College Student Gift Guide 2023


It’s the time to start shopping for holiday gifts if you haven’t already. If there is a college student on your list, it may be difficult to pick the right gift. Our gift guide includes fun, stylish and useful products that will suit a variety of preferences and needs. It also covers a wide price range so you can stay on budget.

BAYKA 34 Ounce 1 Liter French Press Coffee Maker

Getting coffee out every day can get expensive. A quality French press coffee maker provides cafe-level coffee while saving money. The BAYKA French press coffee maker is made with glass to preserve the coffee’s natural oils and flavors. It has a four level filtration system and is engineered to withstand extreme temperature changes. At only around $20*, it makes for an impressive yet affordable gifts.

ARMAF club de nuit intense Man EDT Men

Cologne doesn’t have to be expensive. ARMAF’s EDT for men has top notes of bergamot, lemon, pineapple and black currant. It comes in a sleek black bottle perfect for displaying. The scent is highly rated and at less than $40, is much more affordable than other EDTs.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera

An instant camera makes a fun gift that helps the recipient create and share memories. It’s a great gift option for any student, no matter their interests or personality. The Fujifilm Instax Mini set includes a carrying case, mini instant film (50 sheets, a photo album and selfie mirror.  It comes in cobalt blue, ice blue, purple and lime green. It’s a great deal for a price of around $130.

Actually Curious: Happy Hour Edition Card Game

Searching for a unique, but affordable gift? Try the Actually Curious card games. The Happy Hour addition is great for game nights, date nights and parties. At around $20, it’s a perfect stocking stuffer. They also offer several other additions including team building and culture.

Amazon Essentials Men’s Full-Zip Fleece Mock Neck Sweatshirt

A nice sweatshirt is a cold weather wardrobe staple. This full-zip fleece sweatshirt is from Amazon Basics is great for layering and cut from soft, brushed-back, cotton-polyester blend fleece. At less than $20, its a gift that looks and feels much more expensive than it is.

Engraved Docking Station

Most college students could probably use anything that helps them stay organized. This personalized docking station serves as cell phone holder, charging station, key holder and jewelry organizer. It’s great for entryways, offices or bedrooms. Although it looks expensive, it comes in at only around $25 proving that you don’t need a huge budget for a thoughtful gift.

VOBAGA Coffee Mug Warmer

The VOBAGA coffee mug warmer features three temperature settings, a button to control temp settings and splash proof heating plate. With an easy clean surface and lightweight design, it’s easy to transport. And it’s budget friendly, with a price of around $25.

REVLON One-Step Volumizer Enhanced Hair Dryer and Hot Air Brush

This hair styling tool from Revlon is great for busy students. It dries and styles at the same time for a streamlined haircare routine. The dryer/brush works on all hair types and features three heat settings to help style with less damage. The price is great (around $40) compared to similar hair styling tools. 

Real Techniques Everyday Essentials + Sponge Kit

For the makeup lover on your list, the Real Techniques brush and sponge is a perfect gift. The set includes a blush brush, expert face brush, setting brush, deluxe crease brush and miracle complexion sponge. The brushes are high quality, yet affordable. The entire set is less than $20.

Queboom Travel Makeup Bag Cosmetic Bag Makeup Bag

Queboom’s makeup and toiletry bag is great for travel or organizing makeup products. It features waterproof fabric, 6 brush storage, protective sponge interior and a detachable cosmetic bag. It also comes in a variety of colors including pink, black, grey and green. At less than $10, it’s another product that seems much more expensive than it is.

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