Stumped on what to get the college-aged person in your life? Whether it’s a going away gift, a birthday present or something clutch for the holidays, a well-placed gift can go a long way toward keeping students focused, on-task and firmly un-homesick. That’s why we put together this gift guide for the university gang, including everything from an all-purpose backpack to a laptop that does just about everything (except get them a 4.0, they'll have to do that on their own).
Buying the perfect gift often sounds like a lot of pressure. But it's all in the way you approach it. Look at who you're buying for. What are they always talking about? What are their hobbies? Connecting your present to something you already know they like is the easiest way to get them something you know they'll enjoy. From clothes and accessories to booze and tech gear, here's what to get him.
On many college campuses bicycles are the mode of transportation, and helpful accessories are a welcome gift. Vibrelli had a great phone mount that allows for hands-free talking and navigation without the risk of dropping your phone. A rechargeable bike light from Light and Motion makes a nice addition to the gift and helps increase safe biking at night.
25. Streaming Media Player—Streaming media devices are easy to use, convenient, and even portable, which are the kinds of product benefits that a lot of college students desire. Media players offer all kinds of features, including the ability to access video websites and apps like YouTube and Netflix. They can also be used to make Skype calls and go on Facebook. Essentially, they offer a simple and affordable way to turn any TV into a smart TV.
I know I was always wanting a snack when I was studying late into the night – and popcorn was one that I always turned to. While the bagged popcorn is most convenient, it’s not always the best for you. I absolutely LOVE this microwave popcorn maker from Pampered Chef. They have a small version and a family-sized version, and they are both awesome and super easy to use. I wish I had one as a college student.
It’s time to get rid of that disgusting, dirty, crumb-infested backpack that your teen has been carrying for four years. Great options from standard-bearers like Jansport or North Face start at $30, while trendier brands like Herschel or FjallRaven can run north of $150. Just remember that whatever you buy will be disgusting, dirty, and crumb-infested four years from now.

For those who love to lounge, you can’t go wrong with this robe. The simple, sophisticated white gets a pop of personality in the back with black letters proclaiming, “Friday Always.” Always indeed. It comes in just one size, which fits most, and you can have it monogrammed for an extra charge.  It’s made of polyester chamois and comes complete with two pockets and sash. It’s perfect for post-shower or for lounging the day away.

The Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones edge out the crowded pack of over-the-ear headphones through deep, powerful sound (provided by proprietary Bose-engineered designs), a pillow-like headband and precise rotating ear pads, alongside an almost excessively long cable with inline remote. Factor that into pretty serious noise isolation, and these are the perfect “chilling in a dorm bed” headphones. There's a 20-hour battery life per charge (and 40 in wired mode) and they weigh just 10.9 ounces.


I purchased the XL version of this bag on May, 11 2015 and I have carried it nearly every day since. I bought this to replace a similar messenger bag made by Rapid Dominance, because I was searching for something with a bit more of a vintage style. I researched quite a few different bags before deciding on this particular model. The bag arrived within a few days of my order, it was boxed and bagged inside the box. I was immediately amazed by the quality of the bag. The size was perfect at 17.3". I excitedly began jamming my daily stuff into the new bag. It easily holds my binder, and a variety of small things that I carry daily. I do not use this bag for transporting any type of laptop, so I cannot speak to using it for that purpose.
Not Black Yoga Pants College women love to go to yoga, barre and spin classes but the day of the black-only yoga pant is over. Try wrapping up some new workout gear in gorgeous bright patterns that will become her new favorites. There are lots to choose from at Pink, Outdoor Voices, LuluLemon, and Athleta, including these white ones which look great with this pretty baby blue top.
You’re here, but you want to be there. So you spend your life narrowing this divide, and you call this your race, your journey, your path. You live your days tightening your bootstraps, wiping the sweat from your brow, chasing undiscovered happiness just around the bend. In Chasing Slow, Erin turns away from fast and fame and frenzy. Follow along as she blazes the trail toward a new-fashioned lifestyle—one that will refresh your perspective, renew your priorities, and shift your focus to the journey that matters most.

