31 Cool Christmas Gifts For College Guys

By Belinda Gosbee | Updated: December 13, 2022

    Do you need the perfect holiday gift for the college students in your life? We know it can be hard to determine what they actually want or need. Laundry basket? Coffee mug? Yes, but you can do better than that.

    From freshmen to seniors (or just graduated), a thoughtful, practical present is an easy way to show your support for their new chapter in life. We found fun gadgets and dorm must-haves that are sure to go to good use by any student.

    Buying Christmas gifts for college guys can be overwhelming, even if you were a college student yourself. You want a functional gift, but one they’ll think is cool. So, what’s “lit” to today’s college guy? Here’s your gift guide of cool Christmas gift ideas for college guys.

  1. Mini Projector 
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    A mini projector will make them a hit in the dorm, which ups your cool stakes in a college boy’s eyes. With a “watching size from 30″ to 200”, built-in speakers with stellar sound, and the ability to be connected to multiple devices – including a smartphone. A super cool holiday gift any college-age guy would love.

  3. Retro Breakfast Station 
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    Unique gift alert! Your roommates won’t need an alarm clock when the sweet smell of coffee and bacon hits their nostrils. This 3-in-1 breakfast station covers everything from coffee to toast, bacon, sausages, hashbrowns, and eggs. The coffee maker can turn out 4 cups while the oven fits a 7-inch pizza, small casseroles, and cookies. Buy two, land a hangover, and reminisce about your dorm days? A fun but practical gift for anyone going away to college.

  5. A Darn Nice Watch
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    Are you looking for a gift for a new grad? The MVMT Chrono takes the classic aviation watch and reimagines it as minimalist. It also provides a 24-hour clock and 30 and 60-second timers with multiple dials, and the strap is genuine leather and interchangeable. The watch comes in 13 different color combinations to fit their vibe. Born in Los Angeles.

  7. Backpack Laundry Hamper 
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    College kids need all the encouragement they can get to go to the laundry, and this bag does just that. No one has to see your undergarments as you stroll across campus, and it’s super easy to carry due to the padded straps. If they haven’t washed in weeks, this duffel will also hold A LOT of washing – up to 115lbs! 

  9. Vintage Backpack With USB Port 
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    Travel the college campus in style and comfort with this trendy vintage backpack that fits most laptops. With lots of compartments and pockets, a padded laptop section, ergonomic shoulder straps, a padded back, and a built-in USB port (portable charger not included but scroll down our list.)

  11. Bluetooth Headphone Beanie 
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    Sure, wireless headphones like Apple AirPods are excellent. But what’s more unique and better for exercising? How about a snuggly, wireless cotton gadget beanie that plays your tunes? Promising battery life of up to 20 hours, a strong BlueTooth connection, crystal clear sound, and it’s washable. 

  13. College Care Package 
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    Everyone loves a care package, and this deluxe college gift box holds a whopping 45 items ranging from chips, cookies, candies, bars, popcorn, and crackers—the perfect gift for late-night Netflix-snacking or to aid in that back-to-school slump after Christmas.

  15. Nutribullet 600W 
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    A NutriBullet is one of those birthday gift ideas almost any student loves – from the gym nut to the late-night studier. Because they make vegetables taste like they’re not vegetables. All they need to do is push, twist, and blend. The “blender” transforms into a BPA-free plastic cup with a lid so they can take it to class. 

  17. Burrito Blanket
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    Do they love Mexican food? Well, they can wrap themselves happily in this ultra-soft giant burrito blanket and become the tortilla, taco, or enchilada of their dreams. It can be used on the beach, as a throw blanket, or for the bed. Then they toss it in the machine to wash. 

  19. 2-Pack Portable Charger 
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    Charging mobile devices without being tethered to a plug socket is an essential part of college existence. This 2-pack of portable USB 10000mAh chargers will keep them online. It comes with two standard USB ports, a USB C and a Micro USB to fit most phones.

  21. Leather Toiletry Bag 
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    There are toiletry bags, and then there are toiletry bags. They don’t get much sexier than this one. Made from the finest full-grain buffalo leather and crafted by hand, this toiletry bag is rustic, classy, and, most importantly, water-resistant.

  23. New Balance Knit Sneakers
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    The New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz Decon is a running shoe, but it’s also just a fabulous day shoe for getting around campus. With a minimalist design and a molded foam heel, these will give them an ultra-cushioned ride to class. There are also eight different colors to choose from.

  25. Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker 
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    Christmas gifts are made easy with this famous little speaker. Engineered for distortion-free, enhanced-bass, 360° sound, this water-resistant cylinder can play tunes anywhere – and for up to 24 hours on a single charge. It also has a built-in microphone for taking calls from parents during parties. 

  27. Comfy Plaid Pajamas
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    The best Christmas gifts are the ones you know they’d never buy themselves but will be thanking you for later. Like this 3-pack of ultra-soft, relaxed-fit plaid pajamas made from microfleece that’ll keep them toasty during the cool months. Do they need three pairs? Absolutely. College students don’t do laundry.

  29. College Cookbook 
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    Subtler than a breakfast station, make tasty, affordable dorm room meals using typical college dorm appliances and easy-to-find ingredients. Think Greek flatbreads, shortcut Cuban sandwiches, budget Pad Thai, and deep-dish microwave cookies. This bad boy caters to vegans and carnivores alike.

