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30 Affordable (But Awesome) Gift Ideas For College Students

Need gift ideas for college students? Scenario: the holiday season is right around the corner and you’re a struggling college student trying to find gifts for other struggling college students! Or maybe you’re a parent trying to think of gift ideas for college students, without totally breaking the bank. What to do?! No fear. I’ve put together 30 affordable (but awesome) gift ideas for college students for anyone with a small budget for this holiday season!

1. Scratch Map

A cool way to visually keep track of the places that you have been. Hang it up on a wall as you plan your future destinations!


2. LED Lamp Gel Nail Polish Dryer

Dry your LED gel nail polish faster with this handy tool. Pun somewhat intended.


3. Electronic S’mores Maker

Have a hard time securing a campfire for a s’mores making session? No worries. This electronic s’mores maker will have you making s’mores all year round.


4. Mini Projector

For your next movie night, mix it up a little bit by using an old fashioned projector to watch movies on a wall or screen!


5. Mermaid Blanket

….Come on. Who wouldn’t love to pretend like they’re a mermaid?


6. Pokéball Herb/Spice Grinder

Need to combine your love of Pokémon and your need for a grinder? Look no further.

7. Polaroid Camera

Want to share your love for all things nostalgic? How about this Polaroid Camera?


8. Record Player

Know someone who loves old records? This will be perfect for them.


9. Tile (GPS Tracker)

Attach this little gadget to anything (keys, wallet, etc.), and never lose them again!

10. Huion H420 USB Graphics Drawing Tablet

If you know someone who likes to draw, this might be the gift for them.



11. Laptop Decal

Whether its stickers or skins, check on Etsy to give someone a creative way to decorate their device!


12. Pineapple Power Bank

Why use a boring charger when you can have this one?


13. Personalized Leather Cord Wraps Organizer

Tired of your headphones and other chords getting tangled? Use this personalized leather cable organizer to keep everything neat.

14. Monogrammed Phone Caddy

Keep your credit card or ID in this caddy, which attaches to the back of your phone. Personalize it with your name.

15. Lightweight Backpack

Chances are, by this time in the year, they could use a new one.

16. Sushi Making Kit

Make your own sushi right at home.


17. Electric Chocolate Fondue Pot

Great for parties!

18. Japanese Candy Making Kits

Anything food related make for great gift ideas for college students…especially if it has to do with candy (…great energy source for studying.)

19. Dimmable LED Desk Lamp

Achieve your ideal level of brightness.

20. Coffee Milk Froth Wand

Top your coffee with frothy milk right at home.

21. Savvy Infusion Water Bottle

Infuse your water with fruity flavors.


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22. A Hammock

It’s one of those things you always wished you had, but never bought.


23. Food Gift Box

There are so many options. You can go the more wholesome/healthy route ORRR you could satisfy a sweet tooth with a less healthy version.

24. DVD Boxed Sets

Nostalgic DVD boxed sets are always great gift ideas for college students. Bring them back to their youth with a favorite show from their youth, or skip the flashbacks and stock them up with their current favorite series.

25. Camera Lens for Smartphone

Attach the lens onto your phone and take higher quality photos. #selfie

26. Dinner Dice

Find yourself tired of choosing the same meals for dinner? Use these dinner dice to keep you on your toes.

27. Shark Week Cookie Mug

Plates are out. Mugs are in.

28. Cards Against Humanity

Always a crowd-pleaser!


29. A “State” Pillow

All college students could use something to feel a little closer to home.

30. LED Fish Tank

This tank is small enough to easily fit into a dorm room and its LED lights will be pretty to look at during the night.

*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 

Do you need any of these gift ideas for college students? Let us know what you want below!
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Amanda Smith

Amanda Smith is a student at Case Western Reserve University and will be a sophomore in fall 2016. She is majoring in Political Science and minoring in Public Policy and Japanese. She enjoys watching movies, dancing, going to the gym, reading, writing and theater arts.

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