The Best Gift Ideas for College Students They’ll Actually Use

In today’s gift guide I’m sharing my top 10 gift ideas for college students. Whether you want to get them something small, or splurge on a gift that will last them for years to come, I’ve got you covered!


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Let’s be honest here, the only thing any college student really wants for Christmas is for their family to stop asking them how school is going, or if they’re dating anyone. Everything is GREAT Aunt Karen, just great. However, everything else they could want is included in my gift ideas for college students. Below are a few of the things I would have loved receiving when I was in school!

Nice Weekend Bag

Whether they’re heading home for the weekend or going on a trip for their sorority formal, a nice weekend bag is a must as a college student. I love this one from Herschel – it’s not too big, and it looks really stylish. Plus, their products are really high quality at a very reasonable price point (meaning if they lose it, you won’t be too mad).

Tool Kit

Hear me out on this one! While a tool kit would definitely not be the most exciting gift to receive, they will be SO thankful to have it when the need arises. I didn’t have a tool kit until after college, but it would have really come in handy when trying to build all that Ikea furniture!

Luxury Perfume

Most college students don’t have much disposable income. This means that small luxuries like nice perfume aren’t really high on their priority list (because, you know, going out is priority number one!). As a working adult, a nice perfume probably won’t break your bank and it’s a gift that they will truly enjoy receiving.

I hope you found my gift ideas for college students helpful! What was on your wish list as a college student?

xx Mollie

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  1. December 10, 2018 / 4:29 pm

    Love these gift ideas. That sea foam coffee maker is so cute! I love the color!


  2. December 10, 2018 / 5:10 pm

    great round up! totally agree about the tool kit!!

    xx rebecca

  3. Annie
    December 10, 2018 / 6:28 pm

    I have those headphones and that perfume, and I LOVE them! Great selections!

  4. Lee
    December 10, 2018 / 6:40 pm

    Such a great gift guide idea; I love the weekender bag- it’s a pretty gift, but also so practical!

  5. December 10, 2018 / 8:40 pm

    What a great round-up of gifts!! Love the hot pink tool kit and planner!!

    xoxo Sarah

  6. December 10, 2018 / 10:18 pm

    Howwwww is there a minty keurig shade? Just STAHPPPPP!

  7. Ruthie Ridley
    December 10, 2018 / 11:14 pm

    LOVE this guide! I want 1 and 4 for myself!!

  8. Danielle
    December 11, 2018 / 2:14 pm

    Love the Herschel weekend bag! Great ideas for both of my cousins who just started college!

    xx, Danielle | Pineapple & Prosecco

  9. December 11, 2018 / 3:52 pm

    Ah this makes me miss college!! All great picks that are totally useful.


    Lauren |

  10. Stephanie
    December 11, 2018 / 7:12 pm

    I never realized how much a tool kit would come in handy until I got my own place and began building furniture! It’s so complicated when you realize you’re missing the right screwdriver or you have to run out for a hammer that you forgot to get haha! These gift ideas are all fantastic!

  11. ashley hargrove
    December 11, 2018 / 8:18 pm

    That tool kit is such a great idea and so practical! I feel like that’s something every college student needs but never really thinks they need!

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