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50 Gift Ideas for College Students

Updated on July 5, 2015

Are you shopping for a gift for a college student? There are plenty of great gift ideas that you can choose among when you’re shopping for a young adult who is enrolled in college.

Whether the person you are shopping for is living in a dorm room, sharing an apartment with other young people or continuing to live at home with his or her parents there are plenty of gifts you can give that are sure to be greatly appreciated.


Gift Ideas for College Students: 50 Suggestions

Here are 50 suggestions for gifts that just about any college student will be thrilled to receive. The following gift suggestions have been chosen with college students in mind.

  1. AAA membership (roadside assistance)
  2. Airline miles
  3. gift card
  4. Bedding
  5. Blu-ray player
  6. Bluetooth device
  7. Board games
  8. Book light
  9. Book shelf
  10. Book store gift certificate
  11. Car service or maintenance gift card
  12. Cell phone case
  13. Cell phone skin
  14. Closet organizer
  15. Desk
  16. Desk chair
  17. Digital camera
  18. Fast food gift card
  19. File cabinet
  20. Futon
  21. Gas card
  22. Grocery store gift card
  23. Housewares store gift certificate
  24. Jump drive
  25. Laptop case
  26. Laptop computer
  27. Massage gift certificate
  28. Memory foam mattress cover
  29. Memory foam pillow
  30. Money (always appreciated!)
  31. Padfolio (for job interviews!)
  32. Papasan chair
  33. Postage stamps
  34. Prepaid credit card
  35. Reading lamp
  36. Restaurant gift card
  37. Roku box
  38. Rolls of quarters (for laundry and vending machines)
  39. School logo attire
  40. Shelving units
  41. Snack food gift basket
  42. Spa visit gift certificate
  43. Storage cubes
  44. Tablet computer
  45. Television
  46. Towels
  47. Video games
  48. Warehouse club membership (Sam’s Club or Costco)
  49. Wii
  50. Xbox

Shopping Tip: Consider the Recipient

While the college students in your life will likely be happy to receive just about anything on the above list, keep in mind that it’s certainly not an all-inclusive selection of options. Use this list as a starting point to brainstorm for ideas that the particular person you are shopping for will truly love.

Before making a purchase decision, of course, consider the personal preferences and living situation of the person you are shopping for. While the gift card options are appropriate for anyone – and will always be appreciated – think about where the recipient lives and what he or she already has before choosing one of the household items.

What Ideas Do You Have?

These are only a few of the many options you may want to consider when shopping for an appropriate gift for a college student. Do you have other ideas to share? If so, feel free to post your suggestions in the comments section below.


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  • Aceblogs profile image


    7 years ago from India

    great stuff , thanks for the share

  • katrinasui profile image


    7 years ago

    A good list of gift ideas for college students. very useful hub!

  • mgwhite profile imageAUTHOR

    Mary White 

    7 years ago from Mobile, AL

    Steph - I know that Delta lets you buy airline miles. I think you need the person's frequent flyer account number so that they can be posted properly. I am not sure about the other airlines. ~ Mary

  • stephhicks68 profile image

    Stephanie Hicks 

    7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

    Lots of great gift ideas here. Can you gift airline miles? Or do you have to use them to purchase a ticket first? Rated up and useful!


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