Top 100 Gift Suggestions for Students

There are multiple reasons that human beings, as a species, give gifts. On the most basic level, we gift because we’re expected to. It’s just how it goes, it’s the underlying custom. Birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, you’re expected to bring a present. On a deeper level, however, your gift is also supposed to be meaningful. Of course, this is only the case if you have a certain kind of relationship with another person that demands a level of meaningfulness. And there is actual science behind this. You don’t just want any gift for someone you care about, you want them to appreciate it too. You want to elicit an emotional response and see a flicker of gratification on their face. Well, then what better way to gratify your roommate or classmate than to give them a fun and maybe even useful gift!

To break free from the monotony of college life, or to help a friend out, we have created a comprehensive list of FUN gift options, especially for college students! You can certainly use our suggestions as they are, but try and not forget the personalized aspect of this process. Maybe take into consideration someone’s favorite hobby, something they need, or something they’ve always wanted to do. In fact, recent research has found that giving someone an experience makes more of an impact than a material object, like a painting or origami class. But the choice is all yours because we have listed some pretty cool, totally affordable, options.

The ones in orange are personally recommended. Enjoy!

  1. Selfie Toaster: Weren’t allowed to eat someone’s face at home? Well, now that you’re in college you can eat all the faces you want! You can even eat your own face! Any photograph can be converted into a template and then burnt right onto your toast. Mhmm, butter it up!
  1. Rocketbook Wave Smart Notebook: Oh yeah, this is totally what you think it is if you were thinking high-tech notebook meets cutting-edge technology with old fashioned pen and paper! Not thinking that? Well, that’s what this is, you can send notes directly to the cloud using the Rocketbook smartphone app, and erase the notebook to reuse up to five times using a microwave! Talk about technology.
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  1. Bed Tent:  For when you need to hide, or just cause it would be a really cool present. So easy to set up, cozy, and cute!
  1. Ostrich Pillow: I wish I knew this existed when I was in college. With this pillow you can literally take a nap at any desk, comfortably. Perfect for 15-minute power-naps during long study sessions.
  1. Flask Bracelet: This is a wearable, portable bracelet that holds liquid! The choice of liquid is of course up to you.


  1. 3D Printer Pen: If you don’t know what to get someone, the 3D pen is great. This way they can make themselves whatever they want, for the most part. Either way, a 3D printer pen sounds like an awesome gift.
  1. Microwave Pasta Cooker: For all those pasta lovers out there, who don’t have a large pot or enough time, we give you the microwave pasta cooker! Dorm cooking is not as easy as they say.


  1. Pencils: No, not your ordinary pencils. These pencils understand your stress. Each set comes with funny messages on them like, “Snap-in Case of Frustration.” Makes for a light-hearted and easy present!


  1. College Hacks: Buy it, read it, live it. There are some really cool tricks and tips in this book. Like for instance did you know you could use vinegar to get scratches off a table? Definitely a fun book. Similarly, you could also check out How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win.


  1. French Press Mug: It’s a mug that doubles as a coffee maker! What better combination for a college student? You could throw in some freshly ground coffee beans and make it a package.

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  1. Under Bed Personal Safe: Another object I wish I knew existed when I was in college. This is a totally compact safe to store all your valuables. It rolls under your bed and has plenty of room.


  1. Custom (DOG) Pillow: Cause everyone needs a cute cuddle buddy. It doesn’t have to be dogs, you can choose any print you think best.


  1. Backward Running Clock: The countdown begins. 9 hours till English paper, 4 hours till physics paper, 2 hours till… If anything, this is a great conversation piece.


  1. Germ Eliminating Toothbrush Sanitizer: Very practical gift, and certainly a much-needed one amongst many college students. Seriously, great present. Consider investing in one for yourself as well. I am.


  1. Fidget Pen: Bored out of your mind taking notes? Well, research has shown that fidgeting actually increases attention span. This pen has more moving parts than you could think. Another cool fidget device is the fidget spinner, a personal favorite. Also, check out the fidget cube. Fidget Away!
  1. Giant Jenga: Jenga is always fun. Giant Jenga is even more fun! You can get together with some friends for an after school to blow off steam and get in some good laughs.


