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57 Useful Gifts for College Students That Don’t Suck

Finding the perfect gifts for college students can be tricky if it’s been awhile since you were in college. A lot has changed, and a lot is still the same. They’re still broke, still have roommates, but now they need a lot more technology.

56 Useful Gifts for College Students- the best gift ideas that do not suck and that they will actually use.

Under-Bed Personal Safe

Under-Bed Personal Safe

In a college dorm room, there isn’t a lot of space to store valuable items. With this under-bed personal safe, their most treasured possessions will be as secure as can be.

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Rocketbook Wave Smart Notebook

Rocketbook Wave Smart Notebook

Phone numbers, diagrams, and vital information can be stored in the cloud thanks to this incredible notebook, which, once uploaded, can be wiped clean in the microwave.

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Bed Shelfie Bedside Shelf

Bed Shelfie Bedside Shelf

The BedShelfie will make a thoughtful gift for college students who need to make the most of their space. Available in 4 styles to suit most beds, this clever shelf can be used to keep essentials close at hand, or as desk or eating space when there really isn’t much room.

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HyperChiller Instant Coffee or Beverage Cooler

HyperChiller Instant Coffee or Beverage Cooler

Give them iced coffee whenever they need it with the HyperChiller by Maxi-Matic. Compatible with all coffee makers – whether single brew or K-Cup – this machine will chill coffee (and any other favorite beverage) in just 60 seconds. It can even be used to chill wine when they bring it home!

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100 Things to Do Bucket List Scratch Poster

100 Things to Do Bucket List Scratch Poster

Life is for living, and this bucket list poster will make sure they do it in style. Printed with 100 awesome things to do, from simple and inexpensive to adrenaline-fuelled, this poster features silver scratch-off panels that will reveal colorful artwork once the activity has been completed.

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CraveBox Care Package

CraveBox Care Package

Money can be tight for students, and they might not have enough for those treats that make life more enjoyable. The CraveBox Care Package contains 45 delicious treats to keep them going, with favorites such as Cheez-Its, Goldfish, Laffy Taffy, and loads of other goodies.

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Master Lock Combination Portable Safe

Master Lock Combination Portable Safe

They might not have space for a full-size safe in their dorm room, but they can still keep valuables secure with the Master Lock 5900D. Big enough to hold a phone, keys, cash, and/or important documents, this combination safe can be tethered to other objects to keep it immovable.

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THE COMFY Oversized Sherpa Wearable Blanket

THE COMFY Oversized Sherpa Wearable Blanket

Parents always worry that their kids are eating well and keeping warm, and with The Comfy, they can at least be assured of the latter. Made from plush fluffy Sherpa, this wearable blanket is perfect for lounging, studying, gaming, and even going from dorm room to dorm room.

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Electric Hot Pot Cooker

Electric Hot Pot Cooker

If you want them to eat more than dehydrated noodles when they’re away, the Dezin Electric Hot Pot will let them cook delicious meals, even without a stove or oven. Ideal for frying, sautéing, boiling and more, this handy non-stick pan means that as long as there’s a socket, they can cook.

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Privacy Pop Bed Tent

Privacy Pop Bed Tent

Sharing a room isn’t easy, especially when they’ve been used to having their own space at home. Give them their own room within a room with the Privacy Pop Bed Tent. Easy and quick to set up and take down, this durable tent will fit full-size beds for cute and cozy privacy.

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Rug Carpet Alarm Clock

Rug Carpet Alarm Clock

If getting out of bed in the morning is a problem for them, the Ruggie Alarm Clock will ensure they rise and shine on time. Fitted with a loud alarm, the Ruggie will continue to ring until it senses pressure from them standing on it. Then, and only then, will it stop.

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Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life

It’s the little things we do that determine how much we succeed, and this book will teach any young person how to get it right. ‘Make Your Bed’ by Navy Seal Admiral William H. McRaven shares the things he learned in training that will set anyone up for a successful life.

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Rapid Ramen Cooker

Rapid Ramen Cooker

Ramen is a staple food of most students, especially when they live away from home. Make it healthier and quicker for them with this innovative microwave ramen maker. Using half the water means that not only do the noodles cook quicker, but less sodium-filled seasoning is required, too.

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Large Laundry Bag

Large Laundry Bag

Super strong and tear resistant, this large bag will keep all their washing in one place until laundry day. Fitted with a hook for hanging, this large bag also comes with a drawstring top and two handles, which will make it easy to carry when they bring it home to Mom.

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Portable Ping Pong Set

Portable Ping Pong Set

This set is awesome, and will allow them to set up an impromptu game of ping pong anywhere there’s a table. The net extends to 72” and can clamp onto a table or desk, and it is accompanied by two paddles, three balls, and a handy carrying case.

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Octopus Shower Caddy

Octopus Shower Caddy

Totally cute and perfect for small bathrooms, the Octopus Caddy will hold up to 9 bottles, tubes, tubs, brushes and more safely off the window sill and bath side. Fully waterproof, this latex creature even saves money, as bottles can be stored upside down so they can access every last drop.

