Holiday Gift Ideas for College Students. Includes holiday gift ideas for both male and female college students. Need to get a holiday gift for a college student, but you just don’t know what they would want or even need? Well here are some affordable and cheap holiday gifts and ideas for all college students.
#1 – DVD
One of the best gifts for any college student is a DVD of one of their favorite movies, or even just a random DVD movie from their favorite genre of movies. Often older, but still very popular and award winning movies, can be found at places like Wal-Mart, Best Buy, and Target for just $5! Otherwise newer and more recent movies may cost around to $10. But either way, movies are a must-have in any dorm room or house for a college student. So if you need a great gift idea for a college student, go the DVD movie route.
#2 – Music CD, CD-R Discs or Blank Rewriteable CD’s
For college students, music is one of the most important aspects to enjoying life on campus. And whether its rock, pop, country, rap, soul or classic, it doesn’t matter; all college students just simply love to listen to their favorite music in their rooms. So if you know one of your college students favorite music artists and want to get them a CD, or whether you just want to get CD-R discs or blank rewriteable CD’s so they can create their own music CD’s, both gifts are excellent choices for college students. For those of you who do not know what type of CD-R discs to buy, one brand that works for me is called Imation, and can be found at Target stores in a 50 pack for around $10.
#3 – Nalgene Bottle, Reusable Water Bottle
Commonly referred to as “Going Green,” the popular trend of keeping our earth green by eliminating waste, can easily be accomplished in a small effort just by using a reusable water bottle. So rather than continuing to buy and use plastic water bottles that cost a lot of extra money and produce a lot of waste for our environment, Go Green and get your college student a Nalgene bottle or some other type of reusable water bottle.
#4 – Playing Cards, Games
Well if a college student isn’t watching a movie or listening to music, or doing homework of course, then they are almost surely playing some sort of game. Whether it’s a computer game or an old fashion card or board game, college students do spend a great deal of time playing games. So if you are looking for a cheap holiday gift for any college student, games and playing cards are an excellent choice. I’ve learned that aside from the popular retail stores like Wal-Mart, Target, and ShopKo, the Dollar General store is a great place to find cheap games. Board, travel, and electronic games are typically priced between $5 and $10, and the Dollar General also offers plenty of playing card games like Rummy, Old Maid, and Go Fish to name a few. Other playing card ideas include team logo playing cards that are standard sized poker playing cards. Online stores such as Football Fanatics offer a wide selection of team logo playing cards. Click here for sports and college team playing cards and gift ideas.
#5 – IPOD Protective Case
Now a days it seems like everyone has an iPod. So what better gift to get a college student than a protective case for their iPod. iPod protective cases come in numerous shapes and colors, and it is a must to know the type of iPod your college student has. The common iPod type is a nano, however other sizes and types are also used. So before you buy, just make sure you know the specific type of iPod your college student has. For sports and college team logo iPod protective cases, click here to see a listing of sports teams.
#6 – Gift Cards
Gift cards aren’t the sexy choice among people looking to give gifts, but believe it or not, college students would much rather spend the gift card money themselves, than to have you try and pick something out for them. Popular gift cards for college students include any eating places surrounding the college, such as Subway, Taco Bell, KFC, McDonald’s and Pizza Hut. Overall, you just can’t go wrong by getting a college student a gift card to an eating place. They really are a perfect gift choice for any college student.
#7 – Mugs, Cups, Glasses
Seasonal mugs are a very popular gift for anybody, and yes that even includes college students. While this may be more of a gift for a female college student, some males may also be interested. Getting this type of gift is a great idea if your college student likes to drink coffee, tea, or hot chocolate in their room. Just makes sure the mug you get is microwave safe. For sports team logo mugs and glasses click here.
#8 – Food, Snacks
If there is one thing all college students love to do, eating has got to be near the top of the list. So any type of easy to make food and snacks are a great gift item for all college students. Foods and snacks can range from full fledged meals, to just a bag of popcorn. To give you a few ideas, popular items include chips, cookies, popcorn, flavored coffee and tea packs, soups and other microwavable canned good like vegetables and beans on the healthy end.
#9 – Winter Hat, Gloves, Mittens
If your college student lives in the winter weather, then getting some winter clothing is always a great idea. Winter hats, gloves and mittens are all great gift ideas to help stay warm during the cold winter season.
#10 – T-Shirt, Shorts, Socks, Sweatpants, Hooded Sweatshirt
While buying someone else dress clothes isn’t recommended, buying college students clothing such as t-shirts, shorts, sweatshirts and sweatpants, is actually a great idea. Prices on these clothing items can vary greatly, but if you can find a good deal, then these items are definitely worth getting for your college student. In particular, sports teams and college logo apparel is always popular among college students.
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#11 – Everyday Supplies
Ok so if you really want to help out a college student and get them something they can actually use and have a need for….then look no further than everyday supplies. Items like laundry detergent, shampoo, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrush, body spray, chapstick, deodorant, shavers, body wash, and whatever else you would put in a bathroom, are all great gift ideas for any college student. The only problem with this type of gift is that you would need some knowledge on what particular brands of products they use or would want. But once you know the brands, then this mix of gifts is a great and affordable gift idea for any college student.