College Gift Guide: The 15 Best Gifts for Girls and Guys

Updated July 29, 2020 by Kyle
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Amazon is a great place for college students to shop. Great selection, competitive pricing, and a liberal 6-month free trial to Prime Student which scores you free 2-day shipping and other cool perks. So when I decided to find the best gifts on Amazon for college guys and girls, I knew I had my work cut out for me. Here are the fantastic (and affordable) products that I discovered. I’ll add more items to my list as I discover them.

14 Things All College Students Should Buy from Amazon

1. DecoBros Desk Supplies Organizer Caddy

DecoBros Desk Supplies Organizer Caddy

Keep your college dorm desk WAY organized with this cool organizer.

This sucker comes with 5 deep compartments and 2 shallow ones plus a cool little drawer that slides out.

For the price, you get a lot of bang for your buck.

Price: $11.87


2. Prep Solutions Microwave S’mores Maker

Prep Solutions by Progressive Microwave S'mores Maker

Throw this bad boy in your dorm microwave and in 30 seconds you’re dining on the campfire favorite.

No parents + S’mores maker = A Great Life

Avoid the red colored one as it’s way more expensive than the brown one for some reason.

Price: $10.32

3. LED Desk Lamp Fugetek with 5V/1A USB Charging Port

LED Desk Lamp Fugetek with 5V/1A USB Charging Port<

This sleek lamp will not only light up your desk, but also give you a handy USB port for smartphone charging.

Plus, it folds down for handy storage and easy moving.

Price: $22.69

4. BottleLoft Magnetic Bottle Hanger, 2 Strip Pack (holds 6 bottles)

BottleLoft Magnetic Bottle Hanger

Yes, it’s kinda expensive, but this magnetic bottle holder will undoubtedly make your dorm room the talk of the hallway.

Plus it’s super handy and will free up a ton of space in your fridge for your other yummy goodies.

Price: $29.99

5. Dell Latitude E6430 14″ Notebook PC (Certified Refurbished)

Dell Latitude E6430 14

We bought this great little Windows 10 Dell laptop for our son last Christmas and have been VERY happy with it.

Yes, it’s refurbished, hence the lower price, but we have NOT had any problems with it. Plus it comes with a 1-year warranty if problems arise.

With 8GB of RAM and a 2.6GHz Intel Core i5 processor this thing is a real speed demon.

It’s small and very portable with the 14″ inch HD (1366×768) Anti‐Glare LED‐backlit screen and great for taking to class or stowing in a backback to take to the coffee shop.

Price: $239.99


6. iMounTEK Home Security Steel Dictionary Book Safe

iMounTEK Home Security Steel Dictionary Book Safe

This very affordable book safe will come in very handy in your dorm room.

It’s key-locked and made of sturdy stainless steel. It also won’t lock automatically which will keep you from accidentally locking the keys inside.

The weight of the safe is very similar to that of an actual dictionary. Pretty cool.

Price: $11.99

7. Nice Goldie Cablekeep

Nice Goldie Cablekeep

How often have you lost your charging cable or charging block? If you’re like me, you’ve lost one of them at least 5 times in the past 3 years.

This cool  “cable keep” will keep your block and cord together plus add a little bit of personality to your phone as it comes in 6 different colors.

Price: $13

8. Royal 1.7L Cordless Hot Water Tea Kettle

Royal 1.7L Cordless Hot Water Tea Kettle

This kettle will look WAY sharp in your dorm room as it comes in a stainless steel design that lights up with a blue LED light when it’s on.

It boils water really quickly or heats it for coffee or tea. The reviews on Amazon are pretty stellar with an average ratings of 4 out of 5 stars with over 250 reviews.

Price: $33.70

9. Tihoo Mini Table Dust Vacuum Cleaner

Tihoo Mini Table Dust Vacuum Cleaner

This cool portable desk vacuum is wireless and will keep your desk free of crumbs, dust, and other junk like cigarette ash and eraser residue.

For under $10, it’ll keep your work space clean so you can focus on your studies.

Price: $9.99


10. Sofia + Sam Lap Desk/Cushion with USB Light

Sofia + Sam Lap Desk with USB Light

Before you ask, it also comes in black.

This cool laptop cushion supports laptops up to 17″ and makes for a comfortable way to work when sitting on your bed or floor.

The LED light is also super handy for poor lighting situations.

Price: $39.99

11. Cookin Caddy “Over the Fridge” Storage Organizer

Cookin Caddy - Over the Fridge Storage Organizer

Every dorm room needs extra space and this fridge caddy does exactly that.

Use it for plates, silverware, snacks, condiments, beer, whatever you want. It’ll help free up space for sure, especially if you plan on using the top of your refrigerator as shelf space.

Price: $14.88

12. AmazonBasics 5-Piece Bed-In-A-Bag – Twin/Twin Extra-Long

AmazonBasics 5-Piece Bed-In-A-Bag - Twin/Twin Extra-Long

For less than $40 you get a comforter, flat sheet, fitted sheet, sham, and pillowcase.

Oh, and it’s really high quality for the money with an average Amazon customer rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

They have a bunch of different colors and designs as well.

Price: $38.99

13. Igloo FR100 Fridge, 1.7 cu. ft.

Igloo FR100 Fridge, 1.7 cu. ft

Every dorm room can use a fridge and this one from Igloo is the best value on Amazon.

You’ll be hard pressed to find one with more cubic feet of storage for under $75…anywhere.

Price: $74


14. AmazonBasics Portable Bluetooth Speaker (Large)

AmazonBasics Large Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Why spend over $150 for a similar speaker from Bose or Beats when you can get this one at this price.

And…according to the Amazon reviews, this speaker sounds just as good.

AmazonBasics are really producing quality tech products in recent months and this speaker is a great example.

Price: $55.99

15. Protege C100M Classical Guitar with Gig Bag and Tuner

Protege by Cordoba C100M Full Size Classical Guitar

And lastly, I strongly recommend you grab this quality guitar and learn a few cool songs.

This Protege guitar is an Amazon exclusive and a fantastic value for the money.

Girls love a guy who can strum a few tunes plus playing a guitar is a great stress reducer on those days when you gotta study all night long.

Price: $131

Important Note for Students: Be sure to sign-up for your free 6-month Amazon Prime Student membership. You’ll get FREE 2-day shipping for 6 months and then get Prime for 50% off after that.

By Kyle James

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Disclaimer: While all opinions are my own, I get a small kickback from Amazon if you go through the links on this page and make a purchase. Also, be aware that Amazon prices fluctuate often so the prices I have posted may be a little different than current pricing.


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