28 Dorm Gifts That Every College Student Will Love

published Aug 16, 2022
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Silo of back to school products
Credit: Credit: Amazon, Loftie, My Sheets Rock

With the back-to-school season officially underway, college students are slowly but surely gearing up for move-in day and that means checking everything off their back-to-school list. From bedding and storage to tech, books, and more, there’s a lot to check off these lists. So, if you’re looking to treat a college student you love to something special, now’s the perfect time to do it. But what do you get a college student in 2022? Well, the perfect college gift is something practical (bonus points if it can be used all four years) but also something that’ll put a smile on their face. With back-to-school season being notoriously stressful, opting for something they may not think of getting themselves is the ultimate win. Below, we rounded up 28 of the coolest gifts for college students, from dorm essentials and must-have tech to study staples and self-care favorites designed to help them start the school year off right.

What gifts are you gifting your college-bound kiddo? Let us know in the comments below!

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When we said practical, we meant it. Set them up with everything they need for cozy dorm living with this all-inclusive dorm room set. The OCM College Dorm Room 27-Piece Varsity Pak comes with a comforter, two flat sheets, two fitted sheets, a mattress pad, a mattress topper, two pillowcases, two fluffy bed pillows, a bed blanket, a bedside caddy, a laundry bag, a lamp, a fan, a throw, two underbed units, and an 8-piece bath set. Phew!

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was $549.00

If there's one pair of headphones college kids want, it's the Apple Airpods Max (just ask TikTok). These high-quality Apple headphones strike the perfect balance of style and function with noise cancelation (perfect for quiet studying) and a chic design, not to mention a killer color selection.

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Fluff Co.
was $115.00

Good sleep is vital for busy college students and the FluffCo. Down Alternative Pillow is the best way to start. Fluff Co.‘s pillows are inspired by those luxe hotel pillows we all covet, with the goal of getting a high-end pillow into everyone’s hands at a fraction of the price. This pillow topped our Best List as a great pick for all sleepers, making it a pick sure to last all four years.

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Best Buy
was $949.99

Looking to really treat them? Pick up an HP ENVY x360 2-in-1 Touch-Screen Laptop. Coming in at a major 15.6-inches, this laptop has everything they could need in a great laptop from the latest Intel processor and graphics to 8GB of memory and an intuitive touch screen.

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Some days just call for doing classwork from bed. Make things easier with this lap desk from LapGear. Coming in a host of fun colors and patterns, this AT favorite is equipped with more than enough room for most sized laptops as well as a built-in mousepad and phone holder.

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Every dorm needs a mini fridge, but why not gift your college student one with a little bit of style? This Galanz pick is adorably retro (and available in two fun, bright colors), has adjustable glass shelves, a separate freezer compartment, and is crafted to last.

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Best Buy
was $119.99

Portable speakers may seem like a dime a dozen, but there truly isn't one as great as the Marshall Willen. Sleek and stylish, this speaker may be tiny but it packs surprisingly booming sound with a unique design based on classic Marshall amps.

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was $14.99

For most students, college is the first time they're left to their own devices when it comes to food. Help them make good choices with The 5-Ingredient College Cookbook. This college cookbook makes it easy for students to prepare fresh, tasty, healthy meals for themselves on a budget, with more than 100 recipes that only take 30 minutes to throw together, and only require five main ingredients.

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was $149.00

We know, we know — who gifts an alarm clock? But with features including a clock, sound machine, breath work exercises, and a nightlight, the Loftie will be a hit with stressed-out students. The real kicker is its two-stage alarm system that gently lulls you out of a deep sleep instead of jolting you awake like other alarms. Because what's worse than those blaring phone alarms waking you and your roommate up?

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Lo & Sons
was $485.00

Nothing says polished like a professional bag, and this Lo & Sons find is perfect for students looking for a little sophistication. The Rowledge strikes the perfect balance between purse and backpack. It has pockets to keep everything in place including a laptop, water bottle, and umbrella. It also has handles at the top so it can be carried it like a briefcase to, let's say, an internship while easily convreting to a backpack for a comfortable (and stylish) commute home.

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We know The Comfy might seem a little silly, but believe us when we say we have yet to meet a user of this wearable blanket who hasn't become obsessed. And come the chilly days of winter, this cozy gift will make their year.

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was $59.99

A compact coffee maker that makes hot and iced coffee? Yeah, they're going to love this one. The Mr. Coffee Iced and Hot Coffee Maker comes complete with a 22-ounce tumbler and and a reusable coffee filter for any easy brew, no matter how they like it.

