32 Gifts For College Girls Who Are Hard To Impress

By Laura Fiebert | Updated: May 15, 2023

    Finding great gifts for college girls can be challenging. But there are many practical, fun, and chic gifts out there. So whether you’re looking for a Christmas gift, birthday gift, or back-to-school gift, our gift guide has you covered!

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    What do college students need the most?

    Something practical that will make college life easier is always a win. Gear for thier dorm to make it feel more like home will always be appreciated. Something like a cozy and stylish throw blanket can be a perfect gift for a college girl. Whether they’re snuggling up on their sofa while studying or watching a movie with the gals, a soft blanket is a great gift. Something practical like the perfect shower caddy is a must-have.

    Tech gear is also great. A sleek laptop backpack allows them to store everything they need for class in one place. Gadgets or accessories like Bluetooth headphones or a portable charger are also helpful. College girls need a lot of energy, so that cup of coffee in the morning is a must. A sleek, stylish, and reliable coffee maker can be a real lifesaver. You can also go with a French press or pour-over cup.

    What are the best gift ideas for a college girl?

    When buying gifts for college girls, knowing where to start is hard. College girls lead busy and active lives and need something that will make them feel special without being too expensive.

    Whether she is heading off to her first year or approaching graduation, here are some great gift ideas for college girls.

  1. Lap Desk
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    Sometimes you need a break from that desk! This lap desk is built with an environmentally friendly wood panel and dual bolster cushions for comfort, support, and a chic look. It can be used while lying on a bed or sofa and comes with a pen, iPad, and phone holder, plus a comfy wrist pad.

  3. Instant Camera
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    Selfie’s on-demand! The Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 is the latest version of that famed camera, once known as a Polaroid, and produces instant credit card-sized photos. It automatically selects the optimal shutter speed, captures bright subjects in low light, has a built-in macro mode and a selfie mirror. Grab some film over here.

  5. UGG Slippers 
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    Combining slipper and sandal into a cozy statement shoe, the Fluff Yeah is as good as it sounds and as soft as it looks. Featuring plush sheepskin with a lightweight platform, these standout slides come in a huge array of colors. Bonus: they’re made in a factory that supports and empowers women with the help of HERproject.

  7. Keurig Mini Coffee Maker
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    The Keurig K-Mini single-serve coffee maker features a sleek design and is less than 5” wide – the perfect size for a dorm room or college apartment. In addition, it’s effortless to use. Simply add fresh water, pop in a K-Cup pod, and press the brew button. The perfect gift for a coffee lover.

  9. Noise-Canceling Wireless Headphones
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    A gift that’s both functional and a “big” gift for the year, these Bose noise-canceling headphones have 11 levels of active noise canceling so she can study in peace, incredible sound for playing music, and a crystal clear microphone. They’re not cheap (and you could always grab some AirPods), but the noise-canceling option makes a great back-to-campus gift.

  11. Skincare Spa Package
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    This retro-designed skincare range is super cute and pampering – perfect for college life! She’ll get three facial sheet masks, an array of facial product tubes and bottles, a big pink bow headband to pull her hair off her face, and some application sponges. Plus, it all comes in a gorgeous retro gift box. 

  13. Shower Caddy
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    Whether she is embarking on her freshman year or heading back to the dorms, there’s one thing she is definitely going to need- a really good shower caddy. This shower caddy is suitable for every type of bathroom situation. It can hold every toiletry imaginable and make her new digs feel like a slice of home.

  15. Fjallraven Mini Backpack
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    This trendy Swedish “mini” backpack is a  scaled-down version of the Kånken backpack and features a small front pocket, removable seat cushion(!), and a reflective logo. It’s great for a college campus, a day hike, an outdoor music event, or a day out with girlfriends.

  17. Mermaid Blanket
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    This cozy mermaid blanket is a perfect gift for any mermaid-loving gal – even if she’s in college! But it’s also a very functional type of throw blanket – what better way to keep your legs warm than with a cozy pull-up tail? Available in nine colors it arrives with a silver mermaid necklace and a blue sports bag.

  19. Reversible Tote Bag
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    This everyday carryall is made from durable, double-sided vegan leather and can hold A LOT. Then reverse the bag from black to tan for a different look! It also contains a removable coin purse/wristlet and closes with a hidden magnetic latch.

  21. Cold Brew Coffee Maker
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    If she’s a cold brew kind of girl, this coffee maker should be on her wishlist– and it’ll save her big bucks at the campus coffee shop! You see, the traditional hot brewing process releases acids, resulting in a more bitter, acidic flavor once the coffee has cooled. But cold brewing doesn’t extract all those acids, so you’re left with a smoother and less acidic coffee. 

  23. Notebook Set
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    It’s a well-known fact that classes become far more bearable when you have a pretty notebook to write your notes in. This set of three floral-covered notebooks by famed Rifle Paper Co. features gold foil accents and contains 64 pages with ruling on both sides, stitched with baker’s twine. The best Christmas gift ideas are often the simplest.

  25. A Stylish Suitcase
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    Whether it’s a trip home, or away with friends for the weekend, every college gal needs a nice piece of standout luggage! The American Tourister Moonlight combines unique prints and colors with the lightest construction. This bag is a 21-inch carry-on, but larger bags and sets are also available.

  27. Hydro Flask Water Bottle
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    The Hydro Flask is like your ultimate water bottle. The double-wall vacuum insulation protects the temperature for hours, a wide mouth straw makes for easy sipping, there’s a handy finger loop, a powder coating that won’t sweat, and it’s made of BPA-free plastics and food-grade stainless steel. There are 13 colors and three sizes.