The commercialism of Christmas gets more and more out of hand each year. When it becomes difficult to know what to buy someone, that is when you focus on those who have nothing and give to shelters and charities. For families and friends, think of what they like to do and their hobbies. From there, give $10 to $15 gift cards to their favorite restaurant, coffee shop, or retail store. Also, a gift card to a movie theatre is always great because the movie outing has become ridiculously expensive and I can’t imagine anyone not appreciating this idea for a gift.
Cindy Maudsley is a stay at home mom living in Utah. She has two beautiful daughters with her husband AJ. Being a mom and wife is her favorite but also loves Target, dark chocolate, reading, serving in her church, and baking her famous brownies. Her passion is writing and loves to share her experiences and life moments and does so at triumphsandtrials.com and sheteachesfearlessly.com
Emails just don’t always cut it. Thank-you notes, condolence letters, and even some follow-ups to job interviews still need to be penned by hand, and many of our kids have nothing to write them on. Sure your kid can run to the store every time he or she needs to write a note, but if there’s a nice box of stationery on hand, the chances are much better that the note will actually get written. Moo offers beautiful letterhead that can be personalized on high-quality paper stock. The designs are far from traditional and the paper is safe for laser printers. Paperless Post offers personalized paper stationery in a seemingly endless array of designs.

This mirror is great! I use it for shaving every time I take a shower. It stays relatively fog free, I just take my detachable shower head and spray the face and back of the mirror with hot water right before I start shaving. I have noticed it will still fog up from my breath, which is why I docked it a star, but that only happens when I try to get close to the mirror near the end of my shave.


A new camera would be a great gift for an aspiring filmmaker — or just a student who’s excited to share their study-abroad experience with family and friends. “I love making videos, so having something smaller and easier to transport would be awesome,” says Howard Lin, a senior at University of Florida. “My dream would be the Sony Alpha A9, but it costs quite a bit so most likely not. I think a Sony Rx100 Mark V.”
While dorm rooms or student apartments may not be the most spacious (understatement of the century), help make the most of their space with a tiny TV with top-notch quality. This flatscreen TV is outfitted with the newest Roku streaming service, offering over 750 channels, including Netflix and HBO Go. The Roku remote has a headphone jack, so late night binging sessions won’t keep the neighbors awake.
Believe it or not, there are toys that make beautiful music. Perfect for all ages, Munchkin’s Mozart Magic Cube inspires creativity and interactive play while teaching how sounds combine to create eight classical music masterpieces by the master composer. With a touch of a button, this interactive cube lets your child add or subtract from any combination of five different instruments, including harp, French horn, piano, flute, and violin. 

MINI JAMBOX by Jawbone Wireless Bluetooth Speaker  Sometimes music just needs to be blasted loudly, for the entire dorm hall or apartment mates to enjoy. This small speaker packs a ton of audible punch. Mophie phone case charger  Your teen with never be able to use the “my phone ran out of battery excuse” with a Mophie case. Having a charged phone is a true safety device.  Jackery Portable Charger This small charger can easily fit in a backpack or briefcase and serves the same purpose of never letting a phone go dead.  


This mirror is great! I use it for shaving every time I take a shower. It stays relatively fog free, I just take my detachable shower head and spray the face and back of the mirror with hot water right before I start shaving. I have noticed it will still fog up from my breath, which is why I docked it a star, but that only happens when I try to get close to the mirror near the end of my shave.
This thing is pretty cool. Only real comments are its a bit akward to hold (and probably use) as a Hammer. Also the knife fitting which is arguably the one that should be most secure/sturdy is poorly placed in my opinion as it sits on the top of most of the other fittings somewhat exposed. Also there doesn't seem to be a great way to extend the corkscrew (you have to catch it by the edge of the sharp tip and pull it out carefully so as to not poke yourself.
Christine Evans, who’s studying fashion at Parsons School of Design, has been coveting a Burberry rain jacket for years. “Truthfully, my dad has always always worn one since I was little and I’ve always admired it. I really like the look and fit of the coat and we’ve always kind of talked about the style of it. He said that when I’m older, he would get me one when the time was right!” And graduation seems like as good a milestone as any.
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