  31. JLB Noise Canceling Headphones
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    In thier world, music is essential. These wireless over-ear noise-canceling Bluetooth headphones will elevate their day.  And when the music is the only thing that matters, the active Noise-Cancelling technology allows you to block-out ambient sounds, so nothing disturbs your groove. Need some help getting through the day? Easily access Amazon Alexa with a tap on the ear cup and play your favorite playlist, text your friend or check the weather and much more, without glancing at your phone. With a cool, lightweight and comfortable design, you’ll enjoy up to 30 hours of music streaming.

  33. College First Aid Kit 
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    Not your average first aid kit, with 299 items included, this mega-kit is what every student needs. Every college student needs one of these. It’s not mom and dad taking care of them, but with mom and dad far away, it’s the next best thing. 

  35. Mini Beer Pong 
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    A rustic, mini version of the dorm room classic is one of those extraordinary gifts you can be confident will be a standout favorite among their friends. This beer pong table is not only beautifully crafted but comes complete with launching catapults. While the tiny red cups seemingly keep one sober for just a little bit longer? Handmade in the USA.

  37. College Guide
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    You are not in High School anymore. The #1 go-to guide for your very best college experience, this hilarious but down-to-earth book is an excellent gift for new college students. This book is a behind-the-scenes look at everything from making friends to managing stress, college living, campus jobs, classes, dating, and partying. 

  39. Lap Desk
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    Sitting behind a desk to work or study gets tiresome. This lap desk lets them move around. The desk can be used on the couch, a chair, the floor, and the bed. A change of scenery is nice! The desk accommodates laptops up to 15.6 inches and most tablets and has a slot to hold a cell phone. 

  41. Manicure Kit
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    When you live at home, mom always has a manicure kit in the bathroom. But college guys still need help with hangnails and weird eyebrow hairs, which makes this a great gift. A stylish, masculine tool kit with clipper, nail file, tweezers, cuticle pusher, and scissors. The perfect stocking stuffer to help him look put together.

  43. Classy Notebooks
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    These hardcover ruled notebooks are a classic, functional Christmas gift for college guys. These hardcover ruled notebooks are eyecatching in 6 great colors. Each has 180 high-quality pages that beg you to write, doodle, or brainstorm on them. There’s also an expandable pocket to keep notes, and sticky dividers can be added to divide subjects. 

  45. Vintage Bluetooth Record Player 
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    Every generation still breeds kids who appreciate the sound of vinyl. These retro turntables come in the classic 3-speeds with premium sound quality and 30 different patterns to choose from. The suitcase allows you to take it to your friend’s dorm party, while BlueTooth can also play a smartphone through the speakers. 

  47. 5th Generation Echo Dot
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    This Echo Dot packs a lot into a tiny device. Stream music, audiobooks, and podcasts. Ask Alexa for the time, weather, or to set the alarm. And control your smart home using your voice. You can also use the Echo Dot to make hands-free calls. They’ll wonder how they lived without it!

  49. Vacuum Insulated Coffee Tumbler
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    Part of becoming an adult is owning your coffee tumbler. This stainless steel number serves double duty – it keeps your coffee hot, but it also keeps your beer chill.  Yeti Ramblers are hugely popular and make the best gifts. They come with a mighty magnetic lid and are BPA-free.

  51. Hydro Flask Water Bottle
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    The double-walled vacuum-insulated Hydro Flask is a bestselling classic when it comes to a sturdy, go-anywhere water bottle. Your water, Gatorade (or wine) will stay icy cold for longer, while your soup can stay piping hot during the winter. Choose from 16 vibrant colors.

  53. A Guide Book For Your 20s
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    Every twentysomething needs a little black book of secrets to guide them through terrible jobs, disappointment, break-ups, transition, quarter-life crisis, loneliness, and post-college “what the heck?” Originating as a blog that amassed a million readers, this little book of wisdom will encourage, inspire, and have them LOLing on the floor.

  55. Party Card Game
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    Buying a Christmas gift for college guys doesn’t get wilder than this favorite game. A classic for the college dorm, compete with friends to create the funniest (and dirtiest) memes. With 360 caption cards and 75 photo cards, the hilarious word-play is sure to liven up drinking games – or study breaks.

  57. Men’s Basics Subscription
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    Basic MAN is a monthly subscription that delivers three essential pieces to your loved one every month – a t-shirt, boxer briefs, and a pair of socks. So they can gradually weed out those ripped tee’s, stained underwear, and holey socks. You can pause or cancel anytime – only you know how many months it’ll take to fix their closet.

  59. Personalized Keychain 
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    The best gifts for college guys can still be things that tug at the heartstrings. Help to soothe a homesick student with something that connects them back to you – like this personalized keychain engraved with a set of “home” coordinates, complete with monogrammed leather detail—a great gift for college graduation.

  61. Toiletry Supplies
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    Guaranteed NOT to last four years but ideal for starting college life on the right foot, this is an essential Christmas gift for college guys. It incorporates popular brands across the face, body, oral, and hair care spectrum, plus some necessary accessories – all in TSA-approved travel sizes.