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Top 10 Gifts to Buy College Students

Aug 01, 2023 02:55PM ● By Chris Jones

Wondering how to make your new college student feel loved far away from home? Here are a few things you can send them away with to help them feel connected to taken care of while they hit the books.


  1. Tech gadgets. College students are always looking for the latest and greatest tech gadgets. A new laptop, smartphone, tablet or e-reader would be a welcome gift.

  2. Gift cards. Gift cards are a great way to let college students choose their own gift. They can use them to buy books, food, clothes or anything else they need or want.

  3. Dorm room essentials. College dorm rooms are often cramped, so any gift that can help to make them more comfortable or stylish is appreciated. This could include a new bedspread, rug, pillows or lamps. It could also include things like a mini fridge, microwave or coffee maker.

  4. Back-to-school supplies. College students always need new pens, pencils, notebooks and other back-to-school supplies. A gift basket filled with these items would be a practical and thoughtful gift.

  5. Subscriptions. A subscription to a streaming service, music service or magazine is a great way to keep college students entertained and informed.

  6. Experiences. College is a time for new experiences, so consider giving a gift that will help your student create some lasting memories. This could include tickets to a concert, sporting event or play. It could also be a gift certificate to a restaurant or spa.

  7. Clothes and accessories. College students are always on the go, so they need clothes and accessories that are both comfortable and stylish. A new pair of jeans, a hoodie or a backpack would be appreciated.

  8. Personal care items. College students often have to juggle classes, work and extracurricular activities, so they don't always have time to take care of themselves. A gift basket filled with personal care items, such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotion, go a long way.

  9. Food and snacks. If your teen is known for being a snacker a gift basket filled with their favorite snacks and candies would be a hit. You could also give them a gift certificate to a restaurant or grocery store.

  10. Gifts that show you care. The best gifts are the ones that show that you care about your student and their interests. This could be anything from a personalized gift to a donation to their favorite charity in their name.

No matter what you choose, make sure it's a gift that your student will love and appreciate. The most important thing is to show them how much you care.


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