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25 Stocking Stuffers That Will Put A Smile On Any College Student's Face

It looks like high school seniors made Santa's nice list this year.

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What a year! The holidays are finally here! And while we’re doing our best to make sure the products we feature will arrive in time, shipping times are especially tricky this year, so we suggest shopping as early as you can.

Stock and shipping times can vary depending on where you live, which product you purchase, and more. So order earlier than you think you need to and be sure to double-check the retailers’ websites for shipping information to ensure that your gift will arrive in time for when you need it.

1. A temporary tattoo with intricate designs that look unbelievably real. This is the perfect trial run for the indecisive student who eventually wants some permanent ink.

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Tattoorary is an Etsy shop established in 2014 and based in the Netherlands that specializes in temporary tattoos, offering a large range of sizes, colors, and designs. Each tattoo lasts from two days to a week.

Get them from Tattoorary on Etsy: the vintage floral tattoo for $6.40 (originally $8), and the little birds tattoo for $2.40 (originally $3).

Estimated shipping in 1—3 business days.

2. A set of six sprout bookmarks for the plant-loving botanist major. Looking at these adorable plants will make late-night study sessions a little easier.

The tiny bookmarks sticking out the tops of books and looking like little leaves
Amazon

Promising review: "I first saw these bookmarks in a museum store and thought they were adorable! I decided to buy them on Amazon because they were a much better price (don't worry, I'd already spent plenty of money on other items to support the arts in the museum store!) I collect unique bookmarks from all over to add character to the shelves of my library, so I had to have these! I love how these are soft (like real leaves) and can either be folded within the pages or be placed in by only the stem so it looks like a sprout sticking out of the book." —Sarah Pesha

Get a set of six from Amazon for $7.99.

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.(see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

3. A screaming goat if their desk needs a fun stress reliever for under $10. Hearing this cute little guy screech is guaranteed to make them laugh, even on the roughest of school days.

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The figure comes with a 32-page illustrated pocket guide filled with fun facts and trivia about, well, goats!

Promising review: "I use this in my classroom to get my students' attention. It isn't super loud, but it does the job. We all think it is hilarious! The goat is very small but it is so much fun. I have purchased two now. The first one for a friend nearly a year ago. Hers still works and she uses it regularly. It is such a fun trinket to have around." —Katmom09

Get it from Amazon for $7.72.

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.(see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

4. Thick wool socks that will keep their toes warm all throughout the winter. They come in four or five pack sets and 16 different styles.

A model wearing the socks with a pink, red, brown, white, and blue Christmas sweater pattern
Amazon

Promising review: "I got these for Christmas. It's great because they can match without having to match completely. They're very gender neutral so they are great for all ages and genders. They fit well and keep feet warm without making them sweat." —Amazon Customer

Get a pack of four pairs from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in 16 different variety packs).

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.(see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

5. Holographic glitter gel which they can apply to their body, face, and hair for all the parties and festivals they'll be attending. Plus, it's vegan and cruelty-free!

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Promising review: "I'm a huge fan of wearing glitter when I wear an outfit that shows my shoulders and back. I ran out and needed to find something and this one popped up. I will admit that the reason I bought it was solely based on the name. I mean Unicorn Snot? How funny is that? I absolutely love this product! I love the fact that the shimmer is very subtle (I'm not into looking as though I rolled around in the stuff) and it lasts a long time. In fact, I've woken up the next morning and there was still some on me. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who fancies a nice, subtle shimmer." —Just Jennie

Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in three colors).

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.(see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

6. A four-pack of moisturizing Burt's Bee's lip balms complete with four delicious scents: pink grapefruit, mango, coconut and pear, and pomegranate.

Reviewer's four-pack of Burt's Bees chapstick
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Promising review: "I have been using this for well over a decade. I've tried many, many other lip balms and treatments but continue to go back to this — my holy grail! It has a thick consistency and stays on much longer than others. The refreshing peppermint is soothing when my lips are cracked and painful. This multipack is the best value I have found. I keep one in my bathroom, bedroom, purse, and kitchen. I use it every single night before going to bed and wake up with improved lips. They get very chapped during the winter. I can't be without it!" —Jhall626

Get a pack of four from Amazon for $9.38 (available in eight different flavor packs).

