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    30 Gifts Any College Student Will Really, Really Appreciate

    Other than a lifetime supply of ramen.

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    1. A laptop case with a handle so they can easily transport that precious piece of cargo around campus. It's lightweight enough to carry solo or slip into a backpack for class.

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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 seven colors).

    2. A map pint glass so they can stare at their beloved town or city while cheers-ing to their amazing college experience. The colors also reflect the colors of their home team, so overall it's a great nostalgia gift.

    Etsy

    I went to Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, but you can customize the glass to be their college town or city! Plus, it ships super fast.

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

    3. An "Ok boomer" zipper pouch for their pencils, pens, and highlighters so they'll always have the necessary materials for class prepped and ready to go. Keeping a pouch of useful items in their backpack is probably the most adult thing they can do right now.

    Redbubble

    Get it from Redbubble for $12.12+ (available in three sizes).

    4. A pair of fuzzy socks that'll provide a bit of comfort when they're feeling a little homesick. They're the perfect thing to pad around in when they're rocking sweats and dirty hair.

    Amazon

    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 eleven styles).

    5. A set of charcoal face masks so they can enjoy a spa day without doling out a ton of cash they definitely don't have at the moment. These contain a blend of collagen and hyaluronic acid to restore their skin's hydration and help rid of toxins and dirt.

    Amazon

    Plus there are two of each, with a different essential oil: lavender, ylang ylang, sweet orange, and rose.

    Promising review: "I have a pretty involved skincare regimen, but I have never been a big fan of masks. This one changed my mind. I have only tried the 'glow' mask, but I loved it. It made my skin feel moisturized and toned. Not at all greasy, just nice and soft. At first, I was worried that the mask would tear when I took it out of the box, but it was sturdy and it took me a second to orient it. It was shockingly cold at first, but you get used to it quickly. When I took it off I rubbed in the remaining serum." —Rebecca Herendeen

    Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $19.99.

    6. A Harry Potter–themed stress relief squishy for those moments when they think about their student loans. It's the perfect thing to relieve some tension and help with fidgeting.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "My daughter is a Harry Potter fan and is obsessed with cats. When she saw this, she got very excited. This is exactly as a squishy should be. It's very soft and rises fairly slowly." —Morrigan Haltijatar

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    7. A USB-powered cooling pad to keep their laptop from reaching soaringly high temps while writing that last-minute paper. Plus the cooling pad has three ultra-quiet fans that won't make a ton of noise while in use.

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    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 $24.99+ (available in three colors).

    8. A rotating makeup caddy that'll make their morning routine 10x more efficient. Now they'll actually be on time to class.

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    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!

    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-degree 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 $20.99 (available in two colors).

    9. A life hacks calendar so they can get through each school year relatively unscathed. The calendar comes with super handy DIY tips, solutions to common problems, and general advice and tips to successfully complete ordinary tasks.

    Andrews McMeel Publishing

    Promising review: "I bought this for one of my nerdiest best friends and he loved it! Some of the DIY stuff and fun facts in the calendars are actually really cool, interesting, and very useful. Differently a better choice than the dad joke calendar I was gonna get him!" —Angie

    Get it from Amazon for $10.50.

    10. A Dagne Dover duffle bag for weekend trips where they'll need to only pack a few key items. The bag is neoprene, so it's super durable and waterproof. AKA, every college kid's dream.

    Dagne Dover

    I also have a Dagne Dover duffle bag and it's one the best purchases I've ever made. The inside pockets are so useful with a space for a water bottle, valuables, and dirty clothes! It's the perfect weekend bag when you need to throw a few items in a bag and head out for the weekend.

    Promising review: "The bag is small yet incredibly spacious. It's helped me a lot with organizing my things. My favorite parts are the key leash and phone slot. These are the two things I'm always digging around for and now I don't have to." —Brandy S.

    Get it from Dagne Dover for $125 (available in four sizes and 11 colors).

