Going away for post-secondary school is one of the most exciting milestones of a young person’s life. It can also be a bit nerve-wracking for parents and loved ones. After all, who’s going to make sure they have a decent meal three times a day, right?
Well, there’s good news my friend. There are loads of gifts for college students out there that are designed specifically to make sure they can spread their wings and fly when they leave your comfy nest.
We’ve put together a list of college student-approved gift ideas that will help them keep their space comfortable and their lives organized while they’re gone. And, let’s face it, help ease your worries just a bit.
Whether you’re searching for a graduation, Christmas, or ‘back-to-school’ gift, we’re pretty sure you’ll find something perfectly suited to your college student’s needs in our curated gift list!
Gifts The College Student In Your Life Will Love
1. Full-Focus Planner
From productivity expert Michael Hyatt, this planner is a tried and true way to help your student find their focus and stay on track. They’ll set yearly, monthly, weekly, and daily goals then work through the plan methodically and mindfully to achieve them.
Productivity has never been easier and more satisfying!
2. Herschel Little America Laptop Backpack
Not only is it functional and stylish, but this backpack is also rugged enough to last throughout school and beyond. It’s got a drawstring and magnetic strap closures for easy access to laptops and notebooks, and the padded, fleece-lined laptop sleeve keeps them safe from damage. Oh, and did we mention it comes in so many colors we don’t have room to list them all here?
3. Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones
We think every student should have a pair of noise-canceling headphones. College libraries, study areas, and pretty much everywhere else on a typical campus are seldom totally quiet.
Studying away with a nice set of noise-canceling headphones = takin’ care of business, so get a pair for the student in your life. Even better, these also happen to come with Alexa voice control.
4. Graphic Designs Laptop Sleeve
Help them protect their laptop all the time with a fashionable laptop sleeve! Society6 has SO MANY designs. It would be impossible not to find something they love. Whether it’s hanging around the dorm or grabbing it on the way out the door, a laptop case is a must-have.
5. Laptop Cooling Pad
If you spend a lot of time working on your laptop (most students do), overheating can be a red-alert situation. If they’ve still got a mile to go on that psych report and their computer is about to explode, this cooler will save the day.
6. Jamie Oliver 5-Ingredient Cookbook
by Jamie Oliver
Jamie Oliver is the master of cooking super simple, delicious food. This 5 ingredient cookbook is perfect for the student just starting out in the kitchen. With 130 recipes + desserts, you can rest assured your student won’t go hungry!
7. Voluspa Maison Candle
We love Anthropologie candles around here. (If you’ve read our other gift posts, you may have noticed this.) They’re so pretty, but perhaps more importantly, they smell so good! This particular candle comes in four scents from which to choose. They’re not too strong, but not too weak that you can’t smell ‘em. The goldilocks of scented candles!
8. Monogrammed Duffel Bag
Whether it’s a weekend out with friends or coming home for the holidays, this bag carries everything they’ll need and then some! (We’re sure they’ll have Christmas gifts to lug home…)
Personalize it with their monogrammed initials and your choice of font and colors!
9. Family Pillow
They say home is where your people are, so put your student’s family on a pillow and send them off to school with it! The caricatures stitched on this pillow are so cute, and it’ll make them feel much better on those homesick days when they miss you!
10. Stronger Together Blanket
If your student is an activist for change, this blanket is a great gift to keep them cozy on those nights they stay in. Inspired by International Women’s Day, it symbolizes women everywhere giving each other a boost regardless of race, background, and belief.
S(he) can even hang it on the wall as a beautiful tapestry!
11. Wireless Phone Charger/Sanitizer
Everyone needs one of these right now, especially considering how nasty the average phone gets over a day! This charger is as beautiful as it is helpful. It’s compatible with iPhones 8 and up and charges up to 3 hours.
by Hydro Flask
The darling of water bottles, Hydroflasks are everywhere for a good reason. The bottle is no sweat, dishwasher safe, and keeps cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot for hours. It’s the ultimate go-to water bottle!
13. S’well Eats Nesting Food Bowls
Got leftovers? Need to pack a lunch? Done and done. These nesting bowls feature an insulated outer bowl for keeping foods hot or cold and an inside prep bowl that’s freezeable and microwave safe. Its leak proof lid means your student can stock it up and throw it in a bag without having to worry about their lunch ending up all over the place.
14. Graphic Art Yoga Mats
Make sure your student never has to use a boring yoga mat again! With so many designs, including some that are hilarious, you’re sure to find one they love.
15. Humble Print Wall Art
Everyone needs a pep-talk now and then to help them stay on course. We think your student will go forth confidently into the world every time they take a glance at this humble reminder.
16. Monthly Freshman Fun Box Subscription
If you’re sending your baby out into the world of higher learning, it’ll make you feel much better to know they’re getting a little something from you every month to remind them you care. Each monthly box contains all kinds of student-aimed goodies! School helpers, personal care items, and everyday stuff to make their days away from home more comfortable.
17. Bob The Planter Plant Buddies
These little guys will make your student smile and keep their space pretty! Send them with a couple of succulents or cacti, and you’ve got a low-maintenance planter situation for their dorm or apartment.
Setting Out On Life’s Great Adventure
Whether you’re sending your kid off to school for the first time or you’re a veteran, you’ll still worry about them. That’s a lifelong condition of parenthood. It just is what it is. But there’s also the pride you’ll take in their accomplishments- and the security of watching them grow into mature young adults (fingers crossed).
Giving them a meaningful little piece of home is a great way to remind them that you’re still there for them regardless of how independent they become.
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