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.(see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

7. A satin-lined beret so they can look adorable even when its breezy, plus a satin-lined beanie for when it's just too darn cold to worry about looking cute!

Grace Eleyae

Grace Eleyae is a Black woman-owned brand that originally debuted in 2014 after the founder experienced excessive breakage after an eight hour road trip due to not having protection for her hair. The line specializes in silk and satin lined headwear that can be worn throughout all seasons as sleep, lounge-, and outerwear.

The satin-lined hats from Grace Eleyae actually smooths my hair and shields me from my kryptonite (💦) — basically, it delivers on all its promises and also picks up my flat iron's slack and keeps you warm. Plus, I've noticed so many other benefits: My hair is shinier, longer, feels healthier, and has less breakage.

Get both from Grace Eleyae: The beret is available for $25.20 (originally $28) and the beanie is available for $37.80 (originally $42).

Estimated shipping in 2—5 business days.

8. A 52-deck of rainbow playing cards because all work and no play makes school life dull. These come in a keepsake box with a pamphlet on the history of playing cards, game instructions, and a bio of the authors.

Solid color cards that come together to make a rainbow
Amazon

Fredericks and Mae is a queer-owned business that's been making visually wonderful things since 2007.

Promising review: "These cards are absolutely gorgeous and the rainbow fan in our family was so excited when she saw them. They are almost too cool to play with but then once you start using them, you love them even more. Highly recommend for a fun deck of cards." —ItsLiz

Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.(see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

9. A macaron pill box that'll remind them to take their vitamins because this pretty thing will always proudly stay on their nighstand.

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Promising review: "I purchased these for my college student. This is one of her favorite foods, so I thought keeping her meds in these, she would be more likely to remember them. Easy to open and close, pretty tough (lives in her backpack), holds her extra pills for the week." —Angela E.

Get a set of six from Amazon for $9.99.

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate. (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

10. A four-pack of fidget toys which is perfect for when stressful assignment deadlines are approaching and the only thing they've written is "What I learned in boating school is." They can pop these until they've reached the minimum word count on that essay.

Reviewer holding rainbow octagon-shaped fidget popping toy
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This set comes with four different-shaped fidget poppers (a heart, octagon, circle, and square).

Promising review: "My daughter loves to pop these silicone fidgets and this four-pack has become a great 'distraction' for hands while waiting for dinner or having a timeout from gaming or online schooling. We've had some great conversations while she fiddles with 'popping' the bubbles. She is not delicate with these, so it is obviously durable. She seems to be able to focus more when her hands have something to do. The colors are vibrant and she likes the sound it makes. This four-pack comes with a stop sign octagon, square, heart, and circle in a rainbow pattern. These are easy to wipe down and sanitize despite the ridges and circles and dry quickly." —Will-Review4U

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $12.99.

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate. (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

11. A shower tote and shower sandals because they'll be sharing the bathroom with their entire dorm. This will help them lug their bath items and keep their feet from slipping on the floor.

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Promising review (for the shower sandals): "I got these for my son who is away at school at a University. He loves them and said they work well and don't hold water so he's able to dry his feet and put them back on to walk back to his dorm." —Middalia Johnson

Promising review (for the shower tote): "I love this! It is perfect for college dorms, or multiple people living with a small bathroom. It fits everything, shampoos, soaps, lotions, razors, etc. It saves me time gathering what I need to take to the shower. Just grab your tote, and take it with you when you are done!" —Cheryl Eaton

Get the shower sandals for $13.98+ (available in sizes 5–11 and 10 colors) and the shower tote for $8.99+ (available in five colors).

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate. (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

12. A 10-piece unicorn horn-shaped brush set that'll convince them to throw out all of their other beauty tools. These fluffy gems are perfect for applying powders with a light touch — aka it'll give them a flawless, everyday makeup look that's perfect for school!

A set of makeup brushes with purple handles that look like unicorn horns
Amazon

Promising review: "Honestly it took me a week and half to use these because THEY ARE SO BEAUTIFUL. I couldn't even bring myself to dirty them with makeup. But then I finally did. AND THEY ARE AMAZING. HEAVENLY. Seriously they apply makeup so well. I have never experienced a brush this nice before and I own $100 brush sets. No joke. I expected these to be sub par since they were so inexpensive. I literally bought them just because they are pretty. TURNS OUT THEY ARE THE NICEST BRUSHES EVER. " —Amazon Customer

Get a set of 10 from Amazon for $7.99.