    11. 250 Best Meals in a Mug, 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 in their dorm. Time to get creative!

    Robert Rose

    Promising review: "A really nice book when cooking for one. Bought this for my teenaged son so he can eat hot meals on nights I work, but I've used it as well. I like that recipes are simple and use easy to find ingredients. A nice mix of sweet snacks, yummy breakfasts, and savory dinners." —TF1/41 Scout, 2AD(FWD)

    Get it from Amazon for $18.31.

    12. A cotton laundry basket to oh-so subtly remind them that they *need* to do laundry or wind up, well, naked. It's strong, so yes, they'll be able to pile clothes in without it breaking on them mid-trip to the laundry room.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is a great laundry basket. It holds plenty of clothes and when it's empty, it doesn't fold in on itself like many others do. I will be ordering more of these in the coming months!" —Brandy Reynolds

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in seven styles).

    13. A set of stemless wine glasses they can firmly grasp while watching numerous old-school Disney movies on Disney+. Whether they're drinking red or white will be up to them (psssst – these glasses can hold up to 15 ounces).

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    Promising review: "After years of buying wine glasses with stems, I decided to get with modern times and try something different. I’m glad I did. These wine glasses are elegant, yet very sturdy. With animals in my household, these have proven to be a safer choice as well." —Jeanine L. Crossmon

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $14.95.

    14. 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.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are perfect for me to jot down to-do items as I think of them. Digital to-do lists are great, but they're easy to minimize or get hidden behind other windows I have open. I keep a pad on my desk, kinda in my way, so the list is always present and I can add or check things off as I go." —BWall

    Get it from Amazon for $7+ (available in 15 styles).

    15. Or maybe a waterproof notepad to keep in the shower for those genius ideas that seem to only come while shampooing their hair. They keep forgetting to add milk to their grocery list? This will solve that.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "You know when something pops into your head that you have to buy or finish, but it's a totally inopportune time, like when you're just falling asleep or when you're driving? Yeah, this happens to me a lot in the shower. I think shampoo activates my neurotransmitters or something. So I got this handy little notepad to keep in my shower. I love this thing!! It sticks to my sliding shower door and hasn't fallen down once. The pencil works great, and the paper has kept it's form perfectly. Super impressed." —Kim

    Get it from Amazon for $9.50.

    16. A Homesick candle to remind them of the scent of their hometown. When they're feeling a bit of fomo at night, they can light this candle and be transported to the streets of their most beloved city.

    Amazon

    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 $29.49 (available in all 50 states).

    17. Or! A custom city ring if they're far from family and are feeling a bit lonely. This custom piece will supply a bit of home comfort as they're typing away on their laptop to finish that presentation before their 10 a.m. class.

    Etsy

    These beautiful rings are handmade, too! You just need to select their ring size, the finish, and their city. There's also an option to customize if you don't find the city they're from. Also heads up — the turnaround time for a ring is 6-10 days!

    Get it from Caitlyn Minimalist on Etsy for $31.50+ (available in various sizes and cities).

    18. A set of beaker shot glasses any science major will absolutely want to cook up some memorable nights with. Each one can hold one ounce of whatever their favorite...concoction is.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These shot glasses are too fun. I got them for my geeky husband for Father's Day. They come in four different shapes and make a fun addition to our kitchen. I am looking for a way to display them in the kitchen because they're a good conversation piece and shouldn't be shut up in a cupboard!" —Valerie Wills

    Get the set of 4 from Amazon for $17.99.

    19. A PhoneSoap UV smartphone sanitizer that'll keep their phone germ-free, because we all know how icky offices can get. This device can kill up to 99.99% of bacteria, features a USB and USB-C port, and can accommodate all smartphones including larger models like the iPhone plus and the Galaxy S10+.

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    Promising review: "What a perfect gadget for getting your phone clean. After touching who knows what while commuting to work and it being that time of year when everyone around you gets sick, this comes in handy. After the first use my phone looked great, plus I wiped it down with the sponge that came with the gadget. I feel so much better about using my phone now." —Crystal Gardner

    Get it from Amazon for $79.95 (available in 10 colors).

