Gift Guide for College Students: 15+ fresh ideas

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Do you have college-aged students in your life and have not even the slightest clue about what to get them for a gift, or even what they like for that matter? Well, no need to fret, because I asked my college-aged intern to compile a gift guide for college students based on what she, her friends, and her brother would love to receive. Regardless of gender or year in college, these gifts are sure to please.

This post was updated in 2021 with new products and sure to please gift ideas

Gift Guide for College Students

The Wardrobe Oxygen team made sure that this gift guide for college students has items at every price point, from stocking stuffers to investment holiday gifts so you can find something right for each young adult on your holiday list. In fact, I think this list is so fun you may find something for yourself as well!

Gift Guide for College Students

gift guide for college students

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This was so much fun to put together! I hope you find this gift guide for college students helpful. If you have given a great gift or received a great gift that would be good for a college-aged person, do share in the comments!


  1. Karen W
    November 10, 2020 / 12:56 pm

    Camping hammocks and packable picnic blankets are a big hit with my college-aged daughter, especially now that Covid has moved ‘hanging out’ to the outdoors

  2. Ann DD
    November 10, 2020 / 11:54 am

    I see some great options here, even for people well into adulthood! Thanks for the updated list.

  3. Krista
    November 10, 2020 / 8:22 am

    Mom shopping for her college son supports this list. Even though he’s in an apartment, many of these are still excellent ideas. He already has a waterproof JBL speaker and he never goes anywhere without it! Clothes and gift cards are always good but a ramen cooker wins the day!

  4. Julia
    November 10, 2020 / 8:13 am

    This is such a great gift guide! I don’t have any college kids or young adults in my life, but I can tell how well thought out and great this is. I live that you put sustainable ethical companies in there and have a variety of price points!

  5. Emily
    December 11, 2015 / 1:02 pm

    My brother is now 25 and for the last … at least 6 years I’ve bought him a t-shirt for Christmas and for his birthday. I try to look out for ones during the year that have fun witty designs on – and because he hates shopping he’s doubly appreciative! (2x tshirts/year roughly keeps up with his rate of losing/ruining stuff..!)
    I would second Scratchmap as being a great choice 🙂

  6. snaphappy
    December 5, 2015 / 12:00 pm

    Some great ideas here!

  7. Pam S.
    December 4, 2015 / 1:13 pm

    Do not play Cards Against Humanity with your husband’s mother and auntie unless you know they are OK with offensive, dirty humor. It was mortifying. Considering the game has cards with dead prostitutes on them, I’d say this is R-rated at best. Also, it’s a riot of guilty hilarity if you don’t take it seriously. So, just beware.

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