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Gifts for the College Student

Updated on February 2, 2015

Thoughtful and Practical Gifts for a Graduating Senior

Graduation marks the passage into the next phase of life. Some high school graduates will attend college in the fall, others will go directly into a summer trade school, and a few will choose to enter the military or the workforce.

No matter what direction these young adults decide to take their life, graduation from high school is normally a momentous occasion and is the traditional launch into adulthood. It is the traditional passage from being a child to an adult and should be celebrated, recognized, and commemorated with gifts that will serve them into the next phase of life.

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Graduation Is the Beginning of a New Journey - New beginnings and new experiences

College Backpacks are a Neccesity

Swiss Gear SA1908 Black TSA Friendly ScanSmart Laptop Backpack  - Fits Most 17 Inch Laptops and Tablets
Swiss Gear SA1908 Black TSA Friendly ScanSmart Laptop Backpack - Fits Most 17 Inch Laptops and Tablets

Traveling home in an airport is a breeze as the the laptop compartment of this backpack is accessible from the side for easy access.

Throw in a pair of clothes and you have an overnight travel carry on bag for flying home for the holidays.


Every College Student Needs a New Backpack - The most versatile backpack on the market

If your high school graduate is going going to college they will need a high quality backpack, even if they had one in high school. It's not just their high school books they will be carrying around, but their daily life.

From the creators of the Swiss Army knife comes the most versatile and flexible backpack, would you expect anything else. Now only this backpack have room for up to a 17" laptop, but is has an outside pocket for a water bottle and a special easy to access pouch for a phone of MP3 player.

Interior pocket organizers house a portable desk of pens, pencils and a calculator and the for commuting college student the ergonomically designed shoulder straps are a comfort on the commute to school on a train or bike.

College Advice for Freshman

The CollegeHumor Guide To College: Selling Kidneys for Beer Money, Sleeping with Your Professors, Majoring in Commu nications, and Other Really Good Ideas
The CollegeHumor Guide To College: Selling Kidneys for Beer Money, Sleeping with Your Professors, Majoring in Commu nications, and Other Really Good Ideas

This college guide was created by college students, for college students and was sourced by the popular website.

Parents beware, although you might want to read this, remember the audience, college students, it's reality, so be prepared.


Prepare Them for College Dorm Life - Give them the insight you wish you could tell them

If you went to college you have "stories" you may not want to share with your kids. Some things are best left unsaid by Mom or Dad. Parents are boring, out of date and just don't get it, really.

But situations such as the naked roommate, or the drunk roommate do arise. So how do you give your upcoming college freshman advice and be cool about it?

Speak to them at their level. is the teenagers go to for information about college life and is one of the most popular college student websites around.

Your college freshman, especially the boys will LOVE this book.

High School Graduate In Your Future

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College Life Requres a Laptop Computer - Electronics for the College Student

There is not getting out of it, a college student requires a laptop computer. Portability is key in college and studying and writing essays occur not only in the dorm room or apartment, but in the library, coffee shop, at your friends house, or even at the professors study group in another dorm.

Portable electronic devices such as iPads and e-books are getting to be standards on the supply list for many colleges and Universities. Wi-Fi makes internet connectivity an easy way to keep in touch with family and friends around the world and a Skype compatible device also keeps the college student from getting homesick with a little face time with Mom or Dad.

Multi-functional USB Drives

Blue 4GB USB Flash Drive
Blue 4GB USB Flash Drive

A USB flash drive braclet is Ideal gift for a college student, both boys and girls.

Unisex black is not only perfect statement for girls but totally acceptable for boys. When shopping for graduation gifts on a budget this is a practical gift which will be used.


Need a Small Inexpensive Gift for several Graduates - Essential Flash Drives, small and portable

If you have several high school graduates to shop for and a limited budget these USB wristband bracelets are ideal. A college student is plugged into their computers and save essays, resources, photos, PDF files and a myriad of information for classes and life. It's all held on memory stick, USB drives and flash drives.

The trouble with flash drives is they are lost SO easily, they disappear into backpacks and purses. Bracelet USB flash drives are the new way to keep track of your important information and make sure it's close at hand. Literally, keep your flash drive around your wrist.

If your students health is a concern when your son or daughter goes to school then provide peace of mind for both you and them with this medical USB bracelet.

Keep all your medical information on file such as prescriptions, allergies, diabetes and emergency contact information for paramedics and health care providers.Perfect gift for anyone with critical health issues at any time

Fashionable USB Drives

PNY 8GB Attaché Flash Drive Bracelet with 2 Interchangeable Designs (Yellow)
PNY 8GB Attaché Flash Drive Bracelet with 2 Interchangeable Designs (Yellow)

PNY is a trusted name brand in memory storage. This USB bracelet is magnet proof, shock proof, temperature, and waterproof. It can be worn while riding your bike to school in the rain and still keep information protected.


Entertainment Gifts for the Graduate - Give your high school graduate a night out with friends

After the graduation parties are over and summer begins either the real work of earning enough money for freshman year begins, or your student has decided to enter the workforce.

Either way they will appreciate a gift of a night out with friends to summer movies.

No one waits for movies in line anymore and all the blockbusters sell out fast. Buying your tickets online is insurance you see the newest release without tickets being sold out.

Two tickets to the movies, a perfect gift for a teenager. They can take a date, or get several for movies all during the summer.

