Gift Guide for the College Student


Feb 28, 2016

Buying for students can be a challenge, and finding the perfect gift can be as stressful as a final exam at the crack of dawn! College students are a tech and gadget-heavy crowd, relying on durability and penny-pinching, as tuition and books aren't cheap these days. You can't go wrong with some of these best picks for college students.

Igloo 1.6 cubic-foot Retro Compact Refrigerator with Side Bottle Opener - $62.61

With a sleek retro design, the Igloo Retro Compact Refrigerator is the best compact refrigerator for any budget. College students will love the retro looks, and it's small enough to fit in nearly any dorm room.

Fitbit Flex 2 - $59.95

Stylish and ultrathin, the Fitbit Flex 2 is ideal for those looking to track their fitness activities and sleep. The built-in silent vibrating alarm is the perfect wake-up call for a college student.

S’well Wood Water Bottle - $32
The S'Well Wood Water Bottle features a double-walled construction that insulates cool beverages for 24 hours and hot beverages for 12, making it perfect for coffee, tea or ramen.

Anker SoundBuds Curve Wireless Headphones - $35.99
This is a great stocking stuffer any college student would enjoy. It offers Bluetooth connectivity; 12.5 hours of battery life on a charge; loud, clear sound; and just enough bass to keep the beat going.

Sonos Play:1 Compact Wireless Speaker - $180
When you get your college student the Sonos Play:1 wireless speaker, they'll be the envy of all their classmates. Thanks to the Alexa virtual assistant included in this speaker, it's easy to ask for the music they know and love. Plus, it's capable of streaming content from all your favorite music services, including Amazon Prime Music, Pandora, Apple Music and Spotify.

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Post your best recommendations for a gift for this archetype, with each recommended item as a separate response to this forum thread. Every response counts as a single entry to win a $25 Amazon gift card for this archetype. Please be sure to include the name of the gift item with link, why the archetype would like it, an image (if available), and how much it costs.

Before posting, please review the thread for potential duplicates (which won’t count!) and to check proper formatting. The Community Gift Guide 2017 Entries must be posted by November 13th, 2017 to qualify for entry. Good luck, and we’re looking forward to seeing all the awesome recommendations!


Jun 21, 2017
HP OfficeJet 4650 Wireless All-in-One Photo Printer with Mobile Printing, Instant Ink ready (F1J03A)

Printers are a must-have for every student, whether you are on for any project/assignment or you are looking to get that document in a hard copy format. Also, scanning and photocopying are so essential these days. Scanning notes and emailing them to your mates or photocpying an important page of a class note which you missed! On top of that, if you are living in small quarters, you must need to do away with the wires. It's so difficult to keep the wires neatly arranged. Hence, an all-in-one Wireless printer that is cheap (currently at $69) is kind of an oh-so essential gadget for every student!


Nov 16, 2017
A good book on personality development can also be considered as a gift for college students.