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10 Great Gifts for College Students (All Found on Amazon)

Updated on January 31, 2014

Gift Ideas for College Students

Selecting a gift for a college student for birthdays, holidays and other special occasions can be difficult.

Talking to many college age young folks over the summer, I asked them if they could have anything as a special occasion gift, what would it be?

The answers ranged from expensive to not so much. Here is the list I compiled to help others answer the "What do I get for My college aged _______?" (fill in the blank-child, niece, friend, etc.)

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My Top 10 College Student Gift List

Available on Amazon

HINT: Just click on the item to go to the Amazon page for the item.

NUMBER 1 - Latest iPad 3rd Generation

apple iPad
apple iPad

NUMBER 2 - Keurig Coffee Maker - For all the late nights!

Keurig for college dorm
Keurig for college dorm

NUMBER 3 - Amazon Kindle Fire HD - 7" HD Display, Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Dual-Antenna Wi-Fi

Kindle Fire HD
Kindle Fire HD

Students can rent textbooks from a selection of over 150,000 titles - the saving is enormous! (up to 80% if you rent through Kindle Textbook Rental.)

NOTE: This is the brand new Kindle which will arrive before the holidays and can be pre-ordered. Available for Pre-order. This item will be released on November 20, 2012.

NUMBER 4 - Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Water Bottle
Water Bottle

NUMBER 5 - A Smart Pen - This is amazing and so useful for a college student.

Livescribe Smartpen
Livescribe Smartpen

NUMBER 6 - VuPoint Wireless Scanner - Run to the library - scan - run back!

VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand Portable Scanner
VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand Portable Scanner

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What is your idea of a great gift for a college student?

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NUMBER 7 - Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Audio Technica ATH-ANC7B Active Noise-Cancelling Closed-Back Headphones
Audio Technica ATH-ANC7B Active Noise-Cancelling Closed-Back Headphones

NUMBER 8 - USB Drive


NUMBER 9 - Osprey Daylite Pack

Osprey daylite pack
Osprey daylite pack

NUMBER 10 - Amazon Gift Card

Amazon Gift Card
Amazon Gift Card

Please Take a Moment to say Hi! - Love hearing about your ideas for college gifts too!

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    • EditPhotos profile image

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      5 years ago from Earth

      Excellent ideas - I'm checking out the pen sized scanner for my daughter. Blessed lens.

    • Alana-r profile image


      6 years ago

      These are some really nice gifts that would be much appreciated by the college student, great lens!

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      6 years ago

      What a great idea to interview students to see what they would really want and they you went out and did the shopping for us with a no nonsense shopping guide, nicely done!

    • Scotties-Rock profile image


      6 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Money would be daughters number one! LOL

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      6 years ago

      Wow! i love the iPad and VUPoint Portable Scanner is amazing, it really makes the students happy.

    • srsddn lm profile image

      srsddn lm 

      6 years ago

      A wide variety of gifts for college students. Thanks for sharing.

    • Madonaa profile image


      6 years ago

      You should give a book which had all the knowledge of that class all subjects

    • bwet profile image


      6 years ago

      of course the ipad3 is one of the most essential gifts for college students, if not the kindle fire

    • Willow Wood profile image

      Willow Wood 

      6 years ago

      These are great ideas, and absolutely the kind of things I'd find useful in college. That smartpen sounds too good to be true! Great lens. It's presented really well.

    • Zodiacimmortal profile image


      6 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      great ideas, added to my successful study guide

    • kristalulabelle profile image


      6 years ago from Wisconsin

      Absolutely fantastic gift ideas!

    • thememorybooksh1 profile image


      6 years ago

      Nice Lens, you make me remember my collage days. one of my friend gift me an ipad that time..

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      6 years ago

      You have some really great ideas here.. Blessed!!!

    • SheilaMilne profile image


      6 years ago from Kent, UK

      It's sometimes so very difficult to think of gifts for this age group. You have made some great suggestions.

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      6 years ago

      Some very excellent ideas here! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

    • Camden1 profile image


      6 years ago

      I like the noise-cancelling headphones - both for me and college students!

    • kislanyk profile image


      6 years ago from Cyprus

      Some great gifts for college students here.

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      6 years ago

      Nice work!!!

    • Ardyn25 profile image


      6 years ago

      Great ideas, thanks. Christmas isn't that far off.


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