Tis the Season: Time to Think About Holiday Gifts for Your College Student

The holiday season is definitely going to look different this year. We may travel less — and we may not be gathering with as many family members and friends as usual. But most of us are still thinking about gifts. It’s one part of the holiday season that doesn’t have to change.

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. There’s so much to choose from!

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 fifteen new suggestions for 2020 to add to our earlier suggestions.  Don’t stop with this post! Check out our Resources tab for nearly 100 additional suggestions!  We guarantee you’ll find something for everyone there!

Check out our ideas, and then let your own creativity take over!  If you have additional suggestions, share them in the comments! Let’s make this a community project!

USB Flash Drive for phone, tablet or computer

Save and transfer photos and videos from one device to another. There’s no such thing as too much memory!

Tabletop Fast Puck Sling Game

A new and exciting puck slinging free-for-all tabletop game for the whole family! Use the elastic band to shoot all the balls though the small gate, to your opponent’s half.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera

Sure, we all take photos with our phones. But remember how much fun it was to be able to print out the photo right away? This next generation deserves this much fun!

Room Air Purifier

What dorm room couldn’t stand a little help? Deals with airborne particles such as smoke, dust, pollen, bacteria, virus.

Life Hacks 2021 Day-to-Day Calendar

Life hacks are tips, tricks, and shortcuts that solve common problems, increase efficiency, and improve ordinary tasks at home, work, school, and on the go. This calendar includes new and favorite hacks on subjects such as food and drink, technology, wellness, interviewing, and saving money, time, and hassle. As an added bonus, the back of each page includes Daily Extra content such as puzzles, jokes, lists, quotes, tips, and trivia.

Canvas Laundry Bag — with Laundry Directions Printed Right On It

This heavy canvas bag will tell your student everything they need to know and do when they hit the laundry room. (Special bonus: Hint #10 suggests calling mom while folding the laundry.) Best hint of all.

Phonesoap Smartphone Sanitizer and Phone Charger

Our phones gather all the bacteria we touch throughout the day, and then they are stored in warm and dark places like purses and pockets, leaving the bacteria to breed and grow. This completely sanitizes your student’s entire phone, killing 99.99% of all bacteria and germs.

Underbed Storage Bags

There’s never enough storage in a dorm room. These bags help your student make use of often neglected space.

BedShelfie — Bedside Shelf for Bed and Bunk Bed

This floating nightstand bedside tray safely holds up to 15lbs (we’ve built this for far stronger), putting your bedside essentials like your phone 13-inch Macbook, remote, phone, iPad and water safely hanging within arms reach. Especially helpful for bunk or lofted beds.

Timeflip2 Time Tracker Interactive Cube

Time management is one of the keys to college success. This interactive cube with mobile app will help your student discover how they use their time.

Reusable Dry Erase Sticky Notes

These stick like a magnet to shiny surfaces – post it to glass, fridges, laptops, whiteboards, mirrors, cabinets. Use no-residue backing. Post, re-stick and erase up to 2,000 times each. Never buy an expensive and wasteful sticky-note again!

Small, Personal USB Desk Fan

Dorm rooms can be hot — but also small, so having a large fan may not make sense. This small and lightweight personal fan provides cooling air circulation in any desired directions with 360 degree tilt rotation.

Travel Size Cable and Electronics Organizer Bag

Students take their electronics with them almost everywhere they go. This compact bag helps them keep all of their necessary accessories neatly in one place.

Anxiety and Stress Mindfulness Card Deck

Perhaps this year more than ever we all need to find a way to cope with anxiety and stress. This set of 55 cards shares tips and tools to deal with our feelings. Great not only for students! Who else in your life might benefit from this?

iPad and Phone Stand Holder

We’re all busy propping up our phones and tablets for those many Zoom classes and meetings. This desktop stand holds the device so you have hands free for notetaking, etc.

StankStix Deodorizer for Shoes and Athletic Equipment

Smelly shoes and athletic equipment — especially in a small dorm room can take over. This can help. Perfect for new or used gear and hard to clean shoes, skates, boots and cleats; Great for lacrosse, hockey, boxing, football, soccer gear and more.

Don’t forget to check out nearly 100 additional holiday gift suggestions:

Holiday Gift Ideas for Your College Student

And you might find some ideas in our graduation gift lists as well:

Gift Ideas for Your College Graduate

Gift Ideas for Your High School Graduate


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