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Digital Voice Recorder

Digital Voice Recorder

It can be tough taking notes in lectures, especially if they’re not a fast writer. This EVISTR 16GB Digital Voice Recorder will allow them to record lectures, transfer files to the computer, and even be set to voice activation so it only records when the tutor is speaking.

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Redi-Tag Divider Sticky Notes

Redi-Tag Divider Sticky Notes

Sticky Notes are incredibly handy for making notes to aid studies, but they can be hard to organize and keep track off. The Redi-Tag Divider Sticky Notes solve the problem by coming with tabs that stand out at the edge of the book, making them easy to see at a glance.

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Spikeball

Spikeball

It’s so important that students have a way to let off steam. SpikeBall is the fun and frantic game that can be played indoors or out. Played like volleyball but with a small horizontal net, players must bounce the ball off the net before the other team takes possession.

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Prep: The Essential College Cookbook

Prep: The Essential College Cookbook

If they’re fending for themselves for the first time, give them a basic grounding in cookery with ‘Prep: The Essential College Cookbook’. Using 10 basic lessons, this book will cut through the jargon and show them how to create nutritious meals and snacks while they’re away.

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Microwave Popcorn Popper

Microwave Popcorn Popper

Space saving cookware is a must in student accommodation, and this silicone popcorn maker is ideal. Collapsing almost flat when not in use, the bowl can hold ¼ cup of kernels which will provide a full bowlful of healthy, delicious popcorn in just 2 to 4 minutes in the microwave.

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Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug

Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug

Caffeine is a must-have when studying, but it goes cold so quickly. The Ember Smart Mug is temperature controlled, and will keep tea or coffee hot for up to 90 minutes, or, if it’s used with the included charging coaster, will keep it toasty all day long.

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Adulting 101 Book

Adulting 101 Book

They say that being an adult doesn’t come with a manual, but actually, it does! ‘Adulting 101’ is full of insanely important advice for those important things that go hand-in-hand with growing up, like how to find a job, pay rent, have successful relationships, and how to save and invest.

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39-Piece Tool Set

39-Piece Tool Set

This toolkit will make an invaluable gift for college students, so they can make minor repairs around their accommodation without calling for help. Available in red, pink, blue, and orange, this case contains 39 essential tools, including both Phillips and slotted screwdrivers, pliers, hammer, and a 10’ tape measure.

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Handheld Clothes Steamer

Handheld Clothes Steamer

While they might be happy wearing creased clothes most of the time, there will be occasions where they need to look smart. This travel clothes steamer will take care of creases quickly, and provides 15 minutes of continuous steam so they can smarten more than one garment at a time.

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Bounce Game

Bounce Game

Bounce Battle is a fun game that can be played in a number of different ways to ensure no-one ever gets bored. Easy to set up, the game consist of a wooden frame, and 26 balls (plus one spare) that need to be bounced into the frame in a chosen configuration.

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Clocky Alarm Clock on Wheels

Clocky Alarm Clock on Wheels

If you’re worried that they’ll never get out of bed without you there to call them, Clocky will make a fine ‘mom substitute’. Once the alarm goes off, Clocky will jump from the nightstand and roll around the floor so that they have to get out of bed to catch him.

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Anker Soundcore Noise Cancelling Headphones

Anker Soundcore Noise Cancelling Headphones

Reducing ambient noise by up to 90%, the Anker Soundcore headphones will make studying easy. Wireless for added convenience, these headphones have a 40 hour playtime on one single charge, and offers an exceptional sound experience with 100% stronger bass output.

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Feel Better Herbal Tea

Feel Better Herbal Tea

When you can’t be there with them when they’re feeling under the weather, the Hey Girl Feel Better Tea will help. Made with Lemongrass, Echinacea, honey, lemon, and more, this green tea will boost their immune system as well as their vitamin intake in just 1 – 3 cups a day.

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Scanmarker Digital Highlighter and Reading Pen

Scanmarker Digital Highlighter and Reading Pen

Taking notes can be hard work, but with the Scanmarker Air Pen Scanner, it’s easy. Scanning 3000 character per minute, this pen will transfer text directly onto a chosen computer application (such as Word), and will even read the words back to them, making taking note a lot easier.

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Hamilton Beach Glass Electric Tea Kettle

Hamilton Beach Glass Electric Tea Kettle

An essential gift for college students, this kettle will look cool as well as provide them with super-quick boiling water for tea, coffee, and even hot water bottles. Faster than a microwave, this Hamilton Beach kettle is made from clear glass, which glows with a blue light as the water boils.

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BirchBox Subscription Box

BirchBox Subscription Box

With disposable income in short supply, there’s never enough left over for non-essentials like make-up. Treat her to a monthly supply of beauty products at a fraction of the RRP with a Birchbox subscription.