    20. A Michael Scott poster to hang in their dorm room so they are constantly reminded that they are Beyoncé, always. Consider it the perfect motivational tool.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Excellent quality! I have this poster hanging in my classroom and it’s holding up vey well. I will be ordering from this company again." —TMB

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in four sizes).

    21. A popcorn popper that'll make them theater-level popcorn in just four minutes AND is super easy to store in their less-than-deal dorm room. Nothing will keep them going during their afternoon lecture like some freshly-popped popcorn.

    Amazon

    This popper is made of durable silicone and collapses down for easy storage.

    Promising review: "Why did I wait so long to buy a silicone popcorn popper? Could it get any easier to make popcorn? I put just a couple of drops of oil in the bottom of the bowl, add enough popcorn kernels to reach the the smallest circle in the bottom of the bowl, toss a little salt on the kernels, stir it so the kernels are coated with oil, and place it in the microwave. After around two minutes of popping, I have a nice, tasty bowl of popcorn. The size is just enough for a single serving. It's a good, healthy snack without a lot of effort. The bowl is good quality and the handles stay cool for handling the hot bowl when removing it from the microwave. It also washes easily." —HighlandAngel

    Get it from Amazon for $13.87+ (available in eight colors).

    And check out our highlight on the Colonel Popper microwave popcorn maker!

    22. A pair of blue light–blocking glasses for reducing digital eye strain since they'll be using their laptops every darn day. The glasses can leave their eyes feeling less dry and tired by filtering out short wavelength blue light emitted by screens.

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    I use blue light-blocking glasses everyday at work, and they've significantly helped my eyes and headaches. I used to get so stressed sitting in front of a computer because I knew I'd feel terrible in about two hours flat. With the glasses, I can focus more on work and not on the mega-migraine that's (no longer) approaching.

    Promising review: "Everyone knows from previous reviews that these glasses are unique and high fashion. I wanted to add that they do indeed block blue light. I am a graduate student and look at computer screens, iPad screens, and Powerpoint presentations all day. My eyes feel less dry and tired at the end of the day. I used a blue light filtering testing kit that came with a different pair of glasses and these passed. The glasses are on the heavy side but comfortable and have a solid, un-cheap feel." —SSMax

    Get them from Amazon for $29.95 (available in three colors).

    Check out our review of the blue light–blocking glasses for more info!

    23. A National Geographic travel guide for their study abroad trip so they can hit as many countries as humanly possible. Nothing like a little wanderlust to get their trip going! They'll be able to discover new locations and places to visit before they even step on the plane.

    National Geographic

    Promising review: "I bought this as a Christmas gift and had to read it myself before giving it away. This is a lovely coffee-table book filled with gorgeous photos. Every two pages has photos and a short write-up about the location, including the best way to get there and when to go. Very readable and entertaining. It will give you the travel bug. I gave it to my sister and she loves it too." —Patricia in Florida

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+.

    24. An insulated Hydro Flask stainless steel bottle that'll keep their coffee hot for 12 hours while they marathon all the season of Queer Eye. It's BPA-free, incredibly durable, and spill-proof (AKA they can throw it in their bag and never worry).

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE my Hydro Flask! I use it every day and carry it with me anywhere I go. It's been great at keeping my water cold. I left ice in this thing overnight and woke up to ice cold water with still plenty of ice left in it. I've also purposely left it in my car on a 90-degree day in California and I came back to find that the water was still cold. I was amazed!" —Isaias

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95+ (available in four sizes and 21 colors).

    25. A Makeup Eraser cloth to remove everything with only the use of water. It'll make their nighttime routine oh-so simple. Which is great, because by the time they get home from a night out, they're always sleepy and never want to stand in font of a mirror wiping off makeup.