  1. NASA Sleep-Promoting Light Bulb: Specially designed to support the circadian rhythms of astronauts aboard the International Space station, the NASA light bulb helps in the production of melatonin. If your friend is having trouble sleeping, this could be the perfect gift. Just ask them to read under the Nasa bulb.
  1. Foot Hammock: Show your friend you love and care about their FEET. You can attach this nifty little device to any desk, put your feet up, lean back, and relax.


  1. Water Balloon Russian Roulette: Sometimes when you’re living with new people you want to blow their brains out. But you don’t want to kill them. So just get them wet instead. This is a balloon that attaches to the end of a plastic gun. So much fun.


  1. Instant Photo Printer: I am one of those old soles that still owns a polaroid. I cannot shake that sense of gratification when I hold a tangible photograph. This way you have an instant printer at hand, and you never have to wait. The design is sleeker than your traditional polaroid (although I don’t mind the look of a polaroid), and the printing quality is really good as well.

 Here are some more options. I would suggest mixing and matching with some of them to create a cool gift basket or care package.

  1. Pens No One Will Borrow
  2. Magnet Decision Maker
  3. Heated Slippers
  4. Pizza Necklace Set
  5. Cool Hamper
  6. The Love Lamp
  7. Long Distance Friendship Lamp
  8. The Official Bullshit Button
  9. 100 Movies Scratch Off Poster
  10. Bluetooth Digital Pen
  11. Giant Bean Bag
  12. Hero Bookend
  13. Lego Coffee Mug
  14. USB Clock Fan
  15. Amazon Prime Membership
  16. Decision Paperweight
  17. Hemmingway Pencil Holder
  18. Mathematical Glasses
  19. Rainbow Bath Bomb
  20. Birthstone Wine Bottle Stopper
  21. Virtual Reality Headset
  22. Bop it!
  23. Nordic Tea Light Trough
  24. Issues You Might Run into in College (Book)
  25. Mini Desktop Sandbox
  26. Purse That Charges Your Phone
  27. Mindfulness Cards
  28. Tapestry
  29. 1001 Things Every College Student Needs to Know (Book)
  30. Custom Bobblehead
  31. The Hungover Cookbook
  32. Drinko Shot Game
  33. Memo Pad Kit
  34. Butter and Cheese Huggers
  35. Doody Head Poo Flinging Game
  36. Extendable Fork
  37. Fun Item of Clothing
  38. D’Lite Trick
  39. Remote Control Flying Fish
  40. The World’s Smallest Violin
  41. Hand Crank Emergency Phone Charger
  42. Pocket Size Sriracha
  43. Silver Fortune Cookies
  44. Deep Sea Sand Art
  45. Coffee Mug Warmer
  46. Recordable Toilet Roll Talker
  47. Flashing Mouth Light
  48. 100 Things to Do Scratch off Poster
  49. 100 Books to Read Scratch off Poster
  50. Drink More Water Bottle
  51. Under Desk Elliptical
  52. Rick and Morty Posters
  53. Career Coach
  54. Bar Bracelet
  55. Student Survival Guide
  56. Unzipped Glass Zipper Bag
  57. Insulated Ice Cream Cup Set
  58. Cabernet Wine Bottle Hidden Umbrella
  59. Cool Posters
  60. Meekseeks Mug
  61. Peas in a Pod Necklace
  62. Star Wars Light Saber Chopsticks
  63. Beeropoly
  64. Customized Cross Stitch
  65. Self-Inking Stamp
  66. Take My Hand Necklace
  67. Rollet Ricochet Game
  68. Jar of Inspiring Messages
  69. Travel Themed Wine Bottle Labels
  70. Scratch off World Map
  71. Handmade Map Artwork
  72. Moving Harness
  73. Birthstone Candles
  74. Fillable Glass Memory Locket
  75. Huggable Pillow Postcard
  76. Custom Fortune Cookies
  77. USB Mix Tape
  78. Portable USB Juicer
  79. Pancake Art
  80. Stationary

If you’re still having trouble, check out sites like Lauren Conrad, & Other Stories, thingamagift, and Etsy. There are a ton of other similar sites out there too. We hope that our list helped you!

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