College Student Holiday Gift Guide 2021

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Shopping for Christmas and holiday gifts can be stressful. You may have a wide range of ages, preferences and price ranges to consider. College students can be especially tricky to shop for as they may seem to have everything they need. And if you’re a college student yourself, you might have trouble coming up with a wish list that doesn’t break the budget. To help ease the burden, we’ve done some research for you. Our holiday gift guide will help both gift givers and recipients find the perfect present at the right price. So if you need holiday gift ideas for college students -or anyone else – on your list, read on.

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LapGear Home Office Lap Desk with Device Ledge, Mouse Pad, and Phone Holder

Make studying and working from anywhere easier with the LapGear Home Office lap desk. While most lap desks just have room for a laptop, this desk also has room for a mouse pad and a phone holder. It also has a ledge to keep laptop, books or other devices from falling off. And it’s dual-bolster cushion ensures comfort even after hours of sitting.

Echo Dot w/clock (4th Gen)

If you want to get the college student on your list something extra special but don’t have a huge budget, the Echo Dot is a great option to consider. The bundle, costing less than $60*, comes with six months of Amazon music unlimited. The echo dot’s sleek design makes it perfect for the nightstand, kitchen counter or anywhere else. Use Alexa to play music, ask the weather or news, and much more. It can also be used as an alarm clock with timers on the LED display.

COMSOON Bluetooth 5.0 Receiver for Car

Have someone on your list you don’t know very well? The COMSOON Bluetooth car receiver makes a useful gift for anyone, no matter their hobbies, gender or age range. Users can enjoy wireless streaming music, intelligent noise reduction technology, and hands free calling and navigation. And at less than $20, it’s great for shoppers on a budget.

Amazon Halo Band

Amazon’s Halo Band makes a useful and fun gift for anyone interested in health and fitness. It not only helps with tracking activity and sleep, but also comes with hundreds of workouts, sleep and nutrition programs. Halo also works with Alexa, allowing Alexa devices to give a user’s health summary, activity score, sleep quality and more. The Halo Band costs around $100 and membership is $3.99/month.

Burt’s Bees Gift Set

You don’t have to spend a lot to find a thoughtful, high quality gift. Whether you need a good stocking stuffer pick or a Secret Santa option, The Burt’s Bees gift set will prove useful to anyone in the dry winter months. It includes six products – two hand creams, a foot cream, cuticle cream, hand salve and lip balm – and only costs around $10.

Nautica Voyage By Nautica For Men Eau De Toilette Spray

College students often receive bath and body sets so a nice fragrance will be a welcome change. Cologne can be pricey but the Nautica Voyage eau de toilette spray costs less than $20 and is highly rated. The masculine scent is long-lasting but won’t be overwhelming like many colognes. So if you have a hard-to-shop-for guy on your list, Nautica Voyage is a safe fragrance option.

Carhartt Men’s Knit Cuffed Beanie

Shopping for men can be difficult especially when you don’t know their hobbies or interests. Although a beanie may seem like a boring gift, the Carhartt beanie for men is highly rated and excellent quality. It’s an ideal gift for a college student who will be walking around campus in the cold winter months.

Women’s Slippers

Everyone needs a pair of warm slippers in the winter. Make sure the college student on your list is set JANERIW’s memory foam, anti-skid slippers. They are machine washable, so stains and dirt will be easy to remove. Although many quality slippers are expensive, these cost lest than $25 so you can get a pair for yourself too.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera with Case

Capturing memories is easier than ever with smartphones. But a camera that immediately prints out your pics makes photography more exciting. The Fujifilm Instax Mini value accessory bundle set comes with stickers, a photo album and frames. The Instax Mini 11 has a built in macro mode and selfie mirror, plus two shutter buttons. So if there’s a special college student on your list, give them the gift of memories and creativity with this camera and accessory bundle.

HARDCOVER 2022 Planner

A planner is an essential for every college student. This 14 month hardcover planner comes with a bookmark, pocket folder and sticky note set. With a strong cover and corner protectors, it’s sure to stay in great condition the entire year. And it comes in a variety of designs to suit any preference.

Complete College Cookbook: 100+ Easy Recipes and Helpful Tips for Students

Chances are the college students in your life don’t have time, space or money for complex recipes. The Complete College Cookbook was written specifically for busy college students, with budget friendly recipes and a college kitchen guide. It even has technique tips – like how to dice and mix – for those who are new to cooking. This is a great budget friendly gift option for the college student who has everything.

Giotto 32oz Leakproof BPA Free Drinking Water Bottle with Time Marker

Staying hydrated is important to overall health, but it can be difficult to get in enough water throughout the day. The Giotto Leakproof bottle has time markers to ensure daily hydration goals are met. It also has a lip top lid with secure lock to prevent leaks. The bottle comes in a variety of colors so it makes a great gift for anyone.

Canway Sports Gym Bag, Travel Duffel bag with Wet Pocket & Shoes Compartment

For the fitness lover on your list, choose something to make gym time easier. The Canway sports gym bag has a special compartment for shoes, so sweaty gym shoes don’t have to be thrown in with clothes or in the car. It has a spacious main compartment plus eight other pockets including a wet pocket for towels or other wet accessories. Other features include a water and wear resistant leather bottom, side hook and built-in key ring. At less than $30, the Canway gym bag is a high quality gift for those with small budgets.

Care Package for College Students Snack Box

Any student studying for exams will appreciate a care package full of snacks. The care package from SB SnackBOX Store includes a mix of 40 sweet and salty individually wrapped single serve name brand snacks. And all snacks are guaranteed to have expiration dates 50 days out so that snacks will be fresh whenever the recipient decides to open them. It makes a great gift for college students who won’t be home for the holidays.

The earlier you start shopping for the holidays, the better. The list above includes something for everyone, so order your gifts now and avoid the crowds and stress of last-minute gift hunting.

*Prices are subject to change

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