids. As always, if you like our curation, leave a comment and good review below.

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Qualities we looked for overall:

+ Practical application for everyday use.
+ Can be easily integrated into student life.
+ Offers a way to enhance, support and/or improve college student life (relatively subjective quality).
+ Suitable for college dorms (relatively subjective quality).
+ Designed to last with durable, long lasting materials like top-grain leather, hardwood, stainless steel or canvas.
+ Designed with modern or contemporary aesthetics (relatively subjective quality).
+ Designed with vintage or retro aesthetic qualities (relatively subjective quality).
+ Designed with minimalist design principles, with minimal lines, forms and assets (relatively subjective quality).
+ Designed with an unique, fun or interesting aesthetic (relatively subjective quality).
+ Functional design principles (relatively subjective quality).
+ Handmade or hand-crafted.
+ Marked as best-selling or top rated / top reviewed.
+ Makes for a good gift (relatively subjective quality).
+ Well reviewed by customers (i.e., when reviews available via company or seller website).

Qualities we tried to avoid overall:

– Cheap construction (relatively subjective quality).
– Non-reusable design (i.e., disposable, one-time use).
– Products with a high number of bad reviews.

Editor’s Top 10 Rated Selections

22 Best Gifts For College Students, From College Freshmen to Seniors // In our opinion, these are a few of the best products we came across in our search, given the overall qualities that we were curating for in this collection. We focused on the following qualities when curating for this particular selection of products:

+ Practical application for everyday use.
+ Can be easily integrated into student life.
+ Offers a way to enhance, support and/or improve college student life (relatively subjective quality).
+ Suitable for college dorms (relatively subjective quality).
+ Designed to last with durable, long lasting materials like top-grain leather, hardwood, stainless steel or canvas.
+ Designed with modern or contemporary aesthetics (relatively subjective quality).
+ Designed with vintage or retro aesthetic qualities (relatively subjective quality).
+ Designed with minimalist design principles, with minimal lines, forms and assets (relatively subjective quality).
+ Designed with an unique, fun or interesting aesthetic (relatively subjective quality).
+ Functional design principles (relatively subjective quality).
+ Marked as best-selling or top rated / top reviewed.
+ Makes for a good gift (relatively subjective quality).

*While we work to ensure the products we select possess these qualities, actual product packaging and materials may contain more and/or different information than that shown on our web site. Do not rely solely on the information provided here.

Details

Minimalist Design, Modern Eco-Friendly Triple Insulated Water Bottle and Thermos with No Leak Top, 25 oz, in Green.
By: Corkcicle

Editor's Note

Eco-friendly, reusable water bottles are always a solid gift for a mobile and on-the-go college student. Whether you’re in class, at the dorm, walking around the campus or just out and about, chances are you’re going to wish you had a water bottle at some point. We all drink water — it’s just a fact. πŸ˜‰ Corkcicle crafts environmentally friendly, reusable stainless steel water bottles with a bit of a twist. Conventional water bottles tend to cater more so to the athletic and fitness industry, but since this smart accessory is now being popularized as an everyday carry essential, brands are moving to create modern, minimalist design and stylish water bottles that are not only functional — like your average sport water bottle — but also unique and designed to actually look good. Corkcicle bottles are triple insulated — meaning they can double as a thermos — and are built with a no-leak threaded screw top, patented easy-grip sides, and a non-slip bottom. If you’re not a big fan of the green color we selected here, they come in over 10 color options, so feel free to click-through to pick which one you’d like to get as a gift. It’s definitely one of the best gifts for college students in our collection: practical, inexpensive and unique.

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Best Selling, Top Rated Modern, Slim Genuine Leather Wallet Featuring Simplified Bifold Construction with Adjustable Money Clip, in Light Brown.
By: Distil Union

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Cool, Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speakers with Microphone, 5 Dynamic 3D Light Effects, 20W Output Strong Bass Stereo Sound and Rechargable Battery.
By: Gracety

Editor's Note

In our opinion, no college dorm room is complete without a top rated, modern Bluetooth speaker. This speaker by Gracety is well-reviewed by the vast majority of customers and integrates Bluetooth technology and 3D light effects that give it a bit of a modern and unique flare. Plus, it’s made with a built-in rechargeable dual lithium battery, which means you can enjoy up to 6 nonstop hours of music. If you’re not too keen on this particular speaker, we recommend looking into Bluetooth speakers as a gift idea for college students — they’re incredibly useful and still had that ‘cool gift’ factor. Overall, it’s a great, solid gift for college students.

