The Best Gifts for College Students


Leaving home for college is one of those first great steps into adulthood, and like any journey into the unknown, you’ll want to be well-equipped. Thankfully, these gifts will help the student in your life ease into college life, whether they want to learn to cook for themselves or impress their roommates.

$1,200

HP Spectre x360

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$310

U-Turn Orbit Plus

Vinyl is the coolest way to listen to music these days, and the U-Turn Orbit Plus will help your student show off their vinyl collection and sense of style. Coming in a few sleek colors, this minimalist turntable looks and sounds great.
$70

Cuisinart CPK-17

Late-night cramming can be tough, especially without caffeine. Luckily, this electric kettle makes brewing a cup quick and easy, with temperature settings for both green and black tea as well as coffee. It even keeps the water warm for 30 minutes!
$120

Midea WHS-65L mini fridge

Freshmen generally don't stock their cupboard full of food, but it’s still nice to have a cold beverage on hand every now and again. This tiny fridge can fit directly under a desk, yet can hold a litany of beverages and snacks.
$60

Roku Streaming Stick+

After a long day of classes, clubs, and homework, it’s nice to unwind with a little TV. Roku’s streaming stick is among our favorite streaming devices, making it easy to watch content from Netflix, Hulu, and a range of streaming services.
$400

TCL 5-series TV

Whether getting together to watch a movie or play some video games, a TV is the altar for dorm gatherings. The TCL 5-series offers crisp 4K video and basic voice command features at a shockingly low price.
$350

Sony WH1000-XM3 headphones

Dorm life can be a pain if you have a noisy roommate. You won’t need to file a complaint with the RA if you have these superb noise-canceling headphones, however, which sound great and are comfortable for extended listening.
$300

Nintendo Switch

Nothing brings a dorm together like Mario Kart (and nothing tears it apart like Mario Party). The Nintendo Switch offers great multiplayer games for nights in with friends, and you can take it on the go for gaming between classes.
$97

UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker

A party isn’t a party without tunes! Whether you’ve got guests in your dorm room or you’re taking a day trip to the beach, the UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker is sturdy, waterproof, and projects mighty sound all around it.
$90

Instant Pot Duo Plus

College life doesn’t leave much time for cooking a hearty meal, but you don’t need time when you have an Instant Pot. This pressure cooker can cook rice, meats, soups, and even yogurt. It’s a big step up from a cafeteria meal plan.
$224

Eufy RoboVac 11S

Whose turn is it to clean the floor this week? You and your roommates won’t need a chore chart to figure out vacuuming with this affordable robot vacuum. It’s light on features, but will get the job done.
$120

Fitbit Charge 3

You might go to college to get more knowledge, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect your health. The Fitbit Charge 3 offers all the fitness and sleep tracking features you could ask for within a sleek frame.
$200

HP Tango X Printer

The hour is late, you’ve just finished your term paper, and all that’s left is to print it ... except the library is closed. Fortunately, this small printer is easy to use, ensuring you never have to beg for an extension on that due date.
$50

Oral-B Pro 1000

College is the perfect time for developing healthy habits, including good oral hygiene. The Pro 1000 helps you get a proper brushing, alerting you every 30 seconds to move to a different part of your mouth.
$200

Nanoleaf Canvas

Once upon a time, college students decorated their rooms with lava lamps. Those are still fine if you prefer the retro vibe, but we like the modern look of these vibrant, color-shifting panels that you can arrange in different designs.