6 Best Gifts for College Students in 2021


Ronni Gallegos

Gift cards are a great and thoughtful method to give maximum convenience — whether for their favorite restaurant, transportation, school books, or music.

Picking the appropriate present that a young adult in college needs, wants and will actually use can be a challenge. Now is the perfect time to start your holiday shopping. Make a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and sit down in front of your computer before holiday advertising and shopping anxiety begin to sap your joyful spirit. Allow this list of six gift ideas to aid you in purchasing a fun and functional gift for a special college student in your life.

1. The Five Minute Journal ($30 on Amazon)
College years can be hectic, but it’s surprising what a few minutes of practicing gratitude can do for the rest of the day. This wellness journal has a structured format with thoughtfully designed prompts that include: inspiring quotes, daily affirmations, and end of day self reflection questions. The journal can help to inspire and remind them of all of their blessings, as well as help them set short and long-term goals. 

2. An Aroma Diffuser ($40 on Grove Collaborative’s)
An aroma diffuser provides peaceful aromatherapy in the comfort of your own home, and it’s a terrific fragrance alternative for dorms where candles aren’t permitted. The Grove Collaborative Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Diffuser diffuses essential oils for up to five hours at a time, has LED lighting choices, and fits seamlessly into any room because of its simplistic ceramic form.

3. Homesick Scented Candle ($34 on Uncommon Goods’ website)
If candles are allowed in your college-student’s living space, Uncommon Good’s Homesick Candles would be a perfect gift. Did you know that scent is the sense most closely linked to memory? For truly realistic aromas, these state-themed candles were designed with input from residents in individual states. When away from family or friends, they provide a wonderful reminder of home. The candles are hand-poured soy wax.

4. Tranquility Weighted Blanket ($50 on Target)
Every college student wishes for a great night’s sleep. Weighted blankets impart a soothing pressure to the body, allowing you to fall asleep faster and wake up feeling more rested. The best part about Tranquility’s weighted blanket is how easy it is to move from bed to sofa, how it fits a regular dorm twin XL bed, and how easy it is to wash. On the Target website, you are able to choose between ordering either a 15 pound or 20 pound blanket. 

5. Frame A Memory ($50 on Framebridge’s website)
Decor is one of the indulgences that many college students forego in order to save money elsewhere — despite the fact that it can make their living space far more inviting and cheerful. Honor a favorite or meaningful memory by gifting a Framebridge “The Picclolo” picture frame. The solid oak frame can stand up on its own or hang on any wall. Simply go to the company’s website, pick a frame color, add a photo to it, and they will print it, frame it, and package it in a red gift box.

6. Gift cards
Money and perhaps a hug are what a stressed-out, broke college student needs most. If you’re searching for a method to give maximum convenience, gift cards to Jamba Juice, Target, or Uber are a surprisingly thoughtful way to do it.