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Best Selling, Top Rated Multi-Use, Wood Monitor Stand with Riser, Storage Organizer and Charging Spots, Made of Bamboo.
By: Royal Craft Wood

Editor's Note

Yeah, this piece caught our eye too. This bamboo wood stand / organizer combo is quite possibly one of the most useful desk accessories imaginable for the oftentimes messy and disorganized college student desk. Crafted with everything from a simple cup holder and charging dock, to a hidden, sectioned-out spot for your keyboard and mouse or papers and notebooks, this riser and storage piece was made for college life. Although it may not be at first categorized as one of those ‘funny college student gifts’, it’s certainly a cool and useful gift for college students that just may make their college life a bit easier.

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Eco Friendly, Multi-Device Charging Station Dock & Organizer for Laptops, Tablets, and Phones, Crafted of Durable Bamboo.
By: Great Useful Stuff

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Modern, Classic Cotton Canvas and PU Leather Laptop Student Bag, Vintage Cross Body Shoulder Bag with Space for Notebooks and Ultrabook Tablet Padded Case for Up to 15.6 Inch Laptop, in Brown and Blue.
By: Lavievert

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Funny, College ‘Sometimes I Use Words I Don’t Understand’ Cotton Hoodie Sweatshirt, in Black and White.
By: Shirts Of Legends

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Modern Design, Women’s Simple, Durable, Small College Backpack, Made of Faux Vegan Leather, in Light Brown.
By: Copi

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Top Rated, Minimalist Design, Cordless, Eye Friendly LED Desk Study Lamp that’s USB Rechargeable with Up To 40 Hours of Continuous Light, Touch Control, 6 Brightness Levels, 3 Light Modes, 360 Adjustable Modern Design and Portable Construction, in Gold.
By: Luxe Lamp

Editor's Note

You may not think that LED desk lamps are all that cool and interesting, but we do…and this one certainly is. Seriously. This LED desk lamp is the Swiss army knife of desk lamps. We’ll explain. This piece is well reviewed by customers, is lightweight and portable at just under a pound, built with 6 brightness levels and 3 light modes (plus an ‘eye-care’ setting so it’s friendly on your eyes), features a touch panel control pad and an adjustable 360 degree neck, AND is USB rechargeable which means you won’t need to be near an outlet to power it. Yeah, it has virtually everything you could ever want in an LED desk lamp. Oh, and because it uses LED lights, it’s energy efficient and eco-friendly. Win, win, win — a great gift for college students.

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Super Lightweight, Travel, Portable LED Desk Reading Lamp, 2 In 1 Eye-Care Night Light with Portable Power Bank, Anti Glare, Eco Friendly Design, and Rechargable Battery Pack, in White.
By: DBTech

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22 Best Gifts For College Students, From College Freshmen to Seniors, Featuring The Coolest College Tech, Dorm Decor & Clothing Accessories for Guys & Girl College Students.

Favorites

22 Best Gifts For College Students, From College Freshmen to Seniors // While combing through products, we found these gems. These are a few of our personal favorites β€” maybe we share the same taste. We focused on the following qualities when curating for this particular selection of products:

+ Practical application for everyday use.
+ Can be easily integrated into student life.
+ Offers a way to enhance, support and/or improve college student life (relatively subjective quality).
+ Suitable for college dorms (relatively subjective quality).
+ Designed to last with durable, long lasting materials like top-grain leather, hardwood, stainless steel or canvas.
+ Designed with modern or contemporary aesthetics (relatively subjective quality).
+ Designed with vintage or retro aesthetic qualities (relatively subjective quality).
+ Designed with minimalist design principles, with minimal lines, forms and assets (relatively subjective quality).
+ Designed with an unique, fun or interesting aesthetic (relatively subjective quality).
+ Makes for a good gift (relatively subjective quality).