Maybe it's a Mother Daughter day out your want with your graduate before they leave for school. Or a summer evening with your son before he leaves for college.

College Students Love Pizza

Pizza Ranch Barnwood Gift Card - 20
Pizza Ranch Barnwood Gift Card - 20

Throw in a pizza gift card to the Pizza Ranch and movie night with friends is complete.

Imagine the conversation around the table as your son or daughter is hanging out with friends.

"Everyone, pizza is on me, my Mom's treat for graduation"

"Awe man, your Mom is awesome"....I can just hear it now.


Help your Graduate Celebrate College Life - Recognize their college acceptance and school of choice

What do you get the high school graduate that is both personal, useful, small, and recognizes their journey off to college? A USB Flash drive embellished with their school logo. College students can't have enough memory sticks, and this one can be attached to their University lanyard and worn around the neck for safe keeping.

Almost every college from the University of Texas to Kentucky and Auburn are available.

USB Drives for College

NCAA Connecticut Huskies 8GB High-Speed USB Flash Drive with Swivel Cap and Lanyard
NCAA Connecticut Huskies 8GB High-Speed USB Flash Drive with Swivel Cap and Lanyard

I grew up in Connecticut and the UCONN Huskies were the school to attend if you were from my high school.

They do have more than a basketball team, they also have an academic program which is highly sought after by thousands of students across the country.

The University of Connecticut is extremely competitive and if you are accepted you are in an elite crowd. Celebrate your students acceptance into UCONN with a graduation gift they will appreciate.

Around here the University of Nebraska is a big deal, anything GO BIG RED is a popular gift for high school graduates. It's personal and recognizes the next phase of life. College student always need flash drives.


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Provide a Touch of Home - A Snuggly place to get away

Its called cocoonification when you wrap yourself in blankets and cover your head to be feel comfortable and secure. Warm soup and comfy cozy pillow, all the comforts of home. Students need to eat and they need to sleep. Dorm rooms are not always private and napping in your favorite hoodie sweatshirt isn't always an option.

The Hoodie pillow is unique and although some people might think it's a gag gift, it is really useful and many people get very attached to their Hoodie pillow.

Luggage is a Great Gift Idea

Samsonite 5 Piece Nested Luggage Set, Red
Samsonite 5 Piece Nested Luggage Set, Red

For a nice set fit for traveling and one females will appreciate this Samsonite 5 piece set includes a carry on satchel, and two different sizes of roller bags.

A graduating young lady would appreciate the matching set and will have these for life.

Samsonite is the leader is quality luggage for a reason. They make quality suitcases built to last and stand up to airport baggage handlers.


They Might Not Appreciate Luggage Now... - ...but in a year or two they will LOVE it.

Luggage may not be the glamorous gift of a new car or computer, but it is a practical gift they will have for years to come for many journeys and adventures.

For my high school graduation gift from my parents I received a suitcase on graduation and had it for almost twenty years before a trip to England finally did it in, I almost cried when I had to retire it from my travels.

My son didn't appreciate his Samsonite luggage until he was in his early twenties and during his move to Chicago he made the comment that it was the best graduation gift he had received.

My son now treasures his expandable wheeled suitcase and recognizes how professional it make him look in the business world.

Do You have other Graduation Gift Ideas? - What other graduation gifts are idea for a college student?

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      Dawn Romine 3 years ago from Nebraska

      @GypsyOwl: Thanks, I've had four kids graduate high school and by now I have the list down. Stop by again.

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      Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

      Awesome list for every college student! Well done! I'll add this to the related lenses on my dorm room guide.

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      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      These are all brilliant suggestions! All of them would make great gift ideas!

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      blah2600 3 years ago

      The college humor book is a fantastic idea. Every single college student and teenager in America watches college humor videos. But very little of them know that CollegeHumor and are writers at heart. That book is an informative comedic gold mine.

      No kid these days is going to buy a book. But when they see the familiar CollegeHumor logo they will definitely read it.

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      Dawn Romine 3 years ago from Nebraska

      @Lady Lorelei: It seems so much easier now, but maybe it was easier without "stuff", back then you just went to school with a trunk, sheets and clothes, you didn't "need" so much Stuff, simplier times.

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      There are so many items now a days that are an absolute delight for college kids. I wish we had half of these when I was in school.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      You have wonderful selection here, I like the HoodiePillow!!! Congratulations on your top tier lenses :)

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      Dawn Romine 3 years ago from Nebraska

      @Merrci: The Flash Drive bracelet is the item that has been PINNED the most, I get probably 50+ pins a day on it. Totally changed how I think about what products to add.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      All good ideas here! I love the flash drive bracelet!

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Backpacks and laptops were popular ideas for our college student.

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      SteveKaye 3 years ago

      I would recommend a book on how to succeed in college.

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Graduation gifts have certainly changed since the days of my own. Those 'electronic gadgets' were non-existent back-in-my-day ... LOL. Some really good suggestions here.

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      mbasa79 3 years ago

      My niece started college this year and luckily for me, I haven't bought her anything yet. Your lens has saved me from buying something "uncool".

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      You have so many good ideas here. I laughed out loud at the book cover with the lacy tatoo. On one of my lenses, I suggested a good toaster/convection oven as a versatile gift for the grad about to move into a small apartment or dorm quad with a kitchen. A small refrigerator is always nice in college as well.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      all the boys are finished school except for 1, he graduates from grade 8 to high school this year - your page has me thinking about what we should get him