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Top 10 Christmas Gift Ideas for College Students

Posted by Ava Kuhn on

Finding just the right gift for the college student in your life can seem like a tall order. College is an amazing opportunity; this particular time provides the chance to meet the best friends, create the greatest memories and forge ahead on the most promising paths. A great gift doesn't just make these times even better; it also helps out in the moments that aren't as enjoyable — like late-night studying or a twinge of feeling homesick.

The perfect present helps her accomplish projects big and small with ease. Paying attention to just what she's eyeing, we've listed ideas that check all of the boxes.

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1. Travel Mugs and Reusable Water Bottles

For the climate-conscious student, look no further than reusable cups and water bottles. Toting your container is not only a simple way to eliminate waste from paper cups and plastic bottles but a convenient and cute way to do so. Bonus: most coffee shops now offer discounts for bringing your own mug. What's not to love about that?

Our new limited-edition Tervis water bottles are perfect for staying hydrated from class to class. These durable stainless steel water bottles feature a unique Vera Bradley pattern and school logo — a perfect stocking stuffer!

2. Super-Soft Sleepwear Sets

Cozy pajamas solve all the drafty dorm room blues! A plush robe, socks, and an eye mask can make her home away from home all the more comfortable. Late nights at the library are immediately soothed with something soft to change into before bed.

woman reclining on couch wearing holiday themed pajamas

3. Luggage

The perfect present for the girl on the go: new luggage to take off in style! The right travel bag makes it easy to love every aspect of the experience. Getting from point A to point B will be a breeze with colorful prints and best-in-class materials.

4. Throw Blankets

She'll love to curl up with a soft fleece throw blanket that will be reached for again and again (and again!). A warm throw is a universally great gift and the perfect companion for watching that last TV episode or reading that final book chapter. Better yet? You can add personalization to your gift with custom monogramming — such a sweet touch!

5. Cold Weather Accessories

Cold weather accessories are a must for any college student that has to trek across campus. Choose a comfortable knit scarf that’s easy to throw on, and matching cozy quilted mittens she can throw into her bag. A soft fleece pullover is the perfect solution for any student down South — it even gets chilly in Florida on some winter mornings!

6. Cosmetic Bags

From primping in the bathroom down the hall to getting ready during weekend visits home, every occasion merits a pretty and practical cosmetic case to bring along all of her must-haves. A plastic-lined makeup bag is perfect for easy cleaning.

7. Desk Organization

This time of year beckons time around the fireplace and cozily reciting "'Twas the Night Before Christmas." Starting at a young age, everyone can identify with the holiday magic in the poem. But, admittedly, somewhere along the way, "visions of sugar plums" turn into "visions of stationery, and sticky notes, and staplers." For the organization enthusiast in your life, look no further than gifting all of the right supplies! New notebooks, fresh pencils, and colorful calendars make sure all deadlines and due dates are met — and they'll help her with those organization resolutions for the new year.

8. Portable Speakers

A must-have for studying sessions, hanging out with friends and getting ready for the day is definitely a portable speaker. These collegiate essentials have endless options for the features that matter most to your scholar. Not a dedicated techie? Not a worry. It's hard to go wrong with a simple speaker that will be there through thick and thin.

9. Fan Favorites

Looking for a gift that's both practical and personal? We suggest a best-loved style that sports her school's name or mascot. At the top of her list? Sweatshirts, blankets, totes and duffel bags! The key here is to look for everyday collegiate gear that will fit into her week and weekend.

10. Movie Night Kits

Another kit that's a sure win? Putting together the ultimate movie night. A mini projector, theater candy and cozy loungewear take any regular Netflix watch to the next level. This simple way to relax will quickly become a favorite among friends! While packing the popcorn is an absolute must, make the package even better by including hot cocoa mix, marshmallows and pretty mugs. You can add in a throw blanket here, too!