*While we work to ensure the products we select possess these qualities, actual product packaging and materials may contain more and/or different information than that shown on our web site. Do not rely solely on the information provided here.

Details

Funny, College Student ‘Lazy Is A Very Strong Word Funny’ Cotton Men’s & Women’s Unisex Fit Sweatshirt, in Grey.
By: Buzz Shirts

Editor's Note

Funny slogan on an essential article of clothing for college students, the sweatshirt…this pretty screams gift for college students.

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Funny, College Student ‘Harvard Law’ Cotton Men’s & Women’s Crewneck Unisex Sweatshirt, in Maroon.
By: Raxo

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Hip, Modern Mini-Sculpture Cat Bookends, in Black and White.
By: LilGift

Editor's Note

Chances are, if you’re getting a gift for a college student, he or she will probably have some attachment to cats…well, unless they’re a dog person. Simply put, Millennials love cats. It’s true; we found an article about it. A perfect way to make the classic cat motif useful for college students is to make a pair of cat book-ends. We imagine you’ll know someone who likes these.

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College Dorm, Minimalist, Modern Design, Cubist Floating Wall Shelf, Large, in Black.
By: Umbra

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Modern, Simple Design, Durable Laptop Backpack with Interior Organizer Section for iPad or Tablet and Padded Shoulder Pads, Straps, in Black.
By: Solo Pro

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Modern, RFID Blocking (for Protection from Credit Card and ID Theft), Designer Women’s Stewart/Stand Leather French Purse, in Blue and White.
By: Stewart/Stand

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Continued, Part 3, 6 Budget Picks
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Budget Picks

22 Best Gifts For College Students, From College Freshmen to Seniors // These are a few solid choices if you’re on a budget. We focused on the following qualities when curating for this particular selection of products:

+ Practical application for everyday use.
+ Can be easily integrated into student life.
+ Offers a way to enhance, support and/or improve college student life (relatively subjective quality).
+ Suitable for college dorms (relatively subjective quality).
+ Designed with modern or contemporary aesthetics (relatively subjective quality).
+ Designed with vintage or retro aesthetic qualities (relatively subjective quality).
+ Designed with an unique, fun or interesting aesthetic (relatively subjective quality).
+ Makes for a good gift (relatively subjective quality).

*While we work to ensure the products we select possess these qualities, actual product packaging and materials may contain more and/or different information than that shown on our web site. Do not rely solely on the information provided here.

Details

Funny, Unique ‘Cat’ Motif 15 to 15.6-Inch Laptop Sleeve Carrying Case, Neoprene Sleeve, in Grey.
By: YIDA

Editor's Note

To continue on our side motif of useful cat-themed accessories, we found this awesome cat graphic laptop sleeve. This is a funny, affordable gift for college students that still meets that standard for practicality.

Details

Hip, Stylish Design Laptop Shoulder Messenger Bag, Crafted with Canvas, in Bohemian-Blue Floral Print.
By: Kinmac

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Eco Friendly, Leather Journal Notebook, Antique Aesthetic, Made with Handmade Leather and Wood Button, in Brown.
By: A Lazy Dog

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13 Inch, Cool, Unique ‘Book Camouflage’ Retina MacBook Pro Sleeve, Vintage Laptop Case for MacBook Pro, Made of Quality PU Leather.
By: GMYLE

Editor's Note

You have to really take the time to appreciate the brilliance of this laptop case. With this laptop sleeve, you can literally hide your laptop under the guise of an old book cover. And yes, it’s fully padded and designed to also protect your laptop. A funny, awesome gift for college students…we think so.

Details

Handmade, Interior Illusions ‘Thumbs up’ College Dorm Wall Hook, in White.
By: Interior Illusions Plus

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Funny, Cotton Linen Square ‘Carpe Diem’ Pattern Sofa Pillow Cushion Cover.
By: DolphineShow

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