    BuzzFeed Reviews

    The cloth is microfiber, so it'll be super gentle on their face and super effective. Plus it works on all skin types. They can wash and reuse it, so just imagine how much money they're gonna save on packaged wipes and liquid removers!

    Promising review: "I purchased this based on some positive reviews, and they can't even touch how amazing this product is. This product seriously does what it says — it erases makeup! I could not believe the way it removed my makeup the first time I used it! You use it for a week, toss it in the wash, and use it again. I was wondering how it would clean up in the laundry, and it looked brand new — no mascara was left after it went through the wash. It is amazing and if you're considering purchasing it — do it! No more chemicals to remove that makeup!" —StaceyB

    Get it from Amazon for $20. And for a different color, check out the black, light blue, navy blue, and tropical print options.

    It was also selected as our mid-price pick for the best makeup removers on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    26. A desk organizer set so their workspace will be clear of clutter for a productive paradise. The first step to getting their work done on-time so making sure the space around them is organized and clean.

    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.

    Promising review: "I absolutely loved this desk organizing set! Package came really well organized and each piece was in perfect condition. The color is more on the pink metal side, but it’s really pretty. I would highly recommend this and can see it being a great gift for someone going to college or just wanting to get their office space more organized." —Lynda

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in two styles and four finishes).

    27. A Porter to-go bowl that'll come in handy when they're on-the-go and need to eat in the library right before class. Or a veggie and fruit to-go cup, because they probably never have enough time to sit down and eat a calm breakfast.

    Food52

    Get both from Food52: the Porter to-go bowl for $25+ (available in nine colors) and the veggie and fruit to-go cup for $26 (available in three colors).

    28. A Cuisinart induction cooktop since they most likely will not have access to a kitchen full-time. This way they can whip up some easy meals in the comfort of their own dorm room.

    Macy's

    Promising review: "This is a nice cooktop with efficient cooking and multiple speeds of cooking. I had never used an induction cooktop, and I am amazed with the efficiency in which it heats up. I would definitely recommend this to anyone needed an excellent portable cooktop." —JMallory

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, sold exclusively at Macy's for $149.99 (originally $214.99; get an extra 10% off with code FRIEND).

    29. A jade roller for their face that can be massaged in upward and outward motions to help decrease puffiness around their eyes and improve dark circles — leading to an overall brighter complexion. They don't get much sleep, so every little thing that helps is worth it!

    Amazon

    To learn more about jade rollers, check out our review on how jade rollers work.

    Promising review: "I am blown away by this product. The jade roller is high quality. You can tell it’s constructed well. There is a short and long end so rollers on both sides for different parts of your face (or body). It rolls on your face with ease and relaxes your face muscles. It’s a quick pick me up when you’re stressed or a great way to get in a relaxed state before bed. And there is also the scraper as a bonus! I also love using it almost as much as the roller. Not sure if it’s because I carry stress/tension in my face muscles a bit or what but I absolutely love the feels of the cool jade roller gliding against my face muscles." —Mable Pines

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    30. And! Speaking of sleep...a contoured 3D eye mask that won't put pressure on theirs eyes as they sleep. With an adjustable head strap and deep pockets, no amount of light will sneak through...even when their roommate annoyingly turns on the overhead light at 2 a.m.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I was looking for a good mask that was very lightweight and didn't press on your eyelids. The cup sizes on this mask around eyes are very large. My eye lashes didn't even touch. It has velcro in the back so you can adjust it to your head size. It does a very good job blocking out the light. I did not even see the sun come up in the morning. I like that this mask doesn't have a nose strip, because the ones that cover your nose push down. This one goes around the nose, but doesn't cover it." —Gina

    Get it from Amazon for $9.69+ (available in four colors).

    And remember to always work hard, play hard!

    MGM

    Looking for more? Check out our favorite places to buy the best bathing suits online, travel accessories for long flights, and, of course, our ultimate guide to cleaning every single room in your house.

    Looking for the perfect gift for any occasion? Check out all of BuzzFeed’s gift guides!

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    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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