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate. (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

13. Glossier Invisible Shield which uses a fast absorbing water gel formula to help them get in the habit of applying their sunscreen every day. It'll melt right into their skin and protect them from year round sun damage.

Glossier

Promising review: "I had never used sunscreen as part of my daily routine before. I always knew I needed to, but I could never find one that I didn't find to be too greasy underneath my makeup. This sunscreen is amazing. It is super light and smells amazing, but it actually works! I used this for a week-long beach vacation and my skin was very happy. Would highly recommend." —Anna

Get it from Glossier for $25.

Estimated shipping time in 6—12 business days.

14. A microwavable ramen cooker that will get them a savory meal in just three minutes. Plus, they can share with their study buddy because this comes in a two-pack.

The cooker with ramen ingredients in it
Amazon

Promising review: "God's ramen cooker. This thing may seem like just an ordinary Tupperware, but I assure you it will blow that thin plastic garbage out of the water. It retains heat amazingly and does not bend or falter under extreme temperatures. I'm a college student and I have never felt such joy from making ramen in my small dorm microwave. For a 900-watt I recommend five minutes. Buy this product if you live and breathe air, because it is beautiful." —Theron

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in four sizes and 14 colors).

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate. (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

15. An adorable door stopper which will let their suite-mates know whether or not it's safe to enter their room. If their friends see these cute little dogs on the floor, then it's safe to say the study sesh is done for the day.

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Is there a better way to make friends than putting one of these adorable pups in your open doorway? Probably not.

Promising review: "I bought this dog door stopper for my 18-year-old granddaughter who just started college. She wanted a door stopper so she can keep her door open at times, and it’s a heavy door. This worked perfectly and she loves him. She calls him Lil' Ernie." —D. Jones

Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in four designs).

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate. (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

16. A Rosetta Stone subscription so they can have some extra help brushing up on languages outside of their class. The service has over 25 language courses they can choose from.

Rosetta Stone

You've got a choice between a 3-, 6-, or 12-month subscription to gift. When they receive it through e-delivery, they'll get to choose from 25 language options they would like to learn. 

Get three months from Rosetta Stone for $35.97+ (available in 25 languages and three pricing plans).

Immediate e-delivery available. Print the online gift receipt and then toss that in their stocking.

17. A gel-infused memory foam mattress topper that'll provide 2 more inches of comfort on those firm dorm beds.

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Promising review: "I bought this mattress topper for my daughter to use at college, and she loves it! I originally got her a cheaper/thinner one, but it wasn’t working out. She started experiencing back pain and was having trouble sleeping (college dorm beds are the worst). As soon as she started using this topper she said she felt a tremendous difference; back pain eased up, and sleeping better. Only wish I would have gotten this for her from the beginning instead of opting for a cheaper version." —Joann A.

Get it from Amazon for $33.99+ (available in sizes twin–California king and two thicknesses).

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate. (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

18. A mini stapler which can fit one thousand staples. This compact cutie won't crowd their desk and is easy to store in their bag and take to class.

Reviewer's mini stapler in black next to the pack of refill staples
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The mini stapler comes with a refill pack of 1,000 (!!!!!) staples.

Promising review: "I keep this in my backpack and use it ALL the time! I'm very impressed that being in my backpack for about a year now it still is in the same condition it was when I bought it — very durable! It's also so small that it is so easy to carry around. I'm a college student and I constantly have to staple assignments together, essays, you name it, and I'm so happy to not have to run around at the last minute to find a stapler or go all the way to the library on campus just to find one. Personally, this product has been so worth it I'd definitely buy it again." —Bridget

Get it from Amazon for $6.06+ (available in three colors and two styles).

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate. (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

19. A bedside storage organizer because their dorm room will (most likely) be super tiny and they'll need all the space they can get. This has four pockets and can safely hold a water bottle, smart phone, tablet, and magazines.

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Promising review: "I purchased as an added accessory for my son, as he is off to college. He told me it's perfect because he has the top bunk bed. It's convenient as he doesn't have to constantly get down to get his phone, charger. wallet, or water. He just has it on bed and doesn't worry about his things falling." —Selina

Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in 14 colors).

