College is an exciting, unique, and sometimes scary experience for new students. Along with a lot of love and support, they'll need a wide range of products to get the most out of their college experience.
If you're thinking of sending items as holiday gifts or as a present to a new college student, it can be difficult to choose something that will be truly helpful.
In this article, we'll take a look at some of the products available, and help you find the best gift for the college student in your life.
1. Sturdy backpack for everyday use
Backpacks are an essential part of school life, from pre-school to adulthood. This brand-name backpack has a fashionable design and comes in a range of colors while providing comfort and support for the wearer. It can easily and securely fit laptops and devices to ensure students can easily carry their items from class to class.
This Samsung Galaxy tablet will suit students that will spend long nights studying at college libraries and dorms. Its slim metal design ensures it can be carried easily, and the long-lasting battery will mean students are able to have it away at classes for long periods of time. Consider the 128GB option for students who will need the added media storage.
3. HDMI Cable
An HDMI cable is an essential element of a student's dorm room and one that will not usually be supplied by colleges themselves. It's worth considering this item as a gift for students who are involved in media and will want to look at their work on a big screen, or just students who will want time to relax after long days of study.
4. Portable Charger
There are plenty of fun gifts to send a student, but sometimes students need something more practical. With students out of the house all day, a portable charger is an essential part of college life. This high-capacity item contains a large amount of charge for students, is light to carry, and can be easily carried in backpacks or satchels.
5. Noise-Canceling Headphones
Noise-canceling headphones are essential for students who need to study in noisy dorms and public areas. These wireless headphones allow multiple levels of noise cancellation to suit different environments and can be connected through Bluetooth as a microphone. Bose also provides one of the highest levels of sound quality available on the market.
6. Water Bottle
With huge amounts of study, socializing, and partying to be done, physical health could be the last thing on a student's mind. Purchasing a water bottle is a great gift for a student that needs reminders to take care of themselves. This item includes an alloy steel design to ensure it will last and is BPA and phthalate-free.
7. Compact Refrigerator
A compact refrigerator is a great gift that will ensure students always have access to a healthy snack. This compact fridge comes also with a freezer, which will mean all food remains fresh and easy to access. Importantly, this compact refrigerator comes with a reversible door, to ensure easy access in small dorm rooms.
8. Microwave Oven
A microwave oven is another great gift idea that will keep students away from unsanitary communal kitchens. Again, consider the size of the students' dorm room before purchasing. One significant feature of this microwave is the included on/off feature for sound, which means students won't be waking up their roommates during those late-night snacks.
9. Comforter Set
A comforter can be an eye-catching, cozy set piece to keep students relaxed and comfortable in their new homes. Made from goose-down, this comforter ensures the heat stays in and provides suitable warmth year-round. It's also machine washable, which will mean students can easily keep their beds clean.
10. Alarm Clock
Perhaps the most important part of a student's college life is being at the right place at the right time. This alarm clock has an eye-catching, sleek design that will impress other students, and includes three alarm settings, humidity, and temperature detection. It has a useful brightness adjustment feature to suit those who need perfect dark when sleeping.
11. Under-bed Shoe Storage
Some under-bed shoe storage is the perfect gift for students who are fashion conscious but maybe staying in smaller, shared dorm rooms where space is at a premium. This particular item slides easily under the bed and allows students to keep shoes and other items neatly organized and is made from durable vinyl.
12. Shower Caddy
It's highly likely that students will need to share communal bathroom spaces. Having a well-designed shower caddy will mean students keep their belongings safe and organized. This particular item is made from BPA-free shatter-resistant plastic. It can alternatively be used to keep cleaning supplies and other utilities.
13. First-Aid Kit
A first-aid medical kit is an ideal gift to help keep college students safe from minor accidents. This 125-piece kit is specifically designed with college students in mind, including over-the-counter medications for headaches, colds, and stomach cramps. It also includes various bandages and creams and is well-organized for ease of use.
14. Air Purifier
For those suffering from asthma and other allergies, an air purifier is an essential gift. In the college setting, air purifiers are an ideal way to keep students safe from second-hand smoke and other odors. The small design of this particular item makes it ideal to filter air pollutants from college dorm rooms.
15. Heating Pad
This heating pad is well-suited for students experiencing back pain and cramps. This pad penetrates quickly to relieve muscle pain due to the controllable levels of heat provided. A micro plush fiber design ensures it is comfortable to use. Thankfully, it also includes a lifetime warranty.
16. Stain Remover Stick
College students are sure to create stains over their clothes and belongings, without having the time to clean them properly. The solution in these stain remover sticks quickly breaks down stains while a microfiber pad lifts and absorbs them. For messier college students, this is a helpful gift idea.
17. Desk Lamp
Hopefully, students will be studying long into the night during their time in college and will need a desk lamp. This wireless desk lamp includes 5 brightness levels and modes, which ensure students can work under light for long periods of time without fatiguing their eyes. Also helpful is the USB port and fast wireless charger, and 30/60 minute auto-off timer.
18. Dry Erase Wall Calendar
A dry erase wall calendar is an easy way for students to stay organized during a hectic schedule. This calendar includes space for each day of the year and is easily erasable. It includes four felt-tip markers and an eraser. This is an ideal choice for students that need to keep their social and school lives organized.
19. Desk Organizer
While on the topic of organization, this Desk Organizer from Jerry and Maggie provides an ideal way to keep books, alarm clocks, and other school items easily organized, with a minimalist, attractive design. What sets this item apart from similar gifts is its sturdy construction, as it is made from real wood.
20. Bedside shelf for bunk beds
In a college dorm room, space is at a premium. This bedside shelf can be easily attached to any bunk or loft bed, and can safely hold laptops, devices, and any other necessary items. If a student is stuck in a position where they do not have a nightstand, this item provides an ideal replacement. Its high-quality design means it will remain sturdy and stable.
21. Extension Cord
Depending on where a student is sleeping, they may not have easy access to an electrical outlet. For such a student, an extension cord is a perfect gift. This particular item includes 9 outlets, ensuring that a student's laptop and devices will all remain fully charged. It also includes three USB ports, perfect for smartphones.
22. Electronics Organizer
College students have a range of electronics they will need to carry, especially if they are studying in media or technology. For such a student a simple backpack may not be ideal. Instead, it's worth considering an electronics organizer. This particular item has been specifically designed to carry a 10.5 inch iPad pro, along with various cables and accessories.
23. Fitness Tracker
A fitness tracker is ideal for students who want to stay on top of their health, or are studying degrees related to physical wellness. Along with tracking steps, this tracker assesses the user's heart rate, blood oxygen levels, and sleep patterns. What makes this particular item perfect for college students is the 15-day battery life and water resistance capabilities.
24. Portable Bluetooth Speaker
A portable speaker is a highly popular item for students and young adults. This particular item can clip easily onto student's backpacks or other items, and provides a high level of sound quality and volume across large distances. Importantly, it has a battery life of up to 10 hours, making it perfect for a college student wanting to spend more time outside.
25. Flash Drive
A flash drive has been an essential item for college students and remains so to this day. Most important when considering which flash drive to purchase is how much it can store, and this particular drive holds a significant 128GB. It comes equipped with USB3.1 technology, which means videos and data can be transferred quickly.
If you're thinking of sending a care package or present for a college student to improve their dorm life, there are plenty of options available. Instead of just a gift card, consider one of the items above for a more thoughtful present. They could all be useful for a college kid, so think about their needs and find a meaningful gift that suits your budget.