25 Great Christmas Gifts for College Students

25 Great Christmas Gifts for College Students

Looking for the best Christmas Gifts for a college student? This guide has been updated for 2019 and has the proven gifts your college student will love to get: gifts to wear, gifts for the dorm, and useful gifts. Tons of easy gift ideas that are sure to please!

This post may contain affiliate links. For more information, see my disclosures here.

Wondering what to get a college student for Christmas? I quizzed my three subject matter experts and did some research of my own to come up with a gift guide that’s been vetted by actual college students.

Gifts to Wear

Fitbit Inspire HR Heart Rate

Help your college student avoid the Freshman 15 and get reminders to stand up and move around some during those extended study sessions with this popular fitness tracker.

Shop Now

Minnetonka Women's Cally Faux Fur Slipper

Those dorm floors can get pretty chilly in February. Help them replace those worn-out shower shoes with fur-lined hard-soled slippers. Good for the girls and the boys!

Shop Now

Levi's Men's Type III Sherpa Jacket

Levi's Classic Jean Jacket comes in Men's and Women's versions and can be worn with anything. This version is sherpa-lined to keep your student warm around campus.

Shop Now

Bluetooth Beanie Hat

This beanie will keep your student's head warm and cozy and it holds a special surprise: bluetooth headphones so they'll always be able to hear their favorite music.

Shop Now

Lotus wish bracelet

Photo Credit: www.etsy.com

Support your student in following their dreams with this tie-on wish bracelet.

Shop Now

Isabella's Closet Women's North Pole Sloth Ugly Christmas Sweater

What Christmas is complete without an ugly Christmas sweater?And sloths make everybody happy!

Shop Now

Gifts to Take Back to School

Statement Water Bottle

This water bottle is stainless steel with a cool faux wood exterior and says “I’m eco-friendly, health-conscious and stylish!”

Shop Now

Weighted Blanket (15 lbs, 48''x72'', Twin Size)

My son crawled under my weighted blanket on his first night home for the holidays, fell asleep on the sofa and slept through until the morning. I knew then that the blanket would be returning with him to school and it did. This blanket really works for easing anxiety and promoting sleep. Everyone needs one!

Shop Now

Giant World Map

After a full semester, your college student might be ready for a dorm room update. Show them the places they can go with this giant wall map.

Shop Now

Umbra Hangit Photo Display

Of course, your student might also appreciate a touch of home. These photo clips let your student keep photos of their favorite memories in front of them all the time and the unit easily attaches with command strips.

Shop Now

Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Camera Kit w/EF-M15-45mm and 4K Video - Black

Sure a smartphone takes great pictures but if your college student wants to take their photography game up a notch, this mirrorless camera is a lightweight alternative to a DSLR and takes great 4K video.

Shop Now

Bluetooth Portable Suitcase Turntable with Built-in Speakers

Record players are making a strong comeback these days! This portable version looks like the fun suitcase-style record players all the cool kids used to carry around and the Bluetooth capability means you can even use it as a set of speakers when you want to stream music from your phone.

Shop Now

Ultra Charging Station and Dock with Built-in Power Strip Storage

Space is always at a premium in tiny dorm rooms. Help your student keep all their various devices neatly docked and charging in one compact space. Includes a six-outlet power strip!

Shop Now

Catered Cravings Gift Baskets with Sweet and Salty Snacks, 54-Counts

If you can’t be together, show your love with a care package of sweet and salty snacks.

Shop Now

Felt Letter Board

Help your student start every day with an inspirational message with this felt letter board

Shop Now

Mini Projector [with Tripod]

This mini projector is perfect for movie night in the dorm! Simply connect it to your streaming device or your laptop and you're good to go. Just add popcorn.

Shop Now

Useful Gifts

Le Creuset of America PG8200-0567 Petite French Press, 12 oz, Cherry,

Sometimes you just need quick and easy quality caffeine for on-the-go. The french press is an easy way to keep your coffee fix going all day.

Shop Now

Portable Laptop Desk

Help your student study wherever the mood strikes with this adjustable portable laptop lap desk.

Shop Now

Jumbo Dry Erase Laminated Wall Calendar

Keep all important dates and to-dos up front and visible at all times with this wall-mounted dry erase monthly calendar. Great for the visually oriented.

Shop Now

Moleskine Classic 12 Month 2020 Weekly Planner, Soft Cover, Large (5" x 8.25") Black

Photo Credit: www.amazon.com

Or maybe your student is the type who likes to keep their agenda with them on the go. This popular calendar is a great way to keep track of what’s going on.

Shop Now

Portable Charger

Your phone needs some extra juice when you're out and about all day and this portable charger has outlets for both iPhones and Android devices. It can charge your iPhone more than 7 times on a single charge, too, so no need to panic because you forgot to charge your charger.

Shop Now

Sunrise Alarm Clock

Help your student make that 8 am class each morning with this gentle alarm clock which works by gradually brightening each morning before the alarm clock goes off. You can choose to awake to the sound of birds or the ocean if you'd like and charge your phone overnight.

Shop Now

Pin Now on Pinterest

Get the Newsletter!

Sign up for Midlife Rambler's weekly e-mail and receive exclusive content not available on the website. Plus, you'll get access to the Midlife Rambler Resource Library with tons of e-books and more to help you live your best life!

We won't send you spam. Unsubscribe at any time. Powered by ConvertKit


  1. Laura
    December 1, 2016 / 6:26 am

    This is great, thanks Katy! A co-worker has been stumped as to gifts for her college son, and now I can direct her here for ideas.

    • Katy
      December 1, 2016 / 6:27 am

      Hope she finds something she likes!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *