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    27 Gifts That Any College Student Will Really, Really Appreciate

    Other than paying their college tuition in full, of course.

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    1. A laptop holder with a nifty little handle so you can carry your computer like a bag! So easy! So peasy!

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+. Available in five colors and three sizes.

    2. A hangry kit for all-nighters spent withering away in your college library. Starving and studying at the same time is...not pretty.

    This kit comes with 40 snacks ranging from cookies, chips, candy, granola bars, and general joy.

    Promising review: "I bought this for my husband to keep at work because his hangry episodes are not to be messed with. He loved it β€” and so did his coworkers! The packaging is great and the selection of snacks hits the spot. I'm ordering one for the car next: no more hangry road rage!" β€”Nic Hinckles

    Get it from Amazon for $28.

    3. Fuzzy socks descended from heaven to make toes around the world feel warm and loved. #Praise

    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 perfect winter sock!" β€”Alicia Skinner

    Get a pack of five from Amazon for $17.99.

    4. An enamel pin set guaranteed to make any psychology major cackle with joy. ID will really amuse 'em.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    5. A how-to book full of important things every college student should know. Like how to be a good roommate, for example.

    For one, Karen, don't steal my stuff.

    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." β€”Fahad Almansour

    Get it from Amazon for $7.96.

    6. Sheet masks for when a spa day is necessary but β€” LOL β€” you don't have that kind of money.

    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." β€”Pat

    Get a pack of 15 from Amazon for $15.99.

    7. A stress ball you can squeeze every time you think about the added interest on your student loans. Hahahaha.

    **nervous giggle**

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $11.99.

    8. A USB-powered cooling pad designed to give your laptop gusts of cool air to prevent it from overheating.,

    Psst, 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." β€”T. Wells

    Get it from Amazon for $21.49.

    9. A makeup organizer to let any aspiring beauty blogger arrange her 890 MAC lipsticks with ease.

    I have this and can personally attest to how awesome it is. All my makeup looks and stays so damn organized.

    Promising review: "I am so glad I found this! I had all my products tossed into drawers and stuffed into my makeup bag, and it was hard to find everything I needed. Plus the clutter drove me nuts! This is great and has definitely made my bathroom much more organized and beautiful!" β€”Camrie Fletcher

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    10. A day-to-day calendar featuring Mittens β€” "a cat who has a data plan and isn't afraid to use it."

    Promising review: "Mittens is THE BEST, and this calendar is adorable! You absolutely MUST buy this for all your cat-loving friends!" β€”WIAPilot

    Get it from Amazon for $11.20.

    11. A handy dandy Herschel backpack perfect for transporting notebooks, laptops, and the will to study.

    Promising review: "I got this backpack for college in April, and it's been doing well for me so far! I use it everyday: it looks nice, is made from a good material, fits well, and is fashionable. This carries my books and a laptop with ease." β€”Philipp S.

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99. Available in 31 colors.

    12. A rose gold carry-on because it's about time that you toss that very old, very unattractive one you've been using.

    This lightweight beauty has four easy-spin double wheels and a 10 (!!!!) year warranty. This is perfect to transport stuff to/from dorm rooms, and will help all study abroad students travel in $tyle.

    Get it from Walmart for $59.

    13. An eloquent book written by Action Bronson. This has 40+ recipes inspired by his life and love of food.

    I would also like to write a book about my undying love for food. Mr. Bronson, I smell a partnership? Give me a call!

    Promising review: "This was such a good buy: my husband loves this book and Action Bronson! We had no idea he was once a chef, and this book seems to combine his passion for food and sarcasm all in one. It has great stories from his personal life, as well as delicious eats and good recipes." β€”Amber

    Get it from Amazon for $14.45.

    14. A lightweight laundry basket that serves as a gentle reminder: sometimes, sweetie, you have to launder your clothes.

    Promising review: "I'm happy with the quality of this basket, and feel like it will hold up in the long run. Plus, when it's empty, it folds up really nicely and doesn't take up space." β€”Brittney Martinez

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99. Available in seven colors.