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45 Second Omelet Maker

45 Second Omelet Maker

One of the best gifts for college students is the ability to cook, and with this awesome kitchen gadget they’ll be able to rustle up a healthy omelet in just 45 seconds.

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Motorized Cooler

Motorized Cooler

Everyone knows that college is about learning and parties, which is why this motorized cooler would make a great gift for college students; it keeps drinks cool and makes a sweet ride!

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77 Things You Must Do In College

77 Things You Must Do In College

Here’s a book that will make sure they make the most out of their college experience. You want them to have a well-rounded time while they’re there, and not leave any stone unturned. This book lays it out nicely and makes sure they don’t leave out anything meaningful.

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Allbirds

Allbirds

Perfect for both walking and running, these wool runners promise to wick away any moisture, minimize odor and are machine washable; the perfect low maintenance and oh so comfy shoe.

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College Cookbook

College Cookbook

Don’t leave them to survive on tinned foods and microwave noodles -this cookbook will give them the confidence they need in the kitchen, and on a student’s budget, too.

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Dash Mini Toaster Oven

Dash Mini Toaster Oven

From pizza to paninis, they’ll be able to create delicious snacks and meals with this mini toaster oven,.

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Breakfast Sandwich Maker

Breakfast Sandwich Maker

A healthy breakfast is the way to start the day, and with this breakfast sandwich maker you help them avoid leaving the house without a good meal. It also helps prevent them from buying greasy and unhealthy fast food breakfast sandwiches while on the go.

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The SELF Journal and Planner

The SELF Journal and Planner

With enough space for planning every minute of every day, this journal will enable them to jump on the journal bandwagon in style, while encouraging positivity and productivity.

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Smartsleep Sleep & Wake-up Light Therapy Lamp

Smartsleep Sleep & Wake-up Light Therapy Lamp

It’s been scientifically proven that being woken by natural light is better than artificial alarms, and this lamp from Phillips will be the perfect addition to a college room.

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Portable Ping Pong

Portable Ping Pong

With this portable ping pong set, college students will be able to set up a match anywhere they like and enjoy games with their friends on the go.

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Tabletop Cornhole

Tabletop Cornhole

Making friends in college is a daunting task, but as long as they have this portable tabletop cornhole game, they’ll be able to break the ice and make things less awkward.

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The Hungover Cookbook

The Hungover Cookbook

Help them take their mind off their hangover with this cookbook, which not only provides recipes for delicious meals, but also contains brain games hidden among the pages.

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The Complete Manual of Things That Might Kill You

The Complete Manual of Things That Might Kill You

Whether they want to go into medicine or they’re a bit of a hypochondriac, this book will be the perfect book for them as it contains over 300 deadly diseases.

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Magic Spoon Cereal Subscription

Magic Spoon Cereal Subscription

College students might not have the funds (or the energy!) to cook fancy meals every night, but as long as they’re eating Magic Spoon cereal, they’re getting something healthy into their bodies.

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MVMT Watch

MVMT Watch

Make sure they’re on time with this stylish watch. They might not always remember to charge their phone but they’ll still be able to check how long it is until their next class.

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Homesick Candles

Homesick Candles

For many students, attending college will be the first time they’ve been away from home. These soy candles will offer them a state scent profile from where their family is and help remind them of home.

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Perfect Tea Maker

Perfect Tea Maker

Help them make the perfect cup of tea with this perfect tea maker from Teavana. A college student cannot live on coffee alone, and tea makes a healthier option while also providing the necessary caffeine they’re craving. Brews tea quickly and makes it taste exactly how it should taste.

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Weighted Blanket

Weighted Blanket

For some college students, leaving home is a big deal. Send them away with this weighted blanket to bring them comfort and help with anxiety as they get used to their new surroundings.

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Echo Dot

Echo Dot

Not only will the Echo Dot be able to keep them up to speed with local news and weather, but it will also keep them company during those gruelling study periods with their favorite music.

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Embroidered College Pillows

Embroidered College Pillows

Kids can see their college town as their second home, so give them a permanent reminder of their seat of learning with these embroidered cushions which are suitable for bed or couch.

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Mini Beer Pong

Mini Beer Pong

Beer pong is a staple of college life, most students plays it at least once. This mini table allows the fun game to be played wherever they can find space.

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The Adjustable Bag

The Adjustable Bag

Choosing the right bag to bring on a trip isn’t easy but as this one can be adjusted to three different sizes, it’ll be the only bag they’ll ever need.

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5-in-1 Tool Pen

5-in-1 Tool Pen

No college student will want to drag a heavy toolbox around with them, but this handy little pen contains 5 essential tools which can tackle any DIY task they might have to face.

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Complete Guide to Money and Investing

Complete Guide to Money and Investing

Just because they’re a broke college student now doesn’t mean they’ll always be broke, hopefully. Give them this complete guide to money and investing from the Wall Street Journal and you can help instill some money smarts that will stick with them long after college.

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