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Best Gifts College Students

Updated on November 9, 2014

Best Gifts Teens Love and Gifts For College Kids Under $100

Want to let your college student know that you haven't forgot about him or her but don't want to spend a lot of money? Well you can and save time and money by checking out the best gifts for college kids under $100 right here.

Creative gift ideas for college kids that won't break the bank. We've researched this and feature a selection of gifts for college kids under $100 that are affordable and will be appreciated by your college student.

Browse below for unique gift ideas for college kids. You'll find gift ideas in categories like: electronics, food, clothing, dorm room or apartment accessories and more.

Electronics - Always top on College Kids' Wish List

College Kids Want Electronics

Electronics tend to top every list of best gifts teens love or best gifts for college kids.

Of all categories, we found that most gifts on a college kid wish list fall under the electronics category.

They want smart phones, ipods, cameras, kindles and computers.

Even if they HAVE one, they'll want to upgrade from their old one to a newer model.

Top Selling Gifts For College Kids Under $100 - Latest TECH

Enjoy online video & anything at all from the web on your TV with this device. Plug it into any HDTV and control it with your existing smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Send your favorites from Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, Pandora and many more to your TV with the press of a button. No need to huddle around small screens and tiny speakers. Chromecast will automatically update to work with a growing number of apps.

The Fire TV Stick is even more recent version of the above and sells for about $40. Pre-orders can be placed now but it will not be available until ater Christmas.

Popular Electronic Gifts for College Kids and Teens

Search Amazon for electronic items that would make great gifts for college kids under $100. Many can be found that are close to that price range.

For example, the Kindle Store has at least half a dozen models of a Kindle and there are models in the $100 range, especially if you catch a sale.

FOOD! Best foodie gifts for college kids

High Energy Snack Food - FOOD ranks HIGH in best gifts teens LOVE!

When my son went off to college, one gift he really liked was simply a large gift bag full of snacks to keep in his dorm room. The bag was really heavy and he found at the bottom the biggest bag of M and Ms I had ever seen.

Amazon offers a wide assortment of similar food baskets. Browse selections and choose, simple.

You will even find sprecialty collections such as chocolates, gluten free, sausage and cheese and more.

Hey, college kids keep crazy hours!

What to do when hungry after the cafeteria is closed?

Pop Tarts please.

They won't go to waste.

GONE in no time flat.

Quick and easy strawberry flavored snacks.

Your college kid will ADORE this gift basket! - Best gifts teens love!

Chocolate - nuts - pretzels and more.

Sure to please!

BIG smiles on this one!

Clothing Gifts for College Kids

More Gift ideas for College Kids

How about a Hoodie?

Any college, any logo...

Amazon has the threads college students want.

Favorite Rock Group T-Shirt - Yes, Teens DO Dig Pink Floyd!

Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon

Other popular syles also available at, check link above.

Gifts for the Dorm Room or Apartment

A Cooler Makes a Popular Grad Gift - Here's a grad gift your college kid will actually use!

You might even fill it with as assortment of food, drinks and other small gifts.

Don't be surprised if it doubles as a laundry bag!

This cooler model is highly rated. Click to see a wide assortment of cooler styles at

Dorm Room Organizers - College kids need help with organization.

Dorm rooms are SO tiny! And face kids tend to be a mess! This set might be just the ticket to get their act together so they can FIND stuff when they need it.

All the pieces in this set are lightweight and compact, no assembly needed - can be quickly put into the closet or shoved under the bed - perfect for dorm rooms.

This set has: Hanging shoe shelf with 10 pockets, hanging sweater shelf with 6 pockets, closet wardrobe, underbed storage bag, drawstring laundry bag, mesh foldable hamper and bathroom personal organizer.

Personal Storage Cart for Dorm Room - Great gift for college kid, a multipurpose storage caddy.

Dorm rooms are small and tough to keep organized. This handy storage cart WILL get used. It's compact, lightweight and yet able to hold hundreds of items in a small space.

This cart can be used next to the bed or anywhere at all, even has wheels for easy movement.

Designed to meet the student's needs, loaded with mesh storage pockets of various sizes and even has a removable laundry hamper with carrying strap.

Soft sides but the top is firm enough to hold fragile items.

Desk Lamp + iPod Player in ONE - Desk lamp + iPod layer = Very popular gift for college kids under $100

Given that dorm rooms are so tiny, it is best to look for smaller sized items.

Best for dorms is items that are not only compact and light-weight but also multi-functional.

This desk lamp fits that bill with style!

Many colors to choose from: red, pink, black, blue and silver.

Dorm Room Décor - Wall Posters make great gifts for college kids

Posters like this one make decorating the dorm room quick and easy.

See the entire collection at amazon of posters that make great gifts for college kids. Consider a search for their particular college name for posters of their college sports teams, etc.

Dorm Deco Partner Product - Ready to hang your college kid? ... I mean hang stuff on the walls with your college kid?

You can stick a poster or photo on the wall in no time with this adhesive and it works, won't fall off nor damage the wall. You might want some for yourself at home, too.

Dorms and apartments are picky about walls, so when you set out to decorate walls with a college kid then be prepared with the right adhesive.

This one works great for posters and lightweight d├ęcor without damaging the walls.

Best Gifts Teens Love Comments - What's your take about gifts for teens and college kids?

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    • Jess Martell profile image

      Jess Martell 

      4 years ago

      I like most of the ideas for this lens. The iPod speaker are a great idea for holding dance parties and posters are a must

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      Carolan Ross 

      4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      @The_Kelster: Hey thanks a lot for this comment. When one of my sons went off to college he did receive a HUGE gift bag of snacks as a grad gift, then forgot he had gone off and left it here. He was definitely thrilled to receive it again when I gave it to him a month or so later.

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      4 years ago

      Really cool lens! All of this stuff is PERFECT for a college student (I just graduated college. lol) I actually just made a lens about college and added your lens for the related pages. And I would definitely say that the large gift bag of snacks would have been my favorite. I lived on protein and energy bars through college.

    • CrossCreations profile imageAUTHOR

      Carolan Ross 

      4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      @anonymous: Hey thanks! Had never heard of it and will add to best gifts for college kids. A good dinner when he's got no money? Always.

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      4 years ago

      Annie's macaroni and cheese, it's organic, it's easy to make and it's a college kids dream dinner when he's got no money!

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      clouda9 lm 

      6 years ago

      Excellent selection of gifts for any college student. I like how you broke it down into categories with the blackbox module.

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      6 years ago

      You must have kids in college. You hit the nail right on the head. Great products....great lens!

    • Showpup LM profile image

      Showpup LM 

      6 years ago

      Fun gift ideas for college students. I'm sure any of these would be a huge hit.

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Great selection...well done!

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      6 years ago

      Indeed perfect for college kids. Sundae ;-)


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