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate. (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

20. An Iron Man sport canteen that can be dropped, thrown, and tossed without making a dent. Plus, it'll keep any liquids cold for 25 hours or hot for 12 hours.

Bottle with Marvel Iron Man logo on the outside
Corkcicle

Get it from Corkcicle for $47.95 (available in seven different character logos).

Estimated delivery within 1–10 business days.

21. A two-piece satin pajama set which makes lounging and studying look extravagant. The lightweight material feels cool to the touch so it will keep them cozy without making it feel like they're overheating.

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Promising review: "These pajamas are IT. They are cozy. They are silky. They have a waistband that doesn't cut off circulation, but feels instead, like a gentle hug. They aren't restrictive. You can sleep with one leg up and one leg down. You'll have no issues sleeping like a sea-star in the middle of your bed. You can curl up like the world is ending, no problem. And honestly, I've also worn these pajamas all day at times...They make me feel like my life is put together. Like I am a functioning human in society who can order as many lattes as she wants. I feel like maybe someday my initials could be monogrammed into my pillows and I could own more cars that there are humans in my household." —Toria

Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in women's sizes XS–3X and 114 colors and patterns).

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate. (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

22. Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day by Leanne Brown that will keep their belly full with three nutritious meals for under the price of a latte at Starbucks.

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Promising review: "I'm a college student and received this book as a gift from my mother. As someone who was new to cooking on my own, this book completely changed the way I thought about cooking. Not only does this book provide easy, no-fuss recipes, but it is also basically a how-to book on how to cook and eat well. Each recipe can be altered to fit your needs and what you have in the fridge/pantry! Leanne showed me that you don't need complicated ingredients to have an amazing meal. And now that I'm a more experienced cook, I still come back to this book for inspiration and ideas on new recipes. If you are new to cooking, buy it. If you are on a tight budget, buy it or look at the PDF online. If you are looking for ways to cut back on processed foods, buy it. Even if you are an experienced cook, buy it. Despite the general premise of the book, this cookbook is for EVERYONE. By the way, some personal favorites of mine are the zucchini chocolate muffins, banana pancakes, taco salad, cauliflower cheese, and her pizza dough recipe." —Andra Smith

Get it from Amazon for $10.29.

Or, you can read it for free with your Kindle Unlimited subscription.

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate. (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

23. A two-pack of nail gel strips which will convince their friends that they went to the salon. These can last up to three weeks and come in 48 different designs so they can switch it up whenever they want!

BuzzFeed writer showing her nails with three different designs. First image is white and cow print, the second image is tortoise shell, and the third is solid teal with text that reads "3 weeks after application. Still looks SO good!"
Amanda Davis / BuzzFeed

Promising review: "I discovered these Dashing Diva gel strips during 2020, when everything was closed. When I would go to nail salons, I'd always get gel nails (because they last) and in solid colors. To my ultimate surprise, these strips lasted just as long and had tons of designs that my local salon couldn't do. No joke, these babies can last you the whole month if you need them to. While my nails eventually grew to a point of needing to change by early week three, I'd say that's a solid trade. (I mean, do you see that cow print? LOVE). And that fact that each pack comes with enough for at least two sets for only $6.99 is kind of amazing." —BuzzFeed Writer, Amanda Davis

Get it from Ulta for $6.99 (available in 48 colors and styles).

Estimated delivery within 3–8 business days.

24. A pizza socks box that will remind them to order in before their next study session and keep their feet warm all fall and winter long.

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Promising review: "These socks were a huge hit for our work white elephant gift exchange and even for me college age son! Definitely buy them, they're too cool!" —Nina

Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate. (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

25. Stuff Every College Student Should Know by Blair Thornburgh which will teach them how to manage their money, clean their clothes without turning their whites and colors pink and yellow, get along with their roommate and even how to pick a major!

Amazon

Promising review: "I’m a high school teacher and gave this book to every one of my graduating seniors. I can’t tell you the number of them who told me it was their best graduation gift. I will definitely be buying more this year!" —Kelly Dexter

Get it from Amazon for $9.95+ (available in two formats).

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate. (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

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