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Keep that coffee hot with the best of the best. After testing five highly-rated travel mugs, the Zojirushi came out on top by far, so if you're looking to gift the perfect to-go cup, this is it. The stainless steel 16-ounce mug kept coffee piping hot at 139ºF after a whopping four hours, which was 30 degrees higher than the other models tested. Plus, it works equally well at keeping a drink cold, too! (I've personally forgotten my Zojirushi in a 90-degree car and found my drink was still ice-cold after five hours.)

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was $249.95

For students looking for a smaller pair of headphones, these are hard to beat. Beloved for their rich, booming bass and wrap-around ear design that stays in place during even the most rigorous use, the Powerbeats Pro wireless headphones are some of the best in the game. They'll be thinking of your fondly during their next run.

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was $54.99

Turning any TV into a smart TV by connecting to Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, and a ton of other popular streaming apps, the Fire TV Stick 4K Max is a dorming must. This latest model also comes with an upgraded Alexa Voice Remote complete with TV controls, meaning no more fumbling with multiple remotes to change channels or switch apps. A dream!

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Sonic Editions

Sure, they could buy a poster anywhere, but if you want to get them a piece of art they'll treasure, head to Sonic Editions. Partnering with some of the world’s best photographers and picture archives, Sonic Editions is home to hundreds of limited edition, gallery-quality photo prints — many of which have never been available to the public before — of history’s greatest musicians, actors, cult heroes, and cultural icons. What college kid doesn't want a limited edition Nirvana print?

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was $149.00

Gone are the days when you had to highlight and transfer notes — enter the Scanmarker. This handy device highlights information and automatically inputs it directly onto their computer or phone for easy note-taking. Not to mention, it can also translate text in over 40 languages!

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There's nothing quite as fun as capturing moments on film with friends. Well, maybe doing it with a polaroid camera! The Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera is a beloved gift because, well, it's the gift that keeps on giving.

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was $29.99

Make sure they're never stranded without a charged phone with the iWALK Mini Portable Charger. Coming it at the size of a lipstick, it's the tiny essential they'll can take anywhere. Don't worry, there's an Android version, too.

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College is a test of time management making a planner a must. Truly a next-level planner, this device allows you to save digital versions of the pages to cloud services — including Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote, Box, OneNote, Slack, iCloud, and email — all with the free app. There are five sections to help boost productivity, from daily tasks and a monthly overview to quarterly and annual goals. Cheers to a successful semester!

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was $349.95

From smoothies to spreads and more, this Vitamix workhorse does it all without taking up a bunch of space. Ten different speeds and a powerful motor combine to deliver the smoothest, easiest blend ever, with versatility that will have the blender flexing between quick breakfasts to meal prep duty and everything in between. Plus, this is sure to be a gift that follows them to their first off-campus apartment.

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My Sheets Rock

With many dorms lacking air conditioners, cooling bedding is a must — like these cooling sheets made from sustainably grown bamboo. If you want to splurge on some nice bedding for them, these sheets are the way to go. And yes, they come in multiple colorways.

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was $69.99

Having a foam topper can make a world of a difference in how well they sleep on a dorm mattress. If they suffer from insomnia or are often under a lot of stress, this special topper is infused with lavender to calm them down when they curl up.

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P.F. Candle Co.

There's nothing more calming than coming home to a dorm that smells good after a long day of classes. Gift them tranquility in a bottle with this linen spray from P.F. Candle Co, featuring relaxing notes of moss, lavender, sage, lavandin, orange, amber, and musk.

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was $18.99

Any student who has ever found themselves on the beauty side of TikTok has seen the ESARORA Ice Roller — and let's just say the hype is real. Designed to wake up and de-puff skin, this handy roller easily stores in the freezer for a quick, soothing massage anytime you need a pick me up.

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Urban Outfitters

Another place to store that ice roller? A beauty fridge! The Cooluli Mirrored Mini Beauty Refrigerator quickly cools rollers, serums, creams, and more, making beauty regimens all the more luxurious. And with an added mirror to the front, it's the ultimate beauty must-have.

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was $106.00

After pulling an all-nighter and missing a couple of alarms, it's easy to fret while rushing to get ready in the morning. With the ready in 5 set from Alleyoop, they'll have everything they need for a full look in minutes. Coming with the brand's award-winning 4-in-1 makeup brush, bestselling cream eyeshadow & liner stick, a multi-use face compact, and a clear makeup bag, what more could they need in their kit?

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was $27.00

The key to lower stress in college is to develop good habits. Give them an upper hand with a copy of Atomic Habits. This book is lauded for its life-changing advice and has become a popular gift for students taking on their first taste of independence.