Holiday Gift Ideas for Students – 2023

It hardly seems possible that the calendar has rolled around to the holiday season again! But here we are!

As we think about family and friends – those we will gather with and those afar – many of us naturally begin to think about gifts. And sometimes it can seem especially tough to come up with ideas for your college student. They’ve been away for a few months and it may be harder to think about what they need and want. Or perhaps your student will just be heading to college next fall and you’d like to give them a head start on some good college-useful gifts.

Of course, you know your student better than anyone and can tap into their interests and needs. Maybe they’ve even given you some suggestions or made some requests.

But just in case you’re stumped, we’re here to help. We have 14 new suggestions this year to add to the nearly 120 suggestions in our Holiday Gift Guide. Start with this year’s list and then hop over to our Guide for even more food for thought. Check out our ideas and then let your own creativity take over! If you have additional ideas or suggestions, share them in the comments. Let’s make this a community project!

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

Quartet Glass Desktop Dry-Erase Easel

Great for notetaking, brainstorming, or a temporary sign or message board.

Velcro cable ties

All of those cords! The rest of your student’s room may not be tidy, but they can keep those cords from becoming a tangled mess.

Hanging organizer

Easy to carry or fit in a backpack, this keeps all of those necessary accessories in one easy to grab place.

Portable tire inflator

For car tires, bike tires, or other inflatables, this can be a valuable tool for both safety and convenience.

Toothbrush sanitizer

Dorm bathrooms can be germy places. Why not play it safe?

Heated scarf

Whether walking to class, on a hike, or just watching the game, this can make the experience more comfortable.

Flying orb ball

This is just plain fun!

Heated vest

Walking to class or watching the game – might as well do it in comfort.

Charge card

Always good to have a charger handy – and even handier when it’s this small and light.

Tracking phone holder

Your budding videographer can use this to have their phone track their movements.

Phone screen magnifier

Sometimes the writing or image on the phone is too small even for the best of eyes. Here’s help.

Tenikle flexible tripod

Stand this up or hook it on the side of or underneath almost anything and it will hold your phone where you need it.

Candle warmer lamp

Great work-around for the “no candles in the dorm” rule if you still want the cozy smell.

Bluetooth beanie hat

Warm hat, stylish, and the ability to listen to your tunes. Who could ask for more?

Don’t forget to check out our huge Holiday Gift Guide with nearly 120 additional suggestions.

You might also find some ideas on our lists Graduation Gifts for High School Students and Graduation Gifts to College Students.

Reminder Note: Some links in our post are for affiliate products. 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, and we appreciate your support.

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