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29 Gifts Any College Student Will Really, Really Appreciate

Man, I love college.

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1. A laptop case with a handle so they can easily transport that precious piece of cargo around campus.

Promising review: "So far I love it. The color is great and the material is suitable. After searching for a few days, I decided to go with this one due to the handle for easy carrying in case I did not have time to pack it up in my backpack. So far, so good. The inside is very soft and the outside zip pocket is convenient for a laptop charger." —Nurse BlueGet it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in three sizes and six colors).
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Promising review: "So far I love it. The color is great and the material is suitable. After searching for a few days, I decided to go with this one due to the handle for easy carrying in case I did not have time to pack it up in my backpack. So far, so good. The inside is very soft and the outside zip pocket is convenient for a laptop charger." —Nurse Blue

Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in three sizes and six colors).

2. A snack pack for late night library sessions because no student should be pulling an all nighter and be ferociously hungry at the same time.

Get this pack of 30 snacks on Amazon for $22.95.
Amazon

Get this pack of 30 snacks on Amazon for $22.95.

3. A map glass so they can stare at their beloved town or city while cheers-ing to their amazing college experience.

I went to Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA (RAY BUCKNELL!!!), but you can customize the glass to be your college town or city! Get it from The Uncommon Green on Etsy for $29.50.
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I went to Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA (RAY BUCKNELL!!!), but you can customize the glass to be your college town or city!

Get it from The Uncommon Green on Etsy for $29.50.

4. A pair of fuzzy socks that'll provide a bit of comfort when they're feeling a little homesick.

Promising review: "Oh my goodness. I had no clue I was going to like these so much, but I've fallen in love. They are so soft, so pretty, and they're just the perfect cold weather sock!" —Alicia SkinnerGet a pack of five from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in eight styles).
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Promising review: "Oh my goodness. I had no clue I was going to like these so much, but I've fallen in love. They are so soft, so pretty, and they're just the perfect cold weather sock!" —Alicia Skinner

Get a pack of five from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in eight styles).

5. A Sigmund Freud pin set any philosophy major will laugh at.

Get it from Amazon for $15.99.
Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

6. A how-to book packed with important lessons for every college student. Like how to manage a credit card and how to be a decent roommate. TAKE NOTES, KIDS.

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Promising review: "This handbook brought my attention to how I can handle and survive my first semester of college. It's full of many helpful hacks and clever approaches to any situation! It's a fun and short read." —Fahad Almansour

Get it from Amazon or Barnes & Noble for $5.99+ (available in two formats), or Indiebound.

7. A set of face masks so they can have a spa day without doling out a ton of cash.

Promising review: "I love how these make my skin feel, especially on days where I've had makeup on for 12+ hours, or when I've had makeup on while working out at the gym. I come home, wash my face, and put one of these on: they smell great, and make my skin feel so refreshed." —PatGet a pack of 15 from Amazon for $14.99.
Amazon

Promising review: "I love how these make my skin feel, especially on days where I've had makeup on for 12+ hours, or when I've had makeup on while working out at the gym. I come home, wash my face, and put one of these on: they smell great, and make my skin feel so refreshed." —Pat

Get a pack of 15 from Amazon for $14.99.

8. A Harry Potter–themed stress relief squishy for those moments when they think about student loans. Yep.

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.
Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

9. A USB-powered cooling pad to keep their laptop from reaching soaringly high temps while writing that last-minute paper.

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This cooling pad has three ultra-quiet fans that won't make a ton of noise while in use.

Promising review: "This is fantastic! I've gone through quite a few cooling pads, but this is the best one I've ever had. (I love my laptop, but it is prone to overheating.) The fans work as described, and I can actually feel cool air circulating out from under the computer when I'm typing on it." —T. Wells

Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

10. A rotating makeup caddy that'll make their morning routine 10x more efficient. Say hello to being on-time to class!

This organizer can accommodate at least 30 makeup brushes, 20 bottles of skin care products, and other accessories including lipsticks, nail polish, and eyeliner.

The trays are also height-adjustable to accommodate the products you have.

Promising Review: "Love...love...love! My makeup vanity was getting out-of-control cluttered. I needed to find something that would eliminate the extra trays and gain me more space. After some research, I came across this organizer. The 360° rotation is super smooth, the quality is great, the seven layers of adjustable tray capacity is perfect, and it was sooo easy to install. If you're looking to declutter, this is the thing to get. You will NOT be disappointed!" —Marilyn Ortiz

Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in three colors and two shapes).

11. A life hacks calendar so they can get through each school year relatively unscathed.

Get it from Amazon for $10.78 or Barnes & Noble for $14.99.
Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $10.78 or Barnes & Noble for $14.99.

12. An Under Armour backpack to play home to their school supplies.

Under Armour

This water-resistant backpack has compartments for their laptop, keys, cell phone, water bottle, charging cables, notebooks, and textbooks. The straps are designed to mold to their shoulders for ultimate comfort, while the front zipper pockets provide extra protection for valuables.

Get it from Under Armour for $89.99 (available in six colors).

13. A carry-on suitcase that'll withstand the elements, charge your device, and come with a built-in lock.

Away

I have an Away carry-on and I absolutely love it. It fits a large amount of items and can be locked easily. The outer shell is durable and even though I've used mine on various trips, it barely has dings or scratches. It's smooth to roll and has a sturdy handle. You can remove the battery pack if you're afraid of it overheating while you're on a flight. It also comes with a cloth case to slip the suitcase into while not in use. It's a wonderful investment.

Get it from Away for $225 (available in twelve colors).

14. A cookbook all about meals to make in a microwave because let's be real, they may not even own a bowl. And they'll probably only have access to a microwave.