  29. Bath Bomb Gift Set
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    College girls deal with a lot more stress than high school, so help her to unwind with some self-care. This gorgeous bath bomb set (an Amazon bestseller) has 12 uniquely handcrafted bath bombs, all made in California. Note: If a bath isn’t an option on campus, choose these shower steamers instead!

  31. Echo Dot (4th Gen)
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    The latest model of the Echo Dot is such a useful gift for a college student. It’s small enough for a tiny dorm nightstand, it features a digital clock and alarm, Alexa is at their fingertips for questions or playlists, and it plays music and podcasts with incredible sound.

  33. College Gift Box
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    This care package is a beautiful idea for a daughter going away to college. Arranged with a sweet, thoughtfully designed card and high-end spa products, including an S.O.S. personal panic button, a handmade Gardenia soy wax candle, a pink grapefruit-scented organic soap, and a pair of cozy socks with a gold embroidered heart.

  35. Keychain Charging Cablegifts-for-college-girls-charger
  36. College kids are always on the go, and battery life can never quite keep up. This little keychain gadget will be her new best friend because she’ll always have a portable charger cord at hand. All she needs is to connect it to a power source – the car, a power bank, or her laptop. Note that this device IS NOT a phone charger. A superb stocking stuffer!

  37. Legendary Day Planner
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    Not everyone loves their Google calendar, and this ultimate planner is way more specific. It’ll help her create a personal vision, break down short and long-term goals, and incorporate them into her daily life. With weekly and monthly priorities, a habit tracker, and a ton of motivating stickers. It can be used any year, so make it a Christmas gift!

  39. Yoga Pants
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    Engineered to feel like your go-to, buttery-soft, second-skin layer, she’ll want to wear these moisture-wicking yoga pants every day.  The high-rise, broad waistband contours curves and streamlines shape, while the pockets hold keys, cards, and iPhones. Available in multiple colors and prints.

  41. A Heartfelt Necklace
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    When you’re not around, remind her that she can accomplish her dreams if she puts her mind and heart into them. Engraved with “She believed she could” on the front and “so she did” on the back, this inspirational necklace can be a reminder to believe in herself no matter the obstacle. A thoughtful gift that also makes a great college graduation gift.

  43. Pusheen Cat Slippers
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    These Pusheen slippers are a cozy and comfortable way to show off her love for the tabby cat internet sensation. They feature cute embroidered details and are made from soft, plush material. Plus, they have soles to avoid slipping. One size fits most—a fun gift to celebrate a return to school.

  45. Decadent Face Mask
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    This clarifying Mud Mask is an Amazon mega-seller and gently and effectively purifies clogged pores. Dead Sea mud is rich in minerals and acts as a natural exfoliator for a softer feel and radiant glow. Perfect for a “dorm night in” with her girlfriends – and the makings of a fun social media post.

  47. Selfie Ring Light 
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    If she loves her Insta or Tik Tok, a ring light will take her posts to a whole new professional level. People love ring lights as they lessen shadows and softly diffuse light evenly – making skin tone appear more even, wrinkles and blemishes fade, and eyes pop. You’ll get an 8″ ring light, an adjustable tripod, two phone holders, and remote control.

  49. Glitzy Computer Cover
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    If she’s a college student, she’s probably on her computer all day long. So let this shimmery rose gold plastic shell add a little flair! It fits several sizes of Apple MacBook (see specs) and prevents fingerprints, scratches, drops, and smudges. It’s like a phone case for your laptop!

  51. Coffee Tumbler
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    Every college student needs a to-go coffee mug and, unlike a lot of travel tumblers, this one has a handle just like a regular coffee cup. Made of stainless steel and insulated copper, it’ll keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold for hours. It’s also available in several colors and patterns. 

  53. A Cool Inspiring Book
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    The author exposes the twenty lies and misconceptions that hold us back from living joyfully and productively in this inspiring book. But, more than that, she reveals practical strategies that helped her – and encourages, entertains, and kicks a little butt to help you to become the joyous, confident woman you were meant to be.

  55. Utility Cart
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    When you don’t have much space, you need some space-saving solutions – like this utility cart which she could use for storage in her dorm room or toiletries in her bathroom. The storage cart is well-constructed, sturdy, and can be wheeled wherever it needs to go.

  57. Sunshine and Whiskey T-Shirt
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    If she’d rather be someone’s shot of whiskey than everyone’s cup of tea, you’ve found her staple t-shirt. This Sunshine & Whiskey tee is super soft and comfy and has just the right amount of stretch. If she’s a college student, it’s perfect for pairing with leggings or jeans to head to off class. There are also multiple colors available.

  59. Starbucks Gift Card
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    A gift card is always a good idea and, as a student, she’s going to need a pick me up after those late-night study sessions. If she’s always on the run, a Starbucks gift card is a great way to treat her to her favorite cup of joe (or tea) at the nearest Starbucks store. These make the best holiday gifts when you’ve left everything to the last minute!

  61. Bluetooth Speaker
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    A portable Bluetooth speaker is a great gift idea for any college student. They can sync it up with their cell phone and play all of their fave music in their college dorm, at the beach, at an outdoor barbecue, or anywhere they can carry it to. With 24 hours of playtime on a single charge, it’s a bestseller with breathtaking stereo sound.

  63. Weighted Blanket
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    It may not look as cool as a mermaid tail, but a weighted blanket is the best gift idea for a college student. Why? Because weighted blankets act like a hug, using “deep pressure stimulation,” which can relax the nervous system and stimulate mood-boosting serotonin. People report feeling calmer, sleeping better, and having less stress and anxiety!