Check Out These Great Holiday Gifts for College Kids

by Hilary Braaksma

Check Out These Great Holiday Gifts for College Kids
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College kids can be tricky to shop for—they’re not quite independent adults, but they’re past the holiday toy list-making of their childhoods. Luckily, there are tons of useful items your college kids will be excited to open this holiday season. If you’re looking for great gifts for college-aged kids, check out this awesome selection of gifts that ranges from practical to indulgent.


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Polaroid Originals Onestep 2 Instant Camera


The Polaroid camera is a classic gift idea, and this updated version of the iconic instant camera is as charming as it is high-quality. This camera has automatic flash, a long-lasting battery and prints cool, vintage-looking 6 ½” by 5 ¼” images that college kids can use to decorate their dorm or send home to show you what they’re up to.

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Homesick State Candle


For the out-of-state campus kids, there’s the aptly named Homesick candle. Choose your state or city on the website for a holiday gift that will remind them of home whenever they’re feeling lonely. Each location’s candle is customized with rich, nostalgic scents from that state or city—you can also choose Homesick candles inspired by countries and memories like “Friday Night Football”.

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Apple Watch Series 5


Whether your college kid is a total techie or you’re just hoping they will see your missed call notifications a little sooner, the Apple Watch is a great gift to give. The Series 5 has a display that’s always on, a built-in compass, fall detection and comes with a comfortable sports band.

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Food Network 10-pc Ceramic Cookware


Give the gift of practicality—and improved cooking skills—with this awesome 10-piece cookware set from Kohl’s. College kids are adults now after all, but the majority of them still aren’t willing to splurge on decent cookware for themselves. Do them a favor and make cooking meals in easier than ever with this non-stick, easy-to-clean cookware.

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Power AirFryer Oven

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Some students are living in dorms that absolutely cannot accommodate any cookware—and don’t even have an oven. That doesn’t mean your kid can’t get in on the cool “adulting” gifts! This 6-quart AirFryer doesn’t take up much space and can cook tons of food, including veggies, fries, meat, desserts and more.

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Madewell Monogrammed Transport Tote


Trendy college girls will love carrying this Madewell Transport Tote all around campus. The spacious bag has plenty of room for books, a laptop, water bottle, keys, phone and more. Choose from black, tan or dark brown leather and get it monogrammed with her initials for a special touch.

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Ugly Christmas Sweater


Make sure your kids always has something fabulous to wear to their campus ugly sweater party! This ugly sweater features an iconic line from the super-quotable holiday movie Home Alone, but you can choose from tons of options that pay homage to other pop culture staples like The Office, The Sandlot and more.

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Snack Chest Care Package

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Know a college kid who absolutely adores snacks? You can send this care package straight to their dorm for the holidays. The bulk sampler includes 40 packages of snacks with contents like Cheez-Its, Rice Krispie Treats, Oreos and more.

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OGIO Fuse Backpack 25


This durable but lightweight OGIO backpack is perfect for everything from hauling homework around to hitting the hiking trail with friends on the weekend. The bag fits up to a 17-inch laptop, has water-resistant material and zipper, ergonomic shoulder straps, a document pocket, key clip and more. Choose from blue, black or white.

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Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones


Help them drown out the sound of noisy roommates or busy coffee shops so they can focus on what’s important—Netflix. Just kidding, we mean that term paper. These stylish Beats headphones have up to 40 hours of battery life, wireless Bluetooth connection, amazing audio capabilities and more.

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Ray-Ban Round Metal Sunglasses


They’re future's so bright, they absolutely need shades. These unisex sunglasses from Ray-Ban are sophisitcated and stylish, and the of-the-moment round frame will make them feel totally trendy. For college kids who love little luxuries, these sleek designer sunglasses are a great gift.

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Tranquility Temperature Balancing Weighted Blanket with Washable Cover


You might not be there to comfort your college kid every time they need it—and that’s probably a good thing for both of you. You can give them a little something to help comfort them and quell anxieties when you gift them this weighted blanket, though. The blanket is filled with small glass beads and designed to help them fall asleep faster, get better rest, and feel comforted when they’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed.

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Patagonia Fleece Pullover


Keep college guys looking cool and feeling warm with this stylish Patagonia fleece pullover. This lightweight quarter zip is perfect for chilly days on campus and is made of 100 percent recycled polyester, so you can feel good about the purchase. Choose from black, gray or navy.

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Tineco A11 Hero+ Cordless Vacuum

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Not every kid on the cusp of full-on adulting loves practical gifts, but for those who do, this lightweight cordless vacuum is a nice splurge. Whether they just got their first apartment or you suspect the rugs in their dorm room haven’t seen suction since they moved in, this powerful, compact cordless vacuum cleaner from Tineco will help them master basic chores.

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Lululemon Define Jacket


If there’s a college-aged girl you love, she’s sure to love receiving this sleek jacket from Lululemon as a holiday gift. Whether she’s headed to class, the gym or lunch with friends, this stylish athletic wear will keep her comfortable and warm. The jacket comes in over a dozen colors and patterns and is made of soft, moisture-wicking material.

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Sanuk Puff N Chill Low Cord Quilted Mule Slippers


Treat her feet to some serious TLC with these mule slippers from Sanuk. This trendy corduroy slipper is perfect for wearing in hanging out in chilly dorms or shuffling to and from class on super lazy days. The EVA foam cushioned footbed will keep her comfortable for hours, no matter the situation.