Get it from Amazon for $21.55, Barnes & Noble for $23.77, or Indiebound.
Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $21.55, Barnes & Noble for $23.77, or Indiebound.

15. A laundry basket to oh-so subtly remind them that they *need* to do laundry or wind up, well, naked.

Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in three styles).
Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in three styles).

16. A set of stemless wine glasses they can firmly grasp while you Netflix on a Friday night.

Get a set of 4 from Amazon for $14.99+ (also available in a set of 6).
Amazon

Get a set of 4 from Amazon for $14.99+ (also available in a set of 6).

17. A to-do notepad that'll keep them on track when it comes to errands, chores, and emails. Now they won't forget to send in that paper.

Get it from Amazon for $6.95+ (available in five styles).
Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $6.95+ (available in five styles).

18. An exam cram care package for that midterm/final time of year when every student is praying for a photographic memory.

This box of goodies will give them the energy they need to keep studying. Just beware of sugar rushes! Get it from Gourmet Gift Baskets for $44.99.
Gourmet Gift Baskets

This box of goodies will give them the energy they need to keep studying. Just beware of sugar rushes!

Get it from Gourmet Gift Baskets for $44.99.

19. Or maybe a waterproof notepad to keep in the shower for those genius ideas that seem to only come while shampooing their hair.

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.
Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

20. A Homesick candle to remind them of their hometown when they're really missing home and family.

Promising review: "I got this candle as a gift for my friend who recently moved from Northern California to Colorado. He's been homesick and I thought this candle would be the perfect gift. It came in a cute black box. The candle is a nice size and does not have a lid. The candle smells really good. He LOVED it and even started to tear up after smelling it. He said he had no idea how it worked, but it smelled exactly like home. It is packaged very nicely, smells amazing and is a thoughtful gift." —Pen NameGet it from Amazon for $29.95 (available in all 50 states).
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Promising review: "I got this candle as a gift for my friend who recently moved from Northern California to Colorado. He's been homesick and I thought this candle would be the perfect gift. It came in a cute black box. The candle is a nice size and does not have a lid. The candle smells really good. He LOVED it and even started to tear up after smelling it. He said he had no idea how it worked, but it smelled exactly like home. It is packaged very nicely, smells amazing and is a thoughtful gift." —Pen Name

Get it from Amazon for $29.95 (available in all 50 states).

21. A set of beaker shot glasses any science major will absolutely want to cook up some memorable nights with.

Get the set of 4 from Amazon for $16.96.
Amazon

Get the set of 4 from Amazon for $16.96.

22. A BuzzFeed Nifty journal so they always know exactly what groceries they need and can keep up with your workout plan.

BuzzFeed Nifty

There are three options available: "Adulting 101," "The Busy Parent," and "General Organization." The journals are filled with tips, tricks, and fun facts to help you build good habits, de-stress, and lead a more organized life.

Get one from BuzzFeed's Nifty shop for $22.95.

23. A travel guide for that study abroad trip so they can hit as many countries as humanly possible.

Get it from Amazon or Barnes & Noble $16.99+ (available in two formats), or from Indiebound.
Amazon

Get it from Amazon or Barnes & Noble $16.99+ (available in two formats), or from Indiebound.

24. A 40-pack of tea ready for brewing when they catch that campus cold that seems to travel at the speed of light.

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.
Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

25. An all-in-one bottle opener with a stopper so they can toast to the freaking weekend when it finally rolls around.

Promising review: "Wow, I was so surprised when I opened this! Talk about first class presentation! Everything from the packaging to the contents inside were very nice. This corkscrew is a beast compared to any other ones I've had in the past: it's very nicely made and works wonderfully. Great buy!" —ChristineGet it from Amazon for $15.95.
Amazon

Promising review: "Wow, I was so surprised when I opened this! Talk about first class presentation! Everything from the packaging to the contents inside were very nice. This corkscrew is a beast compared to any other ones I've had in the past: it's very nicely made and works wonderfully. Great buy!" —Christine

Get it from Amazon for $15.95.

26. An insulated thermos to keep their coffee always steaming hot.

This sweat-proof bottle is vacuum-sealed and super durable. Get it from Amazon for $20.33+ (available in two colors).
Amazon

This sweat-proof bottle is vacuum-sealed and super durable.

Get it from Amazon for $20.33+ (available in two colors).

27. A heat-changing constellation mug because with their nose constantly in textbooks, they may forget to take a break and look at the stars.

All you need to do is add hot liquids and 11 constellations will magically appear. Get it from Amazon for $15.95.
Amazon

All you need to do is add hot liquids and 11 constellations will magically appear.

Get it from Amazon for $15.95.

28. A bottle of micellar cleansing water that'll remove makeup gently and completely.

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This is a budget pick for the best makeup removers on BuzzFeed Reviews.

Promising review: "I love this product! I have very sensitive combination skin. When the weather changes my laugh lines and chin peel and turn dark from constant washing and rubbing. I read a few reviews on the Micellar cleanser and I thought I'd give it a try. Within three days my dry skin was gone. It's super gentle on my face and leaves it super soft. I was nervous about it leaving my skin oily, but it doesn't. If anything it helped control my oily spots." —angel vallejo

Get a 13.5-ounce bottle from Amazon for $6.89 (available in nine versions).

29. And finally, a desk organizer set so their workspace will be clear of clutter for a productive paradise.

This is a five-piece wire set including a pencil cup holder, a letter sorter, a letter tray, a ganging file organizer, and a sticky note holder. Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in four finishes).
Amazon

This is a five-piece wire set including a pencil cup holder, a letter sorter, a letter tray, a ganging file organizer, and a sticky note holder.

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in four finishes).

Just don't forget to go to class. Knowledge is power, my friends.

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