13 Gift Ideas For College Students

Destiny Viator

Back-to-school season this year will be a bit different from before. One reason is that as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, many students are forced to start or continue their studies remotely, as colleges across America are forced to close their doors to avoid the spread of COVID-19. As […]

Back-to-school season this year will be a bit different from before. One reason is that as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, many students are forced to start or continue their studies remotely, as colleges across America are forced to close their doors to avoid the spread of COVID-19. As in the case of previous years, though, they will still need many things that will help make their studies and off-times more fun and engaging.

Be they for students studying on campus or remotely, at home or living in dorms, there are gift ideas that are sure to put a smile on any college student in your life. These range from big stuff such as gadgets and fridges to small trinkets such as pens and notebooks. All are guaranteed to give those beginning or continuing their college life a head start.

The following gift ideas below are sure to help any college student this back-to-school season:

1. 1001 Things Every College Student Needs to Know

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1001 Things Every College Student Needs to Know by Harry H. Harrison, Jr. is for those who are just starting their year especially as freshmen. This book provides practical advice for college students of all levels, ranging from class enrollment, living in campus, study habits and more that every student (and parent) can benefit from.

2. The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book On Value Investing (Revised Edition)

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Benjamin Graham’s The Intelligent Investor is a great gift if you want to be financially independent as early as possible. Now updated with commentary from financial journalist Jason Zweig, it teaches readers the author’s philosophy of “value investing,” which helps shield investors from “substantial” errors and teaches them to develop long-term financial strategies, making this Warren Buffett-approved book the premiere stock market bible since it was first published in 1949.

3. Mustard Glass Coasters Set

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This set of four glass coasters is for every neat freak. Each coaster allows you to use your own photos — be they of friends, family, favorite places, favorite quotes or anything else — to personalize an otherwise mundane home accessory, and can be wiped clean after use.


4. Homesick Scented Candle

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These scented candles are for those missing their hometowns (or, in this case, home states). Made of a natural soy wax blend, they all have scents that embody those states and will remind people of home — for instance, the Texas-themed candle has the scent of leather, pine and citrus. They even have a 60 to 80-hour burn time.

5. Hamilton Beach Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker

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Hamilton Beach’s Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker is for those who have little time to make breakfast or are averse to morning fast-food drive-throughs. It can make 1 or 2 sandwiches all at once in 5 minutes, and has a built-in timer that lets you know when the food is done cooking. Its removable parts are all dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup.

6. Oval Cold Brew Coffee Maker

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This airtight coffee brewer is for those who want their morning cup of Joe healthily made as it makes coffee less acidic and smoother in taste than when made through traditional hot brewing. It locks in freshness and flavor for up to 2 weeks within a durable extra-thick glass to keep the drink hot or cold.


7. hOmeLabs Mini Fridge

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This mini fridge can store a lot while taking up minimal space, making it a life saver if you are living in a dorm. It has a stylish black exterior that lets you write personal notes on the front, along with glass shelves that can be removed to make space for something bigger inside. Its thermostat knob can be used to freeze ice inside the freezing chamber.

8. Kaweco Classic Sport Fountain Pen

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Kaweco’s Classic Sport Fountain Pen is great for those seeking to write things in style. Closely modeled after the original 1935 Kaweco octagonal design, this attractive compact pen features a screw-on cap for extra security, along with a gold-colored stainless steel nib with an iridium tip. It also includes one blue short international ink cartridge that comes inside the pen’s barrel.

9. BookFactory Universal Note Taking System Notebook

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One does not have to study in Cornell University to appreciate the benefits of  this notebook from BookFactory. Each page is divided into Cues, Notes and Summary Notes comparable to Cornell’s method of note-taking, and includes areas for date, subject, topic and source. All of these are great for recording important notes while helping you process and retain what you learned.

10. Amazon Echo Dot With Clock (3rd Gen)

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The Echo Dot is more than just a compact, space-saving smart timer. This smart assistant can answer all your questions (via Alexa); stream songs from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify and other music streaming services; and lets you listen to Audible audiobooks. In addition, it can also display the temperature outside and even has a light sensor that automatically adjusts brightness, day or night.

11. Apple MacBook Air

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The Macbook Air is for those who want to stay (digitally) connected all day. Boasting up to 11 hours of battery life, this thin and light Mac features a stunning 13.3-inch Retina display that utilizes True Tone technology for enhanced lighting in any environment, two “Thunderbolt 3” USB-C ports, a Force Touch trackpad, and a backlit Magic Keyboard with a dedicated Touch ID key for unlocking the laptop using one’s own fingerprint.

12. Channellock 13-in-1 Ratcheting Screwdriver

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The Channellock 13-in-1 Ratcheting Screwdriver is for those who are eager to fix things on their own — at home or at the dorm. It has 13 different tips that can be conveniently stored inside the handle when not in use, and has a “Code Blue” dual composition grip for added comfort. Its 28-tooth ratchet provides 225 pounds of torque.

13. Underground Toys Star Wars Talking Jawa Plush

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This huggable and adorable Jawa plush is perfect for any Star Wars fan in your life. It has eyes that light up and utters unintelligible things once its middle is pressed. The best part is that this recreation of everyone’s favorite desert scavenger does not have the bad smell associated with the Sandcrawler.

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