Tis the Season! 18 Holiday Gifts for Your College Student — 2017

It’s that time of year again.  Black Friday. Small Business Saturday. Cyber Monday.  We’re thinking about family and friends and we’re thinking about gifts.  If you have a college student, or an about-to-be college student, you may be searching for some ideas for useful or fun gifts.

You know your student best, and can tap into interests and needs, but we’d like to offer some suggestions that may stimulate your imagination. We have some new suggestions for 2017, but we’ve offered some suggestions in the past.  Don’t stop with this post! Check out our category  Gifts, Books, and Reviews for nearly 75 additional suggestions.

Check out our ideas, and then let your own creativity take over!  If you have additional suggestions, feel free to share them in the comments!

LED Portable Projector

If your student loves to watch movies (and what student doesn’t) this will let her watch with others without hovering around the laptop.  Her dorm room becomes a movie theater!

Mini Projector

If your student is looking for something even more portable, this projector will fit in his pocket and still allow movie viewing.

Breakfast Sandwich Maker

Do you have your fingers crossed that your student eats breakfast in the morning?  Does your student love those take-out breakfast sandwiches?  This may be a solution that makes you both happy!

Heated Gloves

Whether your student is walking to class, cleaning snow off the car, or waiting for the bus, these gloves will keep his hands warm.

Indoor Herb Growing Kit

Does your student cook? There’s nothing like throwing a few fresh herbs in scrambled eggs to make it feel like a gourmet offering — and provide a little extra nutrition!

Game of Phones

Our students love their phones!  This game let’s them make their phone their best asset!

Table Fountain

Some soothing water sounds might make your student’s room more pleasant — and fun.

LED Photo Clip String Lights

Chances are your student loves to show off pictures of friends and family. These string lights are a fun way to do just that. (Check to see whether string lights are allowed in your student’s dorm.)

Ticket Stub Diary

All of those concerts, all of those games, all of those shows.  Your student can keep those ticket stubs — and the memories — all in one place.

100 Movies Bucket List Scratch Poster

Movie buff? This will help your student keep track of movies seen.  (Also 100 books, 100 albums, 100 places)

Portable Pocket Audio Mixer

Give your student more control — and more fun — with his music.

Bubble Wrap Calendar

Full year calendar — with a bubble to pop for each day.  How much fun is that?

Portable USB Power Charger

Allows your student to power up away from home!

Personal Alarm Keychain

This may give both you and your student a little extra peace of mind.

Fidget Cube

Help your student focus and relieve anxiety anywhere.  The newest tool/toy.

Where Will You Be Five Years from Today?

The next five years can be the most exciting and satisfying years of your life—or just another five years. Let this extraordinary book be your guide and inspiration.

Tile Mate — Key Finder, Phone Finder, Anything Finder

Our students lose things. With this technology, your student can use her phone to find her things — or use this to find her phone!

Bicycle Repair Kit

If your student uses a bike, this can be invaluable.

Remember, if these suggestions aren’t enough, go to the Gifts, Books and Reviews category and find dozens more ideas.  (And don’t forget to let your student know what you’d like as well!)

Note: We think these are great gift ideas for your student no matter where you purchase them.  If you use our links, College Parent Central receives a small percentage of your purchase price. This does not change the cost to you.  We think it’s only fair to let you know that.


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