    15. Stemless wine glasses that scream "why yes, I am a sophisticate, regardless of how cheap this wine is."

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $13.95.

    16. A to-do pad that lets you balance school and your social life.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.24.

    17. Or a passive aggressive one for your roommate, Shane, who you were randomly paired with and wish you weren't.

    Promising review: "These are so funny! I hand them out to my coworkers all the time to boost their moods or make them laugh, and will definitely need to buy more!" β€”Raeann

    Get it from Amazon for $8.90.

    18. Candles to provide comfort to the sensitive soul that's feeling a little homesick. Yes, that's right! These smell like your home state!

    These are available in alllll 50 states and are designed to smell just like 'em. New York, for example, smells like pumpkins, apple orchards, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

    Get one from BuzzFeed's Homesick Candles shop for $29.95 (originally $34.95).

    PSST!...BuzzFeed makes money when you buy this!

    19. Plastic shot glasses because do you have any idea how hard it is to thoroughly clean those glass ones?

    It's hard! They're so narrow! Plus, these can also make jello shots

    Promising review: "These are great jello shot cups! I love the neon bright colors β€” we used them for unicorn-themed party, and they looked so great!" β€”kwissy

    Get a pack of 50 from Amazon for $6.36.

    20. A Nifty journal to help organize things (such as your sleep schedule and fridge).

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

    PSST!...BuzzFeed makes money if you buy this.

    21. A travel book guaranteed to make the student who's about to study abroad πŸ‘ even πŸ‘ more πŸ‘ excited.

    Hi! Take me with you! Please!

    Promising review: "This book is such an inspiration. So many nice places I still need to see! I love it." β€”Sebastian Eschmann

    Get it from Amazon for $27.19.

    22. A Twinings tea sampler to turn all-nighters into an adventure. What will I have tonight? Green tea or winter spice?

    The possibilities are endless!

    Promising review: "This pack comes with so many flavors, including ones I had never even heard of before! I might even order a few more and give them out as gifts!" β€”lilithburns

    Get a pack of 40 from Amazon for $16.95.

    23. An all-in-one bottle opener to uncork that bottle with ease. Plus, I'd like all alleged "twist-offs" to say hello to my little friend.

    I CAN NEVER OPEN THOSE DAMN TWIST-OFFS. I may not be the Hulk, but I'm also not a total shrimp, so what the heck is up with that?

    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!" β€”Christine

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    24. A vacuum thermos designed to keep your coffee hot, hot, hot for extended periods of time. Caffeine all day, every day.

    This stainless steel thermos keeps beverages hot for up to 12 hours, or cold for up to 24 hours. Plus, it's made from a durable stainless steel that won't sweat (AKA have condensation no it) regardless of the liquid inside.

    Promising review: "I love this thermos, especially how hot it keeps my coffee. I filled this at seven this morning, and I'm sitting drinking still-hot coffee at 2:45 in the afternoon." β€”Hutchinson Family

    Get it from Amazon for $25.12.

    25. A heat-changing mug that reveals the human form in all its glory. This is perfect for any art history nerd. (Me!)

    Psst, this is not dishwasher-safe.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95.

    26. Oil-free makeup remover wipes made with charcoal. These'll get all the gunk off of your skin quickly and efficiently.

    Promising review: "After having tried several different makeup wipes, I've found that these are the best ones that work for me! This product gently removes all types of makeup from your face, including waterproof eyeliner, without resulting in any of the burning sensations or redness I get from other brands of makeup wipes." β€”dna

    Get a pack of 25 from Amazon for $4.72.

    27. A knight statue to hold your pen with honor. This dude is really good friends with Sir Elton John.

    Get it? Because he was knighted? Please laugh.

    Promising review: "This thing is so cool: a little pricey but totally worth it. I get so happy every time I look at it on my desk and recite that the pen is mightier than the sword." β€”